#1243: New Report Recommends FCC Require Minimum 1,500 Feet Setbacks for Wireless Infrastructure near Schools
From Camilla Rees
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new report, “The BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of Schools” (‘BRAG™ Ranking’), will be unveiled Wednesday by Professor Magda Havas, PhD of Trent University, Canada, along with Citizens for Health, ElectromagneticHealth.org, EMR Policy Institute and Moms for Safe Wireless. Media Teleconference Wednesday, April 28th – 10:00 a.m. Eastern.
The BRAG™ Ranking report recommends schools, school districts, municipalities and states call upon the FCC for a ruling that requires a 1,500 feet setback for any/all wireless infrastructure near schools.
The BRAG™ Ranking is the result of a multi-year study of school children’s potential exposure to cell phone antennas and base stations in U.S. state capitols. Exposure metrics for approximately 6,000 public and private schools were assessed. A composite grade was generated for each school based on 1) how close the nearest antenna was to the school, 2) how many antennas were located within 0.25 miles or approximately 400 meters (the distance within which scientific research documents mental, emotional and physical symptoms in adults), and 3) within 0.6 miles, or approximately 1 kilometer, from the school. The searchable 173-page BRAG™ report, where grades can be found for individual schools as well as state capitols, can be viewed at www.magdahavas.com as of April 28, 2010.
Dr. Havas says, “Symptoms of electrohypersensitivity have been demonstrated at exposures that are a fraction (0.04%) of U.S. exposure guidelines, in part because the guidelines exclude biological effects other than heating. Until guidelines are changed to reflect what science shows is happening to people with long term exposures, a policy of ‘prudent avoidance’ would justify setbacks for antenna infrastructure near schools.”
Dr. Havas adds, “Symptoms people experience near cell phone antennas, within a 0.25 mile radius include: fatigue, headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability, dizziness, depression, visual disruptions, hearing disruptions and much more. Since we know children are more vulnerable to microwave radiation than adults, putting cellular antennas near schools, or on school premises, is a mistake. It is like playing with fire. People get burned.”
See Detailed 7-page Media Advisory Here – http://sn.im/vnil0
TO REGISTER for the Media Teleconference Call on Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) RSVP to Emily@electromagnetichealth.org. Dial-in instructions will be sent.
Prof. Magda Havas, PhD