• 06 FEB 13
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    Better Late Than Never? FCC to Review Cell Phone Radiation Standards

    PRLog Press release from Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.

    After procrastinating for almost ten years, the FCC seems prepared to review its outmoded wireless radiation standards. But will industry force the FCC to maintain the status quo or even weaken the inadequate standards?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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    PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 5, 2013 – The FCC will close the public comment period on proposed changes in rules and procedures regarding human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy tomorrow, February 6. (1) The outmoded rules and procedures that regulate cell phones and other wireless devices were originally adopted in 1996 when there were only 38 million cell phone subscriptions in the U.S. (2)

    The FCC”™s public comment period was opened almost ten years ago on July 14, 2003. (1) At that time there were 148 million cell phone subscriptions in the U.S. (2)

    Now there are 322 million cell phone subscriptions. (2) Today, many children, teenagers, and women use cell phones that are tested using a model of a large male adult”™s brain and body. Meanwhile research has shown that a child’s brain absorbs 2-3 times more electromagnetic radiation (EMR) than an adult’s brain.

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    The recommendations I made are as follows:

    ”¢ “In my professional opinion, the FCC should request the EPA to empanel a Working Group composed of health experts who have no conflicts of interest with industry to review the scientific literature on EMR. The Group should recommend biologically-based EMR standards that ensure adequate protection for the general public and occupational health based upon the precautionary principle. Finally, the FCC should adopt the standards, testing procedures, and appropriate precautionary warning language recommended by the Working Group.” (5)

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    Read the full press release and recommendations here

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