• 11 JAN 17
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    Health Policy Groups Question FCC’s Allowing Manufacturer Violation of Its Cell Phone Microwave Radiation Exposure Limit

    From Camilla Rees

    Majority of cell phones on market may exceed FCC’s stated RF safety limit of 1.6 W/kg, experts warn

    Attached is an inquiry letter sent by attorneys Swankin & Turner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy and Environmental Health Trust questioning the adequacy of the FCC’s enforcement of its existing cell phone radiation limits.
    The letter suggests as many as 75% of cell phones on the market today may possibly exceed the FCC’s exposure limit.
    Examples of how cell phone commonly exceed the safety limit were provided in Exhibit A to the letter.
    The Swankin & Turner inquiry letter to the FCC raised other equally important issues regarding FCC oversight of cell phones and wireless transmitting devices, including how the FCC considers its current safety limit to protect children given the psSAR assessment methodology the FCC uses was never intended to protect children.
    Children absorb twice as much radiation into the brain compared to adults, but the FCC evidences no concern, and young children are using cell phones emitting a level of microwave radiation established for a grown adult.
    Swankin & Turner Partner, James S. Turner, Esq., asked,
    “Given the well established greater absorption of radiation in children, and the fact that cell phone manufacturers do not presently offer cell phone models with a low psSAR for children, my clients wish to know how well the FCC considers its present guidelines to protect children.”

    Read the full letter here

    Don’s note: Relevant reading here is Captured Agency. How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates.
    http://ethics.harvard.edu/files/center-for-ethics/files/capturedagency_alster.pdf

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