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May 11, 2015 - International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology (Link will open a Word document in a new browser window.)

WHO’s conflicting stance on risk needs strengthening, says 190 scientists

May 7, 2015 - Scientists decry Canada’s out-dated Wi-Fi safety rules.
Byline: Paul Christopher Webster, Toronto, Ont. May 7, 2015

Scientists and safety advocates say Health Canada new rules do not take into account many new studies on the safety of cellphones and other wireless devices.

BioInitiative 2012 Report Issues New Warnings on Wireless and EMF
University at Albany, Rensselaer, New York / January 7, 2013

A new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 says that evidence for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies (radiofrequency radiation). The Report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk.

May 31, 2011 - The EMR Policy Institute Comment on the joint position statement: Technology in Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children from Birth through Age 8, of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media (FRCELCM) at Saint Vincent College.

April 25, 2011 - The EMR Policy Institute Written [Comment on the 2011 Maine legislation
LD 1014
] (HP 750) – “An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act" - sponsored by Representative Andrea Boland. This document includes the EMRPI Written Comment on the 2010 version (HP1207) of this legislation.

May 20, 2011 – The EMR Policy Institute’s Reply in FCC 11-13. If the FCC's proposal passes, citizens will be denied the right to choose a landline. Existing landlines should not be replaced with wireless infrastructure. The FCC's duty is to facilitate communications for the whole country and for all US citizens. Its new proposal ignores issues of health, safety, privacy, affordability, reliability and security.

April 17, 2011 - The EMR Policy Institute’s Motion for Extension of Time in FCC 11-13 Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the petition of phone companies to abandon their landline phones as well as to bring mobile broadband service to 98% of the US in the next few years. In this FCC NPRM there are no references to considering the impact of the wireless method for the “Last Mile" of connection to homes on the health of people with electrohypersensitivity and medical implants that The EMR Policy Institute documented in our previous filing on broadband that is part of this docket.

May 20, 2011 – In collaboration with the International EMF Alliance, scientists from Europe, North America, Australia and Israel have sent an Open Letter to Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), calling for postponement of the forthcoming meeting May 24-31, 2011 in Lyon, France, “Non-ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields (includes mobile telephones),” at which determination of the carcinogenicity of cell phones and wireless technologies will be made.

October 28, 2010 - Global News Report WiFi Worries – From Ottawa a report on the Canadian Parliament committee hearing on WiFi in schools – is it causing health problems for school children.

October 26, 2010 - Cell-Phone Safety: What the FCC Didn't Test, Time: By Michael Scherer / Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

August 31, 2009 - Mobile phone towers a threat to honey bees: study.
The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India has concluded.

July, 2009 - The Austrian AUVA insurance company commissioned a renowned team of researchers from the Vienna Medical University to take another look at biological effects associated with cell phone radiation. This latest report shows that there are cells that are most sensitive to cell phone radiation and others less so. Sensitive cells respond with a significant increase in protein synthesis, indicating an increased level of cell stress — at SAR levels as low as 0.1 W/kg. Since affected cells include especially those that are metabolically active, children and youth seem to be most susceptible to the possible health effects.

Thanks to Katharina Gustvas, environmental consultant and English / German translator, for making this Report available.

July 18, 2009 - EMR Policy Institute Reply Comment with Exhibits in FCC 09-31 Notice Of Inquiry in GN Docket No. 09-51 A National Broadband Plan for Our Future.

June 7, 2009 - EMR Policy Institute Comment in FCC 09-31 Notice Of Inquiry in GN Docket No. 09-51 A National Broadband Plan for Our Future.

Exhibits filed in EMR Policy Institute Comment. Included are personal statements of 41 citizens from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Calls For Repeal of Federal Cell Tower Health Preemption

New Nationwide Coalition Claims First Major Victory

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 2, to actively seek and support federal legislation to repeal portions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that limit the authority of state and local governments to regulate cell towers and related wireless facilities on the basis of their health and environmental effects.

The vote follows similar action taken by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education at its May 26, 2009 meeting.

The motion by Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Michael D. Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas cited "ongoing debate within the scientific community and among governing bodies throughout the world regarding how thoroughly the long-term health effects of low-frequency electromagnetic and radio-frequency emissions are understood" and "questions . . . regarding how well the existing regulations established by the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] protect more vulnerable populations such as school-aged children, and how well they protect against the cumulative effect of radio-frequency emissions on people who live or work in close proximity to multiple cellular facilities."

May 29, 2009 - Los Angeles Board of Education Members Vote to Prohibit Cell Phone Towers Near Schools. Official press release from the Los Angeles Unified School District announcing adoption of its Resolution on Wireless Telecommunications Installations.

The Resolution calls for revision of the preemption in the TCA of 1996 over health effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation and calls for fiberoptic infrastructure for high-speed broadband internet access.

April 2, 2009 - European Parliament Resolution of 2 April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields. The report was adopted with 559 votes in favor, 22 against and 8 abstentions.

The placement of antennas, mobile phone masts and high-voltage power lines should be negotiated between industry actors, public authorities and residents' associations in order to minimize health risks and legal action cases. This will also ensure that EMF-transmitting devices are kept clear of schools, crèches, retirement homes and health care institutions. In addition to this, the House recommends that mobile telephone operators should negotiate to share infrastructure in order to reduce "the exposure of the public to EMFs."
Aggressive marketing campaigns by telephone operators, including "the sale of mobile phones designed solely for children or free call time packages aimed at teenagers" are also condemned by MEPs.

March 4, 2009 Memorandum, “EMF of Mobile Telephones – Children Belong to a Group of Increased Risk.” Opinion of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.

November 6, 2008 - Kucinch to FCC: Consider Health Effects
On November 3, Representative Dennis Kucinich, Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, sent a letter asking FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to consider the potential health effects before voting on an Order that would authorize the use of the ‘White Space’ spectrum for wireless devices operating in the home. Skeptics have expressed concern that the use of the White Space spectrum would result in the repeated and long-term exposure to RF radiation, to which the human health effects are not adequately known. On November 4th, the FCC adopted the Second Report and Order, which allowed such use.

September 25, 2008 - US Congressional hearing - Cell Phone Use and Tumors: What the Science Says convened by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. View recording of hearing and read the submitted written testimony of the witnesses.

August 8, 2008 - EMR Policy Institute (EMRPI) Petition to Deny FCC approval of the Verizon Wireless – Alltel merger WT Docket 08-95. EMRPI argues that the FCC has not addressed the impact of long-term exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation on human health. Providing protection for human exposure to potentially unsafe levels of RF radiation as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will not occur if the FCC approves this transfer before updating its present obsolete and inadequate RF safety guidelines. FCC should deny the license transfer from Alltel to VZW until VZW implements an RF safety solution that protects the public and all categories of workers whose workplaces are found near to VZW’s antenna sites.

Go to Regulation – United States to see Verizon Wireless – Alltel Joint Opposition and FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order dismissing EMRPI Petition to Deny.

July 24, 2008 - NPR report on the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center cell phone advisory.
The head of the cancer research center at the University of Pittsburgh is urging his faculty and staff to limit their use of cell phones. Dr. Ronald Herberman, Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh issued the cell phone advisory to the 3000 faculty and staff there July 23, 2008. Another scientist, Daniel Wartenberg, Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Division at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, says it may be better to be safe than sorry.

June 29, 2008 - The Minneapolis Star Tribune printed an editorial written by Jackie Hunt Christensen on how various external sources of electromagnetic interference can affect implanted medical devices, such as the deep brain stimulation system that she has to treat her Parkinson's disease. Ms. Christensen is a Parkinson's disease and environmental health activist - the Public Affairs Senior Advisor for Parkinson's Action Network and Co-facilitator for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment's Parkinson's Disease and Environment Working Group.

June 3, 2008 - New York Times , Health Section - "Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer"

May 31, 2008 - Toronto Star - "Wireless Wonders - Listening to cellphone warnings"

March 11, 2008 - (Event date: March 19, 2008) - Forum at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco - "Microwave Radiation - The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution." Speakers are David O. Carpenter, MD; Magda Havas, PhD; Cindy Sage, MA; and Camilla Rees, MBA. $8 members, $15 non-members. To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org

Feb. 25, 2008 - Jessup, Pennsylvania community wins battle to remove Sprint Nextel antennas from the La Salle Academy, a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Scranton. Jessup Area Neighborhood Alliance (JANA) challenged the zoning permit that the Borough had issued in error to Sprint Nextel for building cellular antennas in a residential area. See three local news reports linked below:

August 30, 2007 - Renowned Scientists Issue Wake-up Call on EMF and RF
Radiation Hazards
State University of New York at Albany - An international working group
of renowned scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals
The BioInitiative Working Group has released its report on
electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and health. It raises serious concerns
about the safety of existing public limits that regulate how much EMF is
allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of EMF
exposure in daily life.

July 23, 2007 Germany warns citizens to avoid using Wi-Fi.
The German Environment Ministry recommends that people should keep their exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi "as low as possible" by choosing "conventional wired connections". It added that it is "actively informing people about possibilities for reducing personal exposure".

April 2, 2007 - Canadian Doctors call for Removal of Cell Phone Antennas Near Elementary School

January 19, 2007 - Library Director Resigns Because of WiFi
A Library Director at a college in Santa Fe, NM left her position due to wireless internet (WiFi) in the library. Rebekah Zablud Azen, MLIS, resigned from her position at Quimby Memorial Library, Southwestern College, on December 16, 2006 after administrators refused to discuss the issue.

September 18, 2006 - NIOSH’s NORA program looks at workplace exposure to EMFs and RF radiation.

The EMR Policy Institute sponsored participants to attend the National Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium held in Washington, DC in April 2006. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont also weighed in with a letter to NIOSH identifying long-term continuous workplace exposure to low-intensity EMFs and RF radiation as a top priority for federal research funds. The Centers for Disease Control ‘s (CDC)November 9, 2006 letter of response to Senator Leahy discusses 2 studies in which NIOSH is participating that examine workplace EMF and RF exposures and cancer.

September 11, 2005 - "Electrical Fields Can Make You Sick" Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent for The Sunday Times, Britain

A government agency has acknowledged for the first time that people can suffer nausea, headaches and muscle pains when exposed to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, electricity pylons and computer screens. (pdf archive)

June 13, 2005 -The Supreme Court has denied the Petition for Certiorari 04-1515 EMR Network vs. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America.

Documentation is found on page 5 of the listing of all Supreme Court orders for June 13, 2005.

Despite the Supreme Court's denial for hearing in this case, two important amicus briefs were filed in support of the Petition:

Amicus Curiae Brief of the State of Connecticut filed by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Amicus Curiae Brief of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, CLC.

May 10, 2005 - Citizen Group Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Order the FCC to Study Health Effects of Cell Tower Emissions

April 7, 2005 - Announcement (same in pdf) from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). This marks the release of IAFF's Position Statement on potential health effects of RF radiation from mobile phone base stations, and its call for a moratorium on the siting of further base stations at firefighters' workplaces.

Position on the Health Effects (same in pdf) from Radio Frequency/Microwave (RF/MW) Radiation in Fire Department Facilities from Base Stations for Antennas and Towers for the Conduction of Cell Phone Transmissions

The International Association of Fire Fighters position on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004 (1), is that the IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.

Be sure to read the acknowledgements at the very end of the Position Statement. In addition, Joe Foster, "B" Platoon Vice President, IAFF Local #18 - Vancouver British Columbia and Ron Cronin of the Brookline, Massachusetts Fire Department are deserving of recognition for tirelessly leading this initiative as members of IAFF. Milt Bowling, director of the Electromagnetic Radiation Task Force in Vancouver, British Columbia, should also be acknowledged for his technical support in this effort.

March 7, 2005 - From the University of Washington Alumni Association Magazine Columns, March 2005, on-line edition - Cover Story - "Wake-up Call"
Can Radiation from Cell Phones Damage DNA in Our Brains? When One UW Researcher Found Disturbing Data, Funding Became Tight and One Industry Leader Threatened Legal Action.

Be sure to read the further references at the end of the article.

January 12, 2005 - "Mobile phones tumour risk to young children" by Sam Coates, Nigel Hawkes and Alexandra Blair. Times Online

"Children under the age of eight should not use mobile phones, parents were advised last night after an authoritative report linked heavy use to ear and brain tumours and concluded that the risks had been underestimated by most scientists." Read more...

Mobile Phones and Health. Report by the Board of NRPB. Doc NRPB 15(5) 1-116 (2004)
Download PDF of full text of NRPB 2004 Report - Mobile Phones and Health

UK mobile phone manufacturer withdraws child's mobile phone model from the market in response to NRPB 2004 Report - Mobile Phones and Health.
Mymoshop.com Product Withdrawal Statement 11 Jan. 05

January 5, 2005 - The Helsinki Appeal 2005 calls on the European Parliament to apply the Precautionary Principle to electromagnetic fields, especially in the radio- and microwave- frequency bands. Distribute it to your colleagues and return it with signatures to this address:
EMF-team Finland
P.O.Box 1040

or fax +358 9 2796 3681

October 8, 2004 - Lawyer Struck Teenage Girl on Shoulder of Route 7 By Karin Brulliard, Washington Post Staff Writer
A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury yesterday ordered a former Sterling lawyer who struck and killed a 15-year-old girl with her Mercedes on a Fairfax County highway to pay more than $2 million in damages to the victim's family.

August 17, 2004 - Here's the link where you'll find the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) resolution calling for the study of fire fighters exposed to radio frequency radiation from cell towers/mast which was passed in Boston on August 17, 2004 by about 75% of those voting. It is Resolution #15. It is found on pages 21-23.

The key rationale for supporting this study as stated in the Resolution:
"WHEREAS, many firefighters who are living with cell towers on or adjacent to their
stations are paying a substantial price in terms of physical and mental health. As
first responders and protectors of the general public, it is crucial that firefighters are
functioning at optimal cognitive and physical capacity at all times."

For further information, contact:
Kristin Craine
Public Relations
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Ave., NW as amended
Washington, DC 20006

October 23, 2003 - Dutch Government Study Finds Non-Thermal Effects from Exposure to Mobile Telecommunications Antennas

In late September 2003 the Netherlands Ministries of Economic Affairs, Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, and Health, Welfare and Sport released the results of a study of the effects on human well being and cognition from exposure to low-intensity radiofrequency/microwave (RF/MW) radiation. The study outline characterizes the strength of the applied RF/MW fields (maximum 1V/m) as comparable to the field strength that the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has measured at the base of antenna towers, on rooftops, and to the maximum field strengths measured by TNO in people’s homes.

For background on the study and excerpts from the report click here. (PDF)

October 22, 2003 – The Federal Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the ruling of federal district Judge Catherine Blake to exclude the expert testimony of Dr. Lennart Hardell in the Christopher Newman brain cancer suit. See the 4th Circuit decision and Judge Catherine Blake’s ruling, Newman v. Motorola Inc., 218 F. Supp. 2d 769 (D. Md. 2002). (These are both PDF files.)

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