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An update of information on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and radio frequency radiation including microwave radiation for 2009

The European Parliament

The European Parliament released a report on 19/12/2008 calling for tougher action to protect the public against electromagnetic radiation.  They called for precautions to reduce public exposure to mobile phones, base stations and high voltage powerlines.  They say there is a necessity to consider the athermal (non-heating) effects of radiation, and to have stricter limits for all devices emitting electromagnetic waves in the frequency between 0.1MHz and 300GHz. 
http://www.europarl.europareu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//ep//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-416.575+01+DOC+PDF+VO//EN&language=EN

They also called for consumer information in the form of labelling all radiation emitting devices sold to the public.  The report was adopted on 2/4/09 by a vote of 559 in favour and 22 against.

http:// www.ouest-france.fr/actu/actuDet_-Une-ville-normande-supprime-le-Wi-Fi-dans-ses-ecoles_39382-91964_actu:Htm

The European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency at their February 2009 workshop held in Brussels recommended that precautions should be applied to mobile phone technology including a review of the international radiation standards on EMR.  Dr. David Gee outlined the EEA’s definition of the precautionary approach.  “The PP provides justification for public policy actions in situations of scientific complexity, uncertainty and ignorance, where there may be a need to act in order to avoid, or reduce, potentially serious or irreversible threats to health or the environment, using an appropriate level of scientific evidence, and taking into account the likely pros and cons of action and inaction”. He said.  The argument that most government sponsored researchers use is that there are no harmful effects from mobile phone technology which is based on the prevailing scientific paradigm that radiation can only cause health problems by significantly heating cells (thermal effects) which is not true.

The European Environment Agency’s Executive Director, Professor Jacquie McGlade, believes the evidence of harm from mobile phones is increasing.  “Over the last two years the epidemiological evidence of possible cancer risk amongst the ten year plus mobile phone user group has got stronger”.  “It is now also supported by preliminary scientific reports on the damaging effects to cells of RF and ELF exposures”.  “This is a cause for concern, given the wide spread and generally rising exposure of the public, especially children, to radio frequency radiation from mobile phone technology” she said (2007).  Professor McGlade considers the evidence sufficiently strong to warrant a review of international standards.  Prof McGlade said “It would also be prudent to reconsider the adequacy of the ‘International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection’s’ ‘Guidelines on Exposure limits’ of 1998 to protect public health, especially of vulnerable groups” (2008). 

On 29th July 2009 the International Commission for NonIonising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) released new draft guidelines for low frequency fields covering electrical equipment and powerlines.  These new “Guidelines for Limiting Exposure to Time-varying Electric and Magnetic fields (1Hz to 100kHz) will replace the existing ones formed in 1998.  “The ICNIRP commission is revising its guidelines after evaluating the current state of knowledge”, said their spokesperson Karine Chabrel.  However, the limits of these new guidelines only cover short term effects and do not protect public health so still allow very high exposures over a longer period of time which has been proven to cause significant health problems and biological effects.  The International Agency for cancer has classified fields of 4mG and above as possibly carcinogenic to humans and the Biointiative Report recommended keeping people’s exposure to 1mG.

The limits in these guidelines do not protect public health because they allow exposures that have been repeatedly associated with significant health problems and biological effects indicative of health problems.  The guidelines allow day long exposures to fields of 1000 mG (milliGauss) for the general public and 5000 mG for workers.  The IARC has identified fields of 4mG and above over extended periods as possible carcinogens; studies (eg by Ahibom and Greenland) have repeatedly shown an increased risk of childhood leukemia at exposures of 4mG. http://www.icnirp.org/openELF/OpenConsultationELF.php

On 15/9/2009 The European Environmental Agency’s Executive Director, Jacqueline McGlade called for proactive steps to reduce public exposure to EMR at a conference on ‘Cell Phones and Health’:  Science and Public Policy Questions in Washington.  Professor McGlade recommended: 

  1. “For governments, the mobile phone industry, and the public to take all reasonable measures to reduce  exposures to EMF, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, and particularly the exposures to children and young adults who seem to be most at risk from head tumours”.
  2. “To reconsider the scientific basis for the present EMF exposure standards which have serious limitations..”
  3. “To provide effective labelling and warnings about potential risks for users of mobile phones”. Professor McGlade also drew attention to the scientists who have sounded ‘early warning’ calls to then find they suffer from “discrimination from loss of research funds, and from unduly personal attacks on their scientific integrity”.  She urged scientific and political bodies to take action to protect scientists wanting to speak openly about the risks of EMR.
A. Marino and S. Carrubba from the US in a study review identified 37 studies -mainly ones financed by the mobile phone industry which had design flaws.

A US Senate Hearing on ‘The Health Effects of Cell Phone Use” was held on 14/9/09 and chaired by Senator Tom Harkin.  Dr. Devra Davis, a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh said that she “had recently confirmed overseas studies showing that persons using a cell phone for a decade or longer have significantly elevated risks of acoustic neuroma”. Dr Davis also said that Industry based researchers had been influenced to find a certain conclusion “studies funded by industry directly are overwhelmingly negative and find no effect of RF in animals or humans.  Those studies that are independently funded and have examined people for a decade or longer tend to be positive and find that RF is linked with a host of ailments, ranging from cardiac disturbances to fatal brain tumours”.

Dr.Gee said the often used argument that scientific research “consistently” finds no adverse health effects is not relevant.  It applies primarily to short-term studies rather than the long-term studies which, in fact, have shown risk of brain tumours.
“EMF: Evaluating Evidence and Use of the Precautionary Principle.”
http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/documents/ev_20090211_co14_en.pdf

Scientists at a London conference including Dr. Lennard Hardell, Ms Cindy Sage and Prof. Olle Johansson endorsed a resolution calling for more stringent health protection standards against EMR and RF radiation.  They recommended:

  1. exposure levels of no more than 1milliGauss for electrical sources and 0.1µWcm² for cumulative RF exposures
  2. that mobile and cordless phones only be used by children under 16 for emergencies
  3. no use of wireless technology in homes, schools or public places
  4. audits of mobile phone antennas to ensure that their emissions comply with new stricter standards.

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SENIHR) has released a report on July 6th 2009 identifying health risks of electromagnetic radiation.  The first is research on the effects of wireless communications in adults.  This was considered important because “exposure to RF fields from mobile phones and other wireless devices is till on the rise”.  http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docsscenihr_0_024.pdf

The Porto Alegre Resolution

The Porto Alegre Resolution which follows the “International Workshop on Non-Ionising Radiation, Health and Environment was held in May 2009 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Scientist united to call for precautions to protect public health with restrictions on mobile phone use, bans on wireless technologies, and more protective standards were some of the demands by scientists and members of the public.

Australian Television – Current Affairs Programs

On 19th September 2008 Channel 7’s ‘Today-Tonight’ program interviewed John Lincoln who is an electrical engineer and Lyn McLean from EMR Australia who spoke about the dangers to the public from the microwave radiation emitted from mobile phone towers and antennas.                                           

On 2nd April 2009 ABC’s ‘Lateline’ program interviewed Professor Lennart Hardell from University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden.  He said “What is actually worrying us now is recent analysis of our data where we find that the risk from glioma and acoustic melanoma is highest among those people who have started their use of a mobile phone or cordless phone before the age of 20”.  He also said people who had done this were four or five times more likely to develop brain tumours. A DVD of this can be purchased for $88 by phoning the ABC offices on 1300 650 587.  (http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2008/s2533725.htm)

On 5th April 2009 Channel 9’s ‘Sixty Minutes’ program featured well-known Canberra neurosurgeon, Dr
Vinni Khurana whose paper on mobile phones and health has just been peer reviewed and published, said “Long term use of mobile phones is associated with a doubling of the risk of being diagnosed with certain brain tumours”.  Dr. Khurana believes this estimate is conservative and the implications for public health are “enormous.  Co-author of the study is Sydney neurosurgeon Dr. Charlie Teo who said “If the question is – do I believe that mobile phones can cause brain cancer, the answer is yes, I do”.  Dr Teo pointed out that there is an exponential rise in brain tumours.  “I’m incredibly worried, concerned, depressed at the number of kids I’m seeing coming in with brain tumours - malignant brain tumours”. 

Also interviewed was John Bryant who had used a mobile phone for many years and has a malignant brain tumour.  He said “I reckon it’s definitely caused by those bloody mobile phones”. (http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au80/article.aspx?id=797215)

On 30th July 2009  Channel 7’s ‘Today-Tonight’ program interviewed Dr. Vinni Khurana, a leading neurosurgeon from Canberra Hospital who warned the public of the increased risks of brain tumours from using mobile phones, and the expansion of Canberra Hospital to cope with the increasing number of cancer and brain tumour cases.  Dr. Khurana said he fears this will be the 21st century ‘tobacco’ problem of the past.  He said no-one has been able to come forward and show him where his scientific research is flawed.

On 24th September 2009  Channel 9’s A Current Affair program  had a segment on EMR from powerlines.

On 14th October 2009  Channel 7’s Today-Tonight program interviewed Dr. Vini Khurana on mobile phone radiation and EMR causing brain tumours.

On 16th November 2009  Channel 7’s Today-Tonight program interviewed John Patterson, a telecommunications engineer who destroyed six microwave mobile phone base stations in Mt Druitt area.

The Peter McCallum Cancer Clinic treated 25,000 cancer patients during the year of 2008. (Channel 10 News 5pm 27/4/09) 

RESEARCH BY SCIENTISTS:

For the first time  F. Söderqvist and team used 41 human volunteers and exposed them to GSM mobile phone signals of 890 MHz for 30 minutes.  Blood samples were taken 60 minutes after exposure and showed evidence that the blood brain barrier had been breached. (Söderqvist, F et al, Toxicol Lett189(1):63-6, 2009.)

A review of studies shows that long-term exposure at work increases the risk of Alzheimers’ disease and breast cancer.  It may cause Alzheimers’ by increasing the production of amyloid beta and reducing the production of melatonin.  Reducing melatonin levels may contribute to beast cancer.  It’s appropriate to take action to reduce employee exposures.
(Davanipour, Z and Sobel, E, pp 149-56.)

Electromagnetic fields reduce immunity by stimulating allergic and inflammatory responses and by affecting repair.  These effects increase the risk of illness.  Present standards are inadequate to protect public health and new standards that take into account biological effects are urgently needed.
(Johansson, O, pp.157-77.)

A set of Swedish studies has shown increased risks from mobile and cordless phones whereas results from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Interphone study still did not.  However, this was one of their industry funded Interphone studies which had eleven design flaws.
(Lloyd Morgan, L, pp 137-47.)

There is an urgent need for research on the effects of radiation from base stations on surrounding populations, which have been discouraged by the World Health Organisation. Studies have found effects on well-being from base stations and one study found an increased cancer risk within 350-400 meters.  3G signals appear to have more of an effect than GSM signals.  No effects appear to occur at exposures of 0.5-1 µW/m².  (Kundi, M and Hutter, H, pp 123-35.)

BRAIN TUMOURS FROM MOBILE PHONES

Australian neurosurgeons Dr. Vinni Khurana, Dr. Charlie Teo and colleagues have completed highly publicised brain tumour studies – peer reviewed and published.  They found that using a mobile phone for 10 years or more doubled the risks of developing brain tumours on the side of the head used for calls.  They conclude “there is adequate epidemiological evidence of a link between prolonged cell phone usage and the development of an ipsilateral brain tumour”.  In an interview on Channel 7 ‘Today-Tonight’ program aired on 30/7/09 Dr Vinni Khurana stated this again and went on to say no-one has been able to come forward and dispute this scientific evidence by telling him where his studies are flawed.  Dr. Khurama also said that Canberra Hospital is being expanded to cope with the increased tumour and cancer cases.
(Khurana, V et al, Surg Neurol March 26, 2009)
You can tune in to Channel 7’s Today Tonight program segment on phone towers which was aired on TV by going to the phone page of EMR Australia’s website:  http://www.emraustralia.com.au

A respected Russian radiation expert has spoken out publicly about the risks of radiation from mobile phones.  At a press conference in Moscow Professor Yuri Grigoryev told reporters that there was evidence that mobile phone use was linked to brain tumours in children.  He referred to evidence by Dr. Lennart Hardell from Sweden who recently announced that the use of a mobile phones by preteens increased the risk of them developing brain tumours in their early 20’s five-fold.  Prof. Grigoryev also said that the World Health Organisation research suggested that mobile phone use could increase the risk of Alzheimers disease, epilepsy and depression.  (Russian News and Information Agency, 5/2/2009.)

This paper reviews studies on the blood-brain barrier and finds evidence that mobile phone radiation leads to breaching of the barrier, whose function it is to protect the brain.  In an additional study, rats were exposed to a GMS mobile phone signal and showed evidence of the breach seven days after exposure.
(Nittby, H et al, pp 103-12.)

Both low frequency fields and radiofrequency radiation (RFR) activate the stress response in cells.  In RF exposures it can lead to breaks in DNA strands.  To protect cells, safety standards must protect against biological rather than thermal effects.
(Blank, M and Goodman, R, pp 71-8.)

Public health in Sweden has deteriorated dramatically since 1997 when 1800MHz GSM networks were introduced.  There has been an increase in lung cancer in elderly men, prostate cancer, melanoma, mortality from Alzheimers, brain tumours in the elderly, and newborns with heart problems.  There has also been an increase in traffic accidents and sick leave.
(Hallberg, O and Johansson, O, pp 43-6.)
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09284680

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has released a ‘Guide on reducing exposure from mobile phones’.  “This guide is designed to help people take actions that reduce their personal RF exposure and answer some popular questions about RF exposure when using a mobile phone”.  The Guide contains suggestions about how people can reduce their exposure, however it does not admit that such precautions are necessary and are still not admitting adverse health problems exist.
http://www.amta.org.au/default.asp?Page=2200

A new independent report on “Cellphones and Brain Tumours 15 Reasons for Concern” has just been released and can be found at  http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/15reasons.asp     September 2009

HOW A MOBILE PHONE WORKS

  1. The voice causes low frequency (a few hundred cycles per second) vibrations of the air which impinge on a microphone within the handset.
  2. The microphone converts the vibrations into low frequency electrical signals which vary in direct proportion to the frequency and volume of the sound.
  3. The low frequency electrical signals are added to a very high frequency (935 Megahertz) carrier signal generated within the telephone in a process called modulation.  The modulated signal is electronically divided into short length pulses which are directed to the aerial of the phone.
  4. The phone aerial radiates the pulsed modulated signal out into space.
  5. The radiated signals are collected by a mobile phone receiver, or antenna, normally mounted on a phone tower.
  6. The phone tower directs the modulated signals to the nearest telephone exchange.
  7. The connections to the telephone exchange may be by wire, optical fibre or microwave link (a focussed radiofrequency field), or a combination of all methods.
  8. At the telephone exchange, the received signal will be directed, via other exchanges, to a fixed line or a phone tower nearest the called telephone, (in the case of a mobile).
  9. The path taken will be similar to the sent signal i.e. wire, optical fibre, etc.
  10. At the receiver tower, the signal will be radiated outwards from an antenna to be received by the called telephone.
  11. At the called mobile phone, the modulated pulsed signal is demodulated by the phone.  The demodulation involves removing the high frequency carrier signal and leaving the pulsed low frequency signal.
  12. The pulsed low frequency signal is sent to an earpiece where it is converted into audible sound.  The human ear does not detect the pulsing and the called person believes they are hearing the voice of the caller exactly as it was spoken. 
It has been confirmed that people living in Yenimahalle Sentepe Dededoruk Hill in Turkey are getting too much radiation.  Scientists measured levels on the hill which is home to 64 TV and radio towers and a mobile phone base station and found that the exposure levels were astonishingly even four times higher that those allowed by international standards.
(Sirav, B and Seyhan, N, Radiat Prot Dosimetry, Aug 11, 2009.)

CANCER CLUSTERS

A breast cancer cluster at the University of San Diego in the US has been linked with electromagnetic fields.  Eight women workers in the Literature building have developed breast cancer since the year 2000 and two of them have died.  An epidemiological investigation reported the possibility that the cancers be linked to higher than normal electromagnetic fields from an electrical room and an elevator equipment room – both which are located within 30 meters of the workstations of the cancer victims.  Following publication of the report, university staff and students conducted a protest march to encourage the university to take action to reduce the fields.  (http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/feb/17/bn17ucsd115957/)

The ABC Broadcasting Office in Melbourne has reported three cases of breast cancer in female broadcasters – this was aired on Channel 10’s News on 8th July 2009.
Note:  The national total of breast cancers is now at 15,000 this last year- a figure which has been steadily increasing each year.

Wi-Fi  WIRELESS

Residents of Glastonbury in the UK are complaining of debilitating health problems since the introduction of a Wi-Fi network in their town.  The spokesmen for the affected residents say that 40 percent of the town’s inhabitants have experienced health problems in the seven months since the six antennas were installed with some people having to move away from the town.  Symptoms reported so far include fatigue, nausea, sweating, panic attacks, skin rashes, headaches and dizziness.
(Sunday Express 1/4/2009)                                                                                                                  

A detailed report warning of the risks of wireless technologies has been sent to the US President, politicians and journalists.  The report, called “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” was commissioned by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, an organisation concerned with legislation to protect public health.  It was written by Camilla Rees and Dr Magda Havas, Associate Professor at Trent University in Canada.  (http://electromagnetichealth.org/public-health-sos-ebook/)

Wireless TV – First it was wireless phones, then wireless computers, now it’s wireless TV.  Television manufacturer Panasonic has developed a plasma screen television that connects to antennas, DVD players and related equipment without cables.  It uses a transmitter that sends out a radiofrequency signal in a 10 metre radius.  The sets are expected to be on sale in the UK before Christmas. (Telegraph, 13.07.09)

A handy leaflet on Wi-Fi safety has been prepared by EMFacts Consultancy.  It contains a summary about Wi-Fi, its lack safety, health effects of the technology, expert recommendations on how to reduce exposure.  The trifold leaflet can be downloaded from <http://www.emfacts.com/wifi/>

According to C. Sage and D. Carpenter, leading authors of the Bioinitiative Report of 2007 there is now sufficient scientific evidence to justify new reduced public exposure standards for wireless technology.  They say that “existing safety standards are obsolete because they are based solely on thermal effects from acute exposures”.  
(Sage, C, and Carpenter, D, Pathophysiology, 2009)

DIGITAL TV WARNING

Three German medical practitioners have written an open letter to the President of the United States warning of the health risks of radiation from digital TV broadcasts as the country prepares to phase out analogue transmissions.  “The risk associated with terrestrial digital broadcast television transmitters is unacceptable” wrote Doctors Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam, Christine Aschermann and Markus Kern. The doctors refer to health problems that developed within a 20 kilometer radius of two digital TV antennas after they were turned on in Hessian Rhoen, Germany.  They included “constant headaches, pressure in the head, drowsiness, sleep problems, inability to think clearly, forgetfulness, nervous tensions, irritability, tightness in the chest, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, depressive mood, total apathy, loss of empathy, burning skin, inner burning, leg weakness, pain in the limbs, stabbing pain in various organs, weight increase”.  In addition to these symptoms, the doctors reported suicide, the disappearance of birds from the area and changes in animal behaviour.  “In Germany we see strong evidence of a direct temporal association between the start-up of terrestrial digital broadcast television and the occurrence of severe health symptoms” their letter says. The German doctors attribute the risks of digital TV to the wide band of frequencies that it covers.  “A channel is 7.8MHz wide”.    The difference between the two systems is in how the signal is distributed across the frequency bands.  In analogue transmissions most of the power is transmitted on a single frequency with lower-power bands of energy distributed either side of it.  However, in digital TV the energy is distributed fairly evenly over a wide band of frequencies.

In their letter of 12th February 2009 the German doctors requested that President Obama stop the introduction of digital TV scheduled for completion on 17th February 2009.  On 13th February the US Congress implemented a DTV Delay Act which extended the transmission period from analogue to digital TV until 12th June 2009.
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmarch/FCC-09-9A1.doc>

ARPANSA

ARPANSA – (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s) view on the health impacts of radiofrequency radiation from digital TV is still the same as from any other source.  Their standard comment along with Telstra and Optus is still the same as it has been for many years now - which is “The weight of national and international scientific opinion is that there is no substantiated evidence that RFR and EME emissions associated with living near a broadcast tower poses a health risk”.

As from 28/11/2008 ARPANSA has a new CEO– Mr Peter Burns, a physicist who has been Director of the Environmental and Radiation Health Branch of this Agency since 1999.

 The World Health Organization’s overall results of their 13 country study have still not been published.

ACTION TAKEN BY OTHER COUNTRIES

Canada’s Colwood Municipal Council introduced a policy in which it states its opposition to the installation of antennas and related equipment in residential areas.  It also introduced a requirement for community consultation for all new and replacement antennas and plans for the eventual removal of towers on Triangle Mountain which have been the source of numerous complaints from residents.
(Times Colomist 22-12-08.)

The French Government introduced a new bill to parliament on 7/1/2009 to reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation to protect humans.  This was announced by the Health and Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo. They include provisions for new standards for the protection of public health and that no mobile phone will be able to be sold without earphones “to limit the exposure of radiofrequency radiation emissions to the head” they said.  After a six week review of the effects of radiation from mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices, the Health Minister Rosalyne Bachelot announced on 26/5/09 at a press conference the new initiatives which include:
(1)   a ban on mobile phones in primary schools
(2)   a ban on mobile phone use by children under age 6
(3)   the marketing of mobile phones can only be for use by sending text messages or used with an earpiece.

The local French Mayor of Clamant refused permission for the installation of digital mobile phone antennas on several building sites.  On 8/4/09 the Mayor of Oullins, Francois-Noel Buffet issued a decree restricting radiation from mobile phone antennas to be kept under the exposure level of 0.6V/m. 

The Sorbonne University has imposed a ban on Wi-Fi technology in its’ libraries.  This decision was made by the Health and Safety Committee following reports of symptoms by employees of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, memory and language difficulties.

The City of Heronville St. Clair Council has declared that all Wi-Fi equipment will be removed from primary schools by the end of 2009, and it will launch a public awareness campaign to warn parents of the risks of mobile telephony.
<http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/Texte_du_PJL_GE_2_cle21193f.pdf>.

France’s second largest city Lyons, has taken action to reduce children’s use of mobile phones.  In the advertising campaign begun in December 2008 parents are warned to restrict their children’s use of the technology.  It stated: “A mobile phone before they’re 12 – No Way!  Let’s keep them healthy away from mobile phones”, warns the ad.  The campaign is the work of the Greens political party and is in line with the French government’s recent bill aiming to restrict children’s exposure to mobile phone radiation.  The advertisements have appeared in the print media, and on billboards.

The Green Party in France has adopted a stricter approach to exposure standards for EMR from powerlines, electrical equipment and communications technology.  On June 14th 2009 the party recommended adopting limits of the BioInitiative Report of 2007.  These limits are 0.25 microTesla (2.5milliGauss) for extremely low frequencies (electric current, HT and VHT, powerlines, transformers, etc.) to the general public which is 1/400th of the International Guidelines of the International Commission for NonIonizing Radiation Protection.  For communications technologies they recommend a limit of 6 V/m for hyperfrequencies (GSM900, GSM 1800, UMTS, Wi-Fi, Wi-max, DECT, mobile phone towers/ base stations, etc.) compared to 61 V/m allowed by ICNIRP.  Dr Roger Santini, a researcher who studied and conducted studies of people living near towers said “In base station environments, those living in the vicinity should not be exposed to an average annual power density above 0.1µW/cm² (0.61 V/m)”.

The Association of Mayors of French cities (AMGVF) are demanding trials be conducted to reduce the amount of exposure of EMR to the public in certain areas. (Press Release Greenoble, 25.5.09)

Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority has recommended that children do no use mobile phones against the head for calls, but instead only use them for sending SMS messages.  This is due to their higher vulnerability in absorbing mobile phone radiation into their brains.
<http://www.stuk.fi/stuk/tiedotteet/en_GB/news_527/_files/80746947011281379/default/statement_of_stuk_concerning_mobile_
phones_and_health.pdf
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Hardell, L et al, Occup Environ Med April 4, 2007
Hardell, L et al, Int J Oncol 32 (5):1097-103.

The United States Authorities have now recognised that electromagnetic sensitivity (EMS) exists and is a problem to people and declared May 2009 as ‘Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness’ month.  On 24/3/09 Mayor Stacy Ritter declared EMS awareness month in Broward County, Florida, then 5 days later Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida made a similar declaration.  Since then Governors Jodi Bell of Connecticut and Bill Ritter Junior of Colorado have issued similar declarations.  These people acknowledge the condition of EMS, that it is caused by electromagnetic pollution which affects people with a variety of symptoms and they call for support of sufferers.
(Christina Tourket, President of International MCS/EMS Awareness)
(http://www.nettally.com/prusty/mcs.htm)

On 26/5/09 the Board of Los Angeles United School District Education Authorities issued a resolution calling on the US Federal Government to change regulations for mobile phone antennas to protect the health and safety of students and teachers in which it:

  1. called for ‘timely notification’ of proposals for mobile phone antennas
  2. stated its support for the use of fibre optic broadband technology ‘which is superior to wireless technology in speed, reliability, security, durability, and protection it affords people and the environment”
  3. demanded revision of national legislation to allow local authorities to consider health effects of radiation at levels below national standards in their planning decisions.
    The resolution was introduced by Board member Julie Korenstein and has been endorsed by a number of organizations and individuals.  <http://cloutnow.org:80/lausd/>
Portland City Council in the US has requested US authorities to revisit and update studies on the effects of RFR emissions “in light of the national proliferation of wireless use”.
(Resolution 36706, Portland City Council, 20/5/09.)

The US State of Maine is developing new legislation for protecting children from mobile phone radiation.  The Children’s Wireless Protections Act calls for warnings on mobile phones and buildings that house RF-emitting technology such as base stations.  It also calls for the replacement of WiFi (wireless) computer systems in schools to go back to the wired connections.

The City Council of Sebastopol in the US adopted a resolution on July 7th 2009 for changes to federal legislation regarding the installation and operation of mobile phone antennas.  They want to change the current legislation that prevents local governments and councils from making the final decisions about the placement of antennas based on health concerns.  The Council also called on the government to review scientific evidence “in order to update their existing standards and to adequately measure the health impacts of wireless facilities”.  On 4th August Pima County in Arizona passed a similar resolution demanding the right to control the location of telecommunications facilities “to ensure their constituents’ environment, health and safety are protected from the potentially damaging effects of electromagnetic radiation”.

The US City of Albany in California has called on the Federal Government to address concerns about RF radiation from wireless technology.  On 20th July the city council approved a resolution asking relevant government agencies to “revisit and update studies on potential health concerns arising from RF wireless emissions in light of the national proliferation of wireless use”.
(Resolution no 09-38, 20.07.09, Albany City Council.)

The Mayor of the Canadian City of Colwood proclaimed August as Electromagnetic Sensitivity Month.  Mayor David Saunders said that “EMS is a painful, chronic illness of hypersensitive reactions to electromagnetic radiation for which there is no known cure”.  “Relief can be obtained only by eliminating exposure to radiation-emitting devices such as cell phones, wireless technology, FM and cell transmitters, and CFL light bulbs”.  This is the first Canadian city to do so, but follows similar proclamations by Broward County, Colorado, Connecticut and Florida in the US.
(Press release, City of Colwood)

The United Kingdom’s Greens Party released it’s report called ‘Better Together’ on 20/4/09 which states mobile phone antennas are wasting approximately 300 gigawatts of energy a year in their country which is enough to power around 68,000 homes.  The report says the electricity consumption can be reduced by requiring the telco operators to share existing networks and by establishing lower standards and limits for new networks.
(“Better Together”, 2009.)

The UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have called for the government to investigate the health effects of Wi-Fi technology.  Colin Kinney raised concerns about the risks of Wi-Fi and encouraged schools to use wired technology instead.
(Daily Mail, 9/4/09.)

An Irish Member of Parliament, the Hon Desmond Guinness refused to renew the lease for a telecommunications antenna on his property at Leixlip Castle.  This decision followed a public meeting in which Professor Olle Johansson from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute warned of the health risks of radiofrequency radiation.  The antenna will be removed next year at the expiration of the current five year lease.  (Liffey Champion, 18/4/09.)

The Dutch Government of Holland has been called on by over 50 doctors, specialists and scientists on 8/4/09 to reduce public exposure to EMR to prevent health problems.  The Group have endorsed the appeal organised by the National Platform for Radiation Risks. “We note an overall increase of chronic diseases with uncertain causes”.  “This increase in health and welfare problems occurs simultaneously with the explosive increase in radiation in our immediate environment with the advent of mobile phones and many other wireless applications”.  “We believe there are casual links between weak electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic fields – subtle biological effects which lead to problems with health and welfare”.  The appeal recognised health effects from communications technology, including chronic fatigue, skin problems, learning and behavioural difficulties in children, heart attacks, degenerative brain disorders, epilepsy, headaches, migraine and susceptibility to infections.  The signatories called on the government to protect public health and limit exposures by:
(1)   adopting a policy of “wired first”, particularly in schools and public buildings
(2)   issuing warnings about the health risks of mobile phones, DECT and wireless devices
(3)   helping to ensure reduced exposures in living and sleeping rooms.
(http://www.stralingsrisicos.nl)

In Switzerland MP’s are calling for legislation to reduce public exposure to EMR.  Swiss MP Christian van Singer introduced a Bill to Parliament on June 4th 2009 which has 54 signatories.  The Bill has plans for labelling radiation-emitting products and stricter radiation limits.  The labelling of products will help the public to choose low-radiation emitting products by providing radiation emissions of equipment such as mobile and cordless phones etc. at the point of sale and in advertising.  The Bill also calls for local councils to have the power to insist on lower exposure limits than which is allowed by national standards.  This would enable them “to impose on mobile telephone operators to reduce their radiation output. 
(http://www.parliament.ch)

The Austrian Chamber of Medical Practioners has called for a ban on the use of mobile phones by children under six.  This follows news from Sweden that children have five times the risk of developing brain tumours.  (http://www.aekwien.at/news_p.py?   Page=1&cid_news=6627)

The Israeli Government has banned telecommunications companies from advertising wireless phones for the home.  The decision by the Ministry of Environment to implement the precautionary principle, is based on concerns about the effects of the radiation.  (Maariv, 16.07.09.)

The Parliament of Liechtenstein has affirmed its decision to reduce the country’s exposure standards from communications technology. In a debate on 1st and 2nd June, the parliament confirmed it would require carriers to comply with a limit of 0.6 volts per metre by the year 2013, in line with the recommendations of the BioInitiative Report.

LEGAL ACTION TAKEN

On 18/9/08 the Court of Nanterre in France ordered the demolition of a mobile phone base station on the basis that it represents a health risk to residents.  The antennas were constructed by Bouygues Telecom in the town of Tassin-la-Demi-Lune in the Rhone in 2006. After three families living near the antennas brought action against the company, the Court of  Nanterre ordered the removal of the antennas.  Its decision was upheld by the Versailles Court of Appeals on 4th February 2009.  The telco was also required to compensate each of the families 7,000 Euros.  This is, as far as we know, the first time that the risks of radiation from mobile phone towers has been recognised in law.  The judgement referred to “a potential health risk” of the base station and to the BioInitiative Report of August 2007. (Press release, Senator Jean Desessard, Paris, 5/2/2009) and (Vaucluse Matin, 22/2/09).

After some recent successful test cases, the ‘Responsible Authorities’ who continue to allow and give approval for towers may now finally be held accountable and liable in criminal law courts, as still trying to plead ignorance of these established facts is no longer a sufficient excuse given the overwhelming amount of proof that now exists from so many different sources.

A French power company has been ordered to compensate a family for problems caused by radiation from a high voltage power line it constructed above the family’s farm.  The family took legal action against the power utility RTE after animals on the farm became seriously ill.  Effects included ulcers, bleeding, paralysis, respiratory problems, death of animals, and deafness among family members.  The court at Tulle ordered the utility to pay the family 390,000 Euros.  (Reuters 17/11/2008.)

A young widow has launched landmark legal action against the Australian Defence force to prove her sailor husband’s health problem from a brain tumour was caused by a ship’s radar.  Leading seaman Peter Beckwith served with the Royal Australian Navy for seven years – three years of which were spent on board the HMAS Newcastle where he was positioned in front of the radar.  He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2001 at the age of 23 after suffering a series of ‘turns’ and nose bleeds.  He died of the brain tumour at 29 years of age. Mrs Beckwith has since learned of a series of radiation leaks on this guided-missile frigate from a former sailor who served with her husband.  He said that in January 1998 there was a wave bar on the radar which split and “we were all told on board to get checked out”.  (Herald-Sun News, 1st August, 2009.)

SOLICITOR  -  Mr Phil Nolan C/- Schetzer, Brott & Appel Lawyers, Level 4, 50 Market Street, Melbourne, 3000,  Phone 03 96147000  (PO Box 400 Collins Street West, Melbourne,  8007)
He may be of assistance regarding EMR and RFR legal advice.

EMR and RFR -  REDUCES SLEEP

More than a decade of research has shown that electromagnetic radiation changes the quantity and quality of people’s sleep.  These changes include effects on brain wave patterns during sleep, including increases in the early alpha wave activity and decreases in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.  Sleep problems are one of the most common symptoms reported by people exposed to EMR – either from powerlines, mobile phones or mobile phone towers / antennas.  During sleep the body produces hormones necessary for cell repair and growth which is why sleep is so important. Poor sleep is associated with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and linked to shortened life expectancy.  Studies have shown that exposure to EMR and RFR reduces REM sleep which is associated with neurodegenerative disease.
References as follows:  (Bartlett, D et al, Int Med J, 38(1):24-31, 2008)
(Badre, G, 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), 9 June, 2008)
(American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Media Release 09.06.08)
(Van den Bulck, J, Sleep 30(9):1220-3, 2007)
(Heins, E et al, Gesundbeits-wesen 69(3):151-7, 2007)
(Punamaki, RL et al, J Adolesc 30(4):569-85, 2007)
(Tasali, E et Al, Proc Natl acad Sci USA 105(3):1044-9, 2008)
(Sher, L, Med Hypotheses 54(4):630-3, 2000)
(http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters)    (New Scientist, 22.02.07)

LIVING AREAS FREE FROM RADIATION

A refuge for people with electro-hypersensitivity is now operating in the Drome Valley in France.  Established in July by the EMF organisation “Next-up”, the site near Valence is now home to people who are unable to tolerate the radiation from communications and electrical equipment, which some describe as painful.  A more permanent and remote village is being planned.  (Times 22.08.09.)

MOTORCYCLE WARNING

Randall Dale Chipkar from Canada has written a book on the risks of exposure to motorcyclists when they are siting on motorcycles.  Extremely high magnetic fields are generated by the motor.  He said “Every motorcycle that I have tested revealed ELF EMF radiation”.  “Many readings are extremely high, higher than what could be considered as acceptable exposure penetrating the rider by radiating up right between our legs into the groin and body”.   Chipkar has measured fields up to 500 mG (milliGauss) at the seats of some motorcycles which is 125 times higher than the level considered a possible risk for cancer by the International Agency for Research on cancer (IARC).  “I even detected readings up to 30 inches (75cm) directly above many motorcycle seats.  This involves the rider’s heart, breast and entire torso”, he said.  A motorbike can generate 10,000 to 70,000 volts of electricity while operating.  Chipkar says these fields represent a risk for rider’s lower torso, including effects on prostate, testicles, colon, bladder and kidneys.  Chipkar has invented and patented a shield for motorcycle seats. 
His book and shield are available on his website at http://www.motorcyclecancer.com

WAUBRA WIND FARM

Trish Godfrey who lives on 10 acres at Waubra in Western Victoria along with farmers Rod and Noel Dean who farm at Waubra have had numerous interviews with Win News during Sept/Oct 2009 regarding the newly erected wind farm near their properties.  They say they have suffered severe health issues from the turbines.  They enlisted Graham Hood from Ballarat University Engineering Department to go out there and monitor low frequency sound and EMR emissions.  At the last interview Trish mentioned suing the company Acciona Energy who constructed the wind farm and the land owners who agreed to lease their land to the
wind farm Company knowing their land would be used for this purpose. Acciona Energy finally bought Trish’s property for an undisclosed figure in January 2010.

ELECTRICAL STORMS

Lightning bolts can be attracted to microwave radiation communications towers especially if they are higher than the surrounding trees and buildings.  When lightning strikes the tower it can of course blow it apart, but more importantly is the ‘Ground Potential Rise’.  The electricity strike goes down the tower, into the ground and has been known to travel along under the surface for 150mts then surface into houses, or whatever else is around the area.  The tower acts as a lightning rod. In the ‘National Electrical code’ it states the tower must be completely isolated from the normal power system.

EMR AUSTRALIA P/L has an Axis Meter which measures electromagnetic fields of radiation from the power system for a cost of $299 with one year warranty.  It measures magnetic fields from 0.2 – 100mG and electric fields.  Contact Lyn McLean by phone on 02/9576 1772 or PO Box 347, Sylvannia, NSW  2224.  (Note that this meter does not measure microwave radiation from towers and base stations)
Lyn McLean has written an article on ‘mobile phones and children’ published in the March 2009 issue of “Living Now”, or read it on line at <www.livingnow.com.au>
You can now tune into the Channel 7’s ‘Today-Tonight’ segment on phone towers which was aired on TV by going to the phone tower page of EMR Australia’s website – www.emraustralia.com.au.

Abbreviations and limits

RFR    radiofrequency radiation (including microwave mobile technology) measured in microwatts per
square centimetre (µW/cm2 ) or per square meter (µW/m2.)  (1µW/cm2 equals 10,000µW/m2)          
ELF    extra-low frequency radiation  (including electrical sources)
EMF   electromagnetic fields  (often used alternatively for ELF)
mG     milliGauss  (measurement of magnetic field)
T        Tesla  -  alternative measurement of magnetic field,     mT - millitesla
µT      microtesla  -  note:  0.1mT = 1000mG,     0.01mT = 100mG,     1µT = 10mG
Hz      Hertz – a measurement of frequency (cycles per second),    MHz Mega Hertz - million Hertz
GHz   GigaHertz – thousand million Hertz,   V/m - volts per meter for electric fields
GSM   (Global System for Mobile Communications) known as 2G operates at 900MHz and 1800MHz
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems) known as 3G operates at 2100MHz,
and Bluetooth operates at 2400 MHz .
WATTS  = volts x amps, therefore 240 volts x 800 amps = 192 kilowatts per hour, x 3 phase = 576kw/h
Transmitters of microwave frequencies only require a maximum of 1.0 watt, not kilowatts to operate.
DOR   Dead Orgone Radiation which is the energy of death and decay.  This is directed out at the public
from microwave radiation towers.
International Standards allow exposures of 1000µW/cm2  or 10 million µW/m², but increased cancer rates are shown above 10µW/m2 (microwatts per square meter) or 0.001µW/cm² (microwatts per square centimetre).
International Standards allow exposure of 61 V/m, but maximum limit should be 0.02 V/m (volts per meter).
Australian Government limit is 3 kilohertz to 300 gigahertz for RFR
Up until 2002 the Australian limit was 200µW/cm2 or 2,000,000µW/m2 from towers, and 417µW/cm2
or 4,170,000µW/m2 from mobile phones.
In 2004 the Australian limit was increased to 468µW/cm2 or 4,680,000µW/m2 for 935 MHz and to
900µW/cm2 or 9,000,000µW/m2 for 1800MHz antenna output to cover the additional microwave
radiation from telecommunications towers which would come from the new 3G network in 2006. Switzerland’s limit for RFR is 6µW/cm2, but reducing to 3µW/cm2
Canada’s exposure limit is 6 to the power 10µW/cm2 , 
Spain City Council’s limit for RFR is 0.1µW/cm2
French Mayor of Clamant’s  limit for electric fields - must be under 0.6V/m, or 0.1µW/cm2.
The Salzburg Government in Austria has a limit of 0.02 V/m (1µW/m2) for inside residential buildings.
New Zealand’s Christchurch Council has a limit of 2µW/cm2
Liechtenstein Parliament’s limit for electric fields is 0.6V/m, Italy’s limit is 5V/m
International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection for EMR limit is 1000mG or 100µ/T  
50 Hertz magnetic fields limit should be 0.2 – 1mG (milliGauss),  Childhood Leukemia is shown from 2mG and above, but International Standards for EMR allow 1,000mG (milliGauss)

Note that Mobile phones can work in the low signal of 0.02V/m which is equal to a power density of 1µW/m2 - this should be the maximum level allowed.