Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know about Cell Phone Radiation

The FCC received more than 900 submissions regarding its cell phone radiation regulations. These documents reveal what we know about wireless radiation health effects, and why we need to strengthen regulations and provide precautionary warnings to the public.
In response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) request for input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in 1996, individuals and organizations submitted thousands of documents, testimonials, research papers and scientific publications that are now available to the media and to the public. 

These documents reveal what we know about wireless radiation health effects, and why we need to strengthen regulations and provide precautionary warnings to the public.

Although fifteen countries have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations on how to reduce risks, the wireless industry in the U.S. has opposed precautionary warnings and wants to weaken our radiation standards instead of strengthen them.

In all, 955 submissions were made to the FCC between June 24, 2012 and June 30, 2014. Many submissions include multiple documents. To access these papers go to the FCC's web site for Proceeding Number 13-84:

Although there is a crude search engine on the FCC web site, one cannot use it to search the documents that were submitted. Thus, to help investigative journalists, researchers, and activists, I have created a table of contents for this valuable archive about cell phone radiation and its health effects, and cell phone testing procedures and regulatory standards.

The table organizes the submissions by into the following categories: (1) professionals, health scientists and engineers; (2) consumer, environmental and health organizations; (3) municipalities; (4) wireless industry corporations and organizations; and (5) miscellaneous other. The listings contain direct links to the documents.

Not indexed below are submissions from the many individuals who did not provide an affiliation. These individuals uploaded numerous scientific publications which enable the general public to access these papers from the FCC's web site. 

Electrosmog illness

Many individuals not indexed below submitted written testimony documenting adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency radiation. This condition has been called electrosensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity and is recognized as a functional impairment in Sweden. Perhaps, it is more appropriately called electrosmog illness.

Boston and Philadelphia Accuse Federal Agencies of Negligence

In a November 18 filing with the FCC, the cities of Boston and Philadelphia in their joint submission accused the FCC and Federal health agencies of negligence for failing to investigate whether electrosensitive persons are harmed by cell phone radiation:
"The FCC admits its own lack of expertise in the field. But the overlap of federal agency responsibilities for RF radiation protection and the merely advisory status of the Radiofrequency Interagency Work Group often leaves leadership unclear and encourages a pass-the-buck attitude ...

The 1999-2000 judicial challenge to the FCC’s 1996 rules never reached the issue of “electrosensitivity” as a cognizable disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (“ADA”) Here again, an agency responsible for ADA implementation acknowledges that the impairment may be disabling but has promised merely further inquiry. After more than a decade, that investigation remains unopened. The dockets here have been updated with massive additional evidence of the crippling effects of RF radiation on an admitted minority – but a suffering minority – of U.S. citizens. The FCC and its sister regulatory agencies share responsibility for adherence to the ADA and should replace promises with serious attention to a serious medical problem. This is one area where the FCC could lead in advice to electrosensitive persons about prudent avoidance."
The table of contents below is not comprehensive. If I missed some critical documents, please send me the direct links, and I will consider their inclusion in an updated index.

Selected FCC Submissions re: 

"Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission 
Exposure Limits and Policies" (Proceeding Number 13-84)
Last revision: 7-23-2014

Professionals, Health Scientists and Engineers

Benevento Resolution (Belpoggi, Blackman, et al)

Devra Davis PhD MPH, Alvaro de Salles PhD, Susan Downs MD, Gunnar Heuser MD PhD, Anthony Miller MD. Lloyd Morgan BSEE, Yael Stein MD. Elihu Richter MD MPH
(rebuttal of the CTIA's claims)

David DeBus, PhD

Dr. Jack Dresser

Cheryl Harter, MD

Dr. Suleyman Kaplan

Toril Jeter, MD, FAACP

Robert Kane, PhD

Henry C. Lai, PhD & B. Blake Levitt

Victor Leach / Simon Turner

Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD  (compilation of my press releases from prior 2 years)

Miriam D. Weber, MD

Grace Ziem, MD, MPH, DrPH

Consumer, Environmental and Health Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Pharmacists Planning Service Inc (PPSI)


Clear Image
Wireless Industry Corporations and Organizations

Alarm Industry Communications Committee

ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio

Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition

National Association of Broadcasters

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)

Miscellaneous Other

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Kevin Kunze (transcript from "Mobilize," a new documentary on cell phone radiation)