Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Part I: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations--Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC

Selected FCC Submissions re: 

"Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency 

Exposure Limits and Policies" (Proceeding Number 13-84)

Part I: Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC

Last revision: Aug 3, 2016
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 public. 
These documents reveal what we know about wireless radiation health effects, and why we need to strengthen regulations and provide precautionary warnings to consumers.

Although fifteen countries have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations about how to reduce risks, the wireless industry in the U.S. has opposed precautionary warnings and wants to weaken cell phone radiation standards.
In all, the FCC received 928 submissions between June 25, 2012 and August 3, 2016. Many submissions include multiple documents. To view or download the submissions go to Proceeding Number 13-84 on the FCC web site.
The FCC's obsolete RF exposure limits are twenty years old. The current request for public input is four years old. The FCC is not likely to act on the current submissions until it addresses a similar request issued in 2003.
Obviously, updating RF regulations and testing procedures is not a priority for the FCC even though the U.S. General Accountability Office recommended this four years ago.
Last year a Harvard publication exposed how industry captured the FCC, "As a captured agency, the FCC is a prime example of institutional corruption. Officials in such institutions do not need to receive envelopes bulging with cash. But even their most well-intentioned efforts are often overwhelmed by a system that favors powerful private influences, typically at the expense of public interest."
Although there is a search engine on the FCC web site, one cannot easily find important documents. Hence, I constructed several indices.
Part I which appears below contains key submissions to the FCC regarding cell phone radiation and its health effects, and cell phone testing procedures and regulatory standards.

The submissions are organized under the following categories:

(1) Scientific Expert Resolutions Calling for Stronger Regulations
(2) Expert Comments in Support of Stronger Regulations
(3) Expert Comments that Support Weaker Regulations
(4) Consumer, Environmental and Health Organizations
(5) Government Agencies
(6) Wireless Industry Corporations and Associations
(7) Miscellaneous Other 
Not indexed below are submissions from individuals without organizational or institutional affiliations.  Many of these submissions discuss electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
Part II contains a list of key research papers that can be downloaded from the FCC web site. 
Part III lists 98 scientific experts from 23 nations who have signed resolutions between 2002 and 2014 that call for stronger regulations on wireless radiation, especially cell phone radiation.
In 2015, scientists who published peer-reviewed research on the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) submitted a petition to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and all world leaders calling for stronger EMF regulations. The International EMF Scientist Appeal has also been submitted to the FCC. The Appeal has now been signed by 235 scientists from 41 nations. All have published peer-reviewed research on electromagnetic fields and biology or health.
 Scientific Expert Resolutions Calling for Stronger Regulations  
Catania Resolution (2002; 16 signees)

Benevento Resolution (2006; 52 signees)
Seletun Scientific Panel (2009); 7 signees)
Health Canada Safety Code 6 Declaration  (Jul 9, 2014); 54 signees)
International EMF Scientist Appeal (May 11, 2015; 200 signees)

Expert Comments in Support of Stronger Regulations
Omer Abid, MD, MPH

Norm Alster ("FCC captured agency")

BioInitiative Working Group (29 contributing authors)

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 CTIA's claims)

Alan H. Frey

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Olle Johansson, PhD
Suleyman Kaplan, PhD
Henry C. Lai, PhD

Victor Leach / Simon Turner   

De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, MPH

Don Maisch, PhD 

Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD
Jerry L. Phillips, PhD
Ronald M. Powell, PhD
William J. Rea, MD

Cindy Sage, Lennart Hardell, MD & Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

Cindy Sage & David O. Carpenter, MD

Miriam D. Weber, MD

Expert Comments that Support Weaker Regulations

Consumer, Environmental and Health Organizations

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Center for Electrosmog Prevention

Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc.
EMF Safety Network

Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group (petition w/ 26,000 signatures):
Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space

Pharmacists Planning Service Inc (PPSI)

Stop Smart Meters New York

Wireless Education Action

Government Agencies

Cities of Boston, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Environmental Protection Agency
FCC Office of the Chairman (Response to Sen. Blumenthal & Rep. Eshoo)
FCC Office of Engineering Technology Bureau
International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization

Los Angeles Unified School District

National Cancer Institute & National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

City and County of San Francisco

Radiation Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency
Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group(Federal)
City of Tucson and County of Pima, Arizona Resolution

Wireless Industry Corporations and Associations

Alarm Industry Communications Committee

ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio

Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition

GSM Association

IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) 
Medtronic Inc

National Association of Broadcasters

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association and The HetNet Forum
Telecommunications Industry Association
Richard Tell Associates

American Association for Justice
Green Swan, Inc.
North America's Building Trade Unions