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Americans Beware: Nationwide Violations of FCC Radiation Limits at Wireless Antenna Sites

Mar 20 2013 12:00AM

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MARSHFIELD, VT -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- The EMRadiation Policy Institute (EMRPI) releases Videos revealing the FCC's failure to protect Americans from wireless radiofrequency (RF) radiation.

US workers and families are at risk of overexposure to RF at hazardous levels. Hundreds of wireless industry-operated antenna sites from Maine to California have been tested by EMRPI and found to be in gross violation -- up to and in excess of 600% -- of the FCC's public exposure limits. These sites include rooftops as well as locations where the general public, including children, can gain access, and where workers are on the job. See: Wireless Industry Safety Failure I

Wireless Radiation Can Harm Health.

Public health is threatened by wireless radiation exposure at current FCC lawful limits as they are among the least protective in the world. FCC safety limits do not acknowledge current science, nor the 2011 WHO IARC's classification of wireless radiation as a Group 2B carcinogen. The FCC does not even enforce its own inadequate radiation limits.

FCC Fails to Enforce Its Own Wireless Radiation Limits.

EMRPI informed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in December 2011 of widespread FCC rules violations. Despite detailed complaint letters sent to FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief P. Michele Ellison, of RF safety violations in 23 states across all regions of the US, EMRPI has received no response that the FCC has taken any enforcement action against any noncompliant site. EMRPI's investigation re-tested sites and found violations still occurring months after EMRPI's initial filings with the FCC. The FCC responded to a US Senator's inquiry on sites in her state with misleading information about the safety of the Senator's constituents. See: Wireless Industry Safety Failure II

Are the FCC and the Wireless Industry Turning a Blind Eye to RF Violations?

FCC policy allows wireless companies to self-report their compliance with the lawful RF limits. The FCC website provides no information or procedures for either the public or workers to report potential or actual violations. Despite hundreds of thousands of wireless antenna sites across the US, since 1996 the FCC has issued only one wireless Notice of Violation, and not until 2010. Is FCC policing site violations and are violations hidden from the public?

The American Public Is Not Protected.

Congress must act to hold the FCC accountable. If not, Americans will remain at risk from unlawful RF radiation exposures at antenna sites across the country. The American people have a right to know and a right to be protected. EMRPI urges the American people to demand that the FCC enforce its own RF safety limits to protect all Americans.

Contact US Senators at: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Contact US House Members at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

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Contact:
Janet Newton
(802)426-3035
JNewton@emrpolicy.org
President
The EMRadiation Policy Institute





Source: Marketwire


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