The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s May 2011 Committee Resolution 1815, from a part of the world where there is no ban on making decisions about cell towers based upon health, is important to know what our government counterparts in Europe were deciding about cell towers and radiation, compared to the FCC in this country and the cell industry claiming there is no evidence of harm to human health.
1. Reconsider the scientific basis for the present standards on exposure to electromagnetic fields set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, which have serious limitations, and apply ALARA principles, covering both thermal effects and the athermic or biological effects of electromagnetic emissions or radiation.
2. There is a need to re-evaluate the safety standards pay particular attention to “electrosensitive” people who suffer from a syndrome of intolerance to electromagnetic fields and introduce special measures to protect them, including the creation of wave-free areas not covered by the wireless network.
The US Telecommunications Act of 1996 specifically states that no local jurisdiction can regulate wireless facilities based on the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions which are regulated by the FCC.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently changed their position on cell phone radiation.
Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established.
A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the United States, made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”