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Princeton University Pulls WiFi Safety Assurances

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Press release from Parents For Safe Technology Website:

PRLog - March 16, 2015 - Princeton University removed its position
statement on wireless safety from their website after concerns were
raised that Princeton's information was "outdated and inaccurate".
Starting in early 2014, a parent, Thea Scarato, wrote the radiation
safety officer detailing point by point why the Princeton's website
needed to be updated to accurately reflect the state of science on
health risks from wireless radiation. By August of 2014, Princeton had
pulled down all information related to wireless radiation.

The website came to the attention of Scarato after she raised concerns
about the safety of the WiFi in her children's elementary school. The
Princeton position statement was presented to her as validation that
wireless networks were "safe".

"I decided to write a letter because decisions impacting my children's
health were being made based on Princeton's outdated information. I
would hope Princeton now gives this issue the due diligence it
deserves. Why is Wifi being rolled out when so many scientists are
calling for caution around the world?" stated Scarato of her actions.

In February 2014, Scarato first wrote a letter to the Director of
Environmental Health and Safety at Princeton University asking that
Princeton update the information on wireless. The letter critiqued the
information on the Princeton website, provided documentation for each
point and called the website data "outdated and inaccurate." Scarato
noted that the "New" Study was actually from 2007 and did not include
the 2011 International Agency for the Research on Cancer's Class 2 B
Carcinogen classification nor the growing body of research showing
neurological, immune and reproductive damage.

She followed up with several letters and phone calls. Other parents
wrote including the National Association for Children and Safe
Technology. By August 2014, Princeton had removed the wireless

The now retracted Princeton Position Statement on Wireless was also
used by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) as a
reference in their 2014 NAIS Non-Ionizing Radiation: Literature
Review. NAIS serves over 1,700 schools. Scarato stated that, "I have
heard from parents in other states whose children's schools also
referenced the outdated Princeton site to support the WiFi rollout.
Does Princeton realize just how many schools were relying on their

In the final email exchange Princeton staff stated that recent reviews
"affirm that RF exposure from WiFi-based devices does not pose a
hazard to the general public."

"How can a Class 2 B possible carcinogen that "needs more research" be
called safe by Princeton? How could I, as a mother, just ignore the
research showing brain damage at levels thousands of times below our
governments regulations ? It might take decades to prove -just like
asbestos did, but what about the years my children will have been
exposed? We won't be able to turn back the clock," stated Scarato
adding, "If that is their position, then why doesn't Princeton place
this safety assurance on their website and provide us with the
up-to-date scientific documentation backing such a stance?"

The changes to the Princeton University website are vieweable on the
Parents For Safe Technologywebsite which has posted Before/After
screen shots and the email exchanges. The website shares information
on wireless to parents so they can take simple "actionable" steps to
increase their children's health and well-being.

In April, The Daily Princeton did a story on this website change at

For more information please see before and after screenshots from the
Princeton website and details at

Contact Parents for Safe Technology at ParentsForSafeTechnology@gmail.com.
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