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From Chapter 9 of An Electronic Silent Spring

Here's a partial list of actions taken by international government agencies and professional organizations in response to concerns about the health and environmental effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation:

In official comments to the FCC about guidelines for evaluation of electromagnetic effects of RF radiation (FCC Docket ET 93-62, November 9, 1993), The Environmental Protection Agency found that the FCC's exposure standards are "seriously flawed."

The Food and Drug Administration commented to the FCC on November 10, 1993, that "FCC's rules do not address the issue of long-term, chronic exposure to radiofrequency fields." Exhibit 46.

In 1999, the Radiofrequency Interagency Work Group wrote a letter to IEEE SCC28, in which they identified fourteen issues that "need to be addressed to provide a strong and credible rationale to support RF exposure guidelines."

In 1994, in comments to the FCC, the Amateur Radio Relay League's Bio-Effects Committee (ARRL) wrote that "The FCC's standard does not protect against non-thermal effects."

In 2003, the American Bird Conservancy and Forest Conservation Council sued the FCC because millions of migratory birds were disoriented by microwave radiation emitted by cell towers--and they were crashing into the towers.

In 2004, the International Association of Fire Fighters declared that it opposes communication antennas on fire stations.;

In 2007, The European Environmental Agency, Europe's top environmental watchdog, called for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts.

In 2008, public libraries in Paris, France removed Wi-Fi from their buildings because of librarians' health concerns.

In 2008, the Progressive Librarians Guild recommended against wireless technology in libraries.

In 2008, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report, "Identification of Research Needs Relating to Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication."

In 2008, The International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (comprised of scientists from 16 nations) recommended limiting cell phone use by children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly.

In 2008, the Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warned that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones.

In 2008, the University of Pittsburg's Cancer Institute warned that children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency.

In November, 2009, an international team of physicians and scientists met in Seletun, Norway and created the Seletun Scientific Statement to urge new, biologically-based public exposure standards to protect public health worldwide regarding electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation. (Fragopoulou et al, "Scientific Panel on Electromagnetic Field Health Risks: Consensus Points, Recommendations and Rationales," Reviews on Environmental Health, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2010.)

In 2009, more than 50 scientists from 16 countries signed The Porto Alegre Resolution, an urgent call for more research based on "the body of evidence that indicates that exposure to electromagnetic fields interferes with basic human biology."

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