PRESS RELEASE: International Scientists Recommend Global Governments Adopt New Wireless & EMF Exposure Guidelines
International Scientists Recommend Global Governments Adopt New Exposure Guidelines for Electromagnetic Radiation—Pointing to Biological Hazards and Risks to the Genetic Code from Unchecked Proliferation of Wireless Technologies
BOULDER, Colo. Feb. 3, 2011.The scientific journal Reviews on Environmental Health has published a report by international scientists calling for greatly reduced exposure limits for electromagnetic radiation from power line and telecommunications technologies, including cell phones and wireless technologies.
The statement, called The Seletun Scientific Statement, was written based on a large and growing body of science showing biological effects. Scientists say governments should take decisive action now to protect biological function as well as the health of future generations.
VIDEO Announcement of Olle Johansson, Ph.D., Chairman of The Seletun Scientific Panel, Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute Press Release, Stockholm, Sweden: “Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards: Warning Issued on Risks to Children and Pregnant Women”
“The Seletun Scientific Statement” abstract in Reviews on Environmental Health.
(Journalists wanting to read the full published paper, please contact Dr. Johansson at Olle.Johansson@ki.se or +46-(0)8-52487073)
The Seletun Scientific Panel today announces a Consensus Agreement including “10 Key Recommendations to Protect Public Health.” They say the global population is at risk, that the current accepted measure of radiation risk, the SAR, is inadequate, and that there is abundant evidence biological effects are occurring at exposures ‘many orders of magnitude’ below existing public safety standards.
- The Global Population Is At Risk.
- Sensitive Populations Are Currently Vulnerable.
- Government Actions Are Warranted Now Based on Evidence of Serious Disruption to Biological Systems.
- The Burden of Proof for the Safety of Radiation-Emitting Technologies Should Fall on Producers and Providers Not Consumers.
- EMF Exposures Should Be Reduced in Advance of Complete Understanding of Mechanisms of Action.
- The Current Accepted Measure of Radiation Risk—the Specific Absorption Rate (‘SAR’)—Is Inadequate, and Misguides on Safety and Risk.
- An International Disease Registry Is Needed To Track Time Trends of Illnesses to Correlate Illnesses with Exposures.
- Pre-Market Health Testing and Safety Demonstration is Needed for All Radiation-Emitting Technologies.
- Parity is Needed for Occupational Exposure Standards
- ‘Functional Impairment’ Designation Needed for Persons with Electrohypersensitivity.
In the United States, Congressman Dennis Kucinich announced on June 30, 2010 that he would introduce a bill calling for a U.S. cell phone research program, warning labels on cell phones and an update of antiquated radiation exposure standards. Six months later, no bill has yet been introduced in Congress.
Earlier, in September 2009, Senate hearings were held on the health effects of cell phones, presided over by Senators Arlen Specter and Tom Harkin. To the dismay of scientists, no action has yet been taken since the hearing sixteen months ago. At the hearing, Sen. Harkin said, “I found this really very interesting and very challenging and I can assure you we are going to do some follow-up on this.” Nothing has happened since.
Olle Johansson, PhD, who chaired the Seletun Scientific Panel, says
“Current US and ICNIRP standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They never were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.”
Elihu Richter, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor (Retired), Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Jerusalem, Isreal, says,
“We are already seeing increases in health problems such as cancer and neurobehavioural impairments, even though these wireless technologies are fairly new in the last decades or so for the general public. This finding suggests that the exposures are already too high to protect people from health harm.”
Public health advocate, Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org, says,
“Each time there is a briefing or hearing in a government body around the world, lip service is paid to the concerns of scientists, professors, physicians and citizens. Through their inaction, global governments have supported the interests of the telecommunications industry. We hope the Seletun Scientific Statement will finally get the attention this very serious public health issue deserves.”
Journalists wanting to read the full published paper, please contact Dr. Johansson at Olle.Johansson@ki.se or +46-(0)8-52487073.
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