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April 20, 2012 - Earth Day Action - Turn Off YourWireless for Earth Day
Turn off your Wireless Devices for Earth Day
Who would be foolish enough run a microwave oven with the dooropen! And yet, WiFi operating at the same frequency as amicrowave oven, using a pulsed modulated radiofrequency (RF) signal,that studies have demonstrated to be biologically active, is becomingubiquitous. In many cities, WiFi has been installedcitywide.
Few Americans realize that pulsed RF microwave radiation has not beensafety tested and that the safety guidelines formulated by industryorganizations and adopted by the FCC do not protect the population(including women, children, pregnant women, smaller men, the elderly andthe infirm) from biological effects or damage. The FCC RF safetyguidelines are solely designed to protect a 6-ft 200-lb male from thermalharm during a 6-minute (occupational) or 30-minute (general public)exposure. This standard of “protection” is irrelevant to the waywireless technology is being used today. See: http://www.nap.edu/openbook.
In its June 1999 letter to the IEEE’s Risk Assessment Work Group, theU.S. Radiofrequency Interagency WorK Group (federal RF experts from theEPA, FDA, FCC, OSHA, NIH and NTIA) stated that, “A clear rationale needsto be developed to support the exposure guidelines for chronic as well asacute exposure.” (http://www.emrpolicy.org/
Also in 1999, the FDA nominated RF radiation emissions from wirelesscommunications devices to the National Toxicology Program forToxicological Studies for research (http://www.emrpolicy.org/
It is not scientifically possible to guarantee those non-thermal levelsof microwave radiation, which do not cause deleterious effects forrelatively short exposure, will not cause long-term adverse healtheffects.
In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of WHOclassified RF radiation (http://www.thelancet.com/
Biological effects from exposure to low-intensity RF radiationdemonstrated in peer-reviewed published research include: increasedrisk of cancer, DNA breakage, compromised blood-brain barrier, impairedfertility, and metabolic changes (http://www.disconnectbook.
Biological mechanisms at the cellular level that have been demonstratedin peer-reviewed published studies of exposure to radiation from wirelessdevices include changes in enzyme activity, changes in Ca2+homeostasis that alters nerve activity and intercellular communications,increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier, and immune systemimpairment.
Exposure to RF radiation, of the types that operate wireless devices,causes DNA breakage, including the double strand DNA breakage that maylead to cancer. The breakage is not caused solely by ionization,rather it can occur through oxidation. Both ionizing andnon-ionizing radiation, at low intensities, cause the samefree-radical-forming chemical reaction. The resulting free radicalsoxidize and break DNA.
Turn off your wireless devices for Earth Day and ontact your Senators andCongressmen today.
Urge your Members of Congress to sponsor legislation to:Repeal Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to restorelocal authority for siting base station antennas on the environmentaleffects of radiofrequency radiation.
Mandate that the EPA establish human radiofrequency (RF) radiationexposure standards based on existing scientific and epidemiologicalevidence to protect the population during continuous exposures to RFradiation from transmitters and electrical pollution.
Halt all federal funding for utility smart/AMR/transmitting meterinstallations pending certification under new biologically-based RFradiation exposure standards.
Halt all release of new transmitting devices pending approval undernew biologically-based RF radiation exposure standards.
Halt installation of new transmitters/cellphone antennas pendingapproval under new biologically-based RF radiation exposure standards.
Legislation was introduced in the 107th Congress by Senators Leahyand Jeffords (S. 3102 andS. 3103) and Congressmen Sanders and Tancredo (H.R. 5631 andH.R.5632) to reform the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Ask yourlegislators to author or co-author similar
Seewww.emrpolicy.org orwww.electricalpollution.com for more information.
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