Chairman Rockefeller: Hold hearings to fire FCC and hire EPA to set RF radiation safety limits
  • Petitioning Senator John Thune

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Senator John Thune
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Chairman Fred Upton
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
Chairman Jay Rockefeller
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
Representative Henry Waxman
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Chairman Rockefeller: Hold hearings to fire FCC and hire EPA to set RF radiation safety limits

    1. Petition by

      The EMRadiation Policy Institute

The absence of meaningful biologically-based safety limits is having real life effects on real people.  

Children are having higher rates of cognitive and neurological problems due to being exposed in utero to radiation from wireless technology.  Mothers are often unaware of the risks, so the Baby Safe Project has been started (www.BabySafeProject.org).  It is a travesty that a technology as ubiquitous as wireless technology complies with no meaningful safety limits.  This jeopardizes our future (our children) at their most vulnerable moment.  That jeopardy continues through their life due to the absence of biologically-based safety limits.

One couple and their children began experiencing noticeable cardiac arrhythmias in response to radiation from wireless devices a short time after installation of transmitting utility meters in their area.  They were forced to go off-grid by an unsympathetic utility, an unsympathetic Public Service Commission - the state utility regulatory agency, and their serious and worsening cardiac symptoms.  It became a choice between the convenience of the electrical grid and their children's health and lives.  Going off-grid so they were no longer intimately exposed to radiofrequencies from the meters and other grid related sources brought welcome relief ... for three weeks.  Then, 4G cell service was installed in their area.  Within a week their youngest was again experiencing dangerous arrhythmias which woke him in the night and they all felt slower, less energetic, slept poorly, etc.  They have shielded and shielded, but the situation worsens continually as more people get smart phones, cellphones, ipads, etc.  Their children can now only be outside about a half an hour a day or they get cardiac arrhythmias severe enough to wake them in the night, in addition to the arrhythmias, headaches, etc. that they get at the time.  They are not alone.  Their situation is often hard for people to truly understand... until they experience it.  More and more people are having their health compromised by exposure to wireless technology due to the absence of meaningful biologically-based safety limits.  Please see the video clips below for more examples of how ordinary people are being seriously affected by the rampant growth in wireless technology.  The examples include breast cancer from cellphones on standby, cardiac arrhythmias, and behavior problems in children.

Sign the petition for Congress to hold hearings as a necessary first step to have an unbiased agency (EPA) protect your health by establishing meaningful safety limits for RF radiation from wireless devices. Please ask your friends and relatives to sign as well.

Thomas Wheeler has been confirmed as Chairman of the FCC.  He was the chief lobbyist for the wireless industry while president of the CTIA (Cellular Telephone and Internet Association) from 1992-2004.  Mr. Wheeler has worked for industry his entire career and was a major player in the industry fight against RF radiation safety limits that would have provided meaningful protection in the drafting of the Telecommunications Act  of 1996 (TCA of 1996).  This further underscores the need for the responsibilities for protecting America's public health and safety to be moved to an agency with that expertise and focus, one that has no inherent conflict of interest.

The FCC has shown again, even as it opens a docket to determine whether it should take another look at its RF radiation limits, that it cannot do so in an unbiased manner. The document ( http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-39A1.pdf) contains multiple statements showing bias. The current scientific evidence (BioInitiative 2012 Report - http://www.bioinitiative.org) actually demonstrates biological effects at levels well below the FCC’s inadequate safety limits adopted in 1996. These limits are based on the scientific knowledge as of 1986. The FCC is ignoring the federal government’s own record that the FCC safety limits are flawed and obsolete (www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/epa_to_fcc_3nov_93.pdf, www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/exhibit_a.pdf, www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12036).

Including the recent statement by the Department of Interior -the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today. (http://www.saferemr.com/2014/03/dept-of-interior-attacks-...)

The FCC also freely admits to its lack of expertise: the FCC “is not a health and safety agency, we defer to other organizations and agencies with respect to interpreting the biological research necessary to determine what levels are safe.” The FCC also makes it clear throughout its current docket that it is extremely concerned with protecting and promoting the industry, since it it has the statutory obligation to do so.

The FCC's primary function is to promote telecommunications technologies by licensing providers of these technologies. By its own statements, its expertise is not public health. Public health is too important to let the fox continue to guard the henhouse.

With the almost-ubiquitous exposure of the entire US population to RF radiation, it is past time that US policy for non-ionizing radiation protection follow the model in place for the ionizing radiation protection. A recent report released by The EMRadiation Policy Institute (http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1770139.htm) shows not only that the FCC has not modernized its RF radiation safety limits to reflect current science, but that it does not even enforce its own outdated thermally-based RF radiation safety regulations.

Hundreds of comments to recent FCC dockets (http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/input?z=iw0f and search proceedings 03-137 and 12-357) support the need for biologically-based RF radiation safety limits NOW!

Until the late 1980s the EPA carried out it own non-ionizing radiation research program. Unfortunately, the EPA's mandate for developing non-ionizing radiation safety regulations was never fully funded. Its non-ionizing radiation regulatory authority has been eroded by industry lobbying, most significantly in the lead-up to passage of the TCA of 1996 which gave the FCC sole authority for adopting RF safety regulations.

It is extremely important that EPA's research funding and RF regulatory authority be unequivocally supported, because the FCC cannot both promote wireless technologies and regulate RF radiation. This inherent conflict was recognized when the Atomic Energy Commission was disbanded and its prior development/promotional responsibilities were separated from its responsibility to protect the public health and safety. (The former was transferred to the Department of Energy and the later to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Department of Interior - Microwave communication towers threaten birds

      The US Department of Interior warns microwave communication towers threaten birds stating, “Study results have documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death”.

      Studies document impacts on human health from microwave radiation, including: poor sleep quality, insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, skin rash, facial flushing, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures, neurological disorders, memory and cognitive problems, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and Autism, to name a few. Children are especially vulnerable to microwave radiation.

      Please sign the petition asking Congress and President Obama to stop the FirstNet microwave communication towers and instead fund a nationwide fiberoptic internet system and research safe low radiation first responder networks.

      To sign the petition go to http://www.change.org/petitions/congress-and-president-obama-help-protect-our-migratory-birds-and-our-health

      Chairman Jay Rockefeller: Help protect our migratory birds and our health.

      Tell Congress and President Obama - Stop FirstNet Microwave Towers and Fund Fiber Optics to Protect Birds, Children and Communities! Congress...

    2. Radiation From Cell Phones And Wireless Devices Harms Your Unborn Baby’s Br

      Most women are unaware that radiation from wireless technology is dangerous to the developing fetus.

      Please see http://www.medicaldaily.com/radiation-cell-phones-and-wireless-devices-harms-your-unborn-babys-brain-development-286170 to read further.

      Your Cell Phone Could Be Stunting Your Baby's Brain [VIDEO]

      The latest health news, scientific trends and medical information, covered in a way that helps you make sense of the complex and constantly changing field of medical knowledge.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Ex-Military Microwave Weapons Expert Speaks Out About Dangers of Wireless

      Ex-Military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower speaks out about the dangers of wireless technology. He repeatedly states that there is NO SAFE LEVEL of exposure to radiation from wireless devices for fetuses and children - none. If you have children or grandchildren (or want to), this video is a must to watch in spite of its length. http://www.washingtonwirelessawareness.com/microwave-weapons-cell-tower-radiation-experiments-barry-trower/

      Microwave Weapons, Cell Tower Radiation Experiments -Barry Trower

      Home " EMR and Children * EMR Policy * News * Research * Smart meters " Microwave Weapons, Cell Tower Radiation Experiments -Barry Trower

    5. Prevent Breast Cancer - Keep your cell phone out of your bra!

      Another young woman (21 years) has reason to believe that her breast cancer was caused by keeping her cell phone in her bra. Cell phones in standby mode, meaning they can receive a call, should not be kept on the body - even according to the FCC.

      http://www.insideedition.com/videos/1545-woman-claims-cell-phone-caused-breast-cancer

      Woman Claims Cell Phone Caused Breast Cancer

      Tiffany Frantz was only 21 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. INSIDE EDITION sits down with with Frantz who claims her cell phone is the reason for her cancer.

    6. Toxic Radiation: Under your nose: Did you know?

      Watch this video to get an eye-opening look at how much radiation beloved wireless devices emit.  Biologically the levels are not low. These exposures are unavoidable in the community at large, often even in your home, from cell and broadband antennas, other people's home WiFi systems and devices, etc highlighting the need for meaningful biologically-based RF radiation safety limits implemented by an agency tasked with protecting public health and the environment.

      Radiation dangers in your home - Most people have no idea!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAnrmJ3un1g&list=UUxs1UgZ6DivWUfG1dX3TELw&index=19

      Microwave radiation dangers in your home -

      Magda Havas demonstrates how WiFi connects your laptop, iPhone and iPad to the internet via microwave radiation. You will also learn how WiFi base stations, portable phones and baby monitors constantly radiate microwave radiation. The Swiss Government feels that all of these devices have the potential to do great harm if used incorrectly and warn their citizens.

    7. DECT cordless phones cause cardiac arrhythmia for some

      Cardiac Arrhythmias in response to a DECT cordless phone unequivocally documented.  Many people report similar effects from wifi and are, in fact, excluded from social events and civil society by the ubiquitous presence of wifi and sources of wireless radiation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-mw_nCJWs4&list=UUxs1UgZ6DivWUfG1dX3TELw&index=10  

      Microwave radiation affects the heart: Are the results real or are they due to interference?

      In a previous video we reported that microwave radiation from a cordless phone affects the heart. This was based on peer-reviewed research. Some claimed that our results were due to electromagnetic interference (EMI) so we did a study to test for interference. This is what we found.

    8. Cognitive and behavior problems in children linked to cellphone exposure

      Fetal exposure to cellphone radiation linked to later behavior and cognitive problems similar to ADD in mice - a controlled study (http://news.yale.edu/2012/03/15/cell-phone-use-pregnancy-may-cause-behavioral-disorders-offspring).  These findings support the findings of a large (over 13,000 child) epidemiological study that found that children whose mothers use cellphones during and after pregnancy are at greater risk for behavior problems (http://www.researchgate.net/publication/5383548_Prenatal_and_postnatal_exposure_to_cell_phone_use_and_behavioral_problems_in_children/file/9fcfd510253a3426cb.pdf).

      A video featuring the lead author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK4Q12qKohQ

      Cell phone use in pregnancy may cause behavioral disorders in offspring

      Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine researchers have determined. The results, based on studies in mice, are published in the March 15 issue of Scientific Reports, a Nature publication.

    9. WiFi Should NOT Be In Schools

      This video contains brief interviews with a number of affected students giving a brief glimpse into the real-life consequences for some students of having wifi in schools. Why wifi should not be in schools. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-TJXRc5fzo&list=UUxs1UgZ6DivWUfG1dX3TELw&index=20

      Some students noticed their symptoms around the WiFi and designed an elegantly simple experiment which showed stunning results see:
      "Can WiFi Signals Stunt Plant Growth?" http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2013/05/can-wifi-signals-stunt-plant-growth/

      WiFi in schools and health effects of microwave radiation

      In this video, Trent University professor Dr. Magda Havas and Dr. Fred Gilbert from Lakehead University explain why wireless technologies known as WiFi should not be used in schools because of the known health effects from microwave radiation.

    10. What the Cellphone Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Radiation Concer

      This article discusses the strategies utilized by industry which keep the public doubting science showing how harmful wireless technology is enough to continue using it - following in the tobacco industry's footsteps.
      http://www.alternet.org/print/personal-health/radiation-concerns-about-cellphones

      What the Cellphone Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Radiation Concerns

      In her 2011 book Disconnect, National Book Award finalist, former senior White House health advisor and internationally regarded epidemiologist Devra Davis revealed that the cellphone industry is knowingly exposing us to dangerous levels of electromagnetic radiation. No small problem when you consider that of the roughly 7 billion people on this planet, about 6 billion of us now use mobile phones.

    11. Wireless technology forcing citizens from their homes

      Our lack of meaningful biologically-based RF safety limits are forcing individuals who have become overexposed and therefore highly reactive to RF radiation to seek shelter in rural areas, undeveloped areas, or areas forced to limit wireless availability. Many people are paying an awful price for the world's love affair with wireless technology. http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/245588/158/Wireless-Refugees-Cell-Phones-WiFi-Making-Us-Sick

    12. Cellphones can cause cancer - even while only waiting for a call!

      Cellphones cause cancer even on standby (the setting wherein the phone receives calls). The short news story centers around young women with breast cancer from their cellphones, compelling medical imaging included. Risks of testicular, abdominal, and pancreatic cancer may well be elevated because cellphones are typically carried nearby.

      http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/special-report-keeping-cell-phone-in-bra-may-lead/vhPF8/

      SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping cell phone in bra may lead to breast...

      Keeping cell phone in bra may lead to breast cancer according to some doctors.

    13. Radiation from Wireless Technology - linked to deteriorating health

      In just 5 minutes, cardiologist Dr. Sinatra discusses why wireless radiation and electromagnetic pollution is the #1 cause of inflammation of the cells in your body; how EMF causes cell death, and premature aging; and how it can lead to diseases like brain cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and more. 

      http://www.heartmdinstitute.com/v1/wireless-safety/cordless-phone-use-can-affect-heart

    14. Expert Statements and Reviews on Radiation from Wireless Technology

      American Academy of Environmental Medicine
      http://aaemonline.org/images/LettertoLAUSD.pdf

      Compilation of statements from medical organizations and experts warning about wireless
      http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf

      Review of RF research - Conclusions
      http://www.bioinitiative.org/conclusions/ or full report at www.bioinitiative.org

    15. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and RF Radiation Safety Limits

      The EPA was created by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 
      (NEPA) 42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq. (1969). NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that may have a significant environmental impact.

      Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1970 provides EPA with a broad mandate to protect the environment from radiation - including non-ionizing radiation, i.e., RF radiation (42 U.S.C. 2021(h)): "The [EPA] Administrator shall advise the President with respect to radiation matters, directly or indirectly affecting health, including guidance for all Federal agencies in the formulation of radiation standards and in the establishment and execution of programs of cooperation with the states." 

    16. Congress Accepted EPA's Authority to Regulate RF Radiation

      Testimony of the EPA's first Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, in 1972 during the Senate Commerce Committee hearings on the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968 clarifies EPA's authority and activities to protect public health and the environment for both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation (emphasis added):

              "EPA is conducting a program to protect public health and the quality of the environment from the adverse effects of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure. This includes developing radiation protection criteria, standards and policies; establishing an environmental assessment program for measuring and controlling ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposures; to initiate research for radiation-related investigations; and if necessary, determine what  protective controls are needed to protect public health from the undesired effects of non-ionizing radiation. " (Emphasis added.)

    17. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Berry Bartolillo NEVADA CITY, CA
      • about 6 hours ago

      I was radiated by 6 smartmeters on my small apartment. They are extremely dangerous to all living beings.

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    • Paul Kinzelman PERALTA, NM
      • 2 days ago

      I think it's important to study the issue in a non-partisan way to quantify the danger.

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    • Andres Canales Molina COLMENAR VIEJO, SPAIN
      • 2 days ago

      It is a very important issue: there are people much more sensible to radiationes from mobile phones, wifis, etc., who are currently severely discriminated, as they cannot be integrated into society. More than that, current studies indicate that no one is safe with current levels of radiations, so it is very urgent to review the current legal limits.

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    • barbara cruickshank CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • 10 days ago

      we are all being affected by EMF/RF

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    • Randall Glass MCLEANSBORO, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • about 1 month ago

      I am sensitive to RF radiation from smart meters, and computers.

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