Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
28 May 2011
Ref. PACE 016 (2011)
PACE calls on governments to 'take all reasonable measures' to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields
Strasbourg, 27.05.2011 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Kyiv at Standing Committee level, today called on European governments to "take all reasonable measures" to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, "and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours".
According to parliamentarians, governments should "for children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises", and put in place information and awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and on human health, especially "targeting children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age".
Following the proposals of the rapporteur (
Governments should "reconsider the scientific basis for the present electromagnetic fields exposure standards set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, "which have serious limitations" and apply as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) principles.
The adopted resolution underlines the fact that "the precautionary principle should be applicable when scientific evaluation does not allow the risk to be determined with sufficient certainty" and stresses that "the issue of independence and credibility of scientific expertise is crucial" to achieve a transparent and balanced assessment of potential negative impacts on the environment and human health.
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The Assembly brings together 318 members from the national parliaments of the 47 member states.
Reed Passes Cell Tower Bill: Onward to the Senate
The bill passed with overwhelming support.
HB 6250 also allows the Siting Council to seek legal action should a party in the proceedings intentionally omit or misrepresent a material fact during the proceedings. This legal action can include injunction relief and a fine of up to $10,000 plus attorneys fees.
It was announced during a regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 24th. A letter from Rogers was read by the mayor Greg Moore. When he finished reading, at first, there was silence as people were shocked with disbelief. And then the room, attended by about 70 people, erupted into a raucous applause and cheers that lasted quite a while. The audience was quite simply stunned.
"We are certainly pleased that the council has decided to work on a new policy. It is a chance to do things right, like the city of Delta did last week, banning cell towers on all public properties and near residences. We will certainly be watching vigilantly and be involved in the process." said Peter Endisch. "However tonight is time to celebrate. We congratulate Rogers for listening to the community concerns and withdrawing their application".
Citizens For Safe Technology
Sex, Lives and Smartphones
CBC News May 27, 2011
Mobile devices have become virtual extensions of ourselves and they reach into every area of our lives. So what does this constant connectivity do to the brain? Ioanna Roumeliotis finds out by speaking to scientists who have been studying the effects of communication devices on brains in development.