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Sep 15
2014

Legal & Public Health Problems of the Wireless Age

Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Guest Post by Deborah Kopald

FULL ARTICLE

" The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. "An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi", which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.

"Some people who lived too close to TV broadcast and radar towers developed symptoms of Microwave Sickness, a condition observed in military and industrial occupational settings during the Cold War. The next wave of microwave-emitting infrastructure, cell towers, lived up to the billing of their military and industry-owned cousins with subsequent studies (none were commissioned in the United States) showing elevated numbers of people within 1,500 feet experiencing symptoms of Microwave Sickness. . . 

" . . . The current proposal by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to turn 7,500 payphones in New York City and 2,500 additional locations into high-powered wireless hotspots would cause the city to engage in systemic violations of its own code. The New York City Human Rights Law offers reasonable accommodation to persons with many medical conditions including pregnant women (as of January, 2014). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued recommendations in 2012 stating that people with most medical conditions would benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation exposure, and epidemiologist Devra Davis stated that pregnant women should avoid proximity to wireless routers at a press conference in New York City in June, 2014. Today, pregnant women and people with many medical conditions can assert reasonable accommodation by getting routers turned off indoors; once the hotspots, which are much higher powered than a router, are rolled out, the sidewalks will become inaccessible to some; others will not be able to follow doctors' orders if they must go to the city of New York and simply walk on a street."

[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]




Aug 21
2014

Court Raises Bar for Least-Intrusive Means Test

Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article

  • Court Case Illuminates Problems of Time-limited Permits
  • Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings 
"American Tower V. City of San Diego also addresses the issue of whether or not a public hearing should be required under California state law for a change to an existing antenna structure. Wireless advocates hold that legislative language in Section 6409(a) that "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request" precludes the need for a public hearing.

"The court states that the automatic approval of American Tower's applications without a hearing would deprive landowners of their property rights and would violate due process.

"[American Tower] claims that the automatic approval of its conditional users permit applications would not constitute a substantial or significant deprivation ... because the facilities are already in existence, their continued presence cannot possibly deprive adjacent landowners of any property rights," the court wrote. "This argument ignores [American Tower's] obligation to return the sites to their original condition now that the original conditional-use permits have expired by their terms.

"Dozens of antennas perched on hundreds of feet of towers alongside hundreds of square feet of equipment shelters may not seem like a cognizable impact to [American Tower], but we believe most landowners would beg to differ," the court added.




Aug 13
2014

Stop Those Infernal Towers: A Newsletter

50,000-watt AM radio transmitter proposed for the Tsawwassen Peninsula

Steve Wolff is heading up a fight re. a cell tower on the border between Pt. Roberts, Washington and Delta, B.C. They have two lawyers working on this and there will be a hearing in October, 2014.




Jul 26
2014

FCC's Exposure Standards: "Out of Date and Inapplicable"

US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards - Take Back Your Power

"Birds have "nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death"

Includes VIDEO


"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.

"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a Federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: . . .




Jul 20
2014

Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Hazards and Solutions

NEWSLETTER April - June, 2014 - Professor Girish Kumar, Electrical Engineering Dep't IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India

Mobile Phones and Public Health - Myths and Reality

  • Ionizing vs Non-Ionizing Radiation- DNA Damage and Cancer
  • Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Effect on Infertility 
  • Cell Phone Radiation Effect on Hearing Loss 
  • Cell Phone/Tower Radiation Effect on eyes (Vision Problems)  
  • Global Studies 
  • Various Health Problems and More




Jul 14
2014

National Parks England & Mobile Operators Association Accord - U.K.

Launch July 2014 - The Mobile Operators Association has struck a deal with National Parks England to provide improved mobile coverage for the benefit of local communities



Link to The Telegraph: National Parks [U.K.] to get mobile signal boost

"England's National Parks are set to benefit from improved mobile coverage, following an agreement between National Parks England the Mobile Operators Association, which represents EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

"The aim of the deal is to help communities living in National Parks to benefit from consistent high quality mobile connectivity, while minimising any adverse environmental impacts.

"Operators will be encouraged to share masts where possible, and come up with alternative designs and innovative proposals to enable networks to be deployed in an manner that protects the rich wildlife and cultural heritage of the parks.

The agreement was launched by government ministers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

"Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. Related Articles Android L vs iOS 8: what is different? 09 Jul 2014 Post Office to enter mobile phone market 08 Jul 2014 Microsoft's Lumia 930 receives UK launch date 07 Jul 2014 Mobiles 'could be barred from flights' if not charged 06 Jul 2014 Veho: portable smartphone chargers HSBC

"They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years. The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks."

"Environment Minister Lord de Mauley added that National Parks are living, working places, worth more than £4bn to the national economy. It is therefore essential that businesses and homes in the parks have access to 21st century communications.

"This spirit of cooperation is exactly what is needed to bring modern technology to remote areas so we can close the digital divide and help grow our rural economy," he said.

"The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England, including Broads Authority, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities.

"Exmoor's National Park Officer, Nigel Stone, said that National Park Authorities have developed good working relationships with the installers of mobile phone networks, and welcome interest from mobile operators."




Jun 8
2014

Court of appeal gives nod to City of Chateauguay (QUEBEC)

Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the City of Chateauguay right down the line regarding the implementation of telecommunications towers on its territory.

"In a judgment handed down on Friday, May 30, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the City of Chateauguay right down the line regarding the implementation of telecommunications towers on its territory.

"In a first judgment dated July 2, 2013, Quebec Superior Court ruled in favour of the City concerning its request made to Rogers Communications Inc. to install a telecommunications tower on a lot acquired through expropriation at 50 Industrial Blvd. But the same court also affirmed that the City had acted in bad faith regarding the lot belonging to Mrs. Christina White. The judgment of last Friday confirms the right of the City to the expropriation and reverses the original decision which stipulated that the City had acted in bad faith.

"In her judgment, Judge Julie Dutil indicates that the Law on Cities and Towns grants municipalities the power to possess immovables for the purposes of land claims and expropriation. The Council can, by conforming to the provisions of articles 571 and 572, and to the expropriation procedures prescribed by law, appropriate all buildings or part of a building or servitude if needed for municipal purposes.

"For Chateauguay Mayoress Nathalie Simon, the Court of Appeal's decision is a great victory for all municipalities.
"The Court of Appeal is clear: the cities can decide what type of development that it wishes to have on their territory. It is also a beautiful victory for the citizens whose opinion was a determining factor in this decision."

The full press relese can be found here.




Apr 18
2014

Rogers rolls out more powerful 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 3 cities

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto: Company paid $3.3B for spectrum in federal auction earlier this year

Vancouver: north to Pender, south to Howe; east to Beach and west to Broughton; parts of Barclay to Georgia; Denman to Lost Lagoon.

Calgary: 10th Avenue S.W. to Prince's Island Park and 11th Street S.W. to First Street S.W.

Toronto: west to Yonge east to the DVP; north to Rosedale Valley Rd. (just north of Bloor) and south to Carlton.

"The company will be rolling out the spectrum gradually on its high-speed LTE network across the country, in both urban and rural areas. . . . 

"The federal government earned $5.27 billion from the auction of 97 licences for the coveted 700-megahertz spectrum, which was previously used for over-the-air analog TV signals . . . .

PETITION




Apr 14
2014

Frank Clegg (C4ST) re Health Canada and Safety Code 6

Interview on Newstalk 1290 CJBK - London Ontario, April 12, 2014

Following the publication of the RSC Review of Health Canada's Safety Code 6, Frank Clegg speaks to Andy Oudman and Pam Killeen on Newstalk 1290 and explains why he's unhappy with the "rubber stamp" that the RSC has given, and what is next . . . .

INTERVIEW




Apr 14
2014

Scientists Speak Out

C4ST - RSC Conflicted Review of Safety Code 6 Released

Two Scientists Break Silence on "Major Flaws" in Royal Society's Recent Report on Safety of Cell Phones and Towers, Smart Meters and Wi-Fi -

C4ST - CNW - April 14, 2014:

OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Two peer reviewers involved in this month's Royal Society report on wireless safety say the results cannot be trusted, because the Panel ignored evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to humans.

 

The scientific reviewers also said key panelists were in conflict of interest as they regularly accept funding from wireless and energy companies.

 

One of the reviewers, Dr. Martin Blank, holds two PhD's and has published more than 200 papers at Columbia University on the health effects of wireless radiation. The other reviewer, Dr. Anthony Miller MD, is Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

 

Both say the Royal Society panel ignored scientific evidence published over the past five years. As peer reviewers, they noted some panelists were conflicted and others lacked sufficient expertise.

 

"The Royal Society panel has failed in its obligation to the public," said Dr. Miller. "It ignored recent evidence that wireless radiation is a probable carcinogen." 

 

Dr. Miller said he is most concerned about involuntary exposure, such as children exposed to Wi-Fi in schools.

 

Dr. Blank said the Royal Society dismissed definitive studies that prove wireless radiation causes harm to human cells, including sperm cells when men carry phones in their pockets.

 

"We don't need further study to lower safety limits," said Dr. Blank.  "There is already enough evidence to recommend lower limits for wireless radiation in Canada."

 

The Royal Society's panel has been mired in controversy. Last summer, the original Chair resigned after a conflict of interest was exposed in the media. The Royal Society promised to publish the remaining scientists' conflicts in its final report, but did not.

 

SOURCE Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST)

 

For further information: Background: www.C4ST.org/break-silence, Interviews: media@c4st.org, PH: 705-444-9662

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