Dept. of Health and Human Services Slams Inadequate Public Wireless Radiation Exposure Limits
Updated: May 20, 2020
In a 1999 letter written to the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the Radiofrequency Interagency Work Group (RFIAWG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services questions and criticizes the IEEE's unprotective and inadequate radiofrequency microwave radiation ("wireless radiation") exposure limits for the general public.
In 1996, the the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which sets the wireless radiation exposure limits for the general public in the United States, adopted wireless radiation exposure limits using the IEEE's recommendations as the foundation for its standards.
Since 1996, a multitude of expert agencies and organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Environmental Medicine, and the American Association for Justice have all requested that the FCC update its now 24 year-old wireless radiation limits to reflect the current growing body of independent science demonstrating serious biological harm from exposure to wireless radiation. To this day, the FCC has denied such requests.
Excerpt from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' letter to the IEEE:
"Studies continue to be published describing biological responses to nonthermal ELF-modulated and pulse-modulated RF radiation exposures that are not produced by CW (unmodulated) RF radiation. These studies have resulted in concern that exposure guidelines based on thermal effects, and using information and concepts (time-averaged dosimetry, uncertainty factors) that mask any differences between intensity-modulated RF radiation exposure and CW exposure, do not directly address public exposures, and therefore may not adequately protect the public. The parameter used to describe dose/dose rate and used as the basis for exposure limits is time-averaged SAR; time-averaging erases the unique characteristics of an intensity-modulated RF radiation that may be responsible for producing an effect."
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