08 Jun Governments and Organisations Concerned About Wireless Technologies
Few people question the adverse health effects associated with wireless technologies. Why would they? Surely the authorities would have assessed its safety before the technology blanketed our cities, schools and households?
A closer examination reveals a disturbing story – exposure standards set by the telecommunications industry and billions of dollars to be made at the cost of our children’s health.
Remarkably concerns about wireless technologies have been raised by progressive governments including Germany, Austria and Russia since the 1990s and yet this hasnot stopped our government from promoting the benefits of Wi-Fi in our schools.
Sourced from Cellular Phone Task Force.
1993: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The FCC’s exposure standards are “seriously flawed.”
Official comments to the FCC on guidelines for evaluation of electromagnetic effects of radio frequency radiation, FCC Docket ET 93-62, November 9, 1993.
1993: Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “FCC rules do not address the issue of long-term, chronic exposure to RF fields.” Comments of the FDA to the FCC, November 10, 1993.
1993: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): The FCC’s standard is inadequate because it “is based on only one dominant mechanism—adverse health effects caused by body heating.”
Comments of NIOSH to the FCC, January 11, 1994.
1994: Amateur Radio Relay League Bio-Effects Committee: “The FCC’s standard does not protect against non-thermal effects.” Comments of the ARRL Bio-Effects Committee to the FCC, January 7, 1994.
2000: UK Department of Education: Children under 16 should not use cell phones except in an emergency. http://www.cellular.co.za/news_2000/news-08052000_uk_schools_warned_over_radiation.htm
2002: Interdisciplinary Society for Environmental Medicine (3000 physicians in Germany) recommends banning cell phone use by children and banning cell phones and cordless phones in preschools, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, events halls, public buildings and vehicles. http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/pdfs/20021019_englisch.pdf
2003: American Bird Conservancy and Forest Conservation Council: Brought a lawsuit against the FCC because millions of migratory birds were being disoriented by microwave radiation and crashing into cell towers. http://www.ewire.com/display.cfm/Wire_ID/1498
2004: International Association of Fire Fighters opposes communication antennas on fire stations. http://www.iaff.org/HS/Facts/CellTowerFinal.asp
2005: Salzburg, Austria’s Public Health Department bans WLAN and DECT phones in public schools. http://www.safeinschool.org/2011/01/wi-fi-is-removed-from-schools-and.html
August 2005: Austrian Medical Association: Warns against Wi-Fi, cordless phones, and cell phone use by children. http://www.thepeoplesinitiative.org/Wifi_and_Schools.html
August 2005: Vienna Medical Association warns against Wi-Fi, and cell phone use by children up to age 16. http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=2&Itemid=64
2006: Frankfurt, Germany’s government states it will not install WiFi in its schools until it has been shown to be harmless. http://www.icems.eu/docs/deutscher_bundestag.pdf
2006: UK schools remove their wireless networks: Prebandal Preparatory School, Chichester, West Sussex; Ysgol Pantycelyn School in Carmarthenshirem, Wales; and Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, England. London Times, November 20, 2006. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article642575.ece
2007: Ballinderry Primary School, Ireland: Removed Wi-Fi to protect young children. http://www.safeinschool.org/2011/01/wi-fi-is-removed-from-schools-and.html
2007 Bavaria, Germany’s Parliament recommends against Wi-Fi in schools. http://www.icems.eu/docs/deutscher_bundestag.pdf
2007 Australian Democrats: The “explosion in wireless communications technology” is causing widespread illness. http://www.democrats.org.au/docs/2007/Joining_the_Dots_ExecSummary.pdf
2007: European Environmental Agency, Europe’s top environmental watchdog, calls for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10463870
2008: International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (comprised of scientists from 16 nations): Recommends limiting cell phone use by children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly. http://www.icems.eu/resolution.htm
2007: Therold, Ontario closes down its citywide Wi-Fi pilot scheme. http://www.glastonburynaturalhealth.co.uk/WhyWi-Fi.html
2008: Lakehead University, Ontario bans Wi-Fi on campus. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/15/ontario-wifi.html
2008: Madhya Pradesh, India: Bans cell phones in schools by both students and teachers. http://www.indiaedunews.net/Madhya_Pradesh/Teachers, students_unhappy_with_mobile_phone_ban_in_schools_5241/
2008: National Library of France: Removes Wi-Fi because of health concerns and limits installation to cable connections. http://www.next-up.org/pdf/FranceNationalLibraryGivesUpWiFi07042008.pdf
2008: Paris, France removes Wi-Fi from four public libraries because of health concerns. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-35451555_ITM
2008 Sainte-Geneviève University, Paris: Removes Wi-Fi from its library because of health concerns. http://www.next-up.org/pdf/AnalysisWiFiHotSpotsDeactivationSainteGenevieveLibraryParis24052008.pdf
2008: Progressive Librarians Guild recommends against wireless technology in libraries. http://libr.org/plg/wifiresolution.php
2008: Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warns that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones. http://www.radiationresearch.org/pdfs/rncnirp_children.pdf
2008 Sebastopol, California: Reneges on its contract to install citywide Wi-Fi. http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/24/town-of-sebastopol-c.html
2008: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: Children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08205/898803-114.stm
2008: Voice (UK Teachers Union) calls for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools. http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk/index.cfm/page/_sections.content.cfm/cid/1326/navid/434/parentid/330
2009: Hérouville Saint-Clair, France: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools. http://www.wifiinschools.org.uk/4.html
2009: Irish Doctors Environmental Association: Warns that current safety guidelines are “not appropriate.” http://www.ideaireland.org/
2009: Karnataka State, India: Bans cell phones in all schools and pre-university colleges. http://www.hindu.com/2009/09/14/stories/2009091454460500.htm
May 2009: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urges Congress to focus on the potential connection between electromagnetic fields and “Bee Colony Collapse”. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/emf-and-warnke-report-on-bees-birds-and-mankind/
December, 2010: French Parliament passes a law prohibiting advertising cell phones to children under 14; prohibits children up to age 14 from using cell phones in pre-schools and public schools; requires cell phones to be labeled with SAR values and a recommendation to use headsets. http://www.enviroblog.org/2010/12/french-cell-phone-radiation-disclosure-at-point-of-sale.html
May 27, 2011: Council of Europe passes a resolution recommending wired Internet connections in schools, and the creation of radiation-free zones to protect electrosensitive people. http://assembly.coe.int/Documents/AdoptedText/ta11/eRES1815.htm.
August 30, 2011: The Israeli Ministry of Education publishes guidelines strictly limiting the use of mobile phones on all school grounds, citing children’s and youths’ increased risk of malignant tumors and the “passive exposure” experienced by children who do not use phones.
September 8, 2011: Pretty River Academy in Collingwood, Ontario removes WiFi from campus as a precaution, joining Roots and Wings Montessori school in Surrey, British Columbia. http://www.safeschool.ca/uploads/CTV_School_cuts_WiFi.pdf; http://www.safeschool.ca/School_Bans_WiFi.html
Feb 13, 2012: Citing safety concerns, the Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association representing 45,000 teachers, is calling for a ban on new Wi-Fi installations in the province’s 1,400-plus Catholic schools and advocating that computers in all new schools should be hardwired as well. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/02/13/toronto-oecta-wifi.html
March, 2012: the Austrian Medical Association (ÖAK) releases guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of health problems caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields.
June 19, 2012: The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has officially recommended that WiFi not be used in schools. http://youtu.be/5CemiJ-yIA4.
25 Aug 2012: Israeli Minister of Health Rabi Yaakov Litzman states that he supports calls to action for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools. http://www.mast-victims.org/index.php?content=news&action=view&type=newsitem&id=5723
19 March 2013: The French National Assembly passed an amendment to ban Wi-Fi in their schools until it’s proven safe. Read more...