Oregon (and the world) is facing an unprecedented environmental challenge: wireless technology. Our cell phones, towers, “smart” meters, security systems, routers, etc. are exposing us to microwave radiation billions of times stronger than occurs in nature (1). The wireless industry assures us this technology is safe, but is it? FCC safety standards set back in 1996 claim there are no biological or harmful effects from microwave radiation below thermal heating of tissue, but thousands of newer worldwide scientific studies refute this claim. The recent twenty-five million dollar National Toxicology Program, and the later Ramazzini study, state unequivocally that microwave radiation causes cancer at levels much lower than the standards set by the FCC (2). Other studies of low-level microwave reveal DNA breakage, blood cell clumping, sperm cell death, disruption of the blood/brain barrier and increased inflammation. Symptoms can include headache, insomnia, irritability, heart arrhythmias, tinnitus, fatigue, rashes, and vertigo, as part of a long list (3).
The FCC has set microwave radiation safety standards that are 100-times higher than other countries, such as China and Switzerland (10 W/m2 compared to .1 W/m2) ((4). Why the 100-fold difference? Critically, there are no clinical trials or studies regarding the effects of exposure to multiple levels of microwave radiation from multiple sources, particularly over time. A Cornet Microwave [measuring] Meter reveals that it is now common here in the Rogue Valley to be exposed to levels 10-times higher than what is permitted in China, especially in downtown areas of our cities. Exactly how harmful is long-term exposure to microwave? The bottom line is that no one really knows yet, not the FCC, not the Oregon PUC – no one! It will be years before assessment becomes possible, which means we are the experiment!
In 2015, Harvard University published a tract entitled, “Captured Agency: How the FCC is Dominated By The Industries It Presumably Regulates” (5). This article describes the on-going revolving door between the wireless industry and government. Both former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai came directly from chairing CTIA, the wireless industry’s primary lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler went directly back to CTIA as soon as his term at the FCC was over. Sadly, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission continues to repeat outdated FCC guidelines, while ignoring thousands of current studies bringing these guidelines into serious question.
The wireless industry has taken extraordinary measures to convince us that its devices are safe; see the Nation magazine article, “How the Wireless Industry Convinced Us that Microwave Is Safe” (6). The wireless industry is second only to the pharmaceutical industry in terms of spending lobbying/campaign dollars to influence legislators (7). They have also used their financial clout to convince environmental groups that microwave radiation is “green” energy, but with so many unanswered questions as to the biological effects of microwave radiation, this claim has not been conclusively proven and may have no basis in reality (8). They also succeeded in placing a draconian passage in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Section 704, which decrees that states and communities cannot reject anything wireless because of environmental concerns, including health concerns! If wireless is so safe, why did they put such a proviso in? And why do insurance companies refuse to offer insurance against microwave health claims? At member meetings, wireless companies warn investors of potential future losses from health-claim lawsuits, but they don’t share that information with their customers!
As questionable as all this is, an even more questionable scenario looms over us, literally: the already approved plan to launch 2,000 satellites that will beam 5G-microwave radiation over every square inch of Planet Earth (9). The potential for “unintended consequences” is staggering and completely violates the Precautionary Principle: “Do not proceed without due caution!” 5G is currently being implemented and tested in several cities across the nation. However, even before the results have been sufficiently collected and studied, the wireless industry is already proceeding with their worldwide plan. Alarmed scientists in multiple countries have signed an International Appeal (10) to halt this presumptuous plan, but so far the wireless industry has prevailed.
In December 2018. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on the FCC to halt the rollout of 5G and PROVE that the technology is safe, before investing billions of dollars in infrastructure and possibly damaging life on earth forever. To date, the FCC has rejected his concerns, just as they and the Oregon PUC continue to reject local concerns. http://www.freedom2sayno2smartmeters.org in the Rogue Valley continues to apprise us of this situation, but frankly it is a steep, uphill battle, given the overwhelming resources of the wireless industry. For decades, government ignored clear evidence of harm from the tobacco and asbestos industries – and millions died! Are we now looking at a similar scenario?
Given the many unknowns, conflicting scientific studies, and numerous anecdotal claims of harm, the wireless industry must be compelled to prove their technology is safe before proceeding any further. Profiteering must not displace sensible caution or disparage health concerns. A “yellow light” is flashing, and we need to heed it.
Tom Clunie D.C.
1639 Jackson Rd.
Ashland, Or 97520
(1) Planetary Electromagnetic Pollution: Lancet Dec.1 2018 The increase in artificial radio frequency radiation around the 1GHz frequency is 10 to the 18th power.
(2) National Toxicology Program (NTP) Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer; https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2018/4/feature/feature-2-cell-phone/index.htm more info at http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/science/
(3) Many scientific health studies available at www.saferemr.com
(5) Alster, Norm. Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates. 2015.
(8) Electromagnetic Fields Threaten Wildlife: available at: http://www.emfresearch.com/emf-wildlife/
(9) <a href="http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/20000-satellites…www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/20000-satellites…