As it was reported in last weeks edition of The Woodstock Times, The Onteora Board of Education has decided to disband it ‘s Wifi Task force and push ahead with increasing WiFi in it’s schools.
On the 17 January 2016 , Dr David O Carpenter sent me directly a copy of this letter where he is pleading with Bobbi Schnell, President of The Onteora Board of Education to abandon any plans for wireless communication within schools but instead focus on wired connections where the children will not be exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields. Below is Dr O Carpenter’s reasons:
17th Jan 2016
Bobbi Schnell, President
Onteora Board of Education
Boiceville, NY 12312
Dear Ms. Schnell:
I am a public health physician who served as the Co-Editor of the Bioinitiative Report, published in 2007 as a comprehensive review of the adverse health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. I am a public health physician who previously worked for the New York State Department of Health and in that capacity was the Executive Secretary of the New York State Powerline Project, focused on the question of whether there were adverse health effects from high voltage powerlines. That study showed that elevated electromagnetic fields were associated with elevated risk of childhood leukemia. While that particular study did not investigate radiofrequency fields such as those from WiFi, many of the risks are similar.
There is strong and consistent evidence that excessive exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields has adverse human health effects. Of particular concern is the clear evidence that children are more vulnerable than adults. The best documented adverse effects are an increase in risk of cancer, but cancers do not appear immediately upon exposure but rather come years later. Within a school setting there is increasing evidence that excessive exposures reduce learning ability, which is the last thing one wants in a school. Some children will also develop a syndrome of electrohypersensitivity, where they get headaches and reduced ability to pay attention and learn. While these effects are not nearly as well documented as those relating to cancer, they are particularly important within a school. This is especially the case in a wireless computer classroom, where exposure can be very high. However there will be essentially no exposure in a wired computer classroom.
The exposure levels of the Federal Communications Commission are totally outdated and do not protect the health of the public, especially of children. I urge you to abandon any plans for wireless communication within schools. It is of course critical that all children have access to the internet, but when this is done through wired connections they will not be exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields. Yours sincerely, David O. Carpenter, M.D. Director, Institute for Health and the Environment University at Albany