Italian RF Study “Reinforces” U.S. NTP Finding Ramazzini’s Belpoggi Calls for IARC To Reassess RF Cancer Risk

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Italian RF Study “Reinforces” U.S. NTP Finding

Ramazzini’s Belpoggi Calls for IARC To Reassess RF Cancer Risk

Partial results of the Ramazzini Institute’s RF–animal study, which show a statistically significant increase in tumors in the hearts of male rats exposed to GSM radiation, were officially released today. They appear in Environmental Research, a peer-reviewed journal.

As we reported last month, the Ramazzini finding of Schwann cell tumors —called schwannomas— in the rat hearts is consistent with a similar finding by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) in a $25 million RF project.

In an interview with Microwave News, Fiorella Belpoggi, the senior author of the new paper and the director of the Ramazzini Institute’s Research Center in Bologna, Italy, offered her views on the new results, the parallels with those of the NTP and the implications for IARC’s designation of the cancer risk of RF radiation.
Read the exclusive Interview here.

Louis Slesin, PhD

Editor, Microwave News

Halifax Water’s smart meters raising privacy concerns

Halifax Water’s smart meters raising privacy concerns

CTV Atlantic
Published Wednesday
March 21, 2018 9:21PM ADT 
Smart Meters
New smart meters being rolled out by Halifax Water
may be just a bit too smart for some homeowners


New smart meters being rolled out by Halifax’s water utility may be just a bit too smart for some homeowners.

The meters collect information about usage every few minutes. They feed data to a box outside the house, which transmits it to collector points every six minutes. It all winds up in servers controlled by Halifax Water.

“I understand why people are worried about it, especially in today’s age where you hear a lot and read a lot about data breaches,” says Cathie O’Toole, CFO of Halifax Water.

Halifax Water updated council on Tuesday while discussing its business plan. Councillor Richard Zurawsky admitted he wasn’t thrilled with the idea of information being collected and stored about his water usage.

“I have an appointment with Halifax Water to put a smart meter in, and I’m digging my heels in. I don’t want that in there because I just don’t know enough about it,” Zurawsky told council Tuesday.

The utility insists all of its data is restricted and compartmentalized.

“We protect our data with encryption and proprietary protocols,” says O’Toole. “Any data we collect resides on servers that are inside Canada, and in some cases, actually inside Halifax Water under our own control.”

O’Toole says if a hacker did get in, they wouldn’t get far.

“All they would get would be a string of numbers that would make no sense to them because it wouldn’t have any context,” she says.

Halifax Water is hoping to install more than 84,000 smart meters in a two-year period.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.

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