400 medical & public health professionals oppose FCC plans: FCC urged to update RF radiation guidelines to protect Americans from harm

Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM

400 medical & public health professionals oppose FCC plans: FCC urged to update RF radiation guidelines to protect Americans from harm

Press Release, Americans for Responsible Technology, June 18, 2020

Media Contact: Doug Wood (516) 423-6021

(New York) More than four hundred medical and public health professionals have signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to update its human exposure guidelines for radio-frequency (RF) microwave radiation before approving additional wireless technologies. The letter, filed yesterday in a regulatory procedure, highlights the FCC’s failure to consider the established and newly emerging science on RF radiation and its adverse impacts on human health, particularly for vulnerable populations including children and pregnant women.

“Americans are entitled to know the full extent of any potential health risks associated with exposure to RF microwave radiation, particularly at this time when wireless companies are busy installing hundreds of thousands of new wireless antennas in close proximity to homes and apartments,” the letter states, noting the Commission’s obligation to ensure the “safety of life” for all Americans as set forth in the Communications Act of 1934.

The letter was organized by Americans for Responsible Technology, a national coalition of more than 140 grassroots organizations across 42 states working to educate communities about the health impacts of exposure to RF microwave radiation and opposing further deployment of 5G-enabled wireless antennas in residential areas.

“Science moves slowly, and while this may be inconvenient for the restless purveyors of wireless technologies, it does not excuse the Commission from its obligation to protect public health and safety,” the letter states. “Waiting for decades to learn whether or not these exposures increase disease rates in human populations and in the natural world is a dangerous and irresponsible strategy.”

The full text of the letter below:

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING
June 17, 2020
Ms. Marlene H. Dortch
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
RE: Comments on the FCC’s Proposed Rule (Docket No. 19-226): “Targeted Changes to
the Commission’s Rules Regarding Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic
Fields”
Dear Ms. Dortch,
As medical and public health professionals, we are writing to express our opposition to the above
captioned rule because of the Commission’s failure to adequately consider the established and
newly emerging science on RF microwave radiation and its impact on human health, particularly
for vulnerable populations.
First and foremost, the proposed rule completely ignores the documented adverse health effects
that can occur at the FCC’s current radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits, much less those that
may occur at the expanded range of frequencies contemplated in the proposed rule. That the
Commission fails to even mention ‘health effects’, ‘toxicity’, or ‘carcinogenicity’ anywhere in
this document is astonishing, given the extensive and expanding scientific literature currently
available and the Commission’s obligation to ensure the “safety of life” for all Americans as set
forth in the Communications Act of 1934.
To address the specific issues raised in the proposed rule, we offer these comments:
Response to Paragraphs 125 and 126 – The Commission appears to be pushing ahead with
plans for the next generation of wireless while scientists are still documenting evidence of cancer
and other biological harms from 2G, 3G and 4G exposures. There are no human or animal
studies yet on these much higher frequencies, but an absence of studies does not mean an
absence of harm. The Commission’s own admission that it is unaware of adverse non-thermal
effects demonstrates either a failure to actively investigate the issue and engage with scientists
studying the short and long-term biological impacts to the human population and possible
interference with systems of the natural world, or a conscious effort to disregard science to
facilitate the rapid deployment of new technologies to benefit industry.
Response to Paragraphs 131-135 – Averaging RF microwave exposures over time may be
convenient for manufacturers seeking to comply with FCC limits, but this is not how humans
experience these exposures. To our knowledge, there is no scientific basis for the claim that
periodic, high-level exposures are not harmful. As one scientist remarked recently, the average
wind speed in Tornado Alley is 6 miles per hour.
As such, we do not support the proposed change to allow manufacturers to produce wireless
devices that govern their own radiation power output by averaging radiated power, especially for
notebooks and tablets frequently used by children who, according to the International Agency for
Research on Cancer (IARC), are more vulnerable to RF radiation than adults. Given the
increasing use of wireless devices by children and adolescents, we encourage the FCC to seek
out and utilize testing protocols that reflect real-world situations as has been suggested by the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The FCC should establish temporal limits for both
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and power density.
Response to Paragraphs 141-143 – We recommend that before the Commission considers even
tentative approval of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) devices operating at ranges in excess of 50
cm., that it first require manufacturers to conduct pre-market testing to demonstrate the safety of
such devices when used in all possible “worst case” scenarios, and to develop mitigation
techniques that can limit or eliminate inadvertent or collateral damage to the public. Such an
analysis must include consideration of non-thermal biological impacts.
* * *
Science moves slowly, and while this may be inconvenient for the restless purveyors of wireless
technologies, it does not excuse the Commission from its obligation to protect public health and
safety. Thus, considerations of human safety must come first in any decisions made by the
Commission and we strongly urge the FCC to reconsider and re-evaluate its RF exposure
standards with full consideration of potential adverse health effects for the general public as well
as for occupational exposures.
Americans are entitled to know the full extent of any potential health risks associated with
exposure to RF microwave radiation, particularly at this time when wireless companies are busy
installing hundreds of thousands of new wireless antennas in close proximity to homes and
apartments. The determination of risk can best be evaluated from properly conducted,
independent studies. The alternative of waiting for decades to learn whether or not these
exposures increase disease rates in human populations and in the natural world is a dangerous
and irresponsible strategy.
Thank you for your consideration of these comments.
Sincerely,
Fatima Saleh Ahmed AlHammadi, MD
Bill Akpinar, MD
George Allibone, MD
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD
Anthony M. Aurigemma, MD
Tiffany Baer, MD
Ricardo Bartelme, MD
Chandramohan Batra, MD
Alex Bekker, MD
Les Berenson, MD
Robin A Bernhoft, MD
Mario Brus, MD
Marie-Claire Buckley, MD
Larry Burk, MD
Julie Calderwood, MD
Dawn L. Cannon, MD
Hyla Cass, MD
Ram Chandra, MD
Perry A
. Chapdelaine Jr., MD
Rowena Chua, MD
Catherine Clark, MD
Wendy S
. Cohen, MD
Angela Colbeck, MD
Eric Cordon, MD
Ann F
. Corson, MD
Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD
Jennifer M
. Cunningham, MD
Scott Cunningham, MD
Geraldine DePaula, MD
Laurel DeStefano, MD B. Dudney, MD
Ron Dushkin, MD
Larysa Dyrszka, MD
David Eisenberg, MD
Erica Elliott, MD
Barbara Entl, MD
Darren Esposito, MD
Jill Fetell, MD
Mitchell A
. Fleisher, MD
Barbara Rugo Focht, MD
Kelly Fox, MD
Jonathan T
. Franklin, MD
Tracy Freeman, MD
Mary Gabriele, MD
Kathryn Gill, MD
Sharon Goldberg, MD
Martha M
. Grout, MD
George Guess, MD
Korianne Haas, MD
Karen Harris, MD
Travis L
. Herring, MD
Richard Horowitz, MD
Jason Hurbanek, MD
April M
. Hurley, MD
Toril H
. Jelter, MD
Richard Johnson, MD
Janis Johnson, MD
Sudha Kailas, MD, PhD
Faiz Khan, MD
Gabriele Knaus, MD
Benjamin Kohn, MD
Laura Koniver, MD
Athena Kostidis, MD
Constantine A
. Kotsanis, MD
Daciana Lancu, MD
Kim Lane, MD
Laura Lasater, MD
Chris Lawinski, MD
Carol Lien
-Kieu Thi Le, MD
Ching Lee, MD
Alice Lee, MD
Megan Leivant, MD
Edward Levitan, MD
Tudor Marinescu, MD
Anton Mathey, MD
Sherman McCall, MD, PhD
Stephanie McCarter, MD
Julia W
. McCutcheon, MD
Joseph McNamara, MD
Richard Mills, MD
Joseph T
. Morgan, MD, FAAP
Leah Morton, MD
Jeffrey Mueller, MD
Gudrun Murti, MD
Sonya Naryshkin, MD
Neil Nathan, MD
Raymond Richard Neutra, MD, PhD
Mona Nicolae, MD
Kathleen Nolan, MD
Baran Nosratpour, MD
Nicholas J
. Nossaman, MD
Michelle O’Neill, MD
Greta N
. Park, MD
Michelle Perro, MD
Alan Peterson, MD
Laura Pines, MD
Lawrence A
. Plumlee, MD
Angel Polimeni, MD
Divray Prahbat, MD
Edwin M
. Quiñones, MD
Miriam Rahav, MD
Rohit Ramanath, MD
Ezra B
. Riber, MD
Bruce Rind, MD
Ronald D
. Rosen, MD
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
Steven Roy, MD
Cindy Lee Russell, MD
Natalie Sadler, MD
Yusef Saleeby, MD
Irene Sebastian, MD, PhD
Michael Selden, MD
Mark Shebuski, MD
Debbi Silverman, MD
Marjorie Slankard, MD
Allan Spreen, MD
William M
. Steely, MD
Yai Supawit Burankul, MD
Teresa Belle Su, MD
MaryKelly Sutton, M
D
Carol Taccetta, MD
Wallace Taylor, MD
Shadi Tehrani, MD
Glenn A
. Thomas, MD
Glenn Tillery, MD
Judy Tsafrir, M
D
Jonathan Vellinga, MD
Alan R
. Vinitsky, MD
Drue O
. Wagner, MD
Mignon Walker, MD
Bradford S Weeks, MD
Richard Wilkerson, MD
Jane Deborah Williams, MD
Kenneth A Wolkoff, MD
Savely Yurkovsky, MD
Anne Zuzelski, MD
Reem Abu
-Sbaih, DO
Judith Aldrich, DO
Muneer Ali, DO
Runa Basu, DO
Sunil Bhat, DO
Anthony Biano, DO
Elliott S Blackman, DO
Jacqueline Chan, DO
Sheree Cloer, DO
Karin Cseak, DO
Elva Jo Edwards, DO
Anthony M Fernandez, DO
Bill Foley, DO
Rebecca Frye, DO, MPH
James E
. Gaydos, DO
Daniel Gibbons, DO
Melanie Gisler, DO
Jacey Goddard, DO
Harold Goodman, DO
Edward Hagen, DO
Robert Lee, DO
Patricia Leone, DO
Claudia Marcelo, DO
Lisa Milder, DO
Christine Mitchell, DO
Jason Nurnberg, DO
Kate Peters, DO
Rena Salyer, DO
Zohra F Siddiqi, DO
Kim Tripp, DO, PhD
Michelle Veneziano, DO
Rajiv Yadava, DO
William Domb, DMD
Kelly Butler, DDS
Harry Chadha, DDS
Fen
-Hui Chen, DDS
Richard Crum, DDS
Dennis Mihalka, DDS
Christelle Renta, ARNP
Angela Agrios, ND
Marc C Bricca, ND
Carol Cuenca, ND
Sally Boyd Daughtrey, ND
Lindsey Louise Donahue, ND
Petra Dorfsman, ND
Alexander Haskell, ND
Melissa Sophia Joy, ND
Rachel Roberts Oppitz, ND
John Ruhland, ND
Lee Samatowic, ND
Steven Sandberg
-Lewis, ND
Katharine Ayers, DC
Debby Baskin, DC
George Burdi, DC
Brenda Davis, DC
John R. De Cotiis, DC
Fred DiDomenico, DC
Michael S. Evangel, DC
Jennifer Finkbeiner, DC
Ed Grauke, DC
Michon Hawkins, DC
Jere Jarrett, DC
Keith Jassy, DC
Lori Morris, DC
Tammy Ruefli, DC
Nicholas H. Schar, DC
Kris Van Oeveren, DC
Dale Schusterman, DC
William Thornton, DC, NMD
Thomas Tumbarello, DC
Spencer G. Williams, DC
Rick Wren, DC
Rachna Kapoor, MPH
Abby Kurth, MPH
Angelo Aguila, RN, MSN
Alexandra J Attie, RN, BSN
Rebekah Bankowski, RN
Tuesday Benavidez-Knight, RN
Betty Bente, RN
Pamela M Berndt, RN
Chris Calkins, RN
Francine Cannata, RN
Manju Carrow, RN
Su Chase-Ziolek, RN
Virginia Corliss, RN
Huguette Cormier, RN
Barbara Cruickshank, RN, MSN
Jennifer Dages, RN, BSN
Veronica DeMaria, RN
Jennifer Erenberg, RN
Diane Ferguson, RN, MSN
Janice Flatto, RN
Judy Fleming, RN
Natalie Ford, RN
Ella Gonik, RN
Cindy Gough, RN
Teresa Gregurek, RN
Christen Renee Greto, RN
Diane Grevell, RN
Pamela A Grusauskas, RN
Chauna L Hall, RN
Sharon Hansen, RN
Terry Hawkinson, RN
Diane Hayes, RN, BSN
Joanne Hibbert, RN
Sabre Reign King, RN
Gayle Klor, RN
Ann Kosel, RN, BSN
Shirlynn LaChapelle, RN, BSN, MSN
Ronda L. Lawrence, RN
Deborah Lazar, RN
Sara Lobato, RN, BSN
Denise LoGuidice, RN
Terra Louise, RN
Alexandra J Lynch, RN, BSN
Angela Lyubarsky, RN
Mary Ann Masesar, RN, BN
Kim McGee, RN
Cynthia McGrane, RN
Pat Metcalf, MSN, ARNP
Thomas Messinger, RN
Margie Miller, ARNP
Rabab Mohsin, RN
Janine Morrell, BSN, MSN, ARNP
Julie Mummert, RN
Sarah Murray, RN BSN
Tracy Navar, RN
Jessica O’Byrne, RN
Susan Pegram, RN
James Perloff, RN
Anna Pritchard, RN
Joseph A. Querciagrossa, RN
Harriet McCoy, ARPN
Christelle Renta, ARNP
Aleka Ruggiero, RN
Cynthia Saint Cyr, RN, MSN
Melinda Salvestrin, RN
Jeanne Sandecki, RN, BSN
Jeanne Schirm, RN
Rebecca Serkez, RN
Laura Sheehan, BSN, DC
Rebecca J. Smith, RN
Jindriska Stewart, RN
Margaret Sutherlin, RN
Mary E Tiplady, RN
Angela Thompson, APRN
Kathy Urratia, RNC
Carolyn Walker, MSN, ARNP
Marki Webber, RN
Amy Weiss-Friedman, RN, BSN
Randye L. Williams, RN
Laura Williams, RN
Nancy Williams, RN
Mara Williams, RN, MSN
Brenda S. Wolfe, RN
Kathy Allard, PhD
Ruth Anderson, PhD
Bhaskar Banerji, PhD
Forian Braich, PhD, DDS
Marissa Brand, PhD
Tom Bulter, PhD
William Collinge, PhD, MPH
Steven Fenwick, PhD
Roberta Godbe-Tipp, PhD
Joaquim I Goes, PhD
Elizabeth A Goldblatt, PhD
Molly Hauck, PhD
Paul Héroux, PhD
Olle Johansson, PhD
Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN
Mahin Khatami, PhD
Henry Lai, PhD
M. Lynn Lamoreux, PhD
Kathryn Luchok, PhD
Trevor Marshall, PhD
Grettel Martinez, PhD
Deb Moore, PhD
Robin Nemeroff, PhD
Sylvia P Onusci, PhD, CNS
Molly Perkins, PhD
Quila Rider, PhD
Steven Schram, PhD, DC
Richard Shane, PhD
Diane M Testa, PhD
Lisa Tully, PhD
Christine VanderWoude, PhD
Linda (Angelique) Varsou-Papadimitriou,
PhD, MPH
Carolyne Yakaboski, PhD
Kay A Baker, LMT
Shelly Allen, LSCW
Ivy Amar, CAP
Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C
Mercedes Barnek, CCH
Stacy Barnes
Raylene Blandino, PA-C
Michael Bohdan Slonetsky, LAc, OMD
Joe Bonacci, MS, LAc
Susann Brady, APN
Kelley Brooksher, HHC
Joyce Brown, CNC
Audrey Burstein, RRT
Rita Campbell, MA HP
Antoinette Caruso, FNTP, CGP
Laurie Chaikin, OD, OTR
Karen Christensen, HN
Susan Clark Laughlin, CNHP
Lacey Cohen, ANCP-BC
Heather Cunningham, LAc
Deana Darby, AHC
Lori Deutsch, DAOM, LAc
Jane E Maier, CN
Laurie Eisler, MA
Howard F. Robins, DPM
Chris Fabijanic, LAc
Debra Falkenberg, LPN
Brandon Ferro
Adriana Finnie, MFT
JoAnne Fox, RT (CT)
Ariela Friedman, MSW
Elizabeth G Eisenberg, RAP
Larisa Goldin, LMT, MBA
Susan Greenberg, FNP-BC
Jacqueline Greenfield
Shelley H. Lane, LAc, OMD
Maureen Hartker, LAc
Diane Hashem, PharmD
Rita Heinz, LCSW
Pauline Helen Spiros, MFT
Shila Helmer, SLPA, MRET
Christina Hilderbrandt, CMT, CCM
David Holm, RRT-NPS
Randy Ice, PT, CCS
Loretta Ivory, CMH, CNM
Elizabeth Jane Meaney, MPAS, PA-C
Allison Jobke, LPC, NCC
Alexandra Kaufman
Lumiel Kim-Hammerich, LAc, DAOM
Shirley J. Knight
Susan L. Johnson, PT
Barbara L. Lockwood, DPM
Brandon LaGreca, LAc, MAcOM
Emma Lam, PT
Michael Legge
Stephanie Leraris, RDH
Tina E. Lewis, MMSC, PA-C, CAQ
Edward Lucey, MSW, LMSW
Kathleen Lynn Cliff, LMT
Margaret M. Glaser, NCSP
Suzanne M. Harris, DC, FHP
Deborah Manke, ANP-BC, HNP
Karen McBride
Wayne Mosteller, PharmD
Nicole Cronkhite, LMT, E-RYT
Gustavo Padilla, EMT
Keith J. Pelletier, MHS, CCP, LP, MBA
Linda Piatt, APRN
Joan R. Polzin, LCSW, MSW
Sara Reeder, PA
Sarah Reilly, CNC
Colleen Reiter, RDH, MS
Christine Renaud, DC, FICPA, DACCP
Jillian Rifkind, LAc
Renee Russo, IACT
Sylvia Sanchez, MSTCM
Annie Scheppach, MS, CHHC
Benjamin Schwarcz, LMFT
David A. Schwietert, DC, DABCI
Ingrid Shequin, LAc
Joanne Sherrow, BSc
Robert Sprinkle, MSW
Darina Stoyanova, CCT
Jennelle Thimmesch, LMT
Robert Thompson, MS, RPh, BCNSP
Alice Tobin, EEMCP
Jody L. Truesdale, PA-C
Nancy Van Dover, DVM, OMD, LAc
Star Tyrell, DPT
Janice Winton, OTR/L
Carolyn B. Welcome, PA-C
Carol Wong, PT

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