USA: Belangenverstrengeling 3; FCC

zondag, 21 juli 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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18 juli 2013

Cell Phone-Cancer Link to Be Revisited

Gultekin says his research represents the first time absorption is measured in real brain tissue. The methods FCC approved in 1996 for wide certification of cell phones was not derived from research that penetrated the tissue to measure absorption.

This leaves researchers and epidemiologists to wonder: Is there a direct correlation between SAR of radiation and disease, such as brain cancer?

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“Brain cancer can take 20 to 30 years to develop,” said Crofton, so the concern with having the FCC not up to date on its standards and not responsive to the science is that by the time regulators wake up to the facts there could be a global health crisis.”

Crofton draws comparisons with the delayed response to the asbestos problem in America. “It took a hundred years for regulators to respond to that crisis, but the threat from not just cell phones, but WiFi networks and cell towers is immediate and widespread,” she said.

Both Gultekin and Crofton see an urgent need for the FCC to update its standards for mobile devices.

Recently President Obama chose former telecommunications industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler to head the FCC. Reaction to his nomination has been mixed, with some saying his appointment would make American telecommunications more competitive. Others are concerned that he is too closely associated with the industry to be depended upon to update standards for certification of mobile devices.

“The FCC chairman in June called for further investigation,” said Crofton. “Scientists were solicited to send in data, but nobody is very hopeful that much change is going to take place. This could just be a public relations exercise.”

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