Recent Environmental Health Trust Videos (EHT)
RF-EMR = Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation
Dr. Paul Heroux of McGill University — Adverse Health Effects from Densified 4G/5G RF-EMR
Devra Davis PhD at Brazilian Conference on Electromagnetic Radiation Protection — Adverse Health Effects from Densified 4G/5G RF-EMR
|Common Symptoms of||Microwave Radiation/||RF-EMR Illness|
|Headaches||Neurological problems||Bleeding from nose or ears|
|Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)||Altered brain development||Unexplained skin rashes|
|Sleeping Problems||Heart palpitations||Blood-brain Barrier Leaks|
|Concentration/Depression||Melatonin suppression||Chromosome aberrations|
|Memory problems||Hormone changes||Electromagnetic Sensitivity|
|Autism Spectrum Disorder||Sperm and ovary damage||Elevated cancer in children/adults|
New Hampshire Majority Report Recommendations — Nov 1, 2020
- Propose a resolution of the House to the US Congress and Executive Branch to require the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to commission an independent review of the current radiofrequency (RF) standards of the electromagnetic radiation in the 300MHz to 300GHz microwave spectrum as well as a health study to assess and recommend mitigation for the health harms associated with the use of cellular communications and data transmittal.
- The majority of the Commission believes that the FCC has not exercised due diligence in its mission to manage the electromagnetic environment by not setting exposure limits that protect against health effects
- Commissioned research should study the health effects of RF/MW radiation and should be conducted by an independent research organization with standards which have been mutually agreed to by all the stakeholders
- Require that the most appropriate agency (agencies) of the State of New Hampshire include links on its (their) website(s) that contain information and warnings about RF-radiation from all sources, but specifically for 4G/5G small cells deployed on public rights-of-way . . . warning of the health harms associated with RF/MW radiation exposure. Of significant importance, are warnings concerning the newborn and young as well as pregnant women.
- Require every pole or other structure in the public rights-of-way that holds a 3G, 4G or 5G antenna be labeled indicating RF-radiation being emitted above. This label should be at eye level and legible from nine feet away.
- public rights-of-way are the jurisdiction of our municipalities and not of the Federal Government
- 1996-TCA did not contemplate antennas being placed in the public rights-of way of municipalities
- Schools and public libraries should migrate away from RF wireless connections for computers, laptops, pads, and other devices, to hardwired or optical connections within a five-year period starting when funding becomes available.
- There is strong evidence that the younger the child the more susceptible they are to the negative impacts of RF/MW radiation.
- Hard-wired connections or optical wireless do not subject children to RF/MW radiation
- Signal strength measurements must be collected and accurately reported for all wireless telecommunications facilities as part of the permitting process . . . Measurements are also to be collected when changes are made to the system that might affect its RF/MW radiation, such as changes in the software controlling it. Signal strength is to be assessed under worst-case conditions in regions surrounding the tower that either are occupied or are accessible to the public, and the results of the data collection effort is to be made available to the public via a website. In the event that the measured power for a wireless facility exceeds radiation thresholds, the municipality is empo . . .The measurements are to be carried out by an independent contractor and the cost of the measurements will be borne by the site installer.
- Collecting field measurements provide the only valid approach for determining whether exposure guidelines have been met
- Some municipalities (e.g., the town of Burlington, MA) have ordinances requiring measurements of RF/MW radiation and signal strength from cell towers
- Federal law and NH law grant to municipalities the power to enact zoning rules regulating the placement of personal wireless service facilities within the geographic boundaries of the municipalities.
- Establish new protocols for performing signal strength measurements in areas around wireless facilities to better evaluate signal characteristics known to be deleterious to human health [including pulsation and modulation] as has been documented through peer-reviewed research efforts. Those new protocols are to take into account the impulsive nature of high-data-rate RF/MW radiation that a growing body of evidence shows as having a significantly greater negative impact on human health than does continuous radiation. The protocols will also enable the cumulative exposures [from multiple RF/MW sources and total exposures over time] of multiple RF/MW radiation sources to be measured.
- Current approaches to performing signal level measurements do not provide a means to evaluate the pulsing or modulation of signals, the peak values of power density exposures due to equipment limitations
- References that address the deleterious effects of pulsed radiation on organisms are given in Appendix J
- Require that any new wireless antennas located on a state or municipal right-of-way or on private property be set back from residences, businesses, and schools. This should be enforceable by the municipality during the permitting process unless the owners of residences, businesses, or school districts waive this restriction.
- Local public rights-of-way are under the jurisdiction of municipalities, and the
- Commission feels that municipalities should uphold the rights of individuals impacted by infrastructure antennas (See Appendix K)
- Upgrade the educational offerings by the NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) for home inspectors to include RF/MW intensity measurements.
- The State of New Hampshire should begin an effort to measure RF intensities within frequency ranges throughout the state, with the aim of developing and refining a continually updated map of RF exposure levels across the state using data submitted by state-trained home inspectors.
- Identify geographic areas of notably high RF exposure, places where RF signal for wireless communication is inadequate (dead spots) and places where RF is unusually low (white zones) sought by people who wish to minimize their RF exposure
- An extensive New Hampshire RF database will exist to provide useful maps and data for future public health investigations (see Appendix L)
- Strongly recommend all new cell phones and all other wireless devices sold come equipped with updated software that can stop the phone from radiating when positioned against the body.
- Some wireless smart phones already have a proximity detector to turn off the screen and soft keys when an obstacle is present
- With this change, the screen and the RF/MW antennas would automatically turned off under certain user-defined and selected conditions
- This would remove the problems of brain cancers (glioblastomas and acoustic neuromas) and the issue of exceeding SAR limits, which occur today.
- There should be a button on the unit to easily power off all antennas, for example when the unit is handed to a child
- Similar installation/use of such proximity sensors is also encouraged for laptops and tablets
- Promote and adopt a statewide position that would strongly encourage moving forward with the deployment of fiber optic cable connectivity, internal wired connections, and optical wireless to serve all commercial and public properties statewide.
- Majority of the Commission believes that fiber optic transmission is the infrastructure of the future
- RF wireless transmission lacks fiber optic’s benefits: peed, security, and reliability while avoiding biological effects on humans and the environment
- Further basic science studies are needed in conjunction with the medical community outlining the characteristics of expressed clinical symptoms related to radio frequency miocrowave radiation exposures.
- The majority of the Commission feels the medical community is in the ideal position to clarify the clinical presentation of symptoms precipitated by the exposure to radio frequency radiation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which identifies such a disability
- Basic science, clinical assessment, and epidemiological studies must be completely independent and outside of commercial influence
- Recommend the use of exposure warning signs to be posted in commercial and public buildings. In addition, encourage commercial and public buildings, especially healthcare facilities, to establish RF/MW-radiation free zones where employees and visitors can seek refuge from the effects of wireless RF/MW emissions
- Many NH citizens report sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation emitted from devices used in the delivery of in-building cellular and fixed wireless services
- Commercial and public buildings, especially healthcare facilities, voluntarily place signage at entrances identifiying the RF-levels in the building and locations of shielded RF-free zones (similar to non-smoking sections of yesteryear, but more effective)
- The State of New Hampshire should engage agencies with appropriate scientific expertise, including ecological knowledge, to develop effective RF/MW-radiation safety limits that will protect the trees, plants, birds, insects, and pollinators.
- The majority of the Commission understands that current federal RF-EMR Maximum Public Exposure (MPE) limits were made with the intention of only protecting humans from short-term RF-EMR exposures, not protecting humans from long-term -EMR exposures — which is what is actually happening when so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) are constructed in the public rights-of-way in residential zones.
- Wireless radiation from sWTF antennas is very high in a plume surrounding the antennas. The RF-EMR could exceed FCC limits for 10-15 feet from the antennas, yet this is the exact area where leaves of trees, birds, and pollinators access
- Every living organism endures higher RF-EMR exposures when in direct line of sight of wireless RF-EMR beams (see Appendix N)
- The State of New Hampshire should engage our Federal Delegation to legislate that under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the FCC do an environmental impact statement as to the effect on New Hampshire and the country as a whole from the expansion of densified RF/MW wireless infrastructure.
- The majority of the Commission agrees that any new large-scale project that will densify 4G/5G infrastructure antennas requires an environmental impact study (EIS),
- The EIS must cover the full array of planned infrastructure: the modification to existing WTFs, the new Macro cell tower WTFs, the sWTFs planned for the public-rights-of way and the thousands of planned low orbit satellites