"The reality is that U.S. safety regulations for cellphone radiation were last set 25 years ago based on science that is now outdated...”
Opinion by Jerome A. Paulson MD FAAP (see below):
If new zoning proposals before Montgomery County Council pass, our children and the rest of us may be exposed to levels of radiation that remain untested for their impact on our health and that of the environment.
While the National Toxicology Program shows clear evidence that this radiation can cause cancer and DNA damage, Montgomery County stands poised to allow cell towers closer to homes and schools with minimal restrictions.
Cellphones have become a rite of passage for our children. Most parents believe that cellphones were safety-tested before they came on the market.
We assume that our federal health and environmental agencies regularly review the latest research and ensure that these incredible devices are safe. They do not.
The reality is that U.S. safety regulations for cellphone radiation were last set 25 years ago based on science that is now outdated. Federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Cancer Institute, and the Food and Drug Administration have not carried out up-to-date full scientific review of this growing technology.
Just like the thousands of chemicals in our environment today, wireless radiation has not had appropriate oversight. It has slipped through the cracks...
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Paulson is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He is a past chair of the Council on Environmental Health at the American Academy of Pediatrics, and served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US Environmental Protection Agency.