In an historic decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Aug. 13, 2021, in favor of environmental health groups and petitioners, finding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) violated the Administrative Procedure Act and failed to respond to comments on environmental harm.
The court ruled that the decision by the FCC to retain its 1996 safety limits for human exposure to wireless radiation was “arbitrary and capricious.” and held that the FCC failed to respond to “record evidence that exposure to RF radiation at levels below the Commission’s current limits may cause negative health effects unrelated to cancer.”
Further, the agency demonstrated “a complete failure to respond to comments concerning environmental harm caused by RF radiation.” The court found the FCC ignored numerous organizations, scientists and medical doctors who called on them to update limits and the court found the FCC failed to address these issues.
Read about the lawsuit: https://ehtrust.org/transcript-of-press-conference-following-eht-federal-court-victory-over-fcc-wireless-radiation-safety-limits/
Read the transcript of the press conference: https://ehtrust.org/transcript-of-press-conference-following-eht-federal-court-victory-over-fcc-wireless-radiation-safety-limits/
On August 16, 2021, Environmental Health Trust held a press conference featuring Dr. Devra Davis. Human exposure guidelines for wireless radiation were last set in 1996. Davis discussed how times have changed.
"At that time gas cost $1.23 a gallon. This was a quarter of a century ago when Shaquille O'Neal and and Kobe Bryant were just young basketball players. The world is very different. Times have changed but the FCC has not," Davis said. "Phones in 1996 cost thousands of dollars
back then. Calls were not very frequent. Even worse it was assumed in 1996 that all
people carried phones in holsters on their hips, and because of that, the standard for testing is now no longer relevant to what happens today when millions of people store phones in tight pants pockets or sometimes even in their bras. This standard, when phones could be tested an inch off
the body, no longer applies in the era of 5G, when we will have millions of new antennas in neighborhoods, some of which can be just feet from bedroom windows, and billions of new wireless devices as part of the Internet of Things. ...
"Ask yourself this: would you like to drive in a car that had 25-year-old safety standards or fly in a plane with 25-year-old standards?"
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The Aug. 16 press conference included Dr. Devra Davis PhD, MPH, EHT president; Dr. Hugh Taylor MD Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital and president of American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Edward B. Myers, EHT attorney; Theodora Scarato MSW, EHT Executive Director and a petitioner in the case; Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology and former President of Microsoft Canada; Paul Ben Ishai PhD, professor of physics at Ariel University in Israel; Cindy Franklin, founder of Consumers for Safe Cell Phones and a petitioner in the case, and Elizabeth Barris, director of the Peoples Initiative Foundation and a petitioner in the case.