Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
We've come to depend on cell phones and expect them to do more and more for us. Cell phone companies need cell towers to deliver their growing number of services.
Industry Canada regulates cell companies in terms of their use of radio frequency spectrum and the siting of cell towers. It has established a standard called "Safety Code 6," which cell operators are required to meet. However, Safety Code 6 has among the least stringent standards in the world, and it does not address the critical issue of long term exposure to low level intensity microwave radiation emitted by cell towers.
In terms of the siting of cell towers, Industry Canada does not rule out approving cell towers anywhere and everywhere. This means that the cell industry's regulator does not rule out locating cell towers near where families live, and where children play and go to school.
It also means that Industry Canada depends entirely on an inadequate standard of safety to protect children and families.
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Biological effects from exposure to cell towers
Levitt and Lai: full title "Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays"
"Abstract: The siting of cellular phone base stations and other cellular infrastructure such as roof-mounted antenna arrays,
especially in residential neighborhoods, is a contentious subject in land-use regulation. Local resistance from nearby residents and landowners is often based on fears of adverse health effects despite reassurances from telecommunications service providers that international exposure standards will be followed. Both anecdotal reports and some epidemiology studies
have found headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, decreased libido, increased rates of suicide, concentration problems, dizziness, memory changes, increased risk of cancer, tremors, and other neurophysiological effects in populations near base stations. The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near
cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR)
exposures. While specific epidemiological research in this area is sparse and contradictory, and such exposures are difficult
to quantify given the increasing background levels of RFR from myriad personal consumer products, some research does
exist to warrant caution in infrastructure siting. Further epidemiology research that takes total ambient RFR exposures into
consideration is warranted. Symptoms reported today may be classic microwave sickness, first described in 1978. Non-ionizing electromagnetic fields are among the fastest growing forms of environmental pollution. Some extrapolations can
be made from research other than epidemiology regarding biological effects from exposures at levels far below current
exposure guidelines . . .
" . . . The increasing popularity of wireless technologies makes understanding actual environmental exposures more critical with each passing day. This also includes any potential effects on wildlife. There is a new environmental concept taking form -- that of ''air as habitat'' (Manville 2007) for species such as birds, bats, and insects, in the same way that water is considered habitat for marine life. Until now, air has been considered something ''used'' but not necessarily ''lived in'' or critical to the survival of species. However, when air is considered habitat, RFR is among the potential pollutants with an ability to adversely affect other species. It is a new area of inquiry deserving of immediate funding and research . . .
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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