July 19, 2011. The San Francisco City Council voted today to pass an amended cell phone disclosure ordinance. The original “right-to-know” ordinance was passed a year ago, but was held up by a lawsuit from the Telecom industry.
On July 11, 2011, San Francisco’s City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee voted 3-0 in support of the amended ordinance. Today, the full Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass it.
The newly amended ordinance will remove the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) from materials retailers are required to provide. There will also be no mention of the risk of cancer in the warnings. In place of providing SAR values, retailers will be required to display a poster at point of sale informing the consumer that:
1) cell phones emit radiofrequency energy,
2) how to limit their exposure,
3) that informational fact sheets are available to the consumer upon request.
According to Doug Loranger of San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna Free Union, “The Board will need to make one final formal vote at next week’s hearing and then it will go to Mayor Ed Lee for his expected signature.”
Please find a summary of the San Francisco hearing on the cell phone disclosure ordinance by Joel Moskowitz, PhD of UC Berkeley here.
Read CTIA weighs challenge to revised SF cell phone law on CNET.com
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