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MEDIA ADVISORY: Orange County NY Urges Federal and State Action on Microwave Transmitters

Released by Deborah Kopald, Environmental Health and Public Policy Advocate, October 21, 2011.

Media Advisory: County Government Urges Federal and State Action on Microwave Transmitters

On October 6th, 2011, the Orange County (NY) Legislature passed the Wireless Right-to-Know Resolution, making it the third jurisdiction in the United States to weigh in on the failure of the federal government to properly account for the effects of radiation from microwave-emitting transmitters and/or devices.

In the resolution, Orange County urged “THE U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, PERTINENT FEDERAL AGENCIES, MEMBERS OF THE U. S. CONGRESS, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO, PERTINENT STATE AGENCIES AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO FUND AND CAUSE STUDIES TO BE PERFORMED ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACTS OF THE USE OF CELL TRANSMISSIONS, WI-FI, WIRELESS SMART METERS AND OTHER SOURCES OF CONTINUOUS MICROWAVE AND RADIO FREQUENCY RADIATION.”

The Orange County action follows the resolution adopted by the New Mexico House of Representative in March which commissioned its state health and environment departments to compile the literature on microwave radiation and recommend ways to alleviate “ any dangerous effects that cell phone radiation has on human health” for a report to be issued in November and the San Francisco cell phone ordinance which went into effect in September mandating point of sale disclosure that cell phones emit radiofrequency radiation and provision of information on how to reduce exposure.

Wi-Fi transmitters have now become ubiquitous in indoor human environments, smart meters have been rolled out by utilities in many states, and both can expose human populations to more radiation than cell transmitters which have been identified by scientific studies and international bodies as being epidemiologically significant.  In addition, the cumulative exposure many people receive from transmitters exceed their exposure to cell phone use, which the National Institute of Health demonstrated is responsible for changes in brain chemistry and which many studies including the World Health Organization’s INTERPHONE study showed are linked to brain tumors, brain damage, cognitive dysfunction and other cancers.

Microwave radiation from devices and transmitters was identified in 2011 as possibly carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, and in 2010 the Presidential Cancer Panel identified the question of children’s and adolescents’ risk from using wireless devices as the most urgent issue to be addressed.

A press conference to discuss the implications of the resolution and the political and scientific issues surrounding the problem of ever-increasing exposures to wireless radiation from increased placement of transmitters and use of wireless devices will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at the Orange County Citizens Foundation at 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY.  http://www.occf-ny.org/webpages/home/

Participants will include Orange County legislators, other lawmakers working on related legislative initiatives, advocate Deborah Kopald and members of the scientific community.

Contact:

Jeff Berkman, Democratic Minority Leader, Orange County Legislature [email protected]

Deborah Kopald, Environmental Health and Public Policy advocate [email protected]