May 12, 2015 Berkeley Adopted the Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance on a Unanimous Vote.
When you buy a phone you will get a notice stating:
"To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely."
Berkeley is the first city in the nation to pass a cell phone radiation ordinance since San Francisco disbanded its ordinance after a two-year court battle with the CTIA.
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig helped draft the ordinance and presented it to the Council on behalf of city staff.
The only opposition to the ordinance came from the CTIA--The Wireless Association. The CTIA claims that consumers would be scared if they were directed to read the information that the FCC requires they provide to consumers.
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Early Deliberations from FALL 2014: A video of the meeting is available for streaming (see 01:44:50 - 03:36:25). Summaries of that meeting have been published by The Daily Californian and The Contra Costa Times.
Berkeley Approves Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance
NBC Bay Area TV News, May 13, 2015
Berkeley passes cell phone safety ordinance
KTVU Fox News, May 12, 2015
Berkeley Passes Nation's First Radiation Warning For New Cellphones
CBS SF Bay Area TV News, May 13, 2015
Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones Mother Jones news coverage (May 11, 2015)
Mother Jones news coverage(May 13, 2015)
12/2014: Wireless Router Labeling: The Suffolk County New York Legislature passed legislation to require all county buildings to post notices that wireless routers are in use such as, "Notice: Wireless technology in use."
The resolution, sponsored by Legis. William Spencer (a physician), warns that every wireless device emits radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation. It notes that studies "that have looked at the effects of low-level RFR radiation on human cells and DNA have been inconclusive."
11/24/2014: The Greenbelt Maryland City Council voted unanimously to:
To learn more please visit the NACST page with all videos Here.
2012: Jackson Hole Wyoming issued a Proclamation of Cell Phone Awareness which cites concern over the long term health effects as well as the increased risk that the radiation poses to children.
"WHEREAS, these longer term risks may be greater for children than adults because their skulls are thinner and their brains and bodies are smaller and faster growing;"
2012 The Pembroke Pines Commission passed Resolution 3362 expressing the City's "Urgent Concerns" about Wireless Radiation and Health. The Resolution encourages citizens to read their manuals and presents information on how to reduce exposure by using a headset or speakerphone.
Attorney Jimmy Gonzalez petitioned the Commission for the action after he developed brain cancer from heavy cell use. Please watch the video of his powerful testimony to the left.
2010: The Cell Phone Radiation How to Reduce Exposures Webpage was launched. San Francisco developed the following public health information resources:
Watch excellent videos to the left including the fun video of activists placing the stickers on phones in the Verizon store! Please download these documents below.
(AKA How Industry Wants to Squash our Right to Know)
Passed: This 2011 Ordinance was passed by the City of San Francisco requiring cell phone retailers to distribute an educational sheet created by the San Francisco Department of Environment that explains radiofrequency emissions from cell phones and details how consumers can minimize their exposure.
A three year court battle:The CTIA sued the cityand settled with the City to block implementation of the Ordinance in exchange for a waiver of attorneys' fees. The City Cell Phone Radiation Webpage remains online.
2015 Two Wireless Right To Know Bills Introduced
2010 The Burlingame California City Council voted to include cell phone safety guidelines in their Healthy Living Burlingame Initiative.
2014: The Maine LD 1013 "The Wireless Information Act" passed the State Senate and House in 2014 but then failed to pass the second vote because of Industry pressure.
2014: D-Sen. Josh Green of Kona, Ka‘u introduced the Senate Bill titled SB 2571, a measure calling for cell phones sold in Hawaii to come with a prominent health warning — similar to what smokers see on the sides of cigarette packages to warn them of danger.
See the proposed warning label to your left.
Read the Bill Text It did not pass.
SB 932: State Sen. Mark Leno's (D-San Francisco) bill would have required retailers to include notices on product packaging informing consumers that cell phones emit radio frequency energy.
"There's ever-mounting evidence of a likely relationship between long-term cell phone use and health risks when you put the phone next to your brain," Leno said. "Even cell phone user manuals suggest that you don't keep your phone on or next to your ear."
Notice proposed for the phone’s exterior packaging:
“This device emits radiofrequency energy. Consult the user’s manual for additional information on safe use”
Read Press coverageHere.
Representative Brian Egolf introduced a Bill requesting a study of health effects:
HM 32 was entitled: A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT TO STUDY AVAILABLE LITERATURE AND REPORTS ON THE EFFECTS OF CELL PHONE RADIATION ON HUMAN HEALTH.
"WHEREAS, studies have shown that the radiation emitted
from cell phone towers is, even at low levels, dangerous to
Download the Bill HM 32 Here.
Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2011-03-05 - [LD 47] PASSED/H (43-24)- SGND.
The Children’s Wireless Protection Act-House Bill 1408- was introduced in 2011
"The purpose of this act is to inform all citizens aboutpossible health dangers that have been linked to microwave radiation that is emitted by cellular telephones and the steps that can be taken to mitigate those dangers, especially as they relate to children and pregnant women."
Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, former director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the UPMC Cancer Center, and Ellie Marks, EHT’s then Director of Government & Public Affairs, now head of the California Brain Tumor Associationboth offered testimony at a PA House Democratic Policy Committee hearing.
CBS Local coverage of hearing HERE.
Philadelphia Tribune News coverage Here.
In 2011 Chip Shields (D-Portland) introduced SB 679 that would require warning labels for all new cell phones and cell phone packaging sold in Oregon.
Radio frequency radiation from cell phones constitutes a “public health emergency”said David Morrison.
Read News coverage Here.
Watch the video to the left on news coverage on the bill.
Strong efforts are moving forward in the United States with excellent results. Legislation has been introduced at the state and national level.
Please take the time to scroll down this list of communities across the nation which have issued laws, proclamations, resolutions and and started healthy living initiatives to inform the public.
May 2009, The Mayor issued a Proclamation on Electrical Hypersensitivity.
"WHEREAS, as a result of global electromagnetic pollution, people of all ages in Broward County and throughout the world have developed an illness known as Electromagnetic Sensitivity; and, "
May 2009 The Governor of Connecticut issued a Proclamation on Electrical Hypersensitivity.
"WHEREAS, the health of the general population is at risk from electromagnetic exposures that can lead to illness indicted by electromagnetic radiations; and,
WHEREAS, this illness may be preventable through the reduction or avoidance of electromagnetic radiations, in both outdoor and indoor environments and by conducting further scientific research; and, "
2009 The Governor of Colorado issued a Proclamation on Electrical Hypersensitivity.
"Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a painful chronic illness of hypersensitive reactions to electromagnetic radiations.
WHEREAS, the symptoms of EMS include, dermal changes, acute numbness and tingling, dermatitis, flashing, headaches, arrhythmia, muscular weakness, tinnitus, malaise, gastric problems, nausea, visual disturbances, severe neurological, respiratory, speech problems, and numerous other physiological symptoms.
WHEREAS, Electromagnetic Sensitivity is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the US Access Board and numerous commissions;"
Watch Dr. Herberman testify to the Senate by clicking on this picture below and going to minute 38.36
Cell Phone Label
Cell Phone Label
Watch this excellent video of the historic day featuring Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig