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Severe Lung Disorders of First Responders Linked to Electromagnetic Radiation October 2, 2006

Posted by healthyself in Antennas, Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Communication, Conversations, Cordless Phones, Digital, Electrical Pulses, Electromagetic pollution, Electromagnetic Communications, Electromagnetic Interference, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF's, Environment, Exposure, Firehouse, Firehouses, Frequencies, Government's role, Hand Portables, Health related, HF, high voltage transmission lines, Hz, Interdisciplinary, Long Term Health Risks, Low Frequencies, Lung Disorders, Magnetic, MCS, Men', Men's Health, MF, Microwave exposure, mobile telephones, MS, Pulsed Radiation, Pulses, Radar, radiation, Radio Waves, Radios, Research Needed, Risk Factor, Risk of Disease, Stress, Telecommunications, Toxic Interactions, transmission, Waves, Who is Affected?, WiFi, Wireless Phones, Workplace.
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SAFE WIRELESS INITIATIVE ALERT

Issued September 25, 2006
Washington, D.C. —- A new qualitative risk assessment conducted by SWI staff, prompted in part by the recent confirmation of severe lung disorders among first responders and firefighters following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, indicates an urgent need for preventive intervention steps to be taken among these groups.  SWI is particularly concerned that firefighters – with jobs among the most hazardous in society – are in danger of suffering serious illness derivative of synergies among electro-magnetic radiation, toxic chemical exposures, biological disease agents, and debilitating post-traumatic stress.  The problem is further exacerbated by both the continually growing dependence of emergency responders on wireless communications and the tendency of current wireless infrastructure build-out to include firehouses and other emergency triage units.

                                                      —- SWI

Science and Public Policy Institute

Safe Wireless Initiative

1101 Pennsylvania Ave. – 7th Floor

Washington, D.C.   20004

www.safewireless.org

                                                            202-756-7744

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Camouflaged Cell Phone Towers September 13, 2006

Posted by healthyself in Aesthetics, Antennas, Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Boulders, Cacti, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Cemetaries, Chimneys, Church, Churches, Decision Making, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF Research, EMF's, EMR, Environment, Financial Considerations, Firehouse, Firehouses, Flagpoles, GHz, Government's role, Health related, Historic Buildings, HOuseholds, Hz, Island, Islands, Legal Issues, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, Microwave exposure, mobile telephones, National Monuments, National Parks, Old Faithful, Old Stone Buildings, Parenting, Politics, Public Policy, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk of Disease, School administrators, School Boards, School yards, Schools, State Park, State Parks, Toxin, transmission, Trees, Waves, Who is Affected?.
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“Former eyesores now blend into the landscape, but some say the structures are still nuisances.The next time you go on a hike, take a closer look at the surrounding trees. You might be surprised to discover that “tree” is actually a cellphone tower….Cellular phone towers can take any shape: tree, church steeple, chimney, flagpole, windmill, cactus, and even boulder…….”One of the major ways that a town can deny an antenna permit application is because of aesthetic appeal or property values,” said Libby Kelley, executive director of the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts….

…”In many cases today, cities will not allow carriers to install sites without some sort of concealment and then when they conceal it, it really expedites the zoning process,….Normally, getting a cell tower approved can take a year or more, but a disguised tower could shorten the process — possibly to just six months….once approved, it takes about 8 to 10 weeks to construct a tree pole.”

“Hidden towers have their drawbacks, however. Camouflaged towers can cost between $40,000 and $100,000 to produce, roughly 10 times more than normal towers…. the return costs to wireless carriers offset the expense.”

http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/35310/Cellphone_Towers_Transformed.html

EMF’s, Cell Phone Towers, and Aesthetics September 13, 2006

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“To keep up, cell “sites” — towers and antennas mostly — have increased tenfold, from fewer than 18,000 in 1994 to more than 175,000 now. Without additional towers, calls are lost and reception suffers.”

“Our companies are always running into this conundrum, which is, ‘We want cell phone service, but don’t put that tower here,'” Farren said. “When you’re dealing with communications through the air, you have to have antennas and towers.”

“To meet demand, companies are increasingly turning to nontraditional sites — fire houses, churches, schools, even cemeteries and national parks. A cell tower now sits near Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, despite strong opposition.”…..

….”Cell sites can be a financial boon to those who provide space for them. Cell companies won’t discuss rent, but Donohue said companies typically pay $800 to $2,000 per month, depending on location, the size of the tower or antenna, and other factors. That can be a significant amount for a struggling school district or a church with stagnant or declining membership.”….

….”T-Mobile sued. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles ruled in favor of the company in July. Debbie Barrett, a spokeswoman for suburban Seattle-based T-Mobile, said the company is doing everything it can to make the site “blend in.” But she said the antenna is needed.”

http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,68600,00.html

Exposure to EMF’s at Work September 10, 2006

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“The EMF exposures for many jobs have not been measured, but the following table shows average exposures to magnetic fields for typical workers who use electric equipment. Exposures during a work shift vary with the strength of the magnetic field, the worker s distance from the EMF source, and the time the worker spends in the field. For comparison, the table also lists worker exposures off the job.”

“Average magnetic field exposures for various types of workers (in milligauss*)”

                                    Average daily exposures
        Type of worker                 Median**     Range
Workers on the job:
    Clerical workers without
       computers                       0.5       0.2 - 2.0
    Clerical workers with
       computers                       1.2       0.5 - 4.5
    Machinists                         1.9       0.6 - 27.6
    Electric line workers              2.5       0.5 - 34.8
    Electricians                       5.4       0.8 - 34.0
    Welders                            8.2       1.7 - 96.0
 
 Workers off the job
    (home, travel, etc.)               0.9       0.3 - 3.7

*Magnetic fields are often measured in gauss or milligauss (one thousandth of a gauss = 1 milligauss).
**The median is the middle measurement: half the workers have average daily exposures above this point and half below.”

http://www.inspect-ny.com/emf/emfwork.htm#emfwork3

How do Cell Phones-in Cities-Work? September 7, 2006

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“The frequencies used by cellphones are in the line-of-sight range. So how do they work in cities? The answer is a combination of the following effects:

  • r-4 propagation over the rooftop landscape
  • diffraction into the ‘street canyon’ below
  • multi-path reflection along the street
  • diffraction through windows, and attenuated passage through walls, into the building
  • reflection, diffraction, and attenuated passage through internal walls, floors and ceilings within the building

The combination of all these effects makes the cellphone propagation environment highly complex…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line-of-sight

Monitoring the Radio Frequencies from Antennas and Transmitters September 7, 2006

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” The FCC does not have the resources or the personnel to routinely monitor the emissions for all the thousands of transmitters that are subject to FCC jurisdiction. However, the FCC does have measurement instrumentation for evaluating RF levels in areas that may be accessible to the public or to workers. If there is evidence for potential non-compliance with FCC exposure guidelines for a FCC-regulated facility, staff from the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology or the FCC Enforcement Bureau can conduct and investigation, and, if appropriate, perform actual measurements. Circumstances that could give rise to a concern about an facility’s conformance with FCC regulations can be found in in A Local Government Official’s Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety: Rules, Procedures, and Practical Guidance. This Guide can be accessed at: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety. Potential exposure problems should be brought to the FCC’s attention by contacting the FCC RF Safety Program at: 202-418-2464 or by e-mail: rfsafety@fcc.gov.”

http://www.fda.gov/cellphones/qa.html#2

Genetic damage July 26, 2006

Posted by healthyself in Blogroll, Blood Brain Barrier, Cancer, Cancer Protection, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Diagnostic marker, EMF's, Environment, Firehouses, Health and Wellness Products, Health related, Men's Health, Parenting, radiation, Schools, State Parks, Teenagers.
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Almost daily, newspapers and magazines all over the world are exposing the dangers posed by the radiation from cell phones, which penetrates the developing skulls of our children, compromises the blood brain barrier, and inflicts genetic damage that is a known diagnostic marker for cancer. In addition, cell towers are infiltrating our landscape right next to our children’s schools, on top of our nation’s firehouses, in church steeples where our 2, 3 and 4 year olds attend preschool; and, recently it has been announced that even our state parks will not be safe from the proliferation of cell towers.