According to a recent, peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group, the FCC should consider the latest scientific research, which shows radiation from wireless devices can affect health, in particular. of children.
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A peer -reviewed study the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends strict health exposure standards for children and adults for radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices. Teaching children at the EWG is the first of its kind and fills the gap left by federal regulators.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, relies on the methodology developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to assess human health risks arising from toxic chemicals disclosure. EWG scientists apply the same method to radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices, including cellphones and tablets.
The EWG recommended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fix the poor age-appropriate health standards for wireless radiation, last revised a fourth hundred years ago, before the wireless devices have become ubiquitous, many used devices that are synonymous with modern life.
The recommendation is derived from data from a 2018 landmark study from the National Toxicology Program, or NTP, one of most long -term studies of the health effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
The new EWG guidelines, the first developed in the United States to focus on children’s health, recommend that children’s exposure to a total of 200 to 400 be lower than the exposure limit to full body set by the FCC in 1996.
The recommended EWG limit for the so -called Whole Body Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR, for children is 0.2 to 0.4 milliwatts per kilogram, or mW / kg. For adults, the EWG recommends an overall SAR limit of 2 to 4 mW / kg, which is 20 to 40 times lower than the federal limit.
The FCC does not set a separate standard for children. Its standards for radiofrequency radiation set a maximum of 0.08 watts per kilogram, or W / kg, for whole -body exposure and a SAR for localized spatial peak – the highest level of exposure. for a specific part of the body, such as the brain – at 1.6 W / kg for the majority of the population.
NTP studies have examined the health effects of 2G and 3G wireless radiation and found that there is “clear evidence”A link between exposure to radiofrequency radiation and heart tumors in laboratory animals. Similar consequences reports by a team of Italian scientists from the Ramazzini Institute.
Cellphone radiation is classified as a “possible carcinogen”In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, a conclusion consistent with human epidemiological studies found an increased risk of glioma, a malignant brain cancer, associated to use the cellphone.
EWG scientists say more research is needed on the health effects of the latest generation of communication technologies, such as 5G. Currently, the EWG’s recommendation is for strict, low exposure limits for all radiofrequency sources, especially in children.
If the FCC set limits on radiofrequency radiation, following the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, few Americans, and probably no children, owned and used cellphones.
There have been many changes since federal limits were set, including technology and how these devices are used. A survey completed by nonprofit Common Sense Media in March 2020, before the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. began, found 46% of those 2 to 4 years of age, and 67% of 5- to 8- years- the elderly, have their own mobile devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.
In remote learning, a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, phones, tablets and other wireless devices have become a part of life for young children, tweens and teenagers. across the country.
“The FCC needs to consider the latest scientific research, which has shown that radiation from these devices can affect health, especially in children,” he said. Uloma Uche, Ph.D., EWG on environmental science co -founder and lead author of the study.
“It has been 25 years since the FCC set its limits for radiofrequency radiation. Of the many sources of radiofrequency radiation in the everyday environment, including Wi-Fi, wireless devices and cell towers, the protecting the health of children from wireless radiation exposures should be a priority for the FCC, ”he added.
“Consistent with our review of the health risks and disadvantages of current standards to protect children, as science advances, it is perfectly reasonable for parents to consider reducing or eliminating sources of radiofrequency radiation in home by relying more on wired internet access, and encouraged schools to take similar steps to reduce classroom and campus exposure, ”Cook said.
Other health protection tips for consumers who want to reduce radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices include using a headset or speaker, texting instead of talking, and limiting the time children spend. on smartphones.
Find all the EWG tips to reduce exposure to wireless radiation HERE.
The EWG’s recommendation for limits for exposure to radiofrequency radiation is the most recent effort to advance public dialogue about science-based principles that protect public health.
Originally published on Environmental Working Group.
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