What about the FCC?
Lloyd Morgan, Electronic Engineer with a B.S. in Electronic Engineering (UC Berkeley), Senior Research fellow, Environmental Health Trust (EHT); Senior Advisor, Radiation Research Trust's testimony to the Maine Public Utility Commission (Docket No. 2011-00262) regarding the 18 year old FCC standard guideline notes in his response to this question:
Are you familiar with peer-reviewed epidemiological studies address the risk of cancer, disease, or other adverse health effects resulting from the exposure to RF?
Dr. Magda Havas has said that "FCC guidelines are
not safety standards, but rather mere guidelines. I am informed that FCC has
neither authority over nor expertise in health matters."
And here it is straight from FCC site:
The FCC needs a lot more than input on their recent consultation (like someone in charge besides the industry, but at least they can’t say we didn’t tell them so. See important message from Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley below:
The FCC received input about Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure September 3, 2013, in response to its request for comments.
We need to deliver scientific information to policy makers in a
credible and understandable fashion to protect the future health and
safety of our children and grandchildren.
Grassroots Environmental Education has launched a comments web site
to help scientists, medical and public health professionals, and
technical and policy experts from around the world to submit comments
and peer-reviewed publications to the FCC. RF Rad Comments
is a cooperative project bringing together individuals and
organizations concerned about reducing human exposure to RF radiation
(e.g., cell phones and cordless phones, Wi-Fi and Smart Meters). The
site describes two options for submitting comments: (1) through the RF
Rad web site, or( 2) directly to the FCC. The site contains a list of
key issues and reference documents. Since the site is a work in
progress, your comments on the web site are appreciated. Please send
them to email@example.com.
Please feel free to forward this message. We greatly appreciate your assistance in this effort.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
News Releases: http://pressroom.prlog.org/jmm716
The FCC does not normally investigate problems of
electromagnetic interference from RF transmitters to medical devices.
The FCC does not have the resources or the personnel to routinely monitor the
emissions for all of the thousands of transmitters that are subject to FCC
It should be emphasized that the FCC does not perform RF exposure
investigations unless there is a reasonable expectation that the FCC exposure
limits may be exceeded.
The Commission does not have a comprehensive, transmitter-specific database for
all of the services it regulates.
WHICH OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO
POTENTIAL RF HEALTH EFFECTS?
Certain agencies in the Federal Government have been involved in
monitoring, researching or regulating issues related to human exposure to RF
These agencies include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).
However, the Council on Devices and Radiiological Health has not adopted performance
standards for other RF-emitting products. The FDA is, however, the lead
federal health agency in monitoring the latest research developments and
advising other agencies with respect to the safety of RF-emitting products used
by the public, such as cellular and PCS phones.
The EPA has, in the past, considered developing
federal guidelines for public exposure to RF radiation. However, EPA
activities related to RF safety and health are presently limited to advisory
functions. For example, the EPA chairs an Inter-agency Radiofrequency
Working Group, which coordinates RF health-related activities among the various
federal agencies with health or regulatory responsibilities in this area.
OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, and
is responsible for protecting workers from exposure to hazardous chemical and
physical agents. In 1971, OSHA issued a protection guide for exposure of
workers to RF radiation [29 CFR 1910.97].
However, this guide was later
ruled to be only advisory and not mandatory.
NIOSH is part of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. It conducts research and investigations into issues
related to occupational exposure to chemical and physical agents. NIOSH
has, in the past, undertaken to develop RF exposure guidelines for workers, but
final guidelines were never adopted by the agency.
The NTIA is part of the U.S. Department of
Commerce and is responsible for authorizing Federal Government use of the RF
Like the FCC, the NTIA also has NEPA
responsibilities and has considered adopting guidelines for evaluating RF
exposure from U.S. Government transmitters such as radar and military