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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

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
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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 jurisdiction.
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.


Certain agencies in the Federal Government have been involved in monitoring, researching or regulating issues related to human exposure to RF radiation. 

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 electromagnetic spectrum.

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 facilities.

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