publicnewsservice.org, 19 October 2017
(Photo): The National Coalition For Responsible Technology is calling for a moratorium on cell towers and cell antennas near homes, hospitals, schools and children's recreation areas. (Theodora Scarato/NCRT)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — As wireless communication increasingly becomes a way of life, some health advocates say there is little-to-no communication about the health risks associated with radiation emitted by devices such as cellphones.
Theodora Scarato, executive director at the Environmental Health Trust, organized a rally at the U.S. Supreme Court to proclaim the public's right to know about the dangers of wireless communications.
"I think the public has the right to know that these devices emit radiation,” Scarato said. “But we need to do more than that. We need to be contacting our elected officials, you know, calling that we be informed, that there be public notice and public hearings."
The explosive demand for wireless communication across household items means a rise in new 5G technology and antennas and cell towers to support its use. While industry and federal officials have largely dismissed health concerns, early data has shown a slight increase of tumors in male rats exposed to cellphone radiation.
Kevin Mottus, outreach director for the California Brain Tumor Association, said there needs to be more research and a proactive approach to protect citizens. He said he'd like to see a halt on 5G until long-term safety is assured.
"We must reach out to the decision makers who are making the decisions to expose us to this harmful radiation and putting millions and billions of dollars behind this,” Mottus said.
The coalition, along with some federal officials, are recommending that consumers take precaution when using wireless devices such as cellphones. They suggest using a headset to keep phones away from bodies and, when possible, place devices in airplane mode when left around children.
Trimmel Gomes, Public News Service - MD