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19 April 2022

United States: Request for Investigation of Conflicts of Interest at the FDA re. Dr. Jeffrey Shuren on Cell Phone Radiation

Environmental Health Trust,  Apr 18, 2022

EHT is sharing a recent request to the FDA for an investigation related to possible conflicts of interest at the FDA, specifically in regards to FDA’s Dr. Shuren who provided false safety assurances to the FCC in regards to cell phone and wireless radiation.

Please note this is not EHT’s email. We are only sharing the information. EHT has also itself filed a major petition regarding FDA’s misleading information on cell phone radiation.

Request for Investigation of Malfeasance and Conflicts of Interest at the FDA made; in addition to a Petition of the FDA Requesting a Declaration of Imminent Hazard in regards to the Safety of Exposure to Non-ionizing Radiation in Dec 2021.

“Dr. Shuren’s family benefits from a billion-dollar telecom practice in the Arnold & Porter law firm where his wife is a partner. Most alarming was this quote from the law firm’s website: “We played a lead role in every transaction undertaken by AT&T (formerly SBC) since the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act…”

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Kevin Mottus
Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2022 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Urgent Supplement to Our Filing of March 15, 2021
To: Scavdis, George <George.scavdis@fda.hhs.gov>, <OI.Complaints@oig.hhs.gov>

Dear Mr. Scavdis:

Relevant to our request for investigation filed with your office March 15th of last year (attached), what we feared and what was the basis for the urgency of our filing, has occurred. False and misleading information published by the FDA with respect to wireless communication technology safety is now the subject of an active Imminent Hazard action involving the offices of Secretary Becerra and Acting FDA Commissioner Woodcock (attached).

The population at risk, based on the detrimental reliance of businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, individuals, and government entities on non-existent FDA safety standards for wireless exposure, reach to the majority of the United States population. The attendant risks underscore both the validity and the urgency of our plea to the Inspector General to investigate malfeasance and conflicts of interest at the FDA with respect to this critically important and rapidly evolving issue.

It has been more than a year since our filing with no response from your office on progress or disposition. As conveyed prior, and as the present time urgency compels, we stand ready to assist in any way possible. Lives depend on it. https://www.regulations.gov/docket/FDA-2021-P-1347/comments

Please confirm that you have received this email communication, reviewed the attached documents, and kindly send along any progress you can share on the overall investigation.

Sincerely yours,

Kevin Mottus
Medical Social Worker

Download Documents Related to the FDA
Link to PDF with Request for Investigation and details on FDA staff possible conflicts of interest.
Link to FDA Petition
Link to EHT’s Documentation of FDA Misleading information


“In February 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the signature of Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, released to the public a report entitled, “Review of Published Literature between 2008 and 2018 of Relevance to Radiofrequency Radiation and Cancer”. This report was subsequently cited by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as their exclusive scientific rationale to forego updating 25 years old safety standards for wireless devices and infrastructure that were based on technologies that no longer exist.”

“For example, on November 1, 2018, Dr. Shuren released a confusing public statement disagreeing with the findings of a multi-million-dollar National Toxicology Program study, commissioned by Dr. Shuren’s own FDA, which concluded “clear evidence of carcinogenicity” from cell phone exposure. The statement by Dr. Shuren carried the wireless industry position that, despite the study results, cell phones were safe. Several months later, on April 24, 2019, in a communication with the FCC, Dr. Shuren advised unequivocally that cell phones have the ‘all clear’ as far as safety, even though the review cited above that was commissioned within his FDA as the basis for decisions on the cancer-causing potential of cell phones, was not completed until 9 months later, in February 2020. Our investigative findings, highlights of which are appended hereto, compelled us to reach out to you, the Inspector General, as it has revealed that the documents herein, and other prior communications and public releases, exhibit a pattern of apparent collusion and possible conspiracy among the FCC, the FDA and the many trade association and corporate appendages of the wireless industry.”

“It further shows that this behavior has been spearheaded by Dr. Shuren, who we learned is replete with both personal and professional conflicts of interest. For example, Dr. Shuren’s family benefits from a billion-dollar telecom practice in the Arnold & Porter law firm where his wife is a partner. Most alarming was this quote from the law firm’s website: “We played a lead role in every transaction undertaken by AT&T (formerly SBC) since the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act…” Further, decisions by Dr. Shuren’s department with regard to diagnostic imaging can be construed to limit his ability to consider the dangers of wireless technology independently, as recognition of cell phone dangers that would compel alterations to prior FDA positions would also be disruptive to health care delivery. The sum total is that these apparent collusive and possibly conspiratorial actions serve to mislead the American public about the safety of a technology which now reaches virtually every man, woman and child in the country.”


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