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1. Established ill health from cellphone towers
Since the 1950s some countries have adopted biological limits. These and others have long-term rather than heating limits to cellphone tower (mobile phone mast) radiation. They also often restrict the towers to locations at least 500 meters from people’s residences.
Other countries, however, have not yet adopted biological limits and still keep to the old 6-minute heating limits proposed in the USA military in the 1950s, declared ‘obsolete’ by the European Union parliament in 2009. The USA’s FCC still has these heating limits, as does the WHO’s ICNIRP, still used by, for instance, the UK. Heating limits, averaged over six minutes, are irrelevant to long-term exposure experienced by residents living near to cellphone towers.
Since heating limits were devised by the FCC and ICNIRP:
2. Banning or limiting cellphone towers
How far cellphone towers are banned or limited depends on current legislation in each country or state.
Since 1958 many countries have adopted biological limits.
Since 1998 when the ICNIRP, like the FCC, set its heating limits, cellphone radiation has been classified as a 2B possible carcinogen. Leading scientists say the evidence since this classification in 2011 is now sufficient to raise phone radiation to a 2A probable or 1 certain cancer agent.
Since 1998 when the ICNIRP, like the FCC, set its heating limits, 80% of medical studies show increased rates of cancer within 300-400 metres of cellphone towers.
These two factors alone make increasingly likely legal challenges to zoning and planning authorities allowing cellphone towers close to residences thus knowingly increasing the risk of nearby citizens becoming sick.
Evidence on cancer clusters:
Evidence of electrosensitivity symptoms and cancers near cellphone towers:
Belgium: Some leaders in the government of Belgium are aware of the established medical harm from EM exposure and accordingly limit the EM exposure to their citizens.
France: Because French courts have retained judicial independence over health hazards from cell phone towers, they are able to ban any causing health problems, or even causing a fear of health problems.
Supreme Court orders removal of cellphone tower because of cancer in nearby worker:
Poland: Kraków's mayor, Jacek Majchrowski a law professor, is aiming to measure the amount of electromagnetic pollution and to re-zone celltowers.
Taiwan: The government is much more aware than many of the health dangers of EM exposure and takes appropriate action.
UK: Local authorities operate under the National Planning Policy Framework of 2012, which has the same ICNIRP heating radiation limits as Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 of 2001. The PPG8 was overturned in a High Court judgement of 2003 over an Orange mast in Chorleywood, where the judge ruled that the planning inspector failed “to adequately consider the weight to be given to the health concerns of the claimant in his decision letter”, since the Inspector's decision was based on the sole ground that, as there was an ICNIRP certificate, the inspector did not need to consider health further. The First Secretary of State offered to concede the case and to pay reasonable costs.
USA: The Telecommunications Act of 1996, section 704, tried to block objections to cellphone towers on health grounds. This Act was to support phone companies by preventing legal action after growing numbers of cases of brain tumours caused by cellphones in the early 1990s. In 2015 the USA Supreme Court finally allowed many of these pre-1996 cases to progress towards full legal trial. There are also problems with the Telecoms Act of 1996 in relation to the ADA (American Disabilities Act) where established conditions like real EHS which are counted as a functional impairment come into conflict with the failure of the Telecoms Act to allow zoning according to known health outcomes from cellphone towers. Some local planners are now voting down cell towers on health grounds because the 1996 Act is now medically out of date.
3. Adopting biological long-term limits
Thus ICNIRP short-term 6-minute heating limit is some 3 million times higher than the long-term biological limit.
More detailed information on the established health damage from cell phone towers and agreed biologically safe levels for residential and work environments:
4. Avoiding cellphone towers
(b) Screen the exterior of your property.
(c) Screen the exterior of your house.
(d) Screen the interior of your rooms.
5. Refusing 5G mini cellphone towers with cancer radiation
All people concerned with human and natural well-being should refuse to have 5G mini cellphone towers deployed outside their homes.