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First Event: Sunday, December 1, 2019,  3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

EON’s year-end Celebration, Report to Supporters and Fundraiser

Libations, munchies and film excerpts at a lovely home.  Space limited,
Address provided when you RSVP to mbbrangan@gmail.com
 
Please come if you can, and if you can’t, please send what you can to support our on-going work.
We’re very grateful for donations of any size.
 

Donate here

 
 

Second Event: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m

Commonwealth Club Expert Panel: 

“Humanity at a Crossroads: New Insights Into Technology

Risks to Humans and the Planet” 

EON is honored to co-sponsor this important program Dec. 3.
Please come and share this invitation with your friends and colleagues!
 
Tuesday, December 3rd. 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
 
 
Tickets: $10 Members/$20 Non-Members/$8 Students
 
 
 
The Commonwealth Club of California will host a program, “Humanity at a Crossroads: New Insights into Technology Risks for Humans and the Planet”, on Tuesday, December 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.) The Expert Panel will cover the science on wireless technology risks, new biological and cognitive risks expected from close proximity to 4G/5G ‘small cell’ antennas, as well as the problem of technology overuse and addiction, which increasingly is devastating both adult and children’s lives.
“Humanity at a Crossroads: New Insights into Technology Risks for Humans and the Planet”
 
The program on technology risks is sponsored by the Commonwealth Club’s Health & Medicine and Technology & Society member led forums, and has been co-organized by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, ElectromagneticHealth.org, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Moms Across America, SafeG, Ecological Options Network, the California Brain Tumor Association, UCOT (Unintended Consequences of Technology), Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, EMF Safety Network, My Street, My Choice!, California Health Coalition Advocacy, Electrosensitive Society, Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications and the International EMF Alliance.
 
The “Humanity at a Crossroads” program will be led by Camilla Rees, MBA, Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C., and will feature:
·       Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., M. Eng., researcher in Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and Energy Medicines, with a background also in military electromagnetic fields research;
·       Psychologist and leading digital addiction expert, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., best-selling author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance, and CEO of Omega Recovery & Maui Recovery; and
·       Dolf Zantinge, CEO, Water and Light BV, in the Netherlands, who is a former Telecom R&D Director and successful IT entrepreneur in AI and Big Data, who for over a decade has led a European team of scientists pioneering breakthrough health research on natural and man-made electromagnetic fields.
The Water and Light group has discovered a new mechanism by which wireless technologies impact biology, related to our bodies being largely comprised of water. The Commonwealth event will be the first public presentation of these findings. The research has led also to discoveries of potential new approaches to transforming polluted bodies of water, regenerating polluted soils, enhancing the nutritional value of foods, and improving economics in industrial manufacturing processes.
 
It has also shed light on the role both electromagnetic fields and chemicals may be playing, by way of impacts on water systems, in the disruption of planetary biological and atmospheric systems.
Join us for a provocative, multi-faceted program about technology risks to humanity with leading experts. A lively Q&A is expected based on these important, cutting edge presentations.
 
Tickets: $10 Members/$20 Non-Members/$8 Students. Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Register with the Commonwealth Club at https://tinyurl.com/yxmqc3fn or 415-597-6705.
Media: Credentialed media please contact the Commonwealth Club to arrange a press pass.
 

Third Event: Sunday, December 8, 2019,  3:00 to 5:30

POINT REYES Cell Tower EVENT 

EON is honored to co-sponsor this important program Dec. 3.
Please come and share this invitation with your friends and colleagues!

Opportunity to hear three renowned expert speakers!

Cindy Russell, MD, (MDsafetech.org)

Magda Havas, Ph.D., (MagdaHavas.com) and

Ellie Marks,California Brain Tumor Association (http://www.calibta.org/)

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
11445 HWY 1, Point Reyes Station, CA
 
Flyer for event Please bring friends and family!
 

Two Special Upcoming Events:

EON’s Annual Bolinas Fund Raiser Party!

Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:00 to 5:30 pm

A Report Back and Grateful Celebration of this Year’s Work on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

5G, Nuclear Weapons and Waste have been our focus this year.  From San Onofre, in Southern California, to Livermore in the Bay Area to New Mexico, the EON Team has been on the job this year engaged in activism, media reporting and documentary film production.   We’d like to update you on some of what we’ve learned from the local to the global.  We’ve made great progress on our documentary, Shutdown and will show excerpts.

Please join us for libations and munchies, Sunday, December 1, from 3-5:30pm at a lovely private residence (space limited.)  Address will be given when you RSVP to 415-868-1900 or by email to: mbbrangan@gmail.com

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POINT REYES Cell Tower EVENT  December 8, 3:00 to 5:30

Opportunity to hear three renowned expert speakers!

Cindy Russell, MD, (MDsafetech.org) Magda Havas, Ph.D., (MagdaHavas.com) and Ellie Marks,California Brain Tumor Association (http://www.calibta.org/)

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
11445 HWY 1, Point Reyes Station, CA
 
Flyer for event Please bring friends and family!
 
 
house on fire
 
Extremely important report on fire hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters by Nina Beety
As Northern California braces itself for another Public Safety Power Shutoff, (PSPS) we must read and share this timely report with all our local officials and fire response teams!
 

From Nina:

This summer I released the attached report on Smart Meter fire and electrical hazards. In that report, I explained the dangers which electrical surges pose to digital electronic meters. Today PG&E will activate Public Safety Power Shutoffs in many counties. Afterwards, PG&E will re-energize those transmission lines, causing surges to flow down the lines. These surges will impact the Smart Meters installed on homes and buildings throughout communities. These surges could cause Smart Meters to malfunction, leading to electrical damage or even fires.

I urge you to read my report and alert your emergency personnel to this fire and public safety risk. I also urge you to tell the public to check their Smart Meter after the power is restored and be alert to any signs of damage, overheating, or fire at their meter or in their home or building, strange sounds, or electrical problems such as flickering lights. If they see any signs, they should contact their fire department immediately first and take photographs of any visible damage.

Smart Meters do not have a direct connection to ground, a circuit breaker, or adequate surge protection. Instead, they contain a varistor which wears out over time from repeated surges. When it wears out or if a high voltage event happens, including a surge over its maximum, touching wires, or a lightning strike, it will explode, allowing the overvoltage to flow unabated into the building. This can result in arcing, burned wiring, destroyed appliances, and fires, and it happens in seconds. It makes a popping sound when it explodes.

It is critical that emergency personnel understand the risks to the buildings in each community from these PSPS events and why fires and electrical problems can result. PG&E and other utility companies routinely tamper with fire scenes by removing Smart Meters, in violation of state procedures. Fire personnel must stop PG&E from removing meters so that a thorough investigation can happen. Inadequate fire codes and lack of training for fire personnel on Smart Meter vulnerabilities presently hamper data collection and accountability. This must change.

Sincerely, Nina Beety www.smartmeterharm.org

Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters
Nina Beety July, 2019
 
In the last twelve+ years, utility companies have launched major roll-outs of electronic digital meters across the United States and globally for electric, natural gas, and water service. These meters include wireless transmitting Smart or AMI Meters, AMR meters and ERTs, and powerline communication (PLC, BPL) meters. Due to meter design and function, these digital meters can malfunction in several ways. Electric digital meters can allow surges and overvoltage to flow into buildings which can burn wiring and destroy appliances and electronics. They can interfere with arc and ground fault circuit interrupters. Meters have exploded and have caused fires, and they have likely contributed to the severity of other fires. Some of the fires have resulted in the deaths of people and their pets. Water and gas AMI/AMR/digital meters pose additional hazards.
 
These problems are known to the industry, regulatory commissions, some fire officials, the news media, and insurance companies, and were the subject of a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board. This paper is on known problems with meters used in the U.S. and Canada, but electrical problems and fires are occurring internationally.
 
Australia, Daily Telegraph, March 1, 2012 The state’s electrical union fears someone will have to die before safety concerns about controversial smart meters are addressed. The Electrical Trades Union has repeated demands to suspend the rollout until power companies commit to mounting all meters on flame-resistant boards. But the Government and suppliers are adamant the units aren’t a fire risk and are safer than those they replaced. Energy Safe Victoria is investigating claims power surges are causing smart meters to explode.1
 
“Our experience has shown that these issues are systemic in the industry and we are committed to delivering solutions that help our customers to overcome these challenges,” said Sensus President Randy Bays in 2014. 2  Sensus manufacturers Smart Meters.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2012: “We are seeing a spate of reports from around the United States—and indeed around the world—of fires believed to have been caused by smart meters that were 2 faulty, incorrectly installed, or connected to circuits where there were unfortunate and unforeseen effects. This appears to be not just a matter of freak incidents that may or may not have taken place here or there… Obviously all companies with smart meter programs, and all their suppliers and sub-contractors, are going to have to take a close look at the issue of fire hazards. This is just the beginning of a difficult story. Companies installing smart meters already have run into a lot of consumer push-back because of concerns about privacy, security, and–sometimes–higher rather lower electricity costs. The last thing the smart grid needs is meters causing fires.”

1http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/smart-meter-death-fears/story-fire-and-electrical-hazards-reportfn7x8me2-12262854633422

2http://globalnews.ca/news/1489707/manufacturer-defends-smart-meters-after-fires/August 3, 2014, citing Sensus press release

3http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/smart-meter-fire-reports

Read the rest of this crucial report!

cell phone in pocketphoto by Valeriia Miller

Do you hold your cell phone against your ear or in your pocket?

You may be exceeding the already way too high FCC ‘permissible levels’, a Chicago Tribune investigation finds. Class Action lawsuits have been filed against Apple and Samsung for “intentionally misrepresenting” the safety of the cell phones.

Telecom Lies Exposed

A new class-action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung alleges the cellphone makers “intentionally misrepresented” the safety of the devices, citing a Chicago Tribune investigation that tested popular smartphones for radiofrequency radiation and found some results over the federal exposure limit.

A group of lawyers has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung, citing a Tribune investigation that tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation and found some results over the federal exposure limit.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in August in California, Illinois and Iowa — alleges that the phone makers “intentionally misrepresented” the safety of their devices, assuring users that the phones had been adequately tested and “were safe to use on and in close proximity to their bodies.”

The complaint, which alleges “negligence, breach of warranty, consumer fraud and unjust enrichment,” seeks an unspecified amount of money and medical monitoring for anyone who bought an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 or Galaxy J3.

The Tribune commissioned tests of 11 models of cellphones made by four companies, including the six models mentioned in the suit. The newspaper stated that the intention was not to rank phone models for safety and noted it was not possible to say whether any of the devices tested could cause harm.

But the tests, conducted according to federal guidelines at an accredited lab, found that radiofrequency radiation from some models operating at full power measured over the exposure limit set by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said it would pursue its own testing after the agency reviewed the Tribune’s lab reports.

Before any phone model can be brought to market, a sample must be tested for compliance with the exposure limit for radiofrequency radiation. In one phase of Tribune’s testing, the phones were positioned at the same distance from a simulated human body as the manufacturers chose for their premarket tests — between 5 and 15 millimeters, depending on the model.

In this phase, all three Samsung phones tested measured under the safety limit. Results varied for Apple phones, but several iPhone 7s were tested and all results exceeded the limit.

The Tribune also tested all the phone models at a consistent and closer distance of 2 millimeters, to estimate the potential exposure for an owner using the phone in a pants or shirt pocket.

In that phase of testing, most of the models tested yielded results that were over the exposure limit, sometimes far exceeding it. At 2 millimeters, the results from the three Samsungs and several iPhone models — again, operating at full power — were higher than the standard.

Two days after the Tribune published its investigation, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in San Jose, California, alleging that Apple and Samsung “market and sell some of the most popular smartphones in the world … as emitting less RF radiation” than the legal limit. Read more

March Against 5G

On May 15, 2019 a rally was held on the Plaza in San Rafael, CA organized by community leaders opposed to the rush to roll out 5G technology without first having safety studies. Two of those leaders Victoria Sievers of EMF Safety Network San Rafael and EON’s Mary Beth Brangan went to the Community Media Center to further voice their concerns.  Produced by .Ginger Souders-Mason

 

Building public 5G awareness in San Rafael, CA. EON photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stoking the Radiation Rebellion

By Mary Beth Brangan

Watch the passionate, informed resistance on the 5G Crisis July 27, National Day of Action – an 11 min. video report by EON’s Jim Heddle.

Viewer John Knox says – “Watched that vid twice & commented on it. Damn! Each Activist had great points that they each made in their own style. Well done video, and you have some very effective communicators there in Marin. Wow. Great sound, great shooting & editing.”

 

Upcoming event in Marin County, California 

Please Attend & Bring Friends and Family!

International educator and attorney Dafna Tachover on 5G risks

San Geronimo Valley Community Center – August 10th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Geronimo, CA 94963
(415) 488-8888

Ms. Dafna Tachover Esq, MBA, is an attorney in both New York and Israel and the founder of We Are The Evidence, an advocacy organization for the protection of the rights of people who have been injured by wireless radiation.

She led a Supreme Court case in Israel to ban the use of Wi-Fi in schools which led to the strictest limitations in the world on Wi-Fi in schools. She was a Telecommunication and Computers Officer and the Commander of the computer center of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Operations Headquarters.

Dafna has dedicated herself to educating the public and public officials regarding the adverse effects of wireless technology radiation and the resulting widespread sickness. She has been involved in related legal actions and represented 94 international organizations in an amicus brief in a U.S. case.

She has been featured in numerous publications and appeared in several documentaries about the topic, including Genneration Zapped and 5G-Apocalypse: The Extinction Event. Her website:  We Are The Evidence


Three thought-provoking articles that deepen our understanding of the issues:


Emerging Problems for the 5G Bandwagon

by Timothy Schoechle, PhD., author of Reinventing Wires, from ElectromagneticHealth.org

From the article:

Despite all the media advertising, journalistic gloss, and industry bravado, 5G wireless has encountered a growing number of problems at local, state, national, and international levels.

  1. Lagging industry investment
  2. Carrier reliance on coerced subsidization by local communities
  3. Trade war turmoil, especially regarding China
  4. Complaints over cyber-security risks and state spying
  5. Public health concerns over RF radiation risks.
  6. Trump’s attack on Huawei and on China
  7. Google’s Trump disruption of the Android ecosystem
  8. Qualcomm’s loss of FTC antitrust challenge over its patents
  9. NYT fake news story attack against radiation complaints blaming Russia
  10. Safety concerns over mm waves and lack of research on large scale health effects
    (i.e., public as guinea pig)
  11. Mounting widespread local grassroots opposition
  12. Court challenges to state and federal preemption by cities, associations, and environmental groups
  13. Incomplete spectrum allocation
  14. Cost of spectrum and lack of cooperation among telecom operators
  15. Internal industry squabble over “5G” misrepresentation (e.g., AT&T’s “5Ge”)
  16. Incomplete technical standards
  17. Huawei’s patents on key 5G technology and standards (e.g., 2300 Huawei 5G patents)
  18. Huawei’s prominence in the standards setting process
  19. Dearth of equipment and phone manufacturers (dependency on China)
  20. Uncertainties over mm wave propagation characteristics and performance
  21. Lack of credible applications requiring 5G
  22. Lack of real need for 5G
  23. Emerging public concerns over privacy, security, and surveillance
  24. Emerging public concerns over smartphone social and political dysfunction
  25. Conflicts with NOAA satellite earth data collection systems

Read More…



by Camilla Rees, author of Public Health SOS:

 Is 5G the Problem? Or Is ‘Antenna Densification’?

A snippet from Camilla’s article:

“At present, spectrum for 5G has not been finalized. The 5G network has not been built out. Limited 5G testing in lower frequency bands is going on in some cities. In some cases, results have been disappointing. The biggest risk at this time is from 4G antennas being rapidly placed on utility poles and other infrastructure near homes, that transmit 24/7. 4G and 5G antennas will work in tandem. 4G is needed for location identification of wireless devices for 5G’s ‘on demand’ transmissions, as well as for voice calls. 5G is for data, connecting things.  Phones enabled for 5G will still use 4G for voice. As explained in the Building Biology Institute’s new 5G course, 90% of cellular data is expected to transmit via 4G LTE for years to come.

Some believe the rush to hype 5G even before 5G technologies are fully developed or standardized is a trojan horse, that effectively brings 4G closer to homes without the difficulty and cost of obtaining permissions required for cell towers, while at the same time staking claim to muni ‘real estate’ for 5G later on if and when the 5G network is built out in a given location.”

Read More…


And from the new issue of the Weston A. Price Journal, a new article by Katie Singer, author of Electronic Silent Spring and Our Web of Inconvenient Truth:

Getting Informed About 5G

“In our zeal for electronic things (and now, wireless devices), we have nearly saturated our environment with man-made electromagnetic radiation (EMR). With the advent of 5G, small cell networks will emit microwave radiation around the clock at largely untested frequencies. Each site’s electronic gear also poses fire and collapse hazards as well as liability, privacy and security issues. If getting informed is the first step toward constructive action, let’s ask: How did we get to 5G? Why do we need it? How will it affect our health? How (or can) we prevent it?”

Read More…


Children – especially girls – are most vulnerable to the harmful biological and psychological effects of electro-magnetic radiation. EON photo


Telecom-Friendly ‘Regulators’

It’s not just residents as well as city, county and state government officials, who are outraged at the industry-captured Federal Communications Commission.  Overreaching FCC policies, enacted by un-elected officials, have also sparked conflicts with the Navy, NASA, the Department of Commerce and all the U.S. utilities.

Citing concerns from NASA, senators urge FCC to rein in 5G expansion

Scientists from NASA and other agencies warn 5G operations in high-band spectrum could interfere with weather forecasting.


5G and weather forecasting

Ajit Pai says NOAA and NASA are wrong about 5G harming weather forecasts

Pai tells Congress that NOAA warnings are based on bad data.


A trade group representing hundreds of U.S. utility companies is urging federal agencies to make sure that power and electricity providers retain control of interference-free spectrum so they can continue to operate their own private wireless networks.

Utilities Bicker Over FCC Broadband Proposal as Industry Leader Rebrands


Finally, a head’s up from NextGov.com as to what the military has in mind:

Air Force Wants Simulated Wargames to Plan For Lasers, Electro-Magnetic Weapons

  [snip]

 “The purpose of these [military utility] studies is to determine 
 if and how well AFRL/RD and industry technologies can help address 
 warfighter needs and gaps including complementing current fielded 
 technologies and those under development by others,” the notice 
 states.

 The Air Force has been working on laser weapons systems, or 
 LaWS, and high powered electro-magnetics, HPEM, for some time, with 

  plans to deploy the technologies on planes by 2020[1].”

Read More…


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This legal case against the FCC offers us an unparalleled chance of stopping 5G in its tracks.

The Irregulators, a team of senior telecom experts, are exposing in court the illegal accounting scheme to replace wired networks with wireless and make us pay for it!

This key legal strategy against the FCC needs our support!

PLEASE DONATE at this link to help continue their fight on our behalf.  It can help prevent the roll out of 5G. They need to be back in court July 22!

For more information, visit https://irregulators.net/

The Background

  1.  Verizon, AT&T and other companies have illegally been using the construction budgets of the copper wireline-based (landlines) state telecommunications utilities to build out their wireless networks.
  2. Local phone customers have been charged inflated rates that have paid to help telecom companies build their networks – so that rate payers have been unknowingly subsidizing wireless services at the detriment of wired networks.  Landlines offer better sound quality and more reliability in emergencies such as fires and storms and are essential service for elders.  Landlines do not have the health and cyber risks of wireless communications.
  3. If these “cross subsidies” were removed – or repaid – then 5G would not be profitable.
  4. This shell game has given wireless companies enormous profits and has shown artificial losses for wired services. This has allowed telecoms to classify wired networks as unprofitable, to justify eliminating the superior copper-wired service and to force us into entirely wireless service!
  5. The telecoms have already charged rate payers (at thousands of dollars/line over two decades), to develop a fiber optic service, but didn’t deliver it to us as promised. Now they are attempting to charge us again for it but only giving us wireless service.
  6. Almost all these inaccurate and misleading financial practices were enabled by the FCC accounting rules.
  7. Exposing these “cross subsidies” and requiring the FCC to demand that telecom carriers fix them to accurately reflect the actual costs associated with each respective technology, could be a game changer.
  8. To add insult to injury, the companies have dumped billions per state of their ‘corporate operations expenses’ that should never have been charged. This is the executive pay, lobbyists, lawyers, golf tournaments and the corporate jets — and worse, these are the lawyers, lobbyists that are working to force 5G on us– we’re paying them extra to harm us!

The Irregulators: An independent consortium of highly regarded senior telecom experts, analysts, forensic auditors, and lawyers was formed to make the public aware of these manipulative accounting practices and take the FCC to task for allowing them at our expense. The group’s goal is to stop the practice of these subsidies and make wireless companies pay for the true cost of wireless, including the WIRED fiber optic networks which they rely on and have already been charging customers for, for two decades.

On June 3rd, 2019, the IRREGULATORS had a major victory when the FCC had the opportunity to but did not challenge their right to take this case and present it in the DC court, starting July 22nd, 2019. With this huge “win” behind them, now the group urgently needs financial support to take the case to trial and hold the FCC accountable for oversight of the telecom industry in an unbiased manner and secure our rights as rate payers.

PLEASE DONATE at this link to help continue their fight on our behalf.  It may help to prevent, or at least, slow the roll out of 5G. For more information, visit https://irregulators.net/

FREE SUMMER READING:  Click here for a free PDF of “The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net”, the 3rd in a trilogy that started in 1998. The second book (and author) was featured on Emmy nominated Bill Moyer’s  PBS special, “The Net at Risk”, in 2006 the first national broadcast program on Net Neutrality. The author and book were also featured in Pulitzer Prize winner, David Cay Johnston’s “The Fine Print”, in 2012.

 

July 8, 2019 — By Mary Beth Brangan

Action Alert!

On July 9, the Marin County Board of Supervisors plans to consider an urgency ordinance and new policy regarding the installation of fifth-generation cellular wireless technology, commonly called 5G, in locations throughout unincorporated Marin within the public roads.

The Board has set a 1:30 p.m. session in the Marin County Civic Center Board chamber, Suite 330, in San Rafael. Residents will be able to attend, watch the webcast live or archived, or tune in on Channel 27 for Comcast and AT&T U-Verse subscribers. Read more

The draft has some strengths, but needs much work.  Here are comments made by EON suggesting changes and additions.

From: Mary Beth Brangan, Ecological Options Network, EON

Re: Draft Ordinance for “Small Cell” Installation  Many thanks to the sub-committee for this draft ordinance. I appreciate your work to protect your authority as elected officials and your citizens from the FCC overreach.  

Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, that prohibits environmental (and claimed health effects, too) from being used to prevent the placement of any RF antenna is unjust and should be repealed.

You are aware of the amassed peer-reviewed science showing adverse health and environmental impacts from RF/EMF.  

I say this because, in a just system, to accommodate willingly the demand by the wireless industry to densify the RF/MMW antennae and therefore the RF/EMF exposure (classified as a 2B carcinogen) would be considered willful endangerment of the public. This assault on our right to health is an outrage.

 Here are a few recommendations for your consideration:

1) First of all, since the FCC order may be overturned in court, we want to remind you about the suggestion from the legal firm, BB&K, who represents many in the case. They recommend that no FCC standards be incorporated into local law per se, in case the FCC order is vacated. So please make anything in the ordinance that would force the county to accommodate the wireless industry’s placing powerful antennae in close proximity to the public, conditional, pending the resolution of the legal challenges.

2) In order to most effectively protect the considerable number of people who have been sickened already by exposure to RF/EMF and whose disability is beyond a mere mobility handicap, such as medical metal, vertigo, cardiac problems and the broader scope of EHS, please add the language:

  • “The ordinance shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

 This broadens the legal application to include all the handicaps that ADA is intended to include. The ADA covers all disabilities that keep us from engaging in one or more major life activities. The County of San Diego attorneys recommend this language in order not to discriminate among disabilities. There are specific billing codes used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for exposure to RF radiation and other non-ionizing radiation which definitely establish legal recognition of these conditions: https://icd10coded.com/cm/W90/

  • Billable – 0XXA Exposure to radiofrequency, initial encounter
  • Billable – W90.0XXD Exposure to radiofrequency, subsequent encounter
  • Billable – W90.0XXS Exposure to radiofrequency, sequela

This applies to everybody who is covered under Medicare and Medicaid and proves that, despite wireless industry claims, the existence of disability from exposure to RF/EMF is officially recognized. 

3) Because the legal challenges brought by the Cities, Mayors, Counties, etc. appear to be very strong against the FCC overreach, the wireless industry and the FCC have a plan B: the industry is proposing to use OTARD to offer licenses to private landowners to have the ‘small cell’ antennae on private property. Of course this would avoid the few legal rights established for the public: being informed about an application, having a public hearing and from setbacks and zoning requirements, etc.

We are very concerned that this will present incredible problems for those residents who may be damaged both from decreased property values (20% reduction or more) if in close proximity as well as from adverse health and environmental effects.  What legal remedy would be available to a neighbor adversely affected by an OTARD-listed 5G antenna on a nearby property?

4) Stealth design for antenna facilities is also a concern. People need to be able to protect themselves against unwanted exposure – pregnant women, children, the sick and elderly particularly.

  • The County should mandate signage to warn that one is within, for instance, 50 ft. of an antenna. This could help pregnant women, who want to act based on the Kaiser Permanente study that showed women most exposed to RF/EMF had three times greater chance of miscarriage. These ‘small cells’ have already been measured to emit very high 4G radiation, even more dangerous because they are so much closer to people.

5) Please prohibit antennas in residential zones. “Least preferred” will be ignored.

6) Studies show that adverse effects increase dramatically within a 1500 ft radius of an antenna.

  • All sensitive areas should be protected by a 1500 ft. setback: health facilities, parks/recreation areas, eldercare facilities, hospitals, playgrounds/parks — all places where children (and other more vulnerable members of our population) spend many hours to play and sleep.

7) Since the height of the antennae might be on the level of a second or third story window, special provisions must be in place to avoid this. Story poles, street markings, and photos with superimposed proposed antennas should be used to help the public understand exactly where the ‘small cells’ would be installed.

8) Yearly measurement to establish emission levels must be demanded. A 2013 study found a large percentage of cell towers were emitting more radiation than even the FCC has in its guidelines. The FCC said back in 2013 that it didn’t have the manpower to do checks on the hundreds of thousands of antenna under its jurisdiction. Imagine now with the exponential increase in numbers of antenna how unlikely any monitoring of radiation levels is by the FCC. The County must mandate monitoring.

  • An independent expert chosen by the County should do the radio-frequency monitoring/measurements and
  • It should be paid for by the applicant.
  • Unannounced measurements should be done at peak use times to avoid carriers powering down and claiming averaged emissions

9) Please establish a Website so that:

The public can have as much advance notice as possible of applications and

  • The public can track permit applications and subsequent action. Marin Maps could be used.
  • The public can have a sign-up for an automatic email alert when an application is submitted.
  • Public can notice should be provided at the expense of the applicant and the public notification process made clear in the text of the ordinance itself.

10) The public should have the right to appeal any permit approval. A public hearing and community meeting about applications should be included (San Anselmo’s proposed ordinance has this.)

 


 

Another Terrible Proposal from the FCC:

Using the OTARD rule for 5G Wireless Radiation

EON’s Comments to the FCC Proposed Rule 19-71 regarding the proposal to use the OTARD (over-the-air reception devices) license (intended for ham radio, satellite dishes, etc.) to put 5G infrastructure on private property to avoid any legal oversight.

EON strongly opposes the proposed amendments to the OTARD rule. It should not be changed to allow wireless companies to put their 5G antennas on private homes in an attempt to avoid legal oversight.

Threats to security, safety and privacy already abound from exponentially increasing use of wireless technologies. What legal remedy would be available to a neighbor adversely affected by a 5G antenna on a nearby property? What legal protections would a property owner have against property devaluation? What responsibility does the FCC have to inform a prospective property owner considering placing a 5G antenna on their property about potential liability for harming neighbors? What responsibility does a property owner have to inform neighbors about the presence of a 5G antenna on their property?

The FCC should not be using taxpayer dollars for the benefit of wireless companies, pushing a new technology that has never been proven safe. In fact, wireless transmission of 2G, 3G and 4G have been shown in peer -reviewed studies to be unsafe. Already there are growing numbers of severely RF injured people who have no where to go to avoid these ubiquitous and increasing frequencies and whose lives are hell from painful reactions they can’t escape. The ADA law should protect them but is infrequently honored.

We know the “5G” installations will be using the prior generations of frequencies as well as millimeter wave technology. We also know that millimeter wave technology has been used as a ‘pain ray’ for crowd control by the military – not a reassuring fact.

The FCC’s wireless radiation exposure guidelines are based on research from the 1980’s, which was biased even then against admitting scientifically established harm and mandated only considering thermal effects, not the non-thermal biological effects documented in copious recent and older studies. And certainly, though there is inadequate study of the health effects from uses of millimeter wave tech, there is high concern from those scientists who have done preliminary studies that show the helical shape of the sweat ducts provide a perfect antenna for penetration of the Millimeter Waves (MW). There is concern that MWs will penetrate into the body much farther than expected. 

At this time studies indicate that people are already experiencing adverse reproductive, health and mental effects from the additive effects of increasing exposure to RF/EMF from existing wireless devices and transmissions. Studies show 54% of young people born after 1989 suffer from chronic illness, defined as an illness with no cure within western medicine.

It is totally irresponsible to ignore the FCC’s own initiated but not concluded open dockets on reassessing the current exposure guidelines, particularly for children, the ill and elderly.

Allowing even more close proximity radiation from what the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer currently classifies as a Class 2B carcinogen, will result in massive public opposition and major legal challenges

Many elected public officials across the country are responding to constituents’ concerns and demanding proof of safety before allowing more of this complex, powerful radiation to pervade the environment and public areas. Attempts by the FCC to continue your overreach will result in rising enmity among the public against all wireless companies; why destroy your customer base?

The FCC proceeding mentions the “potential to bring enormous benefits” but there is no FCC analysis of the costs or cost effectiveness. And to truly determine the costs, the FCC will have to factor in major debilitation of the entire population of all living creatures (people, birds, insects, microbes, animals, plants) by intense, man-made radiation that our electrical-biological systems did not evolve within. The profit from wireless technologies is clearly not worth damaging the integrity of biological systems, which are all electrically based on unique frequencies that can be disrupted by the stronger man-made frequencies.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) under the National Institutes of Health has completed the largest-ever animal study on cell phone radiation and cancer. The relationship between radiofrequency radiation and cancer is clearly established. Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP and the lead researcher on this study confirms that the exposure of 1.5 W/Kg is lower than currently allowed for the public, including children, under FCC public safety limits. Testing on rats is standard in predicting human cancers.

The NTP results confirm that cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowed safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in these animals. Italy’s Ramazinni Institute’s study of rats showed an increase in the incidence of very rare highly malignant tumors—schwannomas of the heart— observed in male rats and reached statistical significance at the highest dose. These are the same types of rare and malignant tumors found to be increased in the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) $25 million animal study of cell phone radiation that used far higher RFR exposure levels. The tumors are also the same histotype as found to be increased in long term cell phone users.

Dr. Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus with the University of Toronto, and adviser to the International Agency for Research on Cancer says, “Many scientists worldwide now believe that radiofrequency radiation should be elevated to a Class One human carcinogen, on the same list as Cigarettes, X-Rays, and Asbestos.”

Cancer is not the only health effect. Adverse health effects are seen particularly in children whose rates of autism, ADD, depression, anxiety, childhood obesity and asthma are skyrocketing. Kaiser Permanente studies showed clear relationship between in utero exposure to non-ionizing radiation with 3 times greater risk of miscarriage as well as increased risk of childhood obesity and asthma.

There is also a growing body of science showing the interaction between chemical pollution, excess heavy metals in the body and RF/EMF synergize to produce effects greater than each would have individually. See Dr. Ron Kostoff”s

EFFECTS OF TOXIC STIMULI COMBINATIONS ON DETERMINATION OF EXPOSURE LIMITS https://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/handle/1853/59719/EXPOSURE_LIMITS_SAFETY_FINAL(1).pdf

Scientific sources include the most recent BioInitiative Report, the International EMF Scientist Appeal, the Europa EM EMF Guideline from 2016, the 5G Appeal, recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Association of Firefighters in 2004, the California Medical Association resolution on December 7, 2014, Kaiser Permanente studies re higher miscarriage rates, asthma and childhood obesity and many, many others.

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References:

Letter to the FCC from Dr. Yael Stein MD in Opposition to 5G Spectrum Frontiers
https://ehtrust.org/letter-fcc-dr-yael-stein-md-opposition-5g-spectrum-frontiers/

“Clear Evidence of Cancer” Concludes U.S. National Toxicology Program Expert Panel on Cell Phone Radiation 
https://ehtrust.org/clear-evidence-of-cancer-concludes-the-expert-panel-to-the-us-national-toxicology-program-on-cell-phone-radiation-study-findings/

Ramazzini Institute Study: Animal Study on Base Station/Cell Tower Radiofrequency Radiation
https://ehtrust.org/ramazzini-institute-study-animal-study-on-base-station-cell-tower-radiofrequency-radiation-question-answer/

https://emfscientist.org/index.php/emf-scientist-appeal

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27454111

https://europaem.eu/en/library/blog-en/97-europaem-emf-guideline-2016

Scientists and Doctors Warn of Potential Serious Health Effects of 5G
https://www.5gappeal.eu/scientists-and-doctors-warn-of-potential-serious-health-effects-of-5g/

https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/AAP-Recommendations-Fact-Sheet-3.pdf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300161?via%3Dihub

The human skin as a sub-THz receiver – Does 5G pose a danger to it or not?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29459303

The Modeling of the Absorbance of Sub-THz Radiation by Human Skin
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8016593

The California Medical Association Wireless Resolution
https://ehtrust.org/the-california-medical-association-wireless-resolution/

New Kaiser Permanente Study Provides Evidence of Health Risks …
https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/our-story/health-research/news/new-kaiser-permanente-study-provides-evidence-of-health-risks-li

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In-Utero Exposure to Magnetic Fields Associated with Increased Risk of Obesity in Childhood

Here are a few studies focused on neurological effects:

Kim, Ju Hwan, et al. “Long-term exposure to 835 MHz RF-EMF induces hyperactivity, autophagy and demyelination in the cortical neurons of mice.” Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 41129, 2017.   Study found that RF-EMF exposure led to myelin sheath damage and hyperactivity-like behaviour in mice exposed to 835 MHz RF-EMF at a specific absorption rate (SAR) of 4.0 W/kg for 5 hours/day during 12 weeks.  Demyelination was induced in cortical neurons following prolonged RF-EMF exposure and suggests a potential cause of neurological or neurobehavioural disorders. 
Full Text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5247706/pdf/srep41129.pdf

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Redmayne M, Johansson O. Could myelin damage from radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure help explain the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity? A review of the evidence. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, vol. 17, no. 5, 2014, pp. 247-58.  

Review of the evidence for an association between myelin integrity and exposure to low-intensity radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) 

“Overall, evidence from in vivo and in vitro and epidemiological studies suggests an association between RF-EMF exposure and either myelin deterioration or a direct impact on neuronal conduction, which may account for many electrohypersensitivity symptoms. The most vulnerable are likely to be those in utero through to at least mid-teen years, as well as ill and elderly individuals.”

Full text: http://www.avaate.org/IMG/pdf/redmayne_johansson_2014.pdf

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Sage, C. and Burgio, E. (2017), Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development. Child Dev. doi:10.1111/cdev.12824

“New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes due to exposure to wireless technologies. Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors. Technology benefits can be realized by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement.”

Full text:    https://eliant.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/de/pdf/Sage_Burgio_Childhood_2017_Epigenetics.pdf

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Court rules Berkeley may require warnings
that cell phone use risks radiation exposure  

San Francisco Chronicle, 7-2- 2019

Congratulations and immense thanks to all who worked tirelessly for this national precedent-setting ruling, including Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Ellie Marks, Joel Moscowitz, Lloyd Morgan, the Berkeley City Council and many others!

From Environmental Health Trust: “A landmark Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the City of Berkeley’s cell phone right to know ordinance rejecting industries argument that the ordinance violates the first amendment. This ordinance requires retailers to inform consumers that cell phones emit radiation and that “if you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” Read more

 


Exposing the FCC’s illegal scheme to replace wired networks

with wireless and make us pay for it!

The Irregulators Legal Case against the FCC offers us an unparalleled chance of stopping 5G in its tracks.

They need your support!

The Background

  1.  Verizon, AT&T and other companies have been using the construction budgets of the copper wireline- based state telecommunications utilities to build out their wireless networks.
  2. Local phone customers have been charged inflated rates that have paid to help telecom companies build their networks – so that rate payers have been unknowingly subsidizing wireless services at the detriment of wired networks.
  3. If these “cross subsidies” were removed – or repaid – then 5G would not be profitable.
  4. This shell game has given wireless companies enormous profits and has shown artificial losses for wired services. This has allowed telecoms to classify wired networks as unprofitable, to justify eliminating the superior copper-wired service and to force us into entirely wireless service.
  5. The telecoms have already charged rate payers (at thousands of dollars/line over two decades), to develop a fiber optic service, but didn’t deliver it to us as promised. Now they are attempting to charge us again for it but only giving us wireless service.
  6. Almost all these inaccurate and misleading financial practices were enabled by the FCC accounting rules.
  7. Exposing these “cross subsidies” and requiring the FCC to demand that telecom carriers fix them to accurately reflect the actual costs associated with each respective technology, could be a game changer.
  8. To add insult to injury, the companies have dumped billions per state of their ‘corporate operations expenses’ that should never have been charged. This is the executive pay, lobbyists, lawyers, golf tournaments and the corporate jets — and worse, these are the lawyers, lobbyists that are working to force 5G on us– we’re paying them extra to harm us!

The Irregulators: An independent consortium of highly regarded senior telecom experts, analysts, forensic auditors, and lawyers was formed to make the public aware of these manipulative accounting practices and take the FCC to task for allowing them at our expense. The group’s goal is to stop the practice of these subsidies and make wireless companies pay for the true cost of wireless, including the WIRED fiber optic networks which they rely on and have already been charging customers for, for two decades. On June 3rd, 2019, the IRREGULATORS had a major victory when the FCC had the opportunity to but did not challenge their right to take this case and present it in the DC court, starting July 22nd, 2019. With this huge “win” behind them, now the group urgently needs financial support to take the case to trial and hold the FCC accountable for oversight of the telecom industry in an unbiased manner and secure our rights as rate payers.

PLEASE DONATE at this link to help continue their fight on our behalf.  It may help to prevent, or at least, slow the roll out of 5G. For more information, visit https://irregulators.net/

FREE SUMMER READING:  Click here for a free PDF of “The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net”, the 3rd in a trilogy that started in 1998. The second book (and author) was featured on Emmy nominated Bill Moyer’s  PBS special, “The Net at Risk”, in 2006 the first national broadcast program on Net Neutrality. The author and book were also featured in Pulitzer Prize winner, David Cay Johnston’s “The Fine Print”, in 2012.




 

Could A New Cell Tower Hurt You Financially? CBS13 Investigates

 

Published on Jun 26, 2019

The coming 5G networks – what they are and why they might cause problems. Charlie Siler is joined by Vicki Sievers, Marin Outreach Coordinator, EMF Safety Network; Mary Beth Brangan, co-founder, Ecological Options Network; and Rachel Gaunt, executive coach and 5G activist





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