Friday, April 6, 2018

Montgomery County Maryland Hearing on 5G Small Cells Near Homes Citizens are OPPOSED

National Toxicology Program Study on Cell Phone Radiation Peer Review Recommendations

Actions from Peer Review of the Draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation March 26-28, 2018 
 The National Toxicology Program (NTP) convened the NTP Technical Reports Peer Review Panel (“the Panel”) on March 26-28, 2018, to peer review two Draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Toxicology Program released a statement about the conclusions of the panel for each endpoint, found here. 
The peer review panel voted that the malignant schwannoma tumors found in the heart of male rats be scientifically categorized as “clear evidence of carcinogenicity” and that the malignant gliomas found in the brain of male rats be categorized as “some evidence of carcinogenicity.” In addition, they voted that the increased tumors of the adrenal medulla in male rats exposed to the GSM type of cell phone radiation be categorized as “some evidence of carcinogenicity,” adding a new type of tumor thought to be caused by the exposure. The expert panel advised strengthening the conclusions regarding seven different health effects. The panel called attention to statistically significant increases in an unusual pattern of cardiomyopathy, or damage to heart tissue, in exposed male and female rats. The panel highlighted that in Italy a recent animal study on radiofrequency radiation at much lower radiation levels than the NTP study found the same types of rare malignancies.  
In addition to the heart and brain cancers, statistically significant increased numbers of tumors were found in other organs at one or more of the exposure levels studied, including the prostate gland, pituitary gland, adrenal gland, liver, and pancreas.  
“What should happen now is the FDA should be immediately working on developing a quantitative risk assessment from this data and in the meantime the FDA, FCC, and other agencies should promote precautionary measures for the population—especially for children,” said Ronald Melnick PhD, who led the design of the NTP study in his 28-year career as a scientist at the National Toxicology Program. Melnick is currently senior advisor to Environmental Health Trust (EHT).
This is from NIEHS National Toxicology Program Webpage HERE  Technical Reports Peer Review Panel Presentations – March 26-28, 2018
Meeting information, including the draft reports, is available at the NTP website (https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/36051). A meeting report will be prepared and posted to the NTP website when completed.
The Panel was divided into two groups. Panel 1 provided consultation on the reverberation chamber technology and Panel 2 provided recommendations on the study findings and NTP’s draft conclusions. NTP will consider these comments when finalizing the technical reports. When completed, the technical reports will be published on the NTP website https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/actions20180328_508.pdf.  

The "clear evidence" is in the cancers found in the rats on page 2. 

NPR On Point: Big Wireless and the cell phone cancer risk.

 On Point: Big Wireless and the cell phone cancer risk.
“Big Tobacco lied about cigarettes. Is Big Wireless lying about cell phones? We’ll look at the cancer-cell phone connection.”
 This show aired Thursday at 11 a.m. EST  Apr 4, 2018
Guests:
Mark Hertsgaard, investigative editor for The Nation and co-author of the magazine’s April 28 cover story, How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation. Author of seven books, the latest of which is “Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing In The Age Of Snowden.” (@markhertsgaard)
Jerry Phillips, biochemist and director of the Excel Science Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Reading List:
Scientific American: New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer — “New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality or whether any effects arise in people.”
Cell phone radiation is perfectly safe, right? That’s what the wireless industry says. But an investigation by The Nation magazine raises questions. Big Wireless, it reports, stole the playbook from Big Tobacco and Big Oil—with its own scientists privately warning about the risks, years ago.
This hour, On Point: Big Wireless and the cell phone cancer risk.
Jane Clayson

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Come to the Hearing in Annapolis on March 20, 2018 To Halt The State Streamlining Bills

WE NEED YOU To Come to the Hearing in Annapolis in the MD Finance Committee: 1 p.m March 20, 2018, for Senate Bill 1188 to testify on this Bill.

Two Bills HB 1767 and SB 1188 are in the Maryland Assembly and we must halt them! 

The MD Bills: These Bills represent  a coordinated, national effort by the telecommunications industry to prevent public input and bypass local zoning regulations over the installation of 5G small cell equipment and poles in the public right of way.

Senate Bill 1188 is sponsored by Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Chair of the Finance Committee. Its House companion, House Bill 1767, is sponsored by Delegate Dereck Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee.   

THE LEGISLATION
  • Supersedes local government  ordinances and regulations.
  • Allows for the installation of poles up to 50 feet in height and equipment boxes up to 28 cubic feet throughout neighborhoods, including residential neighborhoods.
  • Caps rates restricting what municipalities can charge.
  • Disregards health risks from radiation.

These bills are based on “model legislation” that AT&T and Verizon created with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The Maryland Municipal League representing 157 municipal governments in the State of Maryland is opposed to these Bills. The Montgomery County Civic Federation is opposed to these bills.

In California when a similar Bill was proposed, organizations wrote letters in strong opposition such as the  American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments, the Sierra Club, Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft, Canada, the Greenlining Institute and the American Planning Association.  
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Sign the petition.
Contact elected officials today! Call and email them here
Come to the Hearing in the MD Finance Committee: 1 p.m March 20, 2018, for Senate Bill 1188.  

LEARN MORE
Maryland Coalition Website: Sign up to stay updates with the Maryland Coalition fighting this Bills.
What Is 5G  Website about the health, privacy and safety risks posed by 5G
Physicians for Safe Technology: Doctors on health risks.
Environmental Health Trust: Scientific think tank tracking Bills nationwide.
Telecom Powergrab: New York State Coalition fighting the same bills.

Hearing in the MD Finance Committee: 1 p.m March 20, 2018, for Senate Bill 1188.  
Senate Bill 1188 is sponsored by Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Chair of the Finance Committee. Its House companion, House Bill 1767, is sponsored by Delegate Dereck Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee.   

“There is a substantial body of evidence that this technology is harmful to humans and the environment. The 5G millimeter wave is known to heat the eyes, skin and testes... Of particular concern are the most vulnerable among us — the unborn, children, the infirm, the elderly and the disabled. It is also expected that populations of bees and birds will drastically decline.” -- by Dr. Lennart Hardell, 2017

Tuesday, March 13, 2018