"We recognize that a great deal of scientific research has been completed in recent years and new research is currently underway, warranting a comprehensive examination of this and any other relevant information."
This Friday The Federal Communications Commision (FCC) released the above statement, along with a 200 page report, announcing the re-examination of it's procedures and standards for mobile radiation. Procedures and standards that were created over ten years ago.
While it may seem like this would be welcome news to those of us that have been voicing concerns over the antiquated procedures currently used, the FCC was quick to point out that this was merely a "routine" re-examination.
The report states that the FCC will now treat the Pinna (Inner Ear) as an "extremity" and subject to a much looser SAR limits. This essentially now treats the Pinna as any other part of the body, such as an arm or a leg, as opposed to being next to the head or brain.
Hardly the kind of changes we had been hoping for.
Another of the key issues on the table is whether there is a need for precautionary policies, specifically to protect children. The FCC admits that the "specific anthropomorphic mannequin" (SAM), which is used for all testing of monile phones is not modeld after children, who have significantly smaller amount of tissue and thinner skulls.
The FCC has set a 90 day time period wherein they will look at comments from experts and a further 90 days for replies to these comments, before they issue their final decision on what (if any) changes will be made.
We hope that the FCC will take into serious account the vast amount of scientific data that has accumulated over the last ten years which points to a serious causal link between exposure to mobile radiation and negative health effects, such as tumors and certain types of cancer.
We will be following this on going review by the FCC closely so stay tuned for more info.