FCC To Keep SAR Limits, Change RF Rules For Transmitters
RCR Wireless News
April 11, 2003
The Federal Communications Commission wants
changes to rules governing radiation emitted by mobile-phone transmitters,
an agency official said last week.
Bryan Tramont, an advisor to FCC Chairman Michael Powell, said proposed rule
modifications would address RF measurement and other items. But, Tramont
stressed, the proposal does not involve any alteration to the specific
absorption rate, or SAR, radiation exposure limits.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers asked a federal appeals court to overturn the dismissal last
month of five class-action suits that sought to force wireless carriers to
supply consumers with headsets to reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation. The
notice of appeal was filed last Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
4th Circuit in Richmond, Va. The same court is also reviewing a brain-cancer
lawsuit thrown out last fall by U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake of
Baltimore. Oral argument in the latter case is scheduled for June.
Blake dismissed the five class-action headset suits on March 5.
cases are pending before the Baltimore judge. Two plaintiffs with
brain-cancer suits in Blake’s court have died in recent months. The most recent
is Gib Brower, of San Diego, who died on April 5.
A study published in the March issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a
journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, found some
mobile phones caused brain damage in rats. The mobile-phone industry points to
other studies that fail to link cell phone use to health risks.
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