California officials downplay cell phone hazard

Screenshot 2017-12-16 at 10.03.40.pngCalifornia’s new cell-phone safety guidelines issued this week for adults and children are being welcomed by the public health, environmental and First Amendment advocates who successfully sued the state to release guidelines that had been languishing since 2009.

In fact, the lawsuit’s lead plaintiff Joel Moskowitz said the new advisory goes “well beyond what any federal health agency has published on this issue.’’

But Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, remains frustrated that the three-page document doesn’t more forcefully convey the risks of long-term exposure to cell phone radiation.

“The science is a lot stronger now, but you would not think that reading from this document,’’ the public health researcher said. “It’s underplayed.’’

Mercury News


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