EWG Offers Fellowship to Investigate Public Health Implications of EMF — Still Endorses Smart Meters

By B.N. Frank

Thanks to Environmental Working Group for offering this fellowship and being interested in the public health implications of EMF exposure.  However, it doesn’t change the fact that they still endorse the use of utility Smart Meters which expose everyone to harmful wireless radiation (see 1, 2) and other sources of EMF and make people sick (1, 2, 3, 4); hence, already causing public health implications.  Confused? Me too.

Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit leader in research, public education, and policy research in the field of environmental health, invites PhD students, early career, or advance career researchers for a one year fellowship opportunity with our organization.

The fellow is going to be investigating the public health implications of electromagnetic field, or EMF exposure.

EWG Science team has published groundbreaking research on drinking water contaminants, chemical policy and regulations, and consumer products. EWG is nationally known for the comprehensive databases and interactive compiled and built over many years, such as EWG’s national Tap Water Database, the largest publicly accessible data repository on tap water contaminant occurrence in the United States; Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce; PFAS contamination map; Skin Deep® database of  personal care products; and other databases and projects.

EWG research on EMF

In 2009, EWG conducted a science review of cancer risks associated with cell phone radiation and published a database of cell phone radiation levels (using FCC data). In the absence of sufficient scientific research and FCC caution, EWG recommended consumers purchase phones with the lowest possible SAR and use headphones or speakerphone to conduct calls. Since that time EWG has published a handful of guides to safer cell phone use (2013) and the impact on radiation levels when different types of cell phone cases are used (2015).

We are now looking to update our understanding of the field since our last major review in 2009 and create a peer-reviewed journal article of our findings, as well as consumer outreach and education campaigns.


  • Systematic review of the potential health effects of exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF).
  • Submit an article for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Work with communications team in media outreach campaign to educate the public and policy makers on our findings and view.

This is great that they want to educate the public and policy makers because research has ALREADY determined that there ARE public health implications from EMF exposure to utility Smart Meters as well as a boatload of other sources:

So maybe EWG should skip the fellowship and get right to the educating the public and the policy makers, AND stop endorsing Smart Meters?  Just a thought…

Activist Post reports regularly about health risks from exposure to EMF (sometimes referred to as “Electrosmog”).  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.

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