Bipartisan State Bill Introduced to Educate Public on Health Risks of 5G and Wireless Radiation, Reduce Public Exposure to Cell Towers and Wi-Fi

By B.N. Frank

Decades of research have already determined that exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from cell phones, cell towers and other sources of wireless “Wi-Fi” radiation – including 5G – is biologically harmful.  In regard to 5G, in 2019, telecom experts gave congressional testimony that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe!

Additionally in 2021, a federal court ruled in favor of petitioners who sued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for NOT updating wireless radiation guidelines since 1996 despite scientific evidence of harm submitted to the agency.  The FCC has refused to do anything about this though that hasn’t stopped Americans from demanding that their lawmakers to take action to protect them from exposure.  Kudos to New Hampshire residents for enlisting help from theirs.

From Environmental Health Trust:

New Hampshire Bipartisan Bill on Health Effects of 5G Technology

The New Hampshire House introduced Bill 1487 “An ACT relative to the health effects of 5G technology”  which calls for educating the public on the health risks of wireless radiation, ensuring cell towers and 500 meters from homes and schools and replacing Wi-Fi with wireless in schools. 

“Findings.  The general court strongly encourages the state to move forward with the deployment of fiber optic cable connectivity, internal wired connections, and optical wireless to serve all commercial and public properties statewide.  The general court further strongly encourages health care facilities to establish RF-radiation free zones where employees and visitors can seek refuge from the effects of wireless RF-radiation.”

New Hampshire House Bill 1487 states that the department of environmental services shall:

  • Include links on the departmental website that contains information about radiofrequency radiation (RF-radiation) from all sources, including from 5G small cells deployed on public rights-of-way.  Such information shall also contain guidance on the proper use of cell phones to minimize exposure to RF-radiation.
  • Make public service announcements on radio, television, print media, and the Internet to warn of the health risks associated with radiation exposure, including warnings concerning newborns, children, and pregnant women.
  • Develop exposure warning signs for posting in commercial and public buildings concerning RF-radiation levels.
  • Require that every pole or other structure in the public rights-of-way holding a 5G antenna to be labeled indicating RF-radiation being emitted from the antenna.  Such label shall be posted at eye level and printed in such a way that it is legible from 9 feet away.
  • Adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to performing RF-radiation frequency signal strength measurements in areas around wireless facilities in order to evaluate signal characteristics known to be deleterious to human health.  Such rules shall take into account the impulsive nature of high-data-rate radiation that a growing body of evidence shows as having a significantly greater negative impact on human health than does continuous radiation.  Such rules shall enable the summative effects of multiple radiation sources to be measured.  Such rules shall consider safety limits that shall protect trees, plants, birds, insects, and pollinators from damage by RF-radiation exposure.
  • Publish a continually updated map of RF-radiation exposure levels across the state using data submitted by certified home inspectors under RSA 310-A:190.

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Home inspectors shall be trained to measure the intensity of RF-radiation when doing inspections.  Home inspectors shall send measurements of RF-radiation to the department of environmental services for publication on a map of state exposure levels under RSA 12-K:15, VI.

Wireless antennas should not be less than 500 meters away from a residence, business, or school.

Regarding technology in schools

  • The board shall develop a plan to be implemented in every school district to migrate from wireless Internet connections for computers, laptops, tablets, and other wireless devices to Internet connections that are either hard-wired or optical connections within 5 years of the effective date of this section.
  • A chartered public school shall develop a plan to migrate from wireless Internet connections for computers, laptops, tablets, and other wireless devices to Internet connections that are either hard-wired or optical connections within 5 years of the effective date of this section.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: Introduced on December 11 2023 – 25% progression
Action: 2024-01-22 – Public Hearing: 01/30/2024 11:00 am Legislative Office Building 302-304
Pending: House Science, Technology and Energy Committee
Hearing: Jan 30 @ 11:00 am in Legislative Office Building 302-304
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]

Environmental Health Trust Executive Director Theodora Scarato presented a scientific poster on children, cell phone radiation, law and policy at the Digital Media and Developing Minds 2023 Congress held in Washington DC with the Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development as well as to the American Public Health Association Conference.

In 2019 the New Hampshire government passed House Bill 522 “An act establishing a commission to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology.” The Commission released its  Final Report on Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology in 2020 with findings that safety assurance for wireless technology “come into question because of the thousands of peer-reviewed studies documenting deleterious health effects associated with cellphone radiation exposure.” In its report the Commission issued 15 recommendations and House Bill 1487 contains most of these recommendations.

Scarato pointed to the following expert recommendations:

  • The Santa Clara Medical Association Best Practices for Technology in schools recommends reducing Wi-Fi exposure and  restricting cell towers near schools.
  • The California Department of Health released an advisory on how to reduce cell phone radiation stating children may be more at risk and “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high use of cell phones may be linked to certain types of cancer and other health effects.” Recommendations include, “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”
  • The Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health And Protection Advisory Council, whose 19 member Commission includes experts in public health, pediatricians, state health and environment agencies and legislators issued a report recommending reducing wireless exposure to children in schools and homes.

Activist Post reports regularly about health risks from exposure to sources of EMF, wireless, and 5G.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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