Former ICNIRP member James C Lin publishes yet another article in IEEE Microwave Magazine on the lack of health protections in current FCC and ICNIRP wireless radiation limits. 

The article “RF Health Safety Limits and Recommendations” overviews that latest scientific research and states that current FCC/ICNIRP limits “are questionable from the standpoint of scientific justification for the safety and public health protection.” (PDF)

“Dr. James C. Lin is one of the world’s most renowned scientists who has studied the effects of radio frequency (RF) radiation for decades. He is a distinguished former member of the two organizations that created the RF exposure limits, the International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE),” stated Dr. Devra Davis PhD, MPH, President of the Environmental Health Trust whose 2021 successful lawsuit against the FCC (EHT et al v. the FCC)  resulted in a federal court mandate to the FCC to address the submitted evidence on biological effects of long term exposure. 

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Dr. Lin concludes: 

“In conclusion, the revised RF exposure limits make allowances only to worry about heat with RF radiation. These limits are devised for restricting short-term heating by RF radiation and aim to prevent increased tissue temperatures. Thus, they are not applicable to long-term exposure at low levels. Instead of advances in science, they are predicated on assumptions using outdated exposure metrics, thus their ability to protect children, workers, and the public from exposure to the RF radiation or people with sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices and systems. Furthermore, the limits are based on outdated information and circumvent important animal data. These issues are even more relevant in the case of millimeter-wave radiation from 5G mobile communications for which there are no adequate health effects studies in the published literature. Finally, the guidelines do not adequately address conclusions from scientific organizations, such as the IARC. Thus, many of the recommended limits are questionable from the standpoint of scientific justification for the safety and public health protection.” 

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James C. Lin, “RF Health Safety Limits and Recommendations [Health Matters],” in IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 18-77, June 2023, doi: 10.1109/MMM.2023.3255659. PDF

Emeritus Professor James Lin: Selected Professional Achievements

Fellow of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (Elected 2017)

Fellow of IEEE (Elected 1986; currently Life Fellow)

Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (Elected 1989)

Member, U.S. President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science (1992-1993)

d’Arsonval Medal Award of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (2003)

IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) Special Recognition Award (1991)

Chair, IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (1990-1991)

President, The Bioelectromagnetics Society (1994-1995)

Chair, URSI Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine (1996-1999)

Chair, NCRP Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Fields

Vice President, National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) (2005-07)

Member, International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection  (ICNIRP) (2004-2016); and Chair of Standing Committee on Physics and Engineering (2008-2012); Chair of Radio Frequency Group (2012-2015)

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Feature Editor, ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review (1999-2004)

Editor, Springer Science Book Series on Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living systems (2004-present)

Editor in Chief, Bioelectromagnetics (2006-present)

Columnist, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine (1999-2014)

Columnist, IEEE Microwave Magazine (2000-present)

Columnist, Radio Science Bulletin, Columnist (2001-present)

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