The first Commission formed in the United States to study the environmental and health effects of 5G technology released their comprehensive final report November 1, 2020. The Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology was born in the in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire, and included 15 recommendations addressing the need for public education about wireless hazards, RF health studies, RF measurements, cell antenna setbacks, fiberoptic rather than wireless deployment, commercial warning signs and wildlife protection. After hearing extensive testimony in a series of 13 meetings over the course of a year and reviewing an abundance of research, the Commission highlighted the lack of a single definition for 5G, insufficient evidence of safety for 5thgeneration technology, a concern that safety standards for wireless technologies have not been updated with the latest science and that 5G is largely a marketing concept. They also expressed concern that the FCC has a long history of being accountable to industry over the desires of communities and individuals. 

Members of the Commission included representatives from the both the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Business and Economic Affairs, CTIA, the University of New Hampshire and McGill University Medicine. While the majority of the Commission voted in favor of the recommendations, a Minority Report was also prepared by 3 members of the Commission. 

New Hampshire HB 522

The New Hampshire Commission was formed as a result of legislation, HB 522 (Rep Patrick Abrami-R and Sen Thomas Sherman-D), which was introduced in January 2019 and was signed by Governor Sununu 7/19/19. The legislation titled, An Act establishing a commission to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology”, noted that  “Fifth generation, or 5G, wireless technology is intended to greatly increase device capability and connectivity but also may pose significant risks to humans, animals, and the environment due to increased radiofrequency radiation exposure.  The purpose of the study is to examine the advantages and risks associated with 5G technology, with a focus on its environmental impact and potential health effects, particularly on children, fetuses, the elderly, and those with existing health compromises.”

Text of HB 522

The commission shall:

(a) Examine the health and environmental impacts from radiofrequency (RF) radiationemitted from the waves in the 30-300 gigahertz(GHZ) range of the electromagnetic spectrum, which falls somewhere between microwaves and infrared waves, and which are required with the rollout of 5G technology.

(b)  Assess the health and environmental impacts of 5G technology, which requires small cell towers to be placed at a distance of 250 meters from each other at telephone pole height from the ground and will operate in conjunction with the 3G and 4G technology infrastructure. 

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(c)  Receive testimony from the scientific communityincluding but not limited to physicists and electrical engineers, the medical community including but not limited to cellular experts and oncologists, the wireless technology industry including but not limited to cell phone businesses and businesses working on the development autonomous vehicles which will rely on 5G technology, as well as other organizations and members of the public with an interest in 5G technology.  

(d)  Consider the following questions and the impact on New Hampshire citizens, municipalities, and state government of:

(1)  Why the insurance industry recognizes wireless radiation as a leading riskand has placed exclusions in their policies not covering damages caused by the pathological properties of electromagnetic radiation?

(2)  Why do cell phone manufacturers have in the legal section within the devise saying keep the phone at least 5mm from the body?

(3)  Why have 1,000s of peer-reviewed studies,including the recently published U.S. Toxicology Program 16-year $30 million study, that are showing a wide-range of statistically significant DNA damage, brain and heart tumors, infertility, and so many other ailments, being ignored by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)?

(4)  Why are the FCC-sanctioned guidelines for public exposure to wireless radiation based only on the thermal effecton the temperature of the skin and do not account for the non-thermal, non-ionizing, biological effects of wireless radiation?

(5)  Why are the FCC radiofrequency exposure limits set for the United States 100 times higher than countries like Russia, China, Italy, Switzerland, and most of Eastern Europe?

(6)  Why did the World Health Organization (WHO) signify that wireless radiation is a Group B Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans category,a group that includes lead, thalidomide, and others, and why are some experts who sat on the WHO committee in 2011 now calling for it to be placed in the Group 1, which are known carcinogens, and why is such information being ignored by the FCC?

(7)  Why have more than 220 of the world’s leading scientists signed an appeal to the WHO and the United Nations toprotect public health from wireless radiation and nothing has been done?

(8)  Why have the cumulative biological damaging effects of ever-growing numbers of pulse signals riding on the back of the electromagnetic sine waves not been explored,especially as the world embraces the Internet of Things, meaning all devices being connected by electromagnetic waves, and the exploration of the number of such pulse signals that will be created by implementation of 5G technology?

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II.  The commission shall prepare and publish an interim and final report of its findings and recommendations.  The reports shall:

(a)  Outline the advantages of, and risks associated with, 5G technology running in conjunction with the 3G and 4G technology infrastructure.

(b)  Develop a strategy, if deemed necessary, to limit RF radiation exposure from 5G or lesser generation technology relying upon electromagnetic waves.

(c)  Include a public policy statement on 5G wireless systems, which either declares the technology safe or outlines actions required to protect the health of its citizens and environment.

(d)  Consider alternatives to 5G technology that will accelerate information flow speeds and volumes without the use of electromagnetic waves that emit high levels of radiation.

(e)  Provide any recommendations for proposed legislation developed by the commission. 

III.  The commission shall submit the interim reportrequired under paragraph II to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2019, and shall submit the final report on or before November 1, 2020.

Oregon SB 283 Requires Review of Wireless Studies to Protect Students 

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature unanimously enacted SB283, a similar bill which directed the Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to examine “Review peer-reviewed, independently funded studies of the biological effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies in schools or similar environments; “ In addition, the bill, introduced by Senator Monnes Anderson, also requires that the Department of Education “develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that would eliminate students’ exposure to microwave radiation that the studies identified as harmful.” The report has been delayed due to COVID 19 but is expected by Jan 2, 2020, when the bill takes effect.  

See Also 

5G Telecommunications Science

Wi Fi in Schools

Firefighters Fighting Fires…and Now Cell Towers 

The First Report of 5G Injury From Switzerland  

Senator Blumenthal Blasts FCC and FDA for No Research on 5G Safety  

For Scientific Literature See Also

Behavior and Memory Effects of RF https://mdsafetech.org/science/behavior/

Cell Tower Health Effects   https://mdsafetech.org/cell-tower-health-effects/

Electrosensitivity Science https://mdsafetech.org/science/es-science/

Industry Influence in Science https://mdsafetech.org/problems/industry-influence-in-science/

Military and Government Reports on Radiofrequency Radiation https://mdsafetech.org/science/military-studies-and-compendiums/

Nervous System Effects of RF  https://mdsafetech.org/nervous-system/

Reproductive Health Effects of RF https://mdsafetech.org/science/reproductive/

Wi Fi Radiation Effects https://mdsafetech.org/nervous-system/

Resources and Articles

The New Hampshire Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology . Nov 1, 2020. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/statstudcomm/committees/1474/reports/5G%20final%20report.pdf

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Testimony Cece Doucette to New Hampshire Science, Technology and Energy Public Hearing.  https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/Senate%20Finance/Bills/H.513/Public%20Comment/H.513~Annette%20Smith~Cecelia%20Doucette%20Testimony%20to%20NH%20House%20Committee%20on%20Science%20and%20Techonology~4-16-2019.pdf

Senate Bill 283. “Relating to exposure to radiation in schools in this state; and declaring an emergency” https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB283/Introduced

School Wireless Safety Bill Passes Senatehttps://www.kdrv.com/content/news/School-wireless-safety-bill-passes-state-senate-511283802.html

Letter to Portland Oregon Schools SB 283 Wireless in Schools. Dr. Russell 2019. 3/23/19 https://mdsafetech.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/letter-portland-schools-sb-283-final-32319-pdf.pdf

Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health. European Parliamentary Research Service Briefing. March 2020. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2020/646172/EPRS_BRI(2020)646172_EN.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3cD0TDOqGHpOmCWPnANN-Y6RBaa0eoQ4ZN0nuUwpVaLL8MIDtt6aKtiYM

[Comment] Appeals that matter or not on a moratorium on the deployment of the fifth generation, 5G, for microwave radiation. (2020) Lennart Hardell and Rainer Nyberg.  Molecular and Clinical Oncology. January 22, 2020. https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/mco.2020.1984

We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe.The technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks. (2019) Scientific American.  Joel M. Moskowitz. Oct 17, 2019. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/we-have-no-reason-to-believe-5g-is-safe/

500 Meter buffer recommended around schools, hospitals and homes. “Limiting liability with positioning to minimize negative health effects of cellular phone towers.” (2019)  Pearce M.  Environmental Research, Nov 2019; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935119306425

Planetary electromagnetic pollution: It is time to assess its impact.(2018) Bandara P and Carpenter D. The Lancet. Planetary Health. Vol 2. Issue 12. Dec 1, 2018. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30221-3/fulltext

On the Clear Evidence of the Risks to Children from Non-Ionizing Radio Frequency Radiation: The Case of Digital Technologies in the Home, Classroom and Society. Professor Tom Butler. University of Cork, Ireland. May 2020. https://www.radiationresearch.org/articles/on-the-clear-evidence-of-the-risks-to-children-from-non-ionizing-radio-frequency-radiation-the-case-of-digital-technologies-in-the-home-classroom-and-society/    or  5G Professor Tom Butler On the Clear Evidence of the Risks to Children from Non-Ionizing Radio Frequency Radiation or here

5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them. Martin Pall PhD. 2018. Book published online with scientific references. https://einarflydal.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/pall-to-eu-on-5g-harm-march-2018.pdf

5G wireless telecommunications expansion: Public health and environmental implications. (2018) Russell CL.  Environ Res. 2018 Apr 11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29655646. or at https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10913927726988/5%20G%20wireless%20telecommunications%20expansion%3A%20Public%20health%20and%20environmental%20implications.pdf

New Law Asks California Schools To Ban Smartphones In Classroom. AB272. July 8, 2019. CBS News Sacramento. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/07/08/california-school-smartphone-ban/

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