To Interested Parties:

Here is an update regarding progress on Senate Bill 283….

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the significant burden on OHA to manage the event, our agency is still working on the SB 283 mandate to ”review peer-reviewed , independently funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies in schools or similar environments”.

Last week, two highly qualified graduate student researchers, with strong backgrounds in public health and experience/formal academics in biostatistics/epidemiology, were on-boarded.  In addition, two OHA staff, with considerable experience in epidemiology, toxicology, and radiation health physics, have been assigned to provide the graduate student researchers direction and supervision.

A formal project team kickoff meeting was held April 7, 2020. The four-member team will immediately begin the study review process which will last several weeks, followed by completing a report to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to education.  [Note: In order to deal with unforeseen COVID issues, an agency request has been made to extend the required Legislative Assembly SB 283 report due date to April 1, 2021 (versus January 2, 2021).  Approval is pending].

OHA appreciates the numerous source materials that have been submitted by interested parties. The research team will evaluate them for possible inclusion in the study review. OHA is confident that we  have the needed resources to complete the review and report the results to the Oregon Legislature.

Thank you for your interest.


David M. Howe, MA

Program Director

Radiation Protection Services

Public Health Division

Oregon Health Authority

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