Environmental Health Trust filed a lawsuit against the FCC over its 1996 safety standards for wireless radiation, claiming that the agency did not sufficiently review the scientific evidence of the harm from radiofrequency radiation emitted by wireless devices, when it decided that its 1996 safety standards are not outdated. Author Devra Davis explains why the FCC lawsuit on wireless safety standards had to be filed.

This op-ed appeared in The Washington Times on Feb. 24, 2021

Would you let your family fly in a plane or ride in a bus that meets 25-year-old safety standards?

Yet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assures us that wireless devices that meet last-century standards can safely be used by infants, toddlers and the rest of us.

During a fascinating hearing before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 25, the FCC maintained that 1996 standards can safely apply to testing devices many of which did not exist when those standards were first established.   

The FCC readily concedes it is not a health agency. For health advice, it relies on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 1999, the FDA asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the government’s flagship testing program, to use standard animal testing protocols routinely used for extrapolation to humans and evaluate the impacts of non-thermal lifetime exposures to cellphone radiation. In 2018, the NTP issued the results of that $30 million state-of-the-art study, finding clear evidence of cancer and DNA damage.

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