U.S. Cell Phone Radiation Standards Need Update, GAO Report Finds
Cell phone radiation standards in the U.S. are due for an update, a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) in August found. The year-long review found that the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) standards, last set in 1996, were outdated compared to many other international standards. The FCC standards don’t reflect modern technology and recent research on the effects of cell phone radiation. In addition, the FCC may not be accounting maximum radiation exposure. According to the report, the FCC “may not be identifying the maximum exposure, since some users may hold a mobile phone directly against the body while in use.” The report also urged for the FCC to reexamine the way it conducts radiation tests.
Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Representative who called for the GAO report, commented: “With mobile phones in the pockets and purses of millions of Americans, we need a full understanding of the long-term impact of mobile phone use on the human body.”
Earlier in August 2012, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, a bill that hopes to put warning labels on cell phones and create a national research program to study the effects of cell phone radiation. “While we wait for scientists to sort out the health effects of cell phone radiation, we must allow consumers to have enough information to choose a phone with less radiation,” Kucinich said in a statement. “As long as cell phone users may be at increased risk of cancer or reproductive problems, Americans must have the right to know the radiation levels of cell phones.”
The FCC submitted a proposal to review its aged cell phone radiation standards in June 2012. Concerns about the effects of cell phone radiation have been growing since the World Health Organization reclassified cell phones as a possibly cancer causing agent in May 2011. Numerous studies have found a link between cell phone radiation and certain types of brain tumors, including glioma, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma. In July, American pediatricians called for a review of cell phone radiation standards for children, who may be at increased risk for the ill effects of cell phone radiation because of their less developed skulls.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, there are currently an estimated 286 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. The prevalence and constantly shifting cell phone technology makes it essential to investigate cell phone radiation side effects and the cell phone link to brain cancer. The cell phone radiation lawyers at our firm are currently investigating lawsuits filed by individuals who suffered cell phone radiation and developed certain types of brain tumors. To learn more, call (877) 779-1414.