In the U. S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tightly regulates the wireless industry. The FCC is responsible for setting and enforcing conservative, scientifically based radio frequency (RF) emission standards. The FCC has been conducting research on RF safety for more then 20 years and relies on input from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Click here to read more about FCC rules and regulations (PDF with 53k file size).
As part of our commitment to safety, Milestone contracts with an independent third party consultant, selected and/or approved by the local municipality, to conduct RF emission evaluations at each of our sites. Milestone regularly measures its facilities and ensures that they are well below the FCC safety limits. Common commercial and household items with similar or higher levels of RF exposure include police and mobile radios, FM radio transmitters, cordless phones, baby monitors and WiFi routers. Click this to learn more about RF safety (PDF with 819k file size).
We want our communities to know that our wireless sites are in compliance. Fairfax County Public Schools also recently undertook an independent study of the RF emissions from their sites and found that power density levels for exterior spaces near the towers were 121,793 times lower than the FCC standard. Click this link to see the FCPS Independent Study.
From the American Cancer Society:
Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea. In theory, there are some important points that would argue against cellular phone towers being able to cause cancer. Click here to read more about wireless safety from the American Cancer Society.
From the World Health Organization:
“Scientific evidence on the distribution of cancer in the population can be obtained through carefully planned and executed epidemiological studies. Over the past 15 years, studies examining a potential relationship between RF transmitters and cancer have been published. These studies have not provided evidence that RF exposure from the transmitters increases the risk of cancer. Likewise, long-term animal studies have not established an increased risk of cancer from exposure to RF fields, even at levels that are much higher than produced by base stations and wireless networks.” Click this to read more about wireless safety from the World Health Organization. (Select the option for “Base Stations and Wireless Networks”)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) produced a Monograph, Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields, Volume 102. The IARC classifies Radiofrequency Fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” In the summary, the Monograph notes that its major interest is exposure in which mobile phones are held against the head during a voice call. It further states that with respect to Environmental Exposures from transmission antennae:
“There have been five case-control studies of environmental exposure to RF radiation and risk of cancer of brain. Cohort studies have not been reported. In all of the case-control studies, exposure estimation was based on residential proximity to RF-transmitter antennae… Together, these studies provide no indication that environmental exposure to RF radiation increases the risk of brain tumours.” Click this to read the entire monograph from theIARC.
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