FCC’s Cell Phone Radiation Standards Need Review, GAO Report Says

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A new GAO report urges the FCC to review outdated cell phone radiation safety standards, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

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The GAO report states that the outdated limit may fail to reflect recent research on cell phone radiation, and testing requirements may not reflect maximum exposure in all conditions.

Cell phone radiation standards need to be updated, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) announced in a report released August 7, 2012. Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients injured by cell phone radiation, reports that the year-long review found the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) standards outdated compared to international standards.* The FCC’s radiofrequency (“RF”) energy limit was set in 1996 and has not been updated since. The GAO report states that the outdated limit may fail to reflect recent research on cell phone radiation, and testing requirements may not reflect maximum exposure in all conditions. For example, the FCC also does not account for devices carried against the body, such as in pockets. “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,” Representative Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who called for the GAO report, commented.**

Cell Phone Radiation Concerns Include Cancer and Brain Tumors

The FCC announced a proposal to review cell phone radiation standards on June 15, 2012. Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, said in a comment published in the GAO report that the planned study “has the potential to address and even expand on the recommendations in the GAO report.”

According to the Bloomberg Businessweek article on the GAO report, the U.S. currently has approximately 286 million cell phone subscribers, including an increasing number of children. This widespread use of cell phones makes cell phone radiation an even greater concern. The World Health Organization reclassified cell phones as a possibly cancer causing agent in May 2011, and numerous studies have shown a link between cell phone radiation and certain types of brain tumors, such as glioma, acoustic neuroma, and meningioma.

Earlier in the week, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced a bill that would put warning labels on cell phones and create a national research program to research effects of cell phone radiation. In July, American pediatricians called for a review of cell phone radiation standards for children, who may be especially vulnerable to cell phone radiation side effects because of their less developed skulls.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to investigate cell phone radiation side effects. Individuals who were harmed by cell phone radiation may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. The cell phone lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are offering free and confidential case evaluations. Learn more by watching a cell phone radiation video, visiting http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com, or call toll-free: 1.877.779.1414.


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