Study finds wireless radiation exposure for children too high

July 22, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Study finds wireless radiation exposure for children too high
U.S study advises that exposure to RF radiation from wireless devices should be hundreds of times lower than current federal limits and the FCC needs to update its standards.

A peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends stricter health-based exposure standards for both children and adults for RF radiation emitted from wireless devices. The children's guideline is the first of its kind and fills a gap left by federal regulators.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, relies on the methodology developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to assess human health risks arising from toxic chemical exposures. EWG scientists have applied the same methods to RF radiation from wireless devices, including cellphones and tablets.

EWG recommends the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, adjust its outdated health standards for wireless radiation, last revised a quarter-century ago, well before wireless devices became ubiquitous. The recommendation draws on data from a landmark 2018 study from the National Toxicology Program, or NTP, one of the largest long-term studies on the health effects of RF radiation exposure.

The new guidelines developed by the EWG, the first developed in the U.S. to focus on children's health, recommend that children's exposure overall be 200 to 400 lower than the whole-body exposure limit set by the FCC in 1996.

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