Columbia University Law School - Wireless Hazards Panel

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Wireless Hazards Panel
An Emerging Public Health and Environmental Issue

Columbia University Law School was the site for a panel on the health hazards of electromagnetic fields. The panel was comprised of health advocate Camilla Rees, founder of; attorney Whitney North Seymour, Jr., a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Martin Blank, PhD, of the Dept. of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, a widely published scientist in this field.

(1:00:38 hours)

When you review this video, the panel will give an overview of:

1) the new condition, “electrohypersensitivity”, where people become functionally impaired and sometimes disabled near wireless technologies such as cell phones, cell towers, DECT portable phones, RFID tags and wireless routers;

2) known biological effects of microwave radiation; and

3) the legal battles being fought across the country [USA] and the globe, related to this rapidly proliferating invisible environmental pollutant.


  • How the Telecommunications Act of 1996 [USA] took away the ability of state and local governments to protect people from wireless hazards.

  • Why the European Parliament has recommended greatly lowered exposure guidelines, including wireless-free schools, day care centers, retirement homes and health care facilities.
  • Why countries around the globe are recommending limited cell phone use by children.
  • What the impact of microwave radiation is on animals and wildlife.
  • How the telecommunications industry is responding.
  • How lawyers and law students can make a difference.

Understand why this is a critical issue for our country [USA] to address now, including:

1) links to many chronic and serious illnesses, which are expected to increase with chronic exposures;

2) plans to blanket metropolitan areas in Wi-Max, a high powered form of wi-fi,

federal commitment to a National Broadband Plan which is comprised heavily of wireless technologies; and

new radiation emitting utility technologies being deployed in SmartGrids, bringing an additional layer of radiation onto electrical wiring.

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