21/12/2004 - Microwave News is Back!
Written by Louis Slesin, Editor of the incisive US online journal on
Last September I attended the International Scientific Conference on
Childhood Leukemia in London. At the end of the weeklong meeting, I was
convinced, more than ever, that the time has come for precautionary policies to
reduce exposures from power-frequency EMFs.
On further reflection, I realized that the reason simple and low-cost
measures have yet to be adopted has less to do with resistance from the electric
utility industry (what else would one expect?) than from the public health
Mike Repacholi of the World Health Organization's (WHO) International EMF
Project, has been the #1 foot-dragger. Last month, he released a draft
"Precautionary Framework" with a case study on ELF EMFs. This came close to two
years after Repacholi and his assistant Leeka Kheifets endorsed applying the
Precautionary Principle to control EMF cancer risks -- but they then quickly
flip-flopped and withdrew the proposal. Sad to say, they have turned their small
corner of the WHO into an industry outpost.
All the excuses not to protect children used by Repacholi, Kheifets and
others at health agencies in the US and the UK are bogus. It's all explained in
a special issue of Microwave News, now posted on our Web site. You can read it
online or you can download a pdf of the complete special issue.
Let's hope for better in 2005.
Louis Slesin, PhD
- View the issue itself
on Microwave News (Including relevant embedded hyperlinks)