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Alasdair's EMF Musings - View Comments

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Not in my backyard!

I have often noticed that politicians and 'experts' apply different rules to themselves and their families than they use when advising or deciding on policy for the general public. Professor Sianette Kwee has just sent me the following from Denmark:

Professor J. Bach Andersen from Aalborg University was the chief adviser for the Danish government when they sold the 3G licences. At the same time he had been working for years for several phone companies (Siemens, TDC etc.) In the experts’ report he wrote that 3G radiation is completely harmless. During all the years he persisted that there was no scientific proof that EMF had any health effects, and certainly 3G was the most harmless.

Particularly he made fun of all those who said that masts are dangerous and of scientists who got positive results on RF’s biological effects. Therefore he was put in charge of the administration of the projects financed by the white-washing money given to the experts who wrote the report.

It now happens that the site of one of TDC’s, (the Danish phone company) 3G masts in Aalborg is near a school and kindergarten and also quite near Bach Andersen’s home. The parents and residents arranged a protest meeting and not only the press was there, but also Bach Andersen.

In the interview he said to the journalist that though there was still no proof and sufficient research that there were any health effects from masts, one has to apply the Precautionary principle. So in this case the concerns of the residents should be taken seriously. Of course this had nothing to do with the fact that his house was so close to the planned mast!

And, what a surprise - the journalist never asked him why this change of mind on the health effects of RF.

I have noticed many of the researchers into cellphone effects who say that there are none, still minimise their cellphone use and often use a hands-free kit. Just being prudent, of course.

And the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engieers (IEEE) latest RF/MW exposure standard C95.1-2005 came with the following reassuring warranty (info thanks to Don Maisch). To quote:

"Use of an IEEE Standard is wholly voluntary. The IEEE disclaims liability for any personal injury, property or other damage, of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential, or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from the publication, use of, or reliance upon this, or any other IEEE Standard document. The IEEE does not warrant or represent the accuracy or content of the material contained herein, and expressly disclaims any express or implied warranty, including any implied warranty of merchantibility or fitness for a specific purpose, or that the use of the material contained herein is free from patent infringement. IEEE Standards documents are supplied 'AS IS'."

Well, now that is reassuring!


Posted at: 26/08/2006 07:20:20 :: 0 Comments


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