03/03/2003 - Paris adopts precautionary limits for microwave exposure from mobile phone base stations
The Parisian Charter: an example
After a long process of discussion the Paris Town Hall and the mobile phone
operators have reached an agreement that aims to limit public exposure to the
electromagnetic waves generated by Base-station antennae. Although they were at
the beginning using as a way out the rather vague French legislation on these
matters, the operators finally have committed themselves to lowering
significantly the levels of exposure.
These levels will be in a range between 1.2 and 2.5 volts per metre,
including within the third generation of mobile phones (UMTS). By running a
campaign of measuring levels near to several thousands of sensitive Parisian
sites, as well as making the operators respect the regulations in sites where
levels of exposure were still too high a month after it had been measured, the
Paris Town Hall is making the operators aware of the worries of its fellow
citizens. "Agir pour l'environnement" et "Priartem" are delighted that a public
authority has succeeded in getting mobile phone operators to agree to reduce
quite considerably the exposure levels to which the public is subject, and are
calling all French towns to enter into similar negotiations.
The threat of suspending the agreements binding the operators to the Paris
Town Hall has without any possible doubt been instrumental in reaching this
encouraging agreement. When they go to the office of Mr. Mattei on Monday 10th
March 2003, the associations / groups concerned will ask for a generalised
lowering of the levels of exposure for the whole of France in the name of the
equality of all citizens with regard to potential health risks.
Current levels of emission in France are 41 and 58 volts per metre,
(ICNIRP-based) levels that were fixed by a circumstantial law signed on
3rd May 2002.