08/06/2006 - MEP stands for common sense approach
Taken from the Salisbury Journal, residents of Ashley Heath are running
out of time to object to a 30-metre high Orangs PCS Ltd phone mast in their
itself is no big news, but what is worth of note is the stance being taken by
Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas, who is advocating that a higher level of
precaution should be applied to the siting of mobile phone masts.
Her comments were as follows:
"Research conducted on behalf of the European
Parliament has demonstrated those safety guidelines governing the exposure
of radiation to the public from mobile phone base stations are inadequate.
"In the face of real health risks we should adopt the precautionary
principle and stop allowing masts to be built at sites which are close to
residential areas. However, the planning laws make it difficult for local
authorities to take risks to human health into account when deciding whether
to give phone operators permission to erect masts.
"The government must review the legislation and require local councils to
properly apply the precautionary principle, when considering the siting of
mobile phone masts."
Ms Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP
It is good to see recognition that the current exposure standards are simply
not appropriate to assess the non-thermal effects being reported. The ICNIRP
guidlines do a perfectly adequate job of assessing and preventing the levels
required to create significant thermal effects, but new far lower guidelines
need to be created to take into account reported effects from those exposed to
far lower doses over prolonged periods - such as those people living close to
When there was a scare about the red food colourant Sudan 1 not that long ago,
new guidelines were set in place to protect the British public. Large quantities
of ready meals and other food-stocks were removed from the shelves and trashed
for having levels over 1000th of the level where brain cancer was found to be
being cause in laboratory rat tests. So why, when there is research showing
similar cancers in rats from mobile phone radiation at levels the British public
are being exposed to, are we not using a similar precautionary stance? What is
it about the cellular phoneindustry that make the politicians demand such high
levels of repeatable scientific evidence before introducing more appropriate
We strongly suspect that it is the billions of pounds each year that
governments around the world are making from mobile phone revenues. The mobile
revolution is the modern 'gravey train' - the only really big commercial success
story, bringing in enormous funds for industry, commerce and governments.
There is no will to try and restrict this at present. Governments tend to think
only in 3 to 5 year time frames (to the next election), when the symptoms being
tested for (e.g. brain tumours) typically take a minimum of 10 years and,
typically, 15 to 25 years to show up in the victims.
[Link to Salisbury Journal Article]
Also in the news
Successful Irish mast protest rally
Following the actual protest march along the N7 (which runs through the
town), invited speakers addressed the crowd outside the town hall. Among these
was well-known disability rights campaigner and MEP (Ind) Kathy Sinnott. She
acknowledges her full support of our EHS campaign for recognition and equally
acknowledges that this physical disability is aggravated severely by radiation
from masts. She said that she and the British MEP Dr. Caroline Lucas are
committed to supporting our cause in Brussels. The primary objective, she
pointed out, must be recognition of EHS and following from that would come
acknowledgement of multiple illnesses caused by the same radiative source. She
suggested that electrosensitives in Ireland should select among themselves a
representative best example and then they should bring this case to her and she
in turn would bring it to her committee in Brussels.
there is a growing momentum behind those wishing to prove that EHS is a real
condition and that its association with EMFs is more than just psychological.
In context, it is also interesting to note that the Irish Doctors' Environmental
Association (IDEA) officially
recognise the syndrome, including the association with Electromagnetic fields
[Link to Omega News Article]