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EMF Studies

28 February 2013

Germany's Nuclear Waste Nightmare - the Gorleben Salt Mines

Although Germany voted to abandon nuclear energy, there will still be the problem of nuclear waste for a very long time.  Some 126,000 barrels of nuclear waste have been dumped in the Asse II salt mine over the last 50 years.  The tunnels are falling into decay and risk collapse.  The people who live in the mine's region, the northern Harz mountain range, have grown edgy due to the salt mine's misuse as a nuclear waste repository.  They feel that they have been lied to and deceived. The federal Government has ordered the Federal Office for Radiation Protection to assess whether the radioactive waste in the Asse mine can be retrieved.  Experts warn that removal is more dangerous than leaving the barrels put. 

Germany’s nuclear waste nightmare- the Gorleben Salt Mines
by Michael Fröhlingsdorf, Udo Ludwig and Alfred Weinzier, Spiegal online, published on Nuclear News.net, 21 Feb 2013

Abyss of Uncertainty: Germany’s Homemade Nuclear Waste Disaster 

26 February 2013

Belgium: New Measures to Protect Children from Mobile Phones

Belgian Minister for Health, Laurette Onkelinx
UPDATE (27 October 2013):  By royal decree, as of 1 March 2014, mobile phones that are specially designed for young children may no longer be introduced to the Belgian market. This concerns customized mobile telephones suitable for children younger than 7 years of age, for instance having few buttons and a shape attractive for children. Additionally, from this date forward, no advertising may be made for mobile phone use among the same age group.

Details concerning new measures aimed at protecting children from mobile phones 
RTBF, 25 February 2013 (translated from French)

Today, the majority of teenagers are hooked on mobile phones. The latest report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) considers that its use is “possibly carcinogenic for humans” and that intensive use is dangerous. It did not need more for the Belgian authorities to react. There will be rules to follow.

The Ministers for Health and for Consumer Affairs are encouraging a better protection of young users. In order to limit use, there will be rules to follow which mainly concern sales and advertising.

There will no longer be advertising specifically targeting children younger than 14 years of age. Sellers will be obliged to inform their customers of the “specific absorption rate” of mobile phones, that is, the level of radiation of the device. The sale of mobile phones specifically designed for young children up to age 7 will be banned in Belgium.

25 February 2013

French Lawmakers Bury Bill on Electromagnetic Emissions Risks

France's Digital Economy Minister,
Fleur Pellerin
French lawmakers bury bill on emissions risks 
Telecom Paper, 4 February 2013

France's national assembly has sent back to committee with no debate a bill on the precautionary principle for electromagnetic emissions risks, effectively burying it for at least a year, reports 01net. Environmentalist deputies sought to apply by precaution rules such as banning the ues of Wi-Fi in kindergartens and schools, and limiting antenna strength to 1 V/m. Digital Economy minister Fleur Pellerin recently said that studies on the risks of emissions are contradictory and that irrational fears could not be allowed to block France's economic and technological development. The EELV group deputies said they felt "frustrated and disappointed" when some passages of the text were removed before the bill was returned to committee. They later blamed the Socialists for reneging on a campaign promise. Consumer organisations Priartem, Agir pour l'Environnement and Collectif des electrosensibles des France wrote an open letter to the prime minister to remind readers of the importance of the precautionary principle, citing asbestos.

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/french-lawmakers-bury-bill-on-emissions-risks--922604

23 February 2013

Link Between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Electromagnetic Frequencies

Dr. Martha R. Herbert, pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, has written a powerful letter on the link between autism spectrum disorders and electromagnetic frequencies and radiofrequency radiation such as that emitted by Wi-Fi to the Los Angeles Unified School District which is considering installing Wi-Fi in schools. Every parent, grandparent, teacher, school administrator, school board trustee and others working in the school system needs to read this letter. 

TO: Los Angeles Unified School District
FROM: Martha R Herbert, PhD, MD
RE: Wireless vs. Wired in Classrooms 

19 February 2013

Women and Children Are Far More Susceptible to the Ravages of Ionizing Radiation

“Reference Man” Risk Model Lambasted as Obsolete, Unscientific
Women & Children First! (to be Harmed by Radiation) 

by John LaForge, counterpunch.org, 30 January 2013

“Women and children first” is redefined in the nuclear age, now that science has shown that they are far more susceptible to the ravages of radiation than men and boys. 



The nuclear power and weapons industry, people living near reactors, practitioners of nuclear medicine and dentistry, and the nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed Navy and Air Force all have a vested interest in radiation protection. Likewise the irradiation industry that zaps food, spices, medical instruments and merchandise with Cobaolt-60, construction firms that use X-ray machines to check welds, smoke detector manufacturers that place Americium-241 inside each unit, and nuclear waste brokers, haulers and dumpers who come in close proximity to radiation every day.

17 February 2013

Fast Food Diet Linked to Asthma and Eczema Severity in Children

Fast Food Diet Linked to Asthma and Eczema Severity in Kids, Large Study Finds 
Science Daily, 16 January 2013

Eating three or more weekly servings of fast food is linked to the severity of allergic asthma, eczema, and rhinitis among children in the developed world, indicates a large international study published online in the respiratory journal Thorax.  [Click here for full Thorax study: http://bit.ly/Ub15lh.]

The authors base their findings on data from more than 319,000 13-14 year olds from 107 centres in 51 countries, and more than181,000 six to seven year olds from 64 centres in 31 countries.

All the participants were involved in the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), which is a collaborative research project involving more than 100 countries and nearly two million children, making it the largest study of its kind.

06 February 2013

France's Love Affair with Nuclear Cools

France has 58 nuclear reactors.
Insight – France’s love affair with nuclear cools 
by Muriel Boselli, Reuters, 29 November 2012

(Reuters) – For decades, the elite engineers turned out by Paris’s grand Corps des Mines academy were faithful followers of the pro-atomic creed that transformed their country into the most nuclear-reliant nation in the world.

But a new generation of Mines graduates is starting to question that policy. It is a change of mindset that could aid efforts by President Francois Hollande to cut reliance on nuclear power from 75 percent to 50 percent of the electricity mix by 2025.

“No one at the Corps des Mines questions the need for nuclear power in the energy mix, however the younger generation is more concerned about the environment and leaving room for other energy sources,” said Francois Bordes, a 40-year old Corps des Mines graduate who advises businesses on energy efficiency.