Press Conference: EHT et al. v. FCC | Landmark Case on Wireless 5G Safety – Environmental Health Trust


In an historic decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit judged in favor of environmental health groups and petitioners on Aug. 13, 2021, finding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) violated the Administrative Procedure Act and failed to respond to comments on environmental harm.

The court ruled that the decision by the FCC to retain its 1996 safety limits for human exposure to wireless radiation was “arbitrary and capricious.”  and held that the FCC failed to respond to “record evidence that exposure to RF radiation at levels below the Commission’s current limits may cause negative health effects unrelated to cancer.”   

Further, the agency demonstrated “a complete failure to respond to comments concerning environmental harm caused by RF radiation.” The court found the FCC ignored numerous organizations, scientists  and medical doctors who called on them to update limits and the court found the FCC failed to address these issues:  

On August 16, 2021, Environmental Health Trust held a Press Conference with Devra Davis PhD, MPH, EHT president; Dr. Hugh Taylor MD Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital and president of American Society of  Reproductive Medicine; Edward B. Myers, EHT attorney; Theodora Scarato MSW, EHT Executive Director and a petitioner in the case; Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology and former President of Microsoft Canada; Paul Ben Ishai PhD, professor of physics at Ariel University in Israel; Cindy Franklin, founder of Consumers for Safe Cell Phones and a petitioner in the case, and Elizabeth Barris, director of the Peoples Initiative Foundation and a petitioner in the case.  

Human exposure guidelines for wireless radiation were last set in 1996.   

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