San Francisco's cell phone radiation ordinance put on hold

San Francisco's cell phone radiation ordinance put on hold
San Francisco's cell phone radiation law was going to require sellers of mobile devices like cell phones, to display a warning right next to each device for sale, that shows the amount of radiation that eminates from that particular handset. The CTIA sued the city and took away its trade show from San Francisco as punishment, saying that all phones have to pass requirements set by the FCC and are safe.

The law passed by a 10-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors and was supposed to take effect in February. The launch of the law was delayed until May 1st and then June 15th. Currently, there is no start date for the ordinance.

The problem is not the CTIA lawsuit but is the accuracy of the proposed warning label which could lead buyers to end up purchasing a phone that emits more radiation than other models. As a result, Supervisor John Avalos has said that he wants to make some changes to the law. These changes appear to dilute the original warning. "There will still be some information that's going to be shared (with cell phone buyers), but it's going to be somewhat less." Instead of a strong warning which would have measured how much radiation was absorbed into the body and brain from a specific cell phone, the city could end up requiring mobile device sellers to pass out a tip sheet to buyers that gives information on how to avoid radiation exposure, such as using a hands-free device and keeping the phone away from your body.

The CTIA disputes that cell phone radiation is a dangerous health hazard. For example, while the FCC requires that phones sold in the United States produce a maximum SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram of body tissue, some phones emit as little as 0.2 watts per kilogram.
source: SFChronicle


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14. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I smell Jealousy.

13. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Places like San Francisco and most of California have their heads too far up their asses. They pass stupid laws like they're being progressive when all they're doing is hurting themselves and screwing things up for everyone else. I'm glad I have no plans to ever live in California.

5. sscorp99

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"how to avoid radiation exposure".....Don't live in California. esp SF

3. Not In Cali Thank God unregistered

Really? Is this what californians have to look forward too? Their tax dollars being used to pass useless laws? This is ridiculous. Its no wonder why it cost so much to live in Cali. The government there is more intrusive than the Federal government. With any luck it will fall off into the ocean.

6. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

I have a suggestion to keep you all occupied.... learn to swim.

7. Socalvenom unregistered

seriously! I'm born and raised in LA and I can't stand the place, it doesn't matter where you go in this state it's all run my tree hugging, eco friendly maniacs and crooked politicians. It's the same story poor people keep getting poorer and the rich, richer. I finally saved up and with the grace of god will be moving far away from Cali and hopefully never returning back. The weather here is fucked up one day its like 95 outside then the next it's raining the cheapest apartment you could find in a nice neighbored is no less then $950 and that's for a studio or if you really lucky a one bedroom loft. Gas is $4.25 for regular and the DMV charges you fees up the wahzoo because our government up in Sacramento screwed up the state. My advice to anyone even thinking of moving to Cali because of the "hot chicks" or culture is don't!! The chicks are all fat in fact in a group of five girls three are fat and the culture we had was lost when green piece moved in. Now you can't eat a steak without some asshole telling you hurting animals is bad and that meat is poison for the human body. Like I said I fucking hate California with a passion do your research and see for yourself if you would still want to live in Cali.

2. DragonicNight

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

This is probably the worst idea ever for one reason and one reason alone that would require Drink manufactures television manufacturs Computers food basically any manufacture with even a television in there building to list the amount of radiation found in every product this is probably the worst i thing i have ever heard i mean honestly do we live in a Society that is affraid that we are going to go ahead and end up like the Ghouls off of Fall Out come on now Really people get with it this is so stupid

4. Laurynas unregistered

Please don't compare different things! I don't think that you are caring TV Set in your pocket or bag, close to your body or head, are you?

1. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

Ya that will never happen. Manufactureres will never realease that information, or ACCURATE information regarding radiation from the devices. Plus do you really want to know that your new iphone is hurting your more than your Razr flip phone did.... and do you really care? And furthermore if you know someone who has cancer because of their cell phone feel free to call me out.

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