Berkeley, Ca, USA Adopts Cell Phone “Right to Know” Ordinance on Unanimous Vote.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Berkeley City Council adopted the cell phone “Right to Know” ordinance on a unanimous vote of 9-0. Berkeley is the first city in the nation to pass a cell phone Electromagnetic / Radio Frequency (EMF/RF) radiation ordinance since San Francisco disbanded its ordinance after a two-year court battle with the CTIA.
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig helped draft the ordinance and presented it to the Council on behalf of city staff. After the vote he discusses in full detail the drafting of the ordinance on his blog site, noting that no doubt many of the people fighting for the ordinance have a firm belief that non-ionizing radiation presents a significant and under appreciated health risk.
The only opposition to the ordinance came from the CTIA–The Wireless Association. The CTIA claims that consumers would be scared if they were directed to read the information that the FCC requires they provide to consumers.
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