News for Holland

Dutch Court rules mobile basestations can harm human health
Holland Created: 29 Mar 2021
A Dutch court has found that low levels of radiation from a mobile phone base station could potentially harm health.

In a judgement delivered on 18 December 2020 in the district Court of Gelderland, the judge found in favour of a plaintiff who opposed the construction of a 40-metre transmitter approximately 500 metres from his home that had been approved by the local council.

The judgement stated, ‘In the opinion of the court, considering all arguments, with reference to scientific literature, it cannot be ruled out that there are increased health risks even at a field strength lower than 1 V / m, and thus also in the plaintiff's case. The court therefore classifies the plaintiff as an interested party. The appeal is well-founded.’

Case number AWB - 19 _ 2184;
(in Dutch)
Source: EMR Australia, email newsletter, 26 Mar 2021

Breakthrough in case law on radiation risks
Holland Created: 29 Dec 2020
Administrative judge acknowledges increased health risks to wireless technology well below exposure limits.

Message from Wilma de Jong:

Lovely people,

With great gratitude I address you the day before Christmas with great news! The administrative judge declared my appeal well-founded [1] . On the basis of my notice of appeal [2] and the hearing of October 20, 2020 [3] , the court classified me as an interested party and ruled that increased health risks, when installing an antenna mast approximately 650 meters from my home, cannot be excluded.

This means we can speak of a huge breakthrough since more than two decades ago citizens started asking the courts for attention for the health risks of antenna installations. In other words, the administrative judge has given us citizens back our voice in the radiation debate. A "Christmas present" that I didn't want to keep from you the day before Christmas.

What does this ruling of the administrative judge mean?
If the law that speaks of this verdict is victorious, this verdict will have a huge impact. This statement means in any case that:

Municipalities must consider the health interests of citizens who are sensitive to radiation in their local antenna policy.
"The health interests of local residents who are sensitive to radiation must also be included in the weighing of interests to be made by the respondent."

(ECLI ruling: NL: RBGEL: 2020: 6702 [4] , claim 8, with reference (in consideration 4.2.) To the decision on my appeal: ECLI: NL: RBGEL: 2020: 6699 [1] , consideration 4.4.)

The (false) safety claim for exposure limits ICNIRP has been removed.
“In the opinion of the court, considering all arguments, with reference to scientific literature, it cannot be ruled out that even at a field strength lower than 1 V / m, and therefore also in the plaintiff's case, there will be increased health risks. ”

(ECLI verdict: NL: RBGEL: 2020: 6699 [1] , consideration 4.4.) As you may know, the ICNIRP exposure limits run up to 61 V / m (volts per meter).

From which it follows that:

The national determination of the ICNIRP limits in the intended 'Amendment to Frequency Decree 2013 to protect public health against radio frequency fields' [5] is contrary to this ruling.
Even if a fictitious safety margin of a factor of 50 is used, the ICNIRP limits are well above 1 V / m, while the administrative judge has ruled (see 2.) that increased health risks at a field strength below 1 V / m are not excluded. .

In addition, if the ICNIRP limits are set nationally, the municipalities are denied the opportunity to weigh up and promote the health interests of citizens locally (which is also contrary to the decision of the administrative judge, see 1.). After all, if this amendment decision is adopted, municipalities may not deviate locally from the ICNIRP limits by applying lower exposure limits [6] , even if the health interests of citizens demand this.

Recommendations Health Council inadequate

Already during the session on 20 October 2020, the administrative judge, on the basis of the recent report of the EMV Committee of the Health Council [7], came to the conclusion that the Health Council 'simply does not know' [8] [9] .

According to the Scientific Council for Government Policy, ignorance indicates 'uncertain risk problems' that require precaution [10] . We also find this point of view repeatedly in EU case law on the precautionary principle. [11] Although the Health Council suggests that it recommends precaution with regard to EMF, this is not actually the case.

In the first place, the recommendation of the Health Council to continue to take the ICNIRP exposure limits as a starting point, in view of the scientific and social controversy surrounding these limits, is contrary to precaution. [12] Second, the recommendation to apply the ALARA principle (ALARA is abbreviated from 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable') is meaningless, given the extreme height of the field strengths allowed under the ICNIRP limits. As early as 2003, RIVM reported the controversy surrounding this principle, because ALARA can be translated into 'As Large As Regulators Allow'. [13] The energetic way in which 5G is currently being rolled out nationally as if there were no risks whatsoever is illustrative of not taking protective measures by the government.

Local and national antenna policy must be overhauled
I cannot yet foresee how the verdict will affect at national level. But I do see, as law and truth winning over power politics and technocracy, that antenna policy must be overhauled both locally and nationally. Violations of integrity, such as the Health Council's conflict of interest with the ICNIRP and the obfuscation (defactualization) of scientific evidence [14] , must be brought to light.

Moral responsibility

I would like to express the wish - also a nice Christmas thought - that the governments and other involved (medical) institutions take not only their legal, but also their moral responsibility as a result of this decision and recognize that there are limits to ignoring or fighting the rights of citizens.

Regardless, I feel great gratitude that my research over the past 4 years and the appeal I was able to write has paid off. I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this.

On Monday December 28 I will be sending a press release to the media. In addition, I will also offer this information, in modified form, in response to the internet consultation (draft regulation) 'Amendment to Frequency Decree 2013 to protect public health against radiofrequency electromagnetic fields', so that the government can adjust its decision making accordingly.

I wish you a Merry Christmas. May the light (of consciousness) dissipate the darkness (of ignorance). I would like to continue to make my contribution.

Wilma de Jong

Footnotes :

[1] ECLI verdict: NL: RBGEL: 2020: 6699. .

[2] . For 'Further explanation and substantiation: .

[3] .

[4] ECLI verdict: NL: RBGEL: 2020: 6702. .

[5] .
See also: .

[6] 'In Article 1.4. However, the Environmental Act stipulates that the Environmental Act will withdraw if a specific act provides for an exhaustive regulation in the field of the physical living environment. Such an exhaustive regulation is intended with this amendment decision. This means that local authorities such as provinces, municipalities and water boards will not be able to impose deviating or additional regulations with regard to electromagnetic fields under the Environmental Act. ' Article 5.2., Draft scheme. Consultation version 'Decision to amend the Frequency Decree 2013 in connection with the establishment of national rules for the protection of public health against the electromagnetic fields resulting from the use of frequency space'. (See also article 5.1. Draft scheme.) .

[7] .


[9] See also: .

[10] Scientific Council for Government Policy (2008). Uncertain security. Responsibilities around physical safety. Pages 119–120.

[11] Commission Notice on the Precautionary Principle, Section 6.3.1. Proportionality. .

[12] The Scientific Council for Government Policy writes in its report 'Uncertain security. Responsibility for physical safety '(page 121):
' Ambiguous risks arise where scientific or social controversies about risks arise. ' Precaution is necessary for ambiguous risks, according to the WRR. Since the ICNIRP limits are controversial, this precaution cannot be based on these limits at the same time.

[13] RIVM (2003). Dealing with risks soberly. Environment and Nature Plan (MNP). RIVM report 2510701047/2003, page 35.

[14] See my appeal: . For 'Further explanation and substantiation: .
Source: Wilma de Jong, via email, 24 Dec 2020

Electromagnetic field reduction restores health of electro-sensitive people
Holland Created: 7 Nov 2016
Abstract: Electromagnetically sensitized people may develop symptoms and health problems, when exposed to certain types of electromagnetic fields (EMF), known as electrical hypersensitivity (EHS). Over time, the effects may become stronger if such exposure continues. The Dutch EHS Foundation is committed to finding ways to understand these phenomena and to doing something about it. This study reports the results of a research questionnaire distributed among EHS people before and after that they had taken measures to reduce their exposure to EMF.

*SNIP* read the entire study via the source link below...
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Hugo Schooneveld / Joop van Bijnen / Patrick van Zuilen, 07 Nov 2016

How Your Innocent Smartphone Passes On Your Entire Life To The Secret Service
Holland Created: 30 Jul 2014
Intelligence services collect metadata on the communication of all citizens - Politicians would have us believe that this data doesn’t say all that much. A reader of De Correspondent put this to the test and demonstrated otherwise: metadata reveals a lot more about your life than you think.

Ton Siedsma is nervous. He made the decision weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. It’s the 11th of November, a cold autumn evening. At ten past eight (20:10:48 to be exact), while passing Elst station on the way home, he activates the app. It will track all of his phone’s metadata over the coming week.
Metadata is not the actual content of the communication, but the data about the communication; like the numbers he calls or whatsapps, and where his phone is at a particular moment. Whom he e-mails, the subject of the e-mails and the websites he visits.

Ton won’t be doing anything out of the ordinary. He’ll just lead his normal life.
On weekdays, this means biking from his house in Nijmegen to the station and taking the train to Amsterdam.
On Saturday, he’ll drive his car to Den Bosch and spend the night near Zuiderpark, returning to Nijmegen the next day by public transportation. Later on in the day he’ll have some drinks at a café called St. Anna.

*SNIP* read the entire analysis at the source link below (PDF) ...
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Netzpolitik / Bit of Freedom, Dimitri Tokmetzis, 28 Jul 2014

Dutch court overturns cell permit on concern for bees
Holland Created: 11 Nov 2012
Dutch court overturns cell permit on concern for bees
A court in Zutphen, Netherlands has annulled a permit for a UMTS antenna due to beekeeping activities in the area. The Winterswijk municipality gave KPN the permit to build the tower in November 2010. Five local residents filed an appeal against the permit, and the court found that the city did not motivate its decision well enough to show there would be no negative consequences from the cell site. One of the residents keeps bees around 80m from the proposed site; in the appeal against the site, he pointed to research in Germany and Switzerland on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on bees. The city pointed to other research showing bee deaths related to other factors and said the radiation in this case would be much less than in the German research. However the court found that the city needed to provide more concrete sources of research to sustain its argument and it could not be ruled out that the site would have an effect on the bees.
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Telecom Paper, Iris Atzmon/Agnes Ingvarsdottir, 05 Nov 2012

Doctors issue an appeal against radiation risks
Holland Created: 28 Apr 2009
On 8 April 2009, 50 doctors presented an appeal to Dutch political leaders and government health authorities at The Hague.
On the basis of their experience and observations, they call for measures to be taken to minimise exposure to artificial radiation from electromagnetic fields.

The signatories note a general increase in serious medical conditions of unidentified origin. This increase in health problems and illness parallels the explosive increase in exposure to radiation from electromagnetic fields in the environment.

This appeal is a request to reduce exposure to these artificial fields and a plea for a more careful use of electrical and wireless technologies. In addition it calls for a policy based on independent research and expert opinions published in international scientific journals.

The signatories are all doctors, general practitioners, medical scientists and specialists.

Among them is the general practitioner Dr Liesbeth Adriaansens, who recounts some of the cases from her practice. More evidence comes from a patient who describes the symptoms they have suffered as a result of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
The symptoms that patients and scientists ascribe to low and high frequency electromagnetic fields include palpitations, problems with concentration and memory, headaches, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances and so on. These sometimes improve with simple measures such as replacing a cordless DECT telephone by one with a wired connection. Some scientists link electromagnetic exposure to a risk of Alzheimer's disease and cancer. The commonest sources of electromagnetic fields are relay antennas, wi-fi, cordless phones, electric wires, etc.

Given that there is still no adequate information on the health hazards of EMFs available to the public, in spite of the mounting accumulation of scientific proof, the Dutch organisations the National Platform on Radiation Risks, the Foundation for the Electro-hypersensitive and the Report on Environmental Health and Telephones for Children have decided to publish in the near future an information booklet on 'Using a mobile phone safely'.

For more information: Alex Swinkels – Dutch National Platform Radiation Risks T. : +31-181-785587, info {-at-}
Click here to view the source article.
Source: / Next-up, 08 Apr 2009

Doctors warn on electromagnetic radiation
Holland Created: 7 Apr 2009
Politicians and the health service should take steps to reduce the public's exposure to electromagnetic radiation, a group of 50 doctors said on Monday, reports news agency ANP.

They have signed an appeal by a national organisation which wants to make people aware of the risks it says are posed by radiation from mobile phones, computer networks and other apparatus.

The signatories say that there may be a link between the surge in chronic conditions such as headaches, tiredness and sleep disturbances and the 'explosive increase' in electromagnetic radiation in the home and at work, ANP reports.
Click here to view the source article.
Source: DutchNews, 06 Apr 2009

Maintaining the wireless technologies!
Holland Created: 25 Mar 2009
The problem in the telecom world, is the immence range of mobile devices.
That is the biggest reason for installing So Many Antenna, and, All Over The World.
But, The solution is very simple.
And I try to explain it in this drawing.

Cell towers, with transmitting signals, All outside of residential areas (Red dots)
In the residential areas only receiving antennas are allowed, ones that do not transmit, only receive (Green dots)

The data is connected with a Fiber Optic network to the data system.
This way there will be no more than 0001 uW/m2 necessary in residential and workplace areas.
Mobile devices have excellent reception.
The evidence that transfer of data is possible at such distance is in the form of DVB-T digital TV systems.

The transmission power of mobile devices can drastically be reduced to 10 milliwatts.
What now, with the current system, is only adjustable from 3000 to 300 milliwatts.

Source: Arjen Witzel

Dutch Telecom Agency says mast are harmless
Holland Created: 1 Aug 2007
AMSTERDAM – People who live near a UMTS or GSM broadcast mast need not worry that the mast's proximity may endanger their health. The electromagnetic radiation from is far below the limits, according to a study of 211 locations by the Telecom Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Agency randomly chose a number of masts but also carried out measurements around masts where the public had voiced concerns.

In almost all cases the radiation reached about 2 Volts per metre, while limits are about 60 V/m. One mast was an exception, giving off radiation of 10 V/m. The Health Inspectorate said in 2000 already that the levels of radiation caused by these masts were harmless.
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Expatica, 31 Jul 2007

 News item: