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Cancer clusters at phone masts in Taiwan: language:Chinese
Taiwan Created: 9 Dec 2009
Source: DN

Cancer happened frequently beside four mobile phones MAST.
Taiwan Created: 10 Sep 2009
Nanshi, Miaoli City, Miaoli County , Taiwan
Cancer happened frequently beside four mobile phones MAST.
Mast was decided to be transferred.
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Source: DN

Surge in cancers near basestations
Taiwan Created: 31 Jul 2009
Recent discovery of a sudden surge in cancers over the short span of five years is suspected to be connected with exposure from nearby mobile-phone basestations.

People living in a cancer-cluster in the vicinity of 15 basestations, suspect the basestations are to blame and have started a petition collecting more than 1000 signatures.

The Council wants this confirmed.

Hsinchu City Bureau of Transportation Statistics show that Taiwan has 56,000 basestations. On average there is one base station pr. 0.6 square kilometer in cities.
In Hsinchu City the density of basestations is much higher than average with basestations every 0.07 square kilometer.

Hsinchu Health Secretary said that in the Xiangshan District of Hsinchu City, where the basestation density is high, 53 people died of cancer last year and that is a exceptionally large number of cases.
However the Health Secretary said that definitive proof of a causal relationship between basestations and cancer could not be confirmed.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is responsible for basestations. NCC spokesman said that the World Health Organization, as well as renowned cancer research centers could not confirm the ability of electromagnetic waves to cause cancer. Hsinchu City Government pointed out that NCC Committee electromagnetic field tests had shown that emissions did not exceed standards.

Cancer news received with fear in Changbai

A basestation is located near the salt water lake. Lake District chief said that the recent increase in cancer was high but also that the many of the cancer victims were unexpectedly young.
This has lead many to avoid going near the basestation and the chief receives daily complaints over the basestation.

Wang Bingnan has lived near the lake for 67 years and has never seen anything like the massive cancer cluster formation in the last five years. He had recently received three cancer-death obituaries on the same day.

According to investigation in Xiangshan South Wuli Village, peoples anciety is related to the fact that twelve years ago, Telecoms expanded the existing five basestations to fifteen regardless of any need for increased coverage. Concerned residents say this coincides with the increase in cancer.

Health Chief said that the various types of cancers, including liver cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer, were difficult to detect as no apparent signs were seen until it was too late.

Wang Bingnan said that the people agreed that they favored health over mobile-phone reception.

Director of the EPD reminded that fewer basestations meant that the industry would increase the output power which would lead to stronger electromagnetic waves and that a smaller number of basestations was not necessarily a good thing.
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Source: libertytimes, 13 Jul 2009 (text adapted from google-translation by H. Eiriksson)

Electromagnetic wave levels disputed
Taiwan Created: 28 Jul 2009
Members of environmental groups protest in front of the Environmental Protection Administration in Taipei yesterday to demand the government lower electromagnetic wave safety standards to a maximum of 1 milli-Gauss (mG). They say the agency’s proposal to lower the standard to a maximum of 83.3mG for areas such as schools, hospitals and residential areas is not enough.

Representatives of environmental groups gathered in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday to urge the government to lower electromagnetic wave safety standards to a maximum of 1 milli-Gauss (mG).

The agency is considering lowering electromagnetic wave safety standards by 10 percent for “sensitive regions” such as schools, hospitals and residential areas, but the activists said that was not enough.

Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association chairwoman Chen Chiao-hwa (陳椒華) said the EPA was considering lowering the standard for sensitive areas from 833mG to 83.3mG.

“From WHO data, we know that advanced countries such as the US and Switzerland have an electromagnetic wave safety limit of 1mG. We fear that as Hsiao is on the EPA’s expert panel, his statement could cause a public misunderstanding,” she said.

She was referring to a recent remark by National Taiwan University of Science and Technology electric engineering assistant professor Hsiao Horng-Ching (蕭弘清) that even if an environment or location had an electromagnetic wave level of 8,300mG, there would be little harm to human health.

“Even at 83.3 milli-Gauss, people are still exposed to high health risks and are likely to develop chronic illnesses such as cancer, or give birth to children with mental retardation or other birth defects,” Chen said.

The environmental groups urged the government to follow the example set by other countries and set the nation’s safety limit to 1mG.

Air Quality Protection and Noise Control Director-General Hsieh Yen-ju (謝燕儒) said the EPA was not ready to decide on whether to lower the limit.

“To make sure we cover all the bases, we will hold more meetings with environmental groups, the National Communications Commission, the Department of Health and media representatives soon,” Hsieh said.

As for the debate over 1mG and 83.3mG standards, Hsieh said that since every country is different, the EPA would collect more information to determine what was best for Taiwan.

“Unlike most students in Taiwan, they ask questions when they do not understand something.”

— Yeh Ming-chang, National Taiwan Normal University professor

By Meggie Lu
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Taiwan lawmakers propose limiting wireless stations
Taiwan Created: 9 May 2009
National Communications Commission (NCC) spokesperson Lee Ta-sung said yesterday that the commission would continue communicating with lawmakers serving on the Transportation Committee about an amendment to the Telecommunication Act that would limit buildings to housing three base stations for mobile phones.

The amendment to Article 32 of the act passed its first reading last month.

Changes also stipulate that state-owned land or property must be opened for the installation of base stations unless administrative authorities in charge of the properties can present proof that installation is inviable.

The amendment further stipulates that no base stations can be installed in public or private senior high schools, junior high schools and primary schools.

The committee adopted most of the version proposed by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung.

The amendment was proposed in light of the numerous protests launched against base installations. Some environmentalists and community residents are worried that electromagnetic waves emitted from base stations could cause cancer or harm their health.

A representative from the Department of Health (DOH) attended the Transportation Committee meeting last month. He cited a report from the WHO in 2006 that said there was no reliable evidence showing that radio waves emitted from base stations harm humans.

Lee said the NCC would continue to communicate with legislators on the details and encourage telecom operators to share use of base stations.

“[Sharing base stations] must be done in a way that sustains the nation’s telecommunication industry,” Lee said.

Lee’s comments were made in a press conference introducing a Web site designed by the Taiwan Telecommunication Industry Development Association to educate the public about electromagnetic waves.

The association was formed by major telecom operators, including Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile Co, Far EasTone Telecommunication , Asia Pacific Telecom and Vibo Telecom. The management of the companies takes turns chairing the association.

Association spokesperson Liu Li-ciou said it would be technically impossible to only have three base stations on each building.

“You have the 2G system, the 3G system, the low-power PHS system and WiMAX, and each technology is different from the other. Sharing base stations isn’t like joining a three-legged race. You can’t just tear one antenna from each system and tie them together,” she said.
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Source: Taipei Times,Shelley Shan, 06 May 2009

Row erupts over mobile phone base stations
Taiwan Created: 6 Mar 2009
The Taiwan Telecommunication Industry Development Association (TTIDA) lashed out yesterday at the National Communications Commission (NCC) for its decision to publicize information on the location of base stations nationwide, saying that it would make it more difficult to install them.

The NCC said on Wednesday it was working on a Web site that would enable people to see the location of base stations. The site is scheduled to be launched in around June.

The association represents Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile Corp, Far Eastone Telecommunication and Vibo Telecom.

TTIDA spokeswoman Liu Li-chau said yesterday that while the commission believed it was necessary to keep the public informed and said a precedent had been set by the US Federal Communications Commission and the Office of Communications in the UK, it had misinterpreted the two foreign regulatory bodies’ intentions in making certain information public.

She said the system developed by the Office of Communications was designed mainly to inform the public about network coverage in a certain neighborhood, not to tell people where to find base stations.

Although the NCC has capped the number of base stations nationwide at 17,000, it has asked telecom carriers to stay at least 10 percent below that number.

That was about as much as telecom carriers can handle, she said, adding that removing base stations would compromise the quality of communications.

“Consumers will not get any signal when they drive on bridges or freeways,” she said. “Nor will they get a signal when they are in a basement.”

She said that a base station, once removed, would take at least nine months to rebuild.

On average, telecom carriers are forced to disassemble 700 or 800 base stations each year, and the situation is generally worse in election years, when it is not uncommon that more than 1,000 base stations would be torn down owing to pressure from the candidates, she said.

In southern Taiwan, there are even people making a fortune by protesting on behalf of others to have base stations removed from buildings, she said.

“Telling people where to find base stations only make matters worse,” she said.
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Source: Taipei Times, Shelley Huang, 06 Mar 2009

Group urges official action to dissuade child cellphone use
Taiwan Created: 8 Oct 2008
A civic group urged the government yesterday to take action to dissuade children and teenagers from using mobile phones because of health concerns.

The Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association (TEPCA) presented results of a survey on child and teenager cellphone use, along with information about the levels of electromagnetic radiation produced by cellphones marketed in Taiwan.

The survey, conducted last month and this month among children and teens aged six to 18, found that 34.4 percent of polled elementary school students, 67 percent of junior high school students and 89.6 percent of senior high school students used cellphones.

Based on the survey, the association, a non-governmental organization promoting legislation to restrict the impact of electromagnetic radiation on public health, estimated that around 2.2 million children and teenagers nationwide have their own mobile phones.

The survey also found that the older respondents talked longer on the phone, estimating that 390,000 young cellphone users speak on the phone for at least five minutes per call on average and 170,000 speak for more than 10 minutes per call.

Meanwhile, tests on the electromagnetic radiation levels of 33 types of mobile phones showed that more than 60 percent of the handsets emitted electromagnetic radiation 1 million times higher than the background level, or general exposure level to electromagnetic fields.

The association said that many industrialized countries have advised children, teenagers and pregnant women to refrain from using cellphones.
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Source: Taipei Times, 08 Oct 2008

TEPCA protests the Taiwanese government on WiMAX in Taiwan
Taiwan Created: 8 Jun 2008
Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association (TEPCA), an environmental organization set to promote environmental hazard warnings on electromagnetic radiation, protested over the potential health impact of electromagnetic radiation as Ying-jeou Ma, President of the Republic of China, visited this show on the 2nd Day of 2008 WiMAX Expo Taipei (June 3).

"Base stations of WiMAX are unnecessary in Taiwan! The governmental people didn't care about the living and health of the public!" strongly stated Jiau-hua Chen, Chairman of TEPCA during the protest.

The on-site rate of electromagnetic radiation was firmly higher than the international standards as some experts examined at the showground, according to the Taiwan Hakka Television. In addition, the TEPCA strongly appealed the governments and organizers to announce the place of base stations for health and safety issue.

As a result of the protest, not only the information security, but also environmentalists disputed the future of WiMAX.
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Source: Afrique en ligne, 07 Jun 2008

NCC confident in achieving goal of dismantling 1500 base stations
Taiwan Created: 7 Nov 2007
The target of dismantling 1500 mobile phone base stations (MPBS) this year will be achieved by the end of the year, National Communications Commission Chairman Su Yeong-chin said yesterday.
Reporting at the Legislative Yuan, Su said the NCC's promise to push the private MPBS operators to dismantle 1500 of the controversy-ridden base stations in 2007 will be delivered without problems.
Su said that as of the end of October, 1472 MPBSs had been dismantled and removed, an achievement that represents 98.13 percent of the execution target. He added that the dismantling of the remaining 28 MPBS can be completed in the last two months of the year.
Su made the remarks in response to questions from opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lai Shyh-bao, who wanted the NCC to ensure that all base stations in the country be established atop buildings of publicly run organizations instead of private buildings, buildings near schools or in residential areas.
The NCC head said his commission has been trying to move developments in this direction.
According to an NCC survey, there were 26000 base stations for 2G mobile phones, 6500 base stations for 3G mobile phones and 16000 base stations for personal handy-phone systems, for a total of about 48000 base stations dotted around the country a year ago.
The NCC had been urged by lawmakers to "strongly intervene" in efforts to cut the number of base stations by at least half, since the coverage rate of existing MPBSs is more than five times the amount that Taiwan actually needs. Residential areas and schools must not be exposed to the risk of radiation emitted by the MPBSs that could cause cancer, miscarriages and diseases of the nervous system, and could even drive people to suicide, the legislators said.

Additions to Release (Origin: Press Release China Post). . Residential neighborhoods and schools must not be exposed to the risk of radiation emitted by the MPBSs that could cause cancer, miscarriages and diseases of the nervous system, and could even drive people to suicide, the legislators said, arguing that existing base stations must be moved out of such areas, as studies show that radiation levels at such facilities in Taipei in the north and in Tainan in the south surpass reasonable levels.

Next-Up analysis:
For the first time in the world Taiwan has decided to apply the Principle of Precaution concerning the potential medical risks associated to mobile phone masts base stations established close to schools and residential areas.
Within a few days and just after Israel, this it is the second worldwide important piece of news concerning the deployment of phone masts base stations.
Next-up demands to Dr. Margaret CHAN, WHO General Director and to Dr. Emilie van Deventer, director of the WHO EMF project, the immediate diffusion of new guidelines directives to governments, intended to cleanse the medical situation generated by the installation of phone masts base stations.
Next-up hereby reiterates its request for a meeting dated October 4, 2006 between WHO and with the major representatives of French NGO’s.
Serge Sargentini, Next-up organisation, Tuesday, Nov 06, 2007
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Source: Taiwan Info / Next-Up, 06 Nov 2007

Group calls for electromagnetic wave-free high-speed train
Taiwan Created: 21 Oct 2007
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Electromagnetic wave-free environment advocates urged the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp (THSR) Saturday to attach "electromagnetic wave-free carriages" to their trains to ensure the safety of people with cardiac pacemakers.

Members of the Taiwan Electromagnetic Wave Hazard Prevention and Control League made the call at a press conference they held at the high-speed railway's Zuoying Station in the southern port city of Kaoshiung.

Chiu Chien-fang, an executive member of the civil organization's Yulin branch, said that volunteers of the organization had examined 65 high-speed train carriages over the past several months for the presence of electromagnetic waves.

According to the data collected, electromagnetic waves of an intensity of between 10,000 milliwatts (uW) per square meter and 100,000 uW/sq.m were detected in the train carriages examined, or an average intensity of 60,000 uW/sq.m, Chiu said, adding that the results lead them to believe that the train carriages are equipped with repeaters for microwave transmissions.

Chiu also noted that volunteers of the organization also examined trains operated by the Taiwan Railway Administration and public buses and that no electromagnetic waves were detected.

During the press conference, Chiu and her colleagues examined the Zuoying Station with an electromagnetic wave detector. The device revealed the presence of electromagnetic waves with an intensity of between 3,000 uW/sq.m and 10,000 uW/sq.m at different spots in the station.

According to Chiu, people with serious diseases, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with pacemakers are at risk of acquiring certain disorders if exposed to excessive levels of electromagnetic radiation.

In response,Environmental Protection Administration(EPA) officials responsible for air quality protection and noise control said in Taipei that the average intensity of electromagnetic waves detected by Chiu's group on high-speed train carriages is far below the maximum acceptable safety level of 9 million uW/sq.m suggested by the EPA.

The officials further said that it has not yet been determined whether electromagnetic radiation poses a risk to human health and that the World Health Organization is still conducting studies with experts in over 20 countries around the world.

The officials did point out, however, that the Germany-based International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has suggested that the maximum safe level of electromagnetic radiation be set at below 9 million uW/sq.m.
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Source: China post, Oct 21 2007

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