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Sleeping children wi-fi radiation warning
Wales Created: 21 May 2007
A WELSH radiation expert has warned of the dangers posed by wireless internet technology to sleeping children.

The fears come amid claims that so-called “wi-fi” internet connections in schools could damage children.

An episode of BBC’s Panorama will tonight investigate claims that wi-fi networks in schools can give off greater levels of signal radiation than a typical mobile phone mast.

Government advice recommends masts are not sited near schools without consultation as children are thought to be more vulnerable to radio frequency radiation emissions than adults, the series states.

But with more and more homes installing wi-fi (wireless fidelity) as phone companies offer the necessary equipment free to new subscribers, fresh concerns have been raised about its suitability in the home.

Biologist Roger Coghill, of Pontypool-based Coghill Research Laboratories, has warned parents not to use wi-fi until the science is proven.

“It’s a precautionary principle I’m advocating,” he said.

“The risk is probably greater in the home than in schools because people don’t sleep at school. Sleep is the principal time when we repair our cells.”

Wi-fi allows laptop and other computers to access the internet from anywhere in the house, and often from the garden.

Games consoles can already use wi-fi for online gaming, and other devices are likely to require wi-fi in the future.

Scientific evidence about the health impact of wi-fi has yet to be generated because the technology is only now being taken up widely after hotels, airport lounges and other public areas led the way.

Mr Coghill said wi-fi in the home would add to the electromagnetic fields there – on top of those from sources such as mobile-phone masts.

Mr Coghilll, a member of the Government’s advisory committee on electromagnetic fields, will attend a conference in Japan next month to hear about the latest research on wi-fi’s possible health effects.

He said, “What we can say, based on the laws of physics, is that all electric fields are super-positive, so that if you have a base level of radiation in your environment and you bring out a new source, it does actually add to it. As it builds up, that impact increases. It’s worse for children than adults because they are still growing,” added Mr Coghill.

Electromagnetic radiation disturb the body’s own electrical fields, for example ones controlling heart beat or cell development.

Wi-fi kits feature a box with an antenna which creates a field in which computers can communicate wirelessly with the internet.

Mike Reddy, an expert in future technology at the University of Wales, Newport, said some antennae had a range of 350ft but the ones given away free to domestic consumers would normally have a range of 35-70ft in all directions.

He said consumers should ask themselves whether they needed to use the free wi-fi kit they got from their phone company, or whether wired connections – faster than wi-fi – were practical.

“People will say, ‘I’ve got this thing anyway, so I’ll use it.’ Or they’ll think, ‘Now I can have internet access in every room.’ But do you really need it in every room?” said Dr Reddy.

“The strength of the signal can be turned up and down. If you feel you have to use wi-fi, set it so that the signal you have just works – rather than putting it on to full strength.

“If you want to be cautious, keep your children away from your wi-fi.”

He said users should turn off their wi-fi boxes whenever they weren’t connecting wirelessly, to prevent people outside the house using the connection as well as guarding against possible health impact.

Mr Coghill, whose lab has been researching electromagnetic fields for 25 years, said electronic technology should be subjected to similar rules as medicines, with trials to prove the safety of new products before they went on sale.
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Source: ic Wales, Rhodri Clark, 21 May 2007

"I am scared that mobile phone masts are hurting our children"
Wales Created: 11 May 2007
A MOTHER of two has joined the campaign against mobile phone masts to protect her children.
Helen Whitehouse, 40, has already successfully opposed one mast application near her home and is eager to raise awareness of the potential dangers of masts to others.
The mum to Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Eirwg pupils Daryl, 10, and Erin, five, of Llanrumney, Cardiff, believes that a law should be passed so that masts are not erected within 500 metres of a school.
She said: “Throughout my children’s school life they will be exposed to emissions. This scares me as children are more susceptible to emissions because they have thinner skulls.”
Mrs Whitehouse is now planning on sticking posters warning of the dangers of the emissions near to the masts she is aware of and is encouraging others to do their own research.

She said: “We’re just told that emissions are within guidelines but there’s so much we don’t know about them, what do we believe?
“Until we know for definite, they should be treated with caution with more research being done.
“I’m glad I looked into it because I understand it more but it’s quite a scary thing – they’re taking over.”
Mrs Whitehouse and her neighbours have just fought off a T-Mobile application to build a mast opposite her house which would have been within 500 metres of St Cadoc’s School.
She said: “We raised all the arguments against the mast we could think. Only 10 households had been advised so we made sure others got to know about it.
“T-Mobile wrote back to say that due to our strong feelings and opposition they decided to site it on top of a hotel in Pentwyn (Cardiff) instead.”
The proposed mast would have been within 500 metres of another T-Mobile mast next to the post office on Countisbury Avenue.
Nobody objected to this mast because, Mrs Whitehouse says, the planning notice for the mast was placed on a street in Roath – a 10 minute drive away.
She said: “This didn’t give the local people any opportunity to have any input which has taken away any rights we have.”
A spokesman for T-Mobile previously said: “Everybody wants to use their mobile phones, but if we did not have the masts we would not be able to offer a service.”
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Source: South Wales Echo, Laura Wright, 11 May 2007

The 'danger' next to our schools
Wales Created: 7 May 2007
SCHOOLS across South Wales are being surrounded by mobile phone masts, with some encircled by up to 11, an exclusive Echo investigation has revealed.

Dozens of infant and junior schools now have at least one base station within 500m as the mobile phone companies continue to expand their networks to support Britain's 62.5m handsets - more than one per head of population.

We checked a random selection of 173 primary schools across Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and the Valleys and found 21 per cent are affected, with 3 Mobile, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone placing numerous transmitters near classrooms.

Scientist Dr John Walker, whose research into a cancer cluster among staff at a special school near a mast in Warwickshire recently led operator O2 to agree to pull it down - although the company rejected any links to ill-health - branded our results "horrific".

The 76-year-old physicist, who believes radio waves emitted by base stations can cause cancer and other illnesses by suppressing the immune system, said: "Having numerous masts near schools increases the chances of it falling within a bad beam patch, where children will be directly exposed to radio waves from more than one source."

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He claimed children are more susceptible to harm because their immune systems are still developing.

But the Mobile Operators' Association, which represents 3 Mobile, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, said their technology is completely safe.

A spokeswoman said: "Industry regulator Ofcom has measured radio wave emissions of mobile phone masts since 2000.

"It has undertaken more than 500 audits of base stations.

"The measurements from these audits show emission levels from base stations are typically small fractions of the international healthy and safety public exposure guidelines.

"The highest emissions were 279 times below the guidelines."

Parents and teachers were shocked by our results, and Carol Skinner, a mother of one whose son goes to Cardiff's Adamsdown Primary - which is surrounded by six base stations supporting 14 transmitters - said: "I don't think having masts near schools is a good idea, you hear so many bad things about it.

"There's enough pollution in the air without having another thing to worry about and we don't understand enough about it."

Mother-of-four Debbie Meehan was stunned to hear how many masts were near the school on System Street.

She said: "It's a surprise to me, but I don't know enough about the damage they might cause. But it doesn't sound good.

"We need an independent review to find out the truth."

Adamsdown headteacher John Evans said: "I'm surprised there are so many within the vicinity of the school and I would like to look into the dangers further."

Roger Griffin, headteacher of Kings Monkton School, Cardiff, which has 11 masts and 19 transmitters within 500 metres, said: "We were aware of the proximity of some.

"But that number does make me think.

"I'd like to ascertain where they are and look at the evidence and research of what the dangers are.

"The health and safety of our children is the most important thing."

Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Andrew Dobbinson, a governor at Jenner Park Primary in Barry, which has five base stations within 500m, said: "There is a lot of local concern about masts and emissions."

But Coun Dobbinson, who is also chairman of the council's planning committee, said they have no control over where many masts go.

In the case of Jenner Park Primary, three antennae were placed on existing structures, floodlights, at the neighbouring football ground, which means they did not require planning permission.

While it is considered best practice for mobile phone companies to consult widely when planning to site a base station near a school, there are generally no restrictions on how close they can be placed.

But recently, Mid Devon District Council became the first local authority in England and Wales to put an exclusion zone around mobile phone masts as part of their planning policy.

Councillors agreed masts should not be erected within 500m of a home, school or hospital if there was an alternative site.

Schools worried about radio wave emissions from mobile phone masts can order an emissions audit from industry regulator Ofcom. Tel: 020 7981 3000.

Mobile phone companies say tests show waves as harmless

THE Mobile Operators' Association said more than 30 independent scientific reviews worldwide in the past seven years concluded there is no convincing evidence to suggest their technology is unsafe. (<-- independent?? and what about the hundreds of studies that show adverse effects)

They include:

The Stewart Report to the Government in 2000. It said as radio wave emissions were below guidelines, it did not recommend there should be a minimum distance between base stations and schools. (<-- these ICNIRP "guidelines" are ONLY based on thermal microwave heating effects - non-thermal effects are discarded by ICNIRP - and remember that Mike Repacholi chaired ICNIRP from 1992-96)

The World Health Organisation's 2006 fact sheet. It concluded: "There is no convincing evidence the weak radio frequency signals from base stations and wireless networks can cause adverse health effects." (<-- remember that Mike Repacholi had absolute control of the WHO EMF research agenda)

The UK Radiological Protection Board's 2005 report.

It said: "Within the UK, there is a lack of hard information showing mobile phone systems are damaging to health."

The Irish Expert Review. It concluded there is no scientific basis for, or evidence of, adverse health effects affecting either children or adults as a result of their exposure to radio frequency fields from phone masts. (<-- again, Mike Repacholi was on that review board)
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Source: South Wales Echo, Gareth Rogers, 07 May 2007, w. comments by H. Eiriksson

NHS: Kill off the patients slowly, painfully, by selling space to phone companies to put up masts on the roof"
Wales Created: 31 Oct 2006
Fears over £20m hospital savings
A health union and an MP have warned that services could be damaged if savings being considered by Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust are brought in.
Monmouth MP and AM David Davies has seen a copy of an efficiency plan to help tackle the trust's £43m deficit.
He fears job losses, rising car parking charges and a poorer patient service.
The trust needs to save £20m over two years and said it was looking at new ways of delivering services which could result in improvements for patients.
The trust runs 23 hospitals across the authority area and employs more than 13,000 people.
It is considering a number of options to making the savings.
The proposals revealed by Mr Davies include money-making ideas like increasing car parking charges and allowing mobile phone companies to install masts on hospital buildings.
He said: "They're looking at what they call utilisation of ward space, I think that translates as closures.
"They're talking about selling space to phone companies to put up masts on the roof.
"They're also talking about increasing the car parking charges which are already very high and are affecting both staff and visitors."

The proposals could also mean up to 80 medical secretary jobs could be lost, with the work being exported abroad.
The health union Unison condemned the plans.
David Galligan said: "If you close hospitals, close beds, there's only one loser and that the patients.
"We've obviously got a vested interest in looking after our members' interests but we're all service users potentially.
'Frightening future'
"We could need those beds, those facilities, and they won't be there, and once they're gone, they won't come back.
"Hospitals close, hospitals get mothballed. They don't re-open and that's the frightening future of healthcare in Gwent."
The trust said it had not made any decisions, but was looking at "new ways of delivering services" which could result in "improvements in quality" for patients.
It said: "Our trust board agreed a strategic change and efficiency plan on 23 September 2006 aiming to deliver savings of £20m over two years.
"This amounts to a significant contribution to the projected financial shortfall that faces the whole health community".
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Source: BBC news Wales

Address to Welsh Assembly (Parliament) by B. TROWER On Wireless Telecommunications 3rd October 2006 12:30 pm
Wales Created: 8 Oct 2006
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With your permission, before I start, I would like to pay tribute to the four research scientists, working in this area, who have all recently been found dead in questionable circumstances &#8211; in France, Italy and Greece.

A few years ago, at a meeting in Birmingham, I said &#8220;I believe that this Industry, this Government and its (then) scientists, would be responsible for more civilian deaths in peace-time than all of the terrorist organizations in the World, put together&#8221;.
I still believe this to be true &#8211; please listen to my evidence...

Download the full report (6 pages) in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format from here:
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Source: Henrik Eiriksson, 8 okt. 2006, Informant Kalle Hellberg

Wales Created: 2 Oct 2006
The National Assembly's EPC Committee has considered the planning process by which permissions for telecommunication masts are granted.
The Committee's recommendation will now be put before a full session of the National Assembly on 11th of October when AM's will decide on a series of proposals designed to introduce new controls on the development of masts. Commenting on the Committee proposals, Chair Glyn Davies said:
"We are making proposals which will introduce much greater control by Local Planning Authorities on the location of new telecommunication masts.
The Committee is proposing that masts below 15feet in height should, for the first time, have to secure planning permission before they can go ahead.
We also believe that the Minister should give clearer guidance to Local Planning Authorities about how they take Health Impact Assessments into account. And we also recommended that the Government strengthens its Code of Practice on mobile phone network development.
Many people, the length and breadth of Wales, are deeply concerned about the impact of telecommunications masts and we have made proposals to the Assembly Government which would help satisfy some of these concerns.
It will be up to the AM's to decide which of these proposals are accepted."
Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Pete vows to defeat O2 mobile mast plan
Wales Created: 17 Mar 2006
DESPITE ill-health a county councillor has vowed to fight tooth and nail to prevent another mobile phone mast being put up in the area he represents.
Communications company O2UK is currently seeking a suitable site in Kinmel Bay for a new mobile radio base station to enhance its current 2G coverage and provide 3G coverage in the area.
This news has outraged Conwy County and town Cllr Peter Murray, who claims it would rob Kinmel Bay of the only seated area of green open space.
The company is looking to install a 12.5 metre high mast next to J&J caravans on Foryd Road.
"It is ludicrous of O2 to even consider basing another mast in Kinmel Bay," said Cllr Murray. "I am not convinced by claims these base stations, considered low power radio frequency transmitters, are harmless.
"Why has the government stated that emissions from radio base stations should meet the International Commission Non-ionising Radiation Protection guidelines for public exposure adopted in the UK."
Two and half years ago Kinmel Bay residents were up in arms about a telephone mast in Windsor Grove.
"I seem to remember people of Windsor Grove in Kinmel Bay not too long ago waking up one morning to find a mast had been planted in their backyard overnight so to speak, with warning signs plastered all over the
structure," added Cllr Murray.
Cllr Murray, who is currently fighting cancer, added: "This must not happen again and despite my illness I will galvanise my county and town council colleagues to say a big 'no' to this proposal. Hopefully the public will join in this protest when the need arises."
Consultation on the plans is currently being undertaken in line with Government Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development and relevant policy guidance on planning.
It is likely a planning application will be submitted once all this is complete. lSurveyors for O2 have also looked at three other locations in Kinmel Bay:
1. Asda - the supermarket has totally rejected the idea of a mast on their property.
2. Alongside the bridge in Sandy Cove - was found unsuitable because it would require a mast 20 metres high to accommodate two networks sharing.
3. A greenfield site adjacent to the beach car park - was unsuitable because it is on the North Wales Pass.
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Source: By Justine Bailey, Rhyl Visitor

Tetra Legislation Lost By Two Votes
Wales Created: 14 Feb 2006
Tetra Legislation Lost By Two Votes

New legislation that could have helped Pembrokeshire's anti TETRA campaigners failed to get through the Welsh Assembly THE founders of Pembrokeshire's Harriet Davis Seaside Holiday Trust have expressed disappointment that a Plaid Cymru proposal to revise telecommunication mast planning guidelines was rejected by the Welsh Assembly Government last week.

The motion to support this legislation was lost by 2 votes, with 27 Assembly Members voting for it and 29 against.

Speaking of the AMs who voted against the measure, Kit Davies of the trust said:

"None of them probably live near one or have a disabled child. How many of them would want to live near one or stay near one?"

Mrs. Davis and her husband founded the trust in memory of their daughter Harriet who died aged 11 from a rare degenerative metabolic disease which had left her in a wheelchair.

On their trips to Pembrokeshire and elsewhere, Mr and Mrs Davis became increasingly aware that families with disabled children were simply not catered for. Their determination and dedication has led to the establishment of three holiday houses for disabled children.

The trust's Wheelabout House in Penally is specially adapted to make it ideal for use by families with disabled children. It is located within a few metres of the proposed TETRA mast site.

Last Wednesday's revised legislation to ensure communications masts are more sensitively situated was proposed by Plaid Cymru AM Janet Davies. She suggested measures to tighten up guidelines on communications masts, particularly when they are sited near schools, hospitals, and homes for the elderly.

The proposal would have, in effect, required all telecommunications developments to be determined by a full planning process. It also would have required submission of a precautionary statement outlining the potential and real health effects of all developments for electronic communications apparatus as part of that application.

Janet Davies slammed New Labour and the Conservatives for voting against the motion.

"This is a huge disappointment for many communities in Wales," said the Plaid Cymru AM for South West Wales.

"Both New Labour and certain Conservative members have shown that they neither know nor care about the concerns of many people in Wales.

"This would have been a sensible way of dealing with communication masts. This legislation would have ensured a level playing field.

"If a mast is erected it would have had to go through a normal planning process."
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Wales Created: 2 Feb 2006

Swansea Council's decision to refuse permission for a mobile phone mast in Gorseinon has been welcomed by Plaid Cymru AM Dai Lloyd.
Hutchinson 3G wanted to put a mast on land next to Parc y Werin, near Gorseinon Hospital.

Dr Lloyd said: "I am very pleased to hear the council's planning department has rejected this application.

"I felt that the siting of the mast, so close to Gorseinon Hospital was ridiculous, particularly given the fact the negative health effects associated with
the technology is untested in so many ways.

"I am a firm believer that these masts should not be sited in built up residential areas, and as far away from schools and hospitals as possible.
It is a relief that the application has fallen."

The application was turned down by Swansea councillors, but the mobile phone company could lodge an appeal.
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Mast protests growing
Wales Created: 1 Dec 2005
Mast protests growing

THEIR advertising slogan, aimed at encouraging customers to talk more, is How Are You?
But Deganwy residents are beginning to think that Vodafone don’t really care, after all.
Frightened householders have vowed to fight the erection of a three-metre radio mast, only yards from their homes.
They fear the proposed Vodafone 3G mast will effect their health and decrease the value of properties in the area.
It will be placed on the roof of the North Wales Badminton Centre, Deganwy, in a heavily populated residential area.
The centre are expected to receive around £4,000-a-year rent to house the mast, which will provide coverage for 3G phone users, but only in a 500m radius.
Residents, who have won the backing of county councillor Mike Priestly and AM Denise Idris Jones, have slammed the proposals as worrying and unnecessary.
One concerned voice, John Hurn, of Tan y Bethlan, who has a background in telecommunications, said: “We are frightened.
These mobile phone companies might claim that there is no proof that it causes conditions like cancer, but only 30-years-ago we were being told thalidomide
was safe.
“Most of the people within that area are of retirement age and would probably not use these services anyway.
They claim that it is for business people in transit in the area, but there are no businesses within that 500m area.”
He said they were also concerned that it is Vodafone’s policy to encourage other mobile phone companies to share radio mast sites. This could lead to an influx of towers, he said.

A planning application has yet to be submitted.
Jane Frapwell, of Daly International, the company representing Vodafone’s application, said they had looked at other sites, but were found to be unsuitable.
She also quashed health concerns, citing World Health Organisation findings.
Under the terms of Vodafone’s 3G license, they, along with other service providers, must ensure 80 per cent UK coverage by 2007.
No one from the badminton centre was available for comment.

Elsewhere, Rhos on Sea campaigners, who are being supported by Clwyd West MP David Jones, have collected a petition of some 115 signatures opposing
a planned 12ft mast at Colwyn Bay’s cricket ground.
Mark Emberton, who is spearheading the opposition, said: “ We just can’t believe where it is sited, right next to the children’s play ground and a school, plus all the elderly people. Where this thing will be going, with the contours of the land, it will be level with our houses.”
Source: North Wales Pioneer 25.11.05

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