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F.C.C. to Study Health Effects of Cellphone Radiation

04 Apr

By REUTERS

Regulators are looking into how radio frequencies emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices affect people amid lingering concerns about the risks of cellphone radiation.

The Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that it was seeking comment from other agencies and health experts on whether it should update its standards limiting exposure to phones’ electromagnetic fields, especially as they apply to children.

The agency last reviewed those standards in 1996. Officials said they had no reason to believe the current standards were inadequate and called the proceeding, which was announced in documents posted online on Friday, a routine review.

Scientists have been unable to determine whether radio waves emitted by mobile devices are harmful. But studies continue as the number of mobile devices Americans own, already in the hundreds of millions, continues to grow.

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