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DigitalDisconnect Apr 13, 2017 09:19 PM
Non-ionising Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation (RFR) vs. Health and Environmental Concerns

Dear Professor Hans Bruyninckx and colleagues,

I write to you today to enquire on behalf of my local/organisational community, as well the broader European community of nations. I do so as a member of Digital Disconnect: a voluntary organisation established in order to promote the safe and sustainable use of Digital Age technology.

A decade has passed since the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) reported on possible adverse health effects of human/animal exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs), aka ‘dirty energy’ and ‘electrosmog’. At that juncture, they “identified priority areas where there was insufficient or contradictory information regarding possible adverse health impacts and recommended further research” (1).

As your organisation stated, around the same time: "harmful exposures can be widespread before there is both 'convincing' evidence of harm from long-term exposures, and biological understanding of how that harm is caused" (2).

“No epidemiologic studies on children are available” yet, in the EEA’s own words (mirroring those of ICNIRP [3]), “children could be particularly vulnerable to radiofrequency [RF] EMF” (1). In other words: relevant organs of the EU have not expedited such research, and encouraged constituent member environmental and public health authorities to pursue such research, as a matter of priority. One has to wonder why, when this is a matter critical to the health and vitality of the next generation of young people (who are, incidentally, by now heavy users of microwave RF technology).

I look forward to your considered response.

Sincerely,

A concerned citizen

1. Environment and human health (EEA, 2013)
2. Radiation risk from everyday devices assessed (EEA, 2007)
3. http://icnirp.org/[…]/ICNIRPphilosophy.pdf
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EEA Apr 21, 2017 02:13 PM
To concerned citizen,
Please be informed that the European Environment Agency (EEA) is not a legislative agency. European environmental legislation is beyond the EEA’s working remit and thus, the EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. It is the European Commission, which has the responsibility of making new legislative proposals as well as overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law. The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information.
Furthermore, the EEA is not involved in actual risk assessment and does not perform, programme or fund scientific research. Hence the EEA is not able to answer your specific questions and we kindly refer to the relevant authorities and institutes for this information (a selection of relevant references below).
Kind regards

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DigitalDisconnect Apr 22, 2017 12:15 AM
Thanks for your response.

If "the role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information", then I would like to know whether it has supplied any new information to EC/Public Health since the above-noted 'final opinion' was issued?

There have been many studies, and reviews, that contradict the binary assertions of that statement (http://www.saferemr.com).

It is beyond belief that such an erroneous (and grossly irresponsible) claim should stand in the 21st century, never mind 2015, let alone still to this day!
EEA Apr 25, 2017 08:49 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is not involved in actual risk assessment, nor in scientific research on the health effects of exposure to radiation. Our 2013 report captured the main findings of key institutes that are involved, and has not been updated since.
Kind regards.
DigitalDisconnect Apr 26, 2017 02:58 PM
Thanks for your further response.

Does the EEA, or its parent/instructional institutions, intend to update the findings of earlier EEA reports, or to conduct any fresh works, in light of study data that has come to light, and considerable gap in knowledge and insights that has been growing, in the four years since 2013?
EEA Apr 28, 2017 12:39 PM
The EEA has no plans in this regard for the moment.
 
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