Supes to weigh on wireless health risks 

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a resolution Tuesday urging the federal government to do more to assess the health risks of wireless devices and facilities.

The resolution, though non-binding, sends a political message meant to influence lawmakers to allow cities to be able to regulate the devices on their own.

The resolution urges the feds to repeal limitations on state and local authorities, as a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, “that infringe upon the authority of local governments to regulate placement, construction and modification of telecommunications towers and other personal wireless facilities on the basis of the health and environmental effects of these facilities.”

It also wants the feds to do more about the issue by urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the health impacts of wireless facilities and come up with a safe level of exposure to radio-frequency radiation emissions.

The resolution is a growing trend among city officials to address an increasing concern among those who suspect the wireless devices pose a significant health risk. Mayor Gavin Newsom has come out in support of labeling cell phone devices with their radiation levels.

The full board meets Tuesday at City Hall at 2 p.m. in Room 250.

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