Letters and Testimony on Health Effects of Cell Phones and Wireless Radiation
Environmental Health Trust
This page contains a running list of official testimony and correspondence to legislators and governments on cell phones and wireless health risks by Environmental Health Trust Scientists and Dr. Devra Davis.
Note: For letters by medical doctors on the issue of wireless in school please click here.
For statements by medical doctors internationally on wireless and health please click here.
June 14, 2019
Technological progress does not require this increase in radiation. Wired systems are the safer, healthier alternative to wireless systems, as they do not emit harmful radiofrequency radiation. They are also more energy efficient, cost-effective, and more reliable.
The 5G rollout will dramatically increase the levels of radiofrequency radiation, a pollutant with documented harms to human health and the environment.
May 31, 2019
Letter to inform Teton County of the scientific grounds that are the basis for hundreds of scientists calling for a moratorium on 5G and the rollout of 4G “small cells”.
FCC limits for Wireless radiation are over twenty years old. The EPA was defunded from developing proper safety standards. Instead, the FCC adopted industry-friendly guidelines from industry filled and industry loyal groups. Today the world looks quite different and the way we use cell phones and wireless devices has drastically changed.
May 16, 2019
Letter to ask that Gov. Newsom insist that information be generated on the Environmental and Public Health impacts of 5G technology prior to its widespread introduction.
April 10, 2019
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to David Vela, Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway Regarding the Parks Telecommunications Infrastructure Plan EA: We write to advise you of scientific grounds for major health and environmental concerns about the proposal for the installation of wireless telecommunications facilities and associated infrastructure at nine developed areas in the park and to express our grave concerns about this planned expansion of mobile communications in Grand Teton National Park.
March 28, 2019
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to the Baltimore Planning Commission Regarding Proposed Legislation on Small Cells: We write to advise you of scientific grounds for major health and environmental concerns about the densification of 4G “small” cells and 5G technology.
February 20, 2019
Letter providing a brief overview of the human health and environmental issues related to 4G and 5G technology.
February 15, 2019
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to the Town of Jackson Mayor and Council and Teton County Commissioners: Update on Scientific Risks of 5G and Policy Options.
January 17, 2019
Letter from Dr. Davis to Healthy People 2030: Comments on Proposed Objectives: In line with Healthy People 2030’s mission to promote, strengthen and evaluate the Nation’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of all people, Environmental Health Trust (EHT) writes to recommend the inclusion of new objectives related to controllable environmental health hazards such as radiofrequency radiation and comment on current proposed objectives. This document contains only our comments on currently proposed objectives; we have submitted our recommended new objectives through the Healthy People 2030 website.
January 13, 2019
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to The Honorable Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s 2013 Mobile Siting Regulations were passed removing a significant amount of local municipal control over cellular antennas installations. Today, we write to advise you of scientific grounds for major health and environmental concerns about the densification of 4G “small” cells and 5G cellular antennas installations.
October 5, 2018
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Mr. Matthew Marcou, Chair, Public Space Committee District Department of Transportation Regarding The DC Government’s Draft Small Cell Design Guidelines: Sharing technical information explaining why more than 200 expert scientists are urging a moratorium, Requesting that city officials halt the deployment of 5G “small cells” in DC, and Emphasizing that major changes are needed to the DC Draft Small Cell Design Guidelines to protect DC residents, visitors, and the environment.
September 29, 2017
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education in support of Senate Bill 107: An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications requires manufacturer warnings be prominently displayed on product packaging of wireless radiation-emitting devices. This bill would require consumer notice regarding the safe operation of mobile telephones.
September 26, 2017
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education, urging Massachusetts lawmakers to support House Bill 2030: An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education and Senate Bill 2079: An Act reducing non-ionizing radiation exposure in schools.
September 17, 2017
This letter provides specific recommendations for the Council on guidance for reducing radiofrequency radiation exposure from digital devices based on recent scientific publications and public health findings.
September 17, 2017
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Jerry Brown, Governor of California, urging him to veto Senate Bill 649: Small Cell Wireless Facilities.
July 28, 2017
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Chair of the Local Government Committee, regarding California Senate Bill SB 649: Small Cell Wireless Facilities, which would preempt local authority when it comes to small cell placement in communities.
November 10, 2016
16 Scientific experts wrote to the MD State Advisory Council in strong support of the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council’s draft recommendations to reduce children’s exposure to radiofrequency radiation. They offered recommendations to include in the Council’s final report for schools and public agencies.
October 27, 2016
This letter is a scientific response to the supposed limitations in the NTP carcinogenicity study of cell phone radiofrequency radiation (RFR).
October 27, 2016
This letter clarified the importance of the recent findings of the National Toxicology Program Study of Radiofrequency Radiation detailed in the Report of Partial findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in regards to the upcoming recommendations of the Council to reduce children’s exposure to radiofrequency radiation.
October 27, 2016
This letter from Dr. Davis and Dr. Melnick to Jennifer Lowry, Chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health, provided clarification on the reliability of available data on cancer risks associated with exposure to cell phone RFR, following the release of cancer findings from the National Toxicology Program’s study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation and the updated AAP recommendations.
September 19, 2016
The document contains comments to the Council’s Draft WiFi Report to be discussed by the Council in Fall 2016.
Letter to the FCC from Swankin & Turner on behalf of the Environmental Health Trust and the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy on Cell Phone Radiation Testing Procedures That Allow Violations of the FCC RF Exposure Limits.
September 9, 2016
The National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy and the Environmental Health Trust and warn that the majority of cell phones on market may exceed FCC’s stated RF safety limit of 1.6 W/kg and ask the FCC twelve important questions that have gone unanswered.
July 29, 2016
Dr. Davis urges the health minister in this letter to examine recent scientific evidence showing increased cancer risk due to radiofrequency radiation exposure, as well as a large number of studies showing adverse biological effects from RFR at levels far below international guidelines. She urges the minister to reconsider the use of wifi in schools, and consider using wired connections.
June 6, 2016
Dr. Ron Melnick responded to an op-Ed in the New York Times written by Aaron Carroll with a letter to the editor of the NY Times Upshot, addressing and refuting the multiple incorrect statements made by Mr. Carroll in his critique of the recently released NTP cell phone study results
Dr. Devra Davis wrote to the Jackson Hole Town Council in 2016, informing elected officials of critical facts pertaining to the construction of a cell tower in close proximity to an elementary school.
April 13, 2016
Dr. Davis describes the health risks of wireless radiofrequency radiation exposure in Nevada classrooms and offers recommendations for decreased exposure.
February 8, 2016
Lloyd Morgan outlines in this letter the multiple misrepresentations and falsehoods contained in on the MCPS website, which give explanations and overviews of the county’s use of technology in schools. Morgan discusses why children are more vulnerable to wireless radiation exposure, as well as the large number of research studies which show adverse effects due to short-term and chronic exposure to radiofrequency radiation, urging the district to heed recommendations for precaution.
January 21, 2016
January 20, 2016
Dr. Devra Davis urged the board of education to reconsider their decision to implement programs within the schools which utilize wireless devices due to the dangers of radiofrequency radiation. Dr. Davis provides evidence for this opinion including scientific reports, recommendations from government and public health organizations, outdated regulations, vulnerability of children, and the need for precautionary measures.
Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Massachusetts Senator Karen E. Spilka, Representative Carolyn Dykema and Andrea Pessolano in support of legislation addressing the health risks of cell phones and wireless devices.
August 3, 2015
This letter was written in response to Massachusetts Bill MA S. 1222: An Act creating a special commission to study the health impacts of electromagnetic fields, providing supplementary information and offering recommendations.
June 10, 2015
Massachusetts State Representative Stephen DiNatale introduces Devra Davis PhD, MPH who details Right to Know efforts in the United States and the importance of people being aware of the warnings buried in the manuals of their wireless devices. She shares the current science showing the increased vulnerability of children to wireless and what people can do to protect themselves.
June 10, 2015
Dr. Devra Davis describes the scientific research on wireless devices and the impact on children’s brain and physical development in an expert forum at Framingham Massachusetts Forum. She explores a recent scientific study which shows a dose response of heavy cell phone use to children’s increased risk of brain cancer and experimental research which shows decreased memory and increased hyperactivity after wireless exposure.
May 12, 2015
After year of advocacy in Berkeley, the historic Cell Phone Right To Know Ordinance was passed. Dr. Davis provided testimony on the reasons why this ordinance was a vital piece of legislation.
April 28, 2015
May 14, 2014
Dr. Davis cautioned against the ubiquitous expansion of wi-fi and use of wireless technologies, particularly within schools. She cites the precautionary measures already taken by other countries and urges the United States to follow suit.
March 3, 2014
Fifteen renowned medical and public health experts published an open letter to Representative Andrea Boland and other Maine state legislators urging them to push forward and reconsider a bill that would require safety notifications on the outside of all cell phone labels and packaging.
February 23, 2014
Renowned medical and public health experts released a letter urging Senator Roslyn Baker to reconsider her stance on Senate Bill 2571, which called for cell phones sold in Hawaii to come with a prominent health warning. The original version of SB 2571 would have required the label to read, “This device emits electromagnetic radiation, exposure to which may cause brain cancer. Users, especially children and pregnant women, should keep this device away from the head and body.” This language was taken directly from legal language within the fine print of phones.
EHT Comments to the FCC on Wireless Industry Submissions for ET Docket No. 13-84 and ET Docket No. 03-137 Proposed Changes in the Commission’s Rules ) ET Docket No. 03-137 Regarding Human Exposure to Radiofrequency ) Electromagnetic Fields November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013
The Environmental Health Trust (EHT) calls for stronger radiation protection from cell phones that are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics in a document delivered to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The document is in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s request for input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in 1996, individuals and organizations including the Environmental Health Trust, submitted thousands of documents, testimonials, research papers and scientific publications that are now available to the media and to the public.
April 10, 2013
Dr. Davis testified on why cell phone education and policy are major concerns for public health and pose a major threat to the budget for health care in the city of Washington, D.C.
November 8, 2011
November 8, 2011
September 14, 2009
Testimony to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services on the health risks of cell phones and wireless from an international panel of scientist including: John Ducher, Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Toxicology Program; Dr. Siegal Sadetzki – Cancer & Radiation Epidemiology Director, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel; Linda Erdreich – Senior Managing Scientist, Exponent Engineering & Scientific Consulting; Dr. Devra Lee Davis – Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Center for Environmental Oncology; Olga Naidenko – Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group; Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, STUK Radiation & Nuclear Safety Authority, Finland. Witnesses testified about research into cellular telephone use and its potential impact on human health, as well as the potential side effects and consequences of cell phone use. They focused on studies that had examined potential links between cell phones and cancer, and about warnings issued by some groups on cell phone safety.
Letters to the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) on the Health Risks of Wireless Radiation
When the US Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) of California planned to budget ipads and wireless deployment into the schools many health groups testified and sent letters i support of LOW EMF and wired systems for internet connectivity. EHT submitted letters below.
February 11, 2013
Letter of Concern Sent by Dr. Devra Davis on Behalf of Environmental Health Trust and Medical and Public Health Experts in Bioelectromagnetics to the President to the Los Angeles United School District
February 12, 2013
February 12, 2013
Letter from Toni Stein on Behalf of Environmental Health Trust to LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee Chair on the Need to Implement Best Practices Prior to Installation of Multiple RF EMF-emitting devices in and around LAUSD