GAO Agrees with FCC: Radiation Limits Need Reexamination
The Government Accountability Office today announced that it believes the guidelines used to assess the safety of cellular phone radiation levels should be revisited. The government defined the standards used to tests cell phones today back in 1996. "The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) RF energy exposure limit may not reflect the latest research," concluded the GAO, "and testing requirements may not identify maximum exposure in all possible usage conditions." In June, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski asked his fellow commissioners to open a formal inquiry to evaluate whether or not the agency's guidelines protect U.S. citizens from harmful cell phone radiation. "We are confident that, as set, the emissions guidelines for devices pose no risks to consumers," said the FCC in June. The scientific community, however, is divided on the harmful effects of cell phone radiation, with some camps claiming it can lead to brain cancer and others suggesting no such link exists..