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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Montgomery Sentinel Article: Parents Worry Wi-Fi Could Harm Students

Feb, 16, 2016 Parents Worry Wi-Fi Could Harm Students
ROCKVILLE — A few parents at a Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education meeting said they worried that wireless computers and devices with wireless Internet was gradually impeding the health of students.

"David Carpenter is a former county resident and a general physician who served on committees with scientists who performed research about the effects of radio frequency radiation.

He wrote a letter to members of MCPS management in November encouraging them not to have the school system connected to the Internet wirelessly. Carpenter also is the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany.

“It’s appropriate that every child have access to the Internet, but the problem is when it’s wireless access to the Internet, there is exposure to radio frequencies,” said Carpenter.

MCPS spokesperson Derek Turner said MCPS follows guidelines set by the Federal Communications Commission. One of the repeated concerns of parents who testified at the meeting and said the standard was 20 years old.  Turner said the guideline had been updated in 2013. "

Fact: FCC guidelines have not been reviewed for 20 years. 
Unfortunately, MCPS is staff is reading the MCPS Statement about Radio frequency radiation which has several incorrect statements.  We have sent MCPS staff multiple letters informing them that there was no 2013 review. 

Please see below. 
In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a Report that states, "FCC set an RF energy exposure limit for mobile phones in 1996, based on recommendations from federal health and safety agencies and international organizations...
In the conclusion it states that, "However, FCC has not formally asked FDA or EPA for their assessment of the limit since 1996, during which time there have been significant improvements in RF energy research and therefore a better understanding of the thermal effects of RF energy exposure." Read it here http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/592901.pdf


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