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Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation Addressed

by Rathi Manohar on January 31, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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 Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation Addressed

To tackle the problem of excessive radiation emitted from cell towers, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is in the process of finalizing tougher norms.

 
Ex-advisor to the DoT, Ram Kumar, who also served on the panel of the inter-ministerial committee on electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation, said that one of the new norms would involve reducing the permissible limit for emitting radiation.

Although India follows the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNRIP), a German independent body's guidelines set for exposure to radiation, experts say that these need to be updated since they are not as stringent as they need to be.

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Meanwhile, after several cancer deaths caused by electromagnetic radiation (EMR), citizens and experts gathered at a meeting arranged by the Bombay Telephone User's Association (BTUA),  to share their knowledge and concern over the issue, 'Radiation Health Hazards from Cell Towers: Myth or Reality'. They hope to make the government aware of public opinion and the possible action of a public litigation, and take effective action soon.



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