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Nation Exposure Limits from Wireless Transmitters
USA standard 580 microwatts
Russia 10 microwatts
China 6 microwatts
Italy 5 microwatts
Switzerland 4.2 microwatts
Salzburg, Austria .1 microwatt
Lichtenstein .1 microwatt

The FCC was assigned by the Environmental Protection Act of 1969 to protect our health from microwave radiation from wireless transmitters like cell towers, WiFi and Smart Grid units. US safety standards for wireless exposures are now among the weakest in the world. Why?

The FCC has struggled to establish standards for public exposures because it lacks the internal biological expertise to evaluate risks to humans. The FCC staff is dominated by electrical engineers, physicists, bureaucrats and ex-telecommunications executives. No biologists. In the mid-1980's the FCC finally gave up trying to establish a standard for safety and instead adopted a very weak and out-dated one. The new standard was adopted from the recommendation of two non-government organizations (NGOs) comprised mostly of engineers and ex-telecom executives – the IEEE and ANSI. The standard, which was established in the 1950’s, was based solely on the thermal effect (heating of tissue). This safety standard ignores biological impacts from low-level microwaves and does not protect us from at least nine additional microwave effects that can injure us.  Other countries set their standards, based on science that shows biological effects at very low, non-thermal exposure levels