At a meeting in Salsburg in June attendees endorsed a resolution calling for measures to protect community health from phone tower radiation.
Salzburg Resolution on Mobile Telecommunication Base Stations
International Conference on Cell Tower Siting Linking Science & Public Health,
Salzburg, June 7-8, 2000
1. It is recommended that development rights for the erection and foroperation of a base station should be subject to a permission procedure. The protocol should include the following aspects:
- Information ahead and active involvement of the local public
- Inspection of alternative locations for the siting
- Protection of health and wellbeing
- Considerations on conservation of land and townscape
- Computation and measurement of exposure
- Considerations on existing sources of HF-EMF exposure
- Inspection and monitoring after installation.
2. It is recommended that a national database be set up on a governmental level giving details of all base stations and their emissions.
3. It is recommended for existing and new base stations to exploit all technical possibilities to ensure exposure is as low as achievable (ALATA-principle) and that new base stations are planned to guarantee that the exposure at places where people spend longer periods of time is as low as possible, but within the strict public health guidelines.
4. Presently the assessment of biological effects of exposures from base stations in low-dose range is difficult but indispensable for protection of public health. There is at present evidence of no threshold for adverse health effects.
Recommendations of specific exposure limits are prone to considerable uncertainties and should be considered preliminary. For the total of all highfrequency irradiation a limit value of 100 mW/m" (10 µW/cm") is recommended. For preventive public health protection a preliminary guideline level for the sum total of all immissions from ELF pulse modulated high-frequency exposure facilities such as GSM base stations of 1 mW/m" (0,1 µW/cm") is recommended.
UNTERZEICHNER (signatories) der SALZBURGER DEKLARATION zu MOBILFUNKSENDEANLAGEN 9 Juni 2000
Dr Ekkehardt Alpeter, Inst für Social- and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, CH
Dr Carl Blackmann, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Dr Neil Cherry, Lincoln University Christchurch, Neuseeland
Prof Dr Huai Chiang, Zhejiang University School of Medicine MicrowaveLab, Hangzhou, China
Dr Bill P Curry, EMSci Tek Consulting Co, Illinois, USA
Prof Dr Livio Giuliani, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Prevention, Roma, Italien
Prof Dr Yuri Grigoriev, Centre of Electromagnetic Safety, Institute of Biophysics, Moscow, Russland
Dr Helene Irvine, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Dept of Public Health, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Dr Christoph König, Federal State of Salzburg, Public Health Dept, Environmental Health, Salzburg, Österreich
Prof Dr Michael Kundi, University of Vienna, Inst For Environmental Health, Wien, Österr
Ronald MacFarlane, Health Promotion and Environmental Protection Office, Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Canada
Dr Malcolm MacGarvin, modus vivendi, Consultant for the European Environment Agency, Glenlivet, Scotland, UK
Dr Fiorenzo Marinelli, Inst Di Citomorfologia CNR, Bologna, Italien
Dr Wilhelm Mosgöller, University of Vienna, Inst for Cancer Research, Wien, Österr
Dr Gerd Oberfeld, Federal State of Salzburg, Public Health Dept, Environmental Health, Salzburg, Österreich
Dr Collin Ramsay, Scottish Center for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH), Glasgow, Scotland, UK
MA Cindy Sage, Sage Associates, California, USA
Louis Slesin, Microwave News, New York, USA
Prof Dr Stan Szmigielski, Dept of Microwave Safety, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Warsaw, Polen
EMRAA News Sept 2000, Vol 5 No 3
About The Author - Lyn McLean is a consumer advocate, author and educator and has been monitoring and writing on the subject of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) for over 20 years. She is the director of EMR Australia.