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SCIENCE-BASED DIALOGUE URGED IN CELLULAR PHONE CONTROVERSY

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electromagnetic Energy Policy Alliance today called for a science-based dialogue in response to the current speculation questioning the safety of portable cellular telephones.
 "Consumers and industry both must join in insisting that conclusions about the relative safety of portable cellular phones -- or of any consumer product -- must be based on scientific knowledge and analysis and not on scare tactics or speculation," said Dinah McElfresh, EEPA executive director. "The scientific facts are clear: 40 years of sound research incorporating thousands of studies supports the safe use of radio frequency (RF) in telecommunications today. Nothing has happened to place this conclusion in doubt."
 The current speculation about portable cellular phone safety was prompted by a lawsuit filed in Florida which has yet to be tried. "The plaintiffs in that case appear to have chosen to try the case in the court of public opinion, rather than in a court of law, where the claims would be subject to scientific scrutiny," said McElfresh.
 The two most widely-recognized exposure standards in this area are those of the American National Standards Institute/Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, both of which set exposure guidelines at levels calculated to be at least 10 to 50 times below the threshold selected as possibly harmful to humans. Laboratory studies show that exposure from hand-held cellular phones is less than this already conservative standard.
 McElfresh went on to suggest that the public discourse on cellular telephone safety might benefit by a review of the scientific evidence, if any, backing up the Florida plaintiff's claims.
 The Electromagnetic Energy Policy Alliance is a non-profit association of manufacturers and users of electrical and electronic systems. EEPA develops educational programs, sponsors research and advocates rational, science-based exposure standards on the production and use of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph B. Morris for the Electromagnetic Energy Policy Alliance, 202-452-1070/


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