First in the Nation: Oregon Passes State Bill on Wireless Radiation and Health in School
The state of Oregon has passed SB 283 “A bill relating to exposure to radiation in schools in this state; and declaring an emergency” Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson and advocate David Morrison have championed this issue for years.
This is the first bill in the United State with a focus on the health impact of wireless radiofrequency radiation in schools. During a March hearing, Morrison bought four boxes of documents with some of the thousands of independent studies concluding wireless radiation has biological effects.
The Act states that the Oregon Health Authority shall:
- Review peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from the use of wireless network technologies in schools or similar environments; and
- Report the results of the review to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to education not later than January 2, 2021.
- The review described in paragraph (a) of this subsection must, at a minimum, consist of a literature review of peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies that examine the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation on children.
- The Department of Education shall develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that would reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that the review described in subsection (1) of this section identifies as harmful.
SECTION 2. This 2019 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2019 Act takes effect on its passage.
Read SB 283:
“School Wireless Safety Bill Passes State Senate” KDRV June 14, 2019
The Press Release of David Morrison:
Portland, OR. August 9th, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: David Morrison 503.236.8600 [email protected]
Oregon Passes Legislation Requiring Oregon Health Authority Review Of Scientific Studies Showing Risk of Harm From Exposure to Wireless Radiation In Schools
After unanimous approval by the State Senate, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 283 with an overwhelming 50-8 on June 25th. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on August 9th.
SB 283 directs the Oregon Health Authority to ensure a study of peer-reviewed, independently-funded scientific studies on the impact of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure to children that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools.
The bill also “…directs the Oregon Department of Education to develop recommendations to schools in this state for practices and alternative technologies that reduce students’ exposure to microwave radiation that Oregon Health Authority report identifies as harmful.”
The bill was introduced by Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson and co-introduced in the House by Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer. Monnes-Anderson is President Pro Tem and Chair of the Senate Health Committee. Rep. Keny-Guyer is chair of the House Committee On Human Services and Housing and sits on the Health Committee. Other chief sponsors include former police officer, Representative Carla Piluso, and Senator Brian Boquist. The bill had eleven bi-partisan sponsors in the legislature and was endorsed by the chair of the Portland Public School Board, Julia Brim-Edwards.
See testimony of Sen. Laurie Monnes-Anderson before the full senate vote.
The first Education Committee hearing (scroll down to SB 283) on March 27th, 2019 included Dr. Paul Dart from Eugene, Dr. Paul Heroux from McGill University in Montreal, a 14-year-old minor who acquired microwave sickness in her school, David Morrison, a parent & Cindy Franklin, California Brain Tumor Association.
Legislators were informed of cancer clusters in schools and received testimony from teachers and students sickened by microwave exposure. For over 60 years, thousands of studies, by all branches of the U.S. military and NASA, showing biological effects of microwave radiation have been ignored by regulatory agencies prior to the commercial introduction, to the public, of microwave emitting devices.
Brain cancer is now the leading cause of death by disease for adolescents. The American Cancer Society, The California Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, hundreds of scientists and medical professionals internationally have issued warnings against using radiation-emitting devices in schools.
In addition to the brief summary above, since 2013, commercial insurance companies dropped coverage for “harm from the hazardous effects” of wireless technology. The commercial insurance policy held by Portland Public Schools contains the disclaimer.
Learn more about Wi-Fi radiation in school at EHT’s page on Wi-Fi in School.
PARENT TOOLKIT TO ADVOCATE ON SAFE TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL
- Questions and Answers on Wi-Fi and Cell Phones in Schools: This two-pager is filled with links and resources on why and how to reduce wireless radiation exposure at schools.
- Checklist on How to Reduce EMF and Wireless Radiation for Schools: A list of actionable steps every school can take to eliminate and reduce EMF exposure at school.
- CHPS Low EMF Criteria: The Collaborative for High-Performance Schools has developed Best Practices for LOW EMF classrooms that details how schools can replace wireless networks with wired networks.
- Letter on School Wi-Fi and Health for Principal
This draft letter compiles the latest research and you can take portions of it or all of it to send it to your school administrator to begin this important conversation on safe technology.
- Letters by Scientists on Wireless and Cell towers for School Administrators: This webpage has a compendium of letters (downloadable PDF’s) written to school officials regarding wireless in schools and cell towers at schools.
- Peer-Reviewed Published Science on Wireless Radiation,
- Published Science on Wi-Fi Specifically