From the Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE)
NGO in Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)
February 7, 2018
For the attention of Esteemed Legislators and Public Servants Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Testimony in support of: Bills S.107, S.108, S.1268, S.207, S.2079, S.2080, S.1864 and H.2030
As President of the Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE), I wish to bring to the attention of legislators and public servants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts considerations stemming from several decades of independent scientific research and of multi-disciplinary peer review into electromagnetic and other issues that appertain to the following bills: S. 107, S. 108, S.1268, S.207, S.2079, S.2080, S.1864 and H2030.
Our organization was founded by Senator Chesley W. Carter, while Chair of the Canadian Senate’s Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Science as well as member of the Senate Special Committee on Science Policy. He and his colleagues considered electromagnetic field issues to be among the top 3 scientific and technological priority issues of national concern. They arranged for a comprehensive study by the National Research Council and Queens University on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, especially microwaves, which were published in official reports between 1971 and 1972 [Ed.:including this]. Like research was done by Medical Research Council (MRC) -replaced since 2000 by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and by other facilities.
This omnibus testimony is submitted, jointly, to the following joint committees and specified bills:
Joint Committee on Public Health with regards to the following 3 bills: S.1268 (Resolve creating a special commission to examine the health impacts of electromagnetic fields will look at non-industry funded science and recommend public protections); H.2030 (An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education requires the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish wireless technology standards to protect the health and safety of public school students and staff); and, S.2079 (An Act reducing non-ionizing radiation exposure in schools).
Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure with regards to the following 2 bills: S.107 (An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications requires manufacturer warnings be prominently displayed on product packaging of wireless radiation emitting devices); S.108 (An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children requires specific language be included on product packaging, as modeled by an ordinance unanimously passed in Berkeley, California).
Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy with regards to the following bill: S.1864 (An Act relative to utilities, smart meters, and ratepayers’ rights gives utility customers the no-fee choice of retaining non-wireless radiation-emitting water, gas and electrical meters and refusing installation of “smart” utility meters).
Joint Committee on Financial Services with regards to the following bill: S.2080 (An Act increasing medical awareness and insurance coverage of non-ionizing radiation injury and reliance upon credible independent medical research).
PRINCIPAL FACTORS WARRANTING ATTENTION
Our independent collaborative network submits that there are 3 principal factors that warrant the attention of the legislators and public servants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
HEALTH CONCERNS with widespread power-frequency & wireless technology: ‘There is extensive scientific evidence of adverse health effects associated with cumulative effects
SAFETY & ACCELERATED CORROSION CONCERNS with wireless technology, including smart meters: Significant problems have been attributed to smart meters, including explosions and fire
ECONOMIC/INSURANCE COVERAGE CONCERNS Utilities in Canada and the US are facing class action suits based on health claims, and standard exclusion from any liability coverage for claims (Exclusion 32, Lloyd’s of London/CFC Underwriting Limited)