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Encinitas Charter School RF Radiation Report

Encinitas Charter School RF Radiation Report

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This is a RF radiation measurement report for the San Diego County-Innovation Centre Encinitas | Julian Charter School, on the property of Encinitas Beach Chapel. For more info go to http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/?p=2702.

This is a RF radiation measurement report for the San Diego County-Innovation Centre Encinitas | Julian Charter School, on the property of Encinitas Beach Chapel. For more info go to http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/?p=2702.

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Michael J. Schwaebe P.E., BBEC760.753.7752mjschwaebe@gmail.com
EMF Assessment for El Camino Christian Fellowship, 510 S. ElCamino Real, Encinitas, CA. 92024
 Purpose:
EMF Assessment for El Camino Christian Fellowship and EncinitasInnovations Charter School
Scope:
An EMF assessment was conducted at the school on November 27th, 2012, between3-5 pm.Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) are synonymous terms andconsist of electric fields, magnetic fields and radio frequency (RF) waves. These weremeasured in the parking lot, playgrounds and in the classrooms. The measurements wererecorded in measurement tables in the attachments.Electric fields measured in volt/meter (V/m), emanate from the utility power linesand from the home wiring and power cords. This is because of the energy potential differencewith the surroundings, including humans in their homes.Magnetic fields, measured in milligauss (mG) or nanotesla (nT) (1 mG = 100 nT), are causedby the flow of current in the power lines and house circuits and devices. Power lines emanatemagnetic fields because the individual lines are separated by several feet up on the pole, andtherefore the fields do not cancel out. In the house wiring, the hot wire and the neutral returnrun in the same cable jacket and the fields are equal and opposite and cancel out. Theexception here is when there is a multiple path return, which can be caused by crossingneutrals between circuits, or when the 3-way switch does not have the traveling wire.1/11
 
Radio frequency (RF) for this assessment is an EMF wave that emanates from home wirelessdevices, smart meters, and a host of external systems (radio, TV, mobile phone, etc.). RFwaves are used to convey information from one place to another through the air. They arewaves that have electrical and magnetic properties traveling at the speed of light, capable oftraveling many miles and penetrating concrete depending upon the frequency. For compliancepurposes, RF is measured in microwatts/meter squared (
ս
W/m2) or micro watts/centimetersquared (
μW/cm
2
). (10,000
μW/m
2
is equivalent to 1
μW/cm
2
). RF is also measured involt/meter (V/m) and decibels (dB).EMF is measured outside of the structure to identify external factors that could elevate levelsinside, and then inside to characterize the EMF environment. The readings are recorded intables on data sheets that include Building Biology guidelines for sleeping areas. Theguidelines originate from BAU Biologie in Germany, 30+ years of research, practicalexperience and observations with sensitive people. These guidelines are believed to beappropriate for all of us, and especially children in continuously occupied areas. These arevery conservative with respect to government limits, see discussion below.See Appendix A for instruments used.
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Exposure Limits:
The FCC RF guidelines are defined inFCC OET, and can be found at this link, http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/oet-bulletins-lineThe FCC limit at mobile phone frequencies is 1,000
μW/cm
2
. This limit has been set toprevent thermal damage. This limit does not protect from biological effects that have beendocumented in the research literature at tiny fractions of this level. See appendices.The Bioinitiative Report, Precautionary Guidelines (2007), Dr. Martin Blank -Columbia University, specified 1,000
μW/m
2
or 0.1
μW/cm
2
as a safe limit. Seehttp://www.bioinitiative.org/ . Note that the FCC limit is 10,000 times greater than thisprecautionary limit.The Australian Medical Association and “Building Biology Precautionary Guidelines for (SBM -2008) For Sleeping Areas” define power density in
μW/cm
2
in four categories:No Concern, < 0.1;Slight Concern, 0.1 - 10;Severe Concern, 10 - 1,000;Extreme Concern, > 1000.The levels for slight concern are 1,000,000 times less than the FCC limits.2/11
 
This figure is shown on page 5 of Magda Havas’ San Francisco Wi-Fi Environmental Reportand illustrates guidelines for many countries.http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/pdfs/20061232_havas.pdf
Site Description:
This is a two story, wood frame construction, stucco sided, multi- purposebuilding. There is a church sanctuary, some offices, and the building also houses two schools
.The church bell tower stands adjacent to the structure and houses an assortment ofmobile antennas. There are mobile antennas on light posts in the parking lot.
There is apatio area and a playground area to the south side of the building. There is a playground areafor the smaller children on the north side of the building. There is a preschool at the LutheranChurch immediately adjacent on the south side, an assisted living facility on the north side, andresidences immediately behind the church property.This location is one of the largest single antenna sites in the Encinitas area. See link fordescription of BRAG rating.
Summary of Measurements:
1. The AC electric (potential free) fields within the building were found to vary from .03 to 4V/m in the classrooms and are of no or very slight concern.2. The magnetic fields were found to vary from 12 to 60 NT and are in the range of no to slightconcern.3. The RF fields were found to vary from 200 to greater than 20,000
μW/m
2
and are in thesevere to extreme concern range in most of the classrooms and playground areas according tothe guidelines explained above. The RF source was observed to be primarily mobile antenna,with a very small contribution from other sources. A BRAG Report for the Encinitas schools3/11

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