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Bio Initiative Report 2007

Bio Initiative Report 2007

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Release Date: August 31, 2007
BioInitiative Report:
A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public ExposureStandard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)
Organizing Committee:
Carl Blackman, USAMartin Blank, USAMichael Kundi, AustriaCindy Sage, USA
David Carpenter, USAZoreh Davanipour, USADavid Gee, Denmark Lennart Hardell, SwedenOlle Johansson, SwedenHenry Lai, USAKjell Hansson Mild, SwedenEugene Sobel, USAZhengping Xu and Guangdin Chen, China
Research AssociateS. Amy Sage, USA
The Organizing Committee thanks the participants of the BioIniativeWorking Group for their integrity and intellectual courage in dealingwith this controversial and important topic; and for devoting the timeand energy to produce their chapters. The information andconclusions in each chapter are the responsibilities of the authors ofthat chapter.The Group has produced what the authors hope will be a benchmarkfor good science and public health policy planning. It documentsbioeffects, adverse health effects and public health conclusions aboutimpacts of non-ionizing radiation (electromagnetic fields includingextremely-low frequency ELF-EMF and radiofrequency/microwaveor RF-EMF fields).Societal decisions about this body of science have global implications.Good public health policy depends on acting soon enough, but notwithout cause, and with enough information to guide intelligentactions. To a great degree, it is the definition of the standard ofevidence used to judge the scientific reports that shapes this debate.Disagreement about when the evidence is sufficient to take action hasmore to do with the outcome of various reviews and standard-settingproceedings than any other single factor. Whatever “standard of
evidence” is selected to assess the strength of the science will deeplyinfluence the outcome of decisions on public policy.We are at a critical juncture in this world-wide debate. The answerslie not only in the various branches of science; but necessarily dependon the involvement of public health and policy professionals, theregulatory, legal and environmental protection sectors, and thepublic sector.This has been a long-term collaboration of international scientistsemploying a multi-disciplinary approach to problem assessment andsolving. Our work has necessarily relied on tools and approachesacross the physical, biological and engineering sciences; and those ofthe environmental scientist and public health professional. Onlywhen taken together can we see the whole and begin to take stepsthat can prevent possible harm and protect future generations.
Signed: Signed:David Carpenter, MD Cindy Sage, MACo-Editor Co-EditorBioInitiative Report BioInitiative Report

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