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Rep. Kucinich calls for radiation warnings on cell phones

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to warn consumers how much radiation is coming from their phones, saying that until science can disprove a link to cancer, the public should be told more information.

His bill, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, would also demand a study of cell phones and health, looking at a broad array of signals that smart phones now send out, ranging from the phone to bluetooth to WiFi.

“Consumers have a right to know the radiation levels of cell phones and whether they are buying the phone with the lowest — or the highest — level of exposure to cell phone radiation,” the Ohio Democrat said. “They also deserve to have up-to-date exposure standards that are put together by health professionals without conflicts of interest.”

Mr. Kucinich said the World Health Organization last year said cell phones were “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” which the congressman said placed them on the same footing as lead and mercury.

The 18-page bill takes pains to lay out a process that Mr. Kucinich says would keep the government-funded research from being tainted by conflicts of interest.

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