Committee on Radiation Risk
Comité Européen sur le Risque de l'Irradiation
Background: the ECRR
The European Committee on Radiation Risk was formed in 1997
resolution made at a conference in Strasbourg arranged by
Group in the European Parliament. The meeting was called specifically
discuss the details of the 'Basic Safety Standards' Directive
radiological protection (Council Directive 96/29/Euratom).
Directive, which had been adopted by the Council of Ministers
1996, contained a statutory framework for the recycling and
radioactively contaminated wastes and materials so long as
concentrations of itemised radionuclides were below certain
Greens were alarmed at the potential for radioactivity to
incorporated into consumer goods and attempted to amend the
Council however almost completely disregarded the proposed
The Greens were therefore further concerned about the lack
control over such a seemingly important issue and wished for
scientific advice regarding the possible health effects of
man-made radioactivity. The feeling of the meeting was that
considerable disagreement over the health effects of low-level
and that this issue should be explored on a formal level.
To this end,
the meeting voted to set up a new body which they named 'The
Committee on Radiation Risk'.
The remit of this group was to investigate and ultimately
report on the
issue in a way that considered all the available scientific
particular, the Committee's remit was to make no assumptions
about preceding science and to remain independent from the
assessment committees such as the International Commission
Radiological Protection (ICRP), the United Nations Scientific
on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and the European
or EU member State risk agencies.
Shortly after the ECRR was formalized the STOA unit of the
Parliament arranged (on the 5th Feb 1998) a workshop in Brussels
consider criticisms of the risk model underpinning the Basic
Standards Directive. At this meeting the eminent Canadian
Rosalie Bertell argued that the ICRP, for historical reasons
to do with
the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power during
the cold war
period, were biased in favour of the nuclear industry and
conclusions and advice in the area of low-level radiation
were insecure. Unfortunately, the STOA rapporteur, Professor
Assimakopoulos, did not properly report Dr Bertell's presentation,
was wide ranging and extremely critical of the ICRP and its
Responding to Dr. Bertell, Dr Valentin, the scientific secretary
ICRP, told the workshop that the ICRP was an independent body
advice on radiation safety, but that those who considered
unsafe or questionable were entirely free to consult any other
It was a widely held view, both at the STOA workshop and
at the initial
meeting of the ECRR, that enough evidence was available showing
level exposure to man-made radioactive material caused ill
that the conventional models of the ICRP and other agencies
the same radiation risk models entirely failed to predict
Members of the European Parliament therefore took note of
suggestion and agreed to support the preparation of a new
report by the
ECRR which would provide an alternative analysis.
In 2001 various members of the European Parliament together
charitable bodies supported the drafting of a report. Following
consultation among the Scientific Committee this is now published
Professor Alice Stewart, the first scientist to establish
effects of low doses of radiation, agreed to be the first
Chair of the
ECRR. The committee dedicates its first report - the 2003
Recommendations - to her memory.
The Chair of the Scientific Committee is Professor Inge
Schmitz-Feuerhake. The Scientific Secretary is Dr. Chris Busby.
list of people who were consulted and whose research and advice
far contributed to the work of the Committee is included in
There are two sub-committees: one on Depleted Uranium/ Uranium
and one on post-Chernobyl effects. Both should be contacted
postal and email addresses given below.
A report on the effects of DU/U weapons is in preparation.
2003 Recommendations of the ECRR
The Health Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure at Low Doses
Dose Rates for Radiation Protection Purposes: Regulators'
More information, Press announcement (29/1/'03) and Ordering
Guidance Note No. 2003/1
Criteria for "Clearance": Controlling the Release
of Solid Materials of
Very Low Average Activity for Re-use, Recycling and Disposal.
European Committee on Radiation Risk/Comité Européen
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Dr. Chris Busby (expert witness in a law-suit against Motorola)
founded a team of experts (ECRR) and would like to expand
it with the
department Non-ionizing Radiation.
He stated: "We can only strengthen the independence
of the institutions
and must build our own (independent) committees!"
He asks all interested experts for approach through the web
Message from KMNKnapp from a Whistleblower Conference on
2003 in Starnberg, Germany
Cheryl wrote: That reminds me, I've been meaning to call
company about all those funny lines on my screen! I doubt
anyone will be
there after 6pm. Cheryl.
I have, however, callout out electricians when my radio which
standby began to emit strange sounds... even though it was
on. At the same time when I went to switch on my light a popping
could clearly be heard coming out of the speakers. This happened
went to switch a light on in the kitchen too. The outcome:
electrician and the electricty board said I had no problem
electrics. The electrician came out as it was happening and
told me my
radio was broken. Next day it was fine, and I've not had the
since. Or the picture suddenly goes all snowy. It's not set
means. But it's not all of the time either. Perhaps once or
twice a week
Obviously, you could have something disrupting your signal
YOU! Perhaps you've got a short wave operator in your area?
I've thought this, and believe I know where some of the stuff
from as there were tiny pinholes in the aluminium ground sheets
I had up
at my sunhouse window. I would add that a firm of Electrical
had been working at the place where I believe this came from
time. As they have been in the empty house next door quite
Since which the problems have become more pronounced again.
At that time
I know there had been a large cavity left open in the bathroom
where a lot of work was carried out over a period of months.
bathroom overlooks my sunhouse which is just below from where
experienced a lot of problems. I had it built in 2000 to try
away from what I thought were the effects of various pollution
entered my home on a regular basis for years. It was after
I built that
the rf and em became apparent, and the problem has remained.
Englishman's home is no longer his castle... I can assure
When I sent in the link about 'The Hum' it was because it
was given to
me that day (Saturday) by an electronics specialist, after
some of my problems. He came to my home to do tests but could
nothing, other than my electrics are in some way connected
to others in
the row. After he left I read the link and thought it may
be of interest
to member of the elfred list, and others who may be suffering
If that same guy came out while the disruptions were active,
he might be
able to detect lots of information. True, but try getting
at the exact time of any problem! Please read about the electrician
above, that came out when the problem was happening. They
bemused and look quite serious by it, but it's as if nothing
It's not a hum that I hear but various levels of frequency
are not heard by others. For some time I have worn shielding
'something' can be heard hitting against at various times
of the day and
night. It's a loud cracking sound against it. It has had very
affects on my health at times, including my hair falling out,
of my face when it is bad, red marks and inexplicable bruising
inner part of my upper arms and legs, to mention but a few
Is this only when you're home?
Yes. My ex husband would verify the pollution which he suffered
When this first began I mentioned the symptoms I had of burned
electrical problems etc., with no knowledge of electronic
weapons and em
of which we are now beginning to read more about. And this
believe is what I'm being subjected to.
You may very well be subjected to something awful! That's
why I'm asking
if it is outside the home also.
Well, I believe I am too. And it's killing me slowly and
in a horrible
way. It is outside the home too now as I mentioned in previous
I believe it is condoned murder. And that is what has happened
country these past few years.
And I'm still trying to fathom exactly where it is coming
from and what
it is. I am leaning more and more to radio waves.
That may be what's happening at your location.
You've clearly given us all a lot to think about here.
I just hope and pray for a solution to this. To be able to
live in my
home in safe security instead of like a hunted animal that
and poked whenever someone feels like having a go. To be able
to go to
sleep at nights knowing I will wake up the next morning. Thank
your concern and your thoughts on this 'phenomena'.
When this first began the frequency sounds were just in and
home. Then I began to experience them when out in my car,
and at other
places where I regularly go. When I go on holiday for the
of days things are fine then the 'problem' kicks in.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cheryl Magill"
To: "ULF ELF Propagation"
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 11:53 PM
Subject: Re: Elfrad-Group The Hum
If you've got specific hours for the hum - that's great!
These could be
broadcasts occurring at repeating intervals. If you've already
chronicle of the times and dates, you might find that a local
operator could help you to determine what's cooking on the
Secondly, if your hum was easily heard by others - then of
something you can record. You need to triangulate the sound
direction. That's three recorders and a clock to synchronize
it all from
places nearby. Perhaps a friend in a car a block or two away?
friend may not hear the hum but the recording device might.
Oh... and if
the detectable noise eventually became permanently wedged
ears, that's probably due to a sensitizing effect. You could
call it an
Thirdly - electrical experts differ from acousticians. You
someone trained to detect sound sources.
Fourth - some of us have a real knack for creating static.
My - you're
blessed in all kinds of ways!
I think you may have a problem that can be solved with regard
location. Is the hum still with you in other places no matter
where you go?
At 11:16 PM 9/7/2003 +0100, you wrote:
I see, thank you. Perhaps you can tell me why this only happens
certain times. Say once or twice a week.
sofas outsmart couch-potatoes
Hi Klaus: And "smart" couches are only the beginning
of this business
of smarting up offices, private (or what the naive still insist
"private") dwellings, and on it goes. The article
by Juno McEnroe
appears on page 9, in the Irish edition of today's (Sept.7)THE
TIMES. As it's quite short I'll quote the entire below.
"COUCH POTATOES SURE TO GET STUCK ON 'SMART' SOFAS
More than 300,000 euros of taxpayers' money has been invested
developing an 'intelligent' sofa. Enterprise Ireland, which
smart furniture, is sponsoring scientists at Trinity College
at University College Cork to develop a prototype.
Scientists led by Mads Haahr have developed a sofa equipped
electronic sensors that could ultimately identify its occupant
his tastes and whims. The sensors detect and store the movement
weight of the occupant while a voice reaction system will
allow it to
'converse.' The sensors are linked to television screens and
systems, which could mean that the occupant's favourite television
programme or CD track will be played as soon as they [sic!]
the sofa. Couch potatoes could order their favourite food
television shows or music tracks without having to move from
More importantly, the sofa could eventually link up the homes
elderly or the disabled with medical centres or police stations.
Dobson, a TCD [Trinity College Dublin] scientist, said: 'In
term, we want to use smart furniture in health care, to support
applications for the disabled and also people who have Alzheimer's.
Twenty-four-hour care can be expensive but now you'll be able
to wire up
certain parts of the home to help these people.'
It will also have a business application. The National Microelectronic
Research Centre in Cork is working with Trinity College. Cian
a research assistant at the centre, said: 'We're looking at
office spaces where computers and phones will start up by
your weight on a seat. The project has been in progress since
About 15 people are working to produce a demonstration model
by the end
of the year. Philips and Xerox are among companies that have
Carol Gibbons, of Enterprise Ireland, said it is conducting
feasibility study on the demand for smart furniture. 'The
the future is that when you have a meeting in an office, there's
record of previous conversations and the voices are known
sensors. Immediately, the relevant documents will appear on
computer and your personal phone would be diverted. This would
The Trinity College design team is also working on smart
equipment." And it's accompanied with a real-cool photo
scientist Mads Haahr lounging on "his talking sofa."
The thought struck me while reading the article what a great
science fiction it might make to create a character or two--academic
middleaged types would be best--who have been covertly enbedded
echips (earlope vicinity might be easiest for this furtive
criminal thing) in the interests of scientific research so
kinds of "smart" things can be tested on them unknowingly
move about on various campuses. There may even be a kind of
a pooling or
swapping of info among scientific research facilities on who
implanted in this way. And all the time these poor--although
intelligent and well-educated--human lab-rats think it is
they who have
developed these extraordinary abilities to get computers to
turn on and
off at whim, intuit others thinking, and do many of the "smart"
mentioned in the article above! Some one on your list might
love to get
going with that idea. Would need to be soon because science
tends to become reality quite often!
To finish with a comment on all this cutting-edge smarting-up
potato couch's inaminate world. The response I gave a few
weeks ago on
hearing about the newfangled Jeeves style "smart"
cellphone that is
programmed to intuit one's every need and indeed relieve one
boredom of having to do one's own thinking is equally apt
Here it is: The only innovative feature about that consumer
proposition ("Letting your mobile do your thinking")
is the idea in
itself which would of course net significant amounts of lucre
innovators. But it's a regressive action for consumers because
presumes that they are so habit driven, so fossilized in life-styles
that they are incapable of introducing creative changes into
lives. In other words consumers are viewed by these bright
sparks in the electronics industry as no more than rutted,
bipeds who plod along a predetermined life-track that even
mobile phone can manipulate!
It reminds me of Bill Gates "bright" idea as presented
in some journal
or other I read some years back. In the article he focused
technologically futuristic the interior of his new mansion
But in my view it was really going to effect regressiveness
or at least
stagnation rather than anything else because music and visual
masterpieces pre-programmed to reflect the current choices
which would come on automatically as they entered a given
room in his
new home omitted the essential nature of human development
need for creative forays into entirely new arts experiences.
Best, Imelda, Cork, Ireland.
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