NOVEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTER
1 CHARITABLE STATUS GRANTED AND GIFT AID
We are delighted to announce that the name of the charity is now the
EM Radiation Research Trust with founding declaration of Trust dated
9 th January 2004, as amended by supplemental deed dated 14 th
September 2004. We became a registered charity on 13 th October 2004.
The Charity’s Registration Number is 1106304. Accordingly the Trust
will be able to reclaim tax paid by its donors.
2 DR CAROLINE LUCAS MEP - NEW TRUSTEE
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP South East England was formally welcomed as a
new Trustee at the Trust meeting held at Westminster on 16 th
November. We are being briefed on the impact of the new European
Directive on electromagnetic radiation on 8 th December at a meeting
with Dr Lucas.
3 LAWS AGAINST HARROGATE - AND WINCHESTER DECISION DELAYED
Sadly the English Appeal Court through the judgment of Lord Justice
Laws (an ex Treasury Counsel) on 12 th November 2004 dismissed the
Appeal of the Deputy Prime Minister against Sir Richard Tucker’s
decision to allow the 3 Harrogate masts to be sited next to three
A brief note of reasons on the judgment appeared in ‘The Times’ Law
section on 16 th November and we await a full judgment. Suffice to
say the hearing on the 12 th of November being a Friday, was not one
to take up a lot of judicial time – the health issue was not debated
as the Planning Inspector had not detailed ‘Exceptional
Clearly when refusals on grounds of perceived health risks are being
contemplated, the ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ will need to be
specified by inspectors in future hearings and indeed at the
Council’s Planning Committees.
However, according to leading solicitor Alan Meyer, the decision is
not ‘carte blanche’ to the mobile phone companies to ignore planning
but it may be difficult to appeal the Harrogate decision to the House
of Lords. The Winchester appeal decision on ‘Best Site’ is awaited…
But we won’t hold our breath!
4 TRUSTEE EILEEN O’CONNOR’S NOVEMBER OPEN APPEAL TO REVIVE RICHARD
SPRING’S BILL AND TO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
PO Box 11329
18 th November, 2004
Mobile Phone Mast Campaign
I would like to encourage all MPs to support the re-introduction of
MP Richard Spring’s bill calling for all masts to go through the full
planning process and for independent research, which will offer
schools and hospitals the opportunity to terminate contracts on
mobile phone masts. This is of extreme importance, in light of the
recent High Court Appeal in Harrogate on 12 th November, 04. Three
mobile phone giants won a High Court battle to site masts near
schools despite health concerns and opposition from John Prescott,
the Deputy Prime Minister. There is now an urgent need for this case
to be taken to the House of Lords. I would encourage everyone to
write to your MP and ask them to appeal to John Prescott to continue
this battle in the House of Lords. Every MP in the Nation needs to
show support for Richard Springs Bill. The flood gates are now open
for mobile phone masts to go next to schools.
E-mail the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister via
I supplied a huge box of research earlier this year to the DTI
minister Mike O’Brien. Mike has taken the research to the Department
of Health and the DTI. I encouraged them to focus on research from
Russia, China, Sweden and other European Countries and to follow the
example they lead. The UK has allowed the highest output of radiation
in the world. They recently brought the guidelines down to meet
ICNIRP standards. However this does not offer any form of protection
at levels below the microwave heating stage. They simply make sure
that the radiation does not allow your body to cook. We all know that
before cooking takes place many biological changes have already
The Government and NRPB now admit that radiation from electric
pylon’s doubles the risk of contracting leukaemia at the power levels
of 0.4 microtesla, other European Countries have brought down their
power levels to 1 or 2 microtesla, however the UK have remained 100
times higher than the rate known to double the rate of leukaemia.
They also admit that they have known about this for over three years.
The Government has taken over £22 billion in the selling of the
licences to the mobile phone Industry. They put £3.5 million back
into research along with £3.5 million from the Mobile Phone Industry.
Support has just been announced on 10 th November, 04 for research on
three additional studies for the MTHR programme. While we welcome
further research, we are concerned that it lacks true independence
and would prefer the funding to go to an independent trusted group of
Other Countries now medically recognise that some people are
electro-sensitive to this form of radiation. Sweden now has a medical
register of 285,000 and California has 700,000. We believe these
figures are an under estimation as many people are not aware that
their symptoms are connected to the surrounding background radiation.
However if the same figures apply to the UK we could have over 2.1
million people affected.
Sir William Stewart , Head of Health Protection, UK has called for
the precautionary principle especially when children are concerned as
they will absorb a higher dose of radiation.
The Precautionary Principle lacks a clear and universally accepted
definition (Foster et al., 2002) and actions by some countries
suggest that there is confusion and debate about what the
Precautionary Principle means and how it should be applied. I believe
that the UK Government must be confused by the Precautionary
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992
“In order to protect the environment the Precautionary Approach shall
be widely applied by states according to their capabilities. Where
there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full
scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing
cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation”.
Treaty on European Union ( Maastricht Treaty), 1992
“Community policy on the environment …shall be based on the
precautionary principle and on the principles that preventative
actions should be taken, that the environmental damage should as a
priority be rectified at source and that the polluter should pay.”
“It is necessary to implement the Precautionary Principle: When an
activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment,
precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect
relationships are not fully establishes scientifically. In this
context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should
bear the burden of proof. “The process of applying the Precautionary
Principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include
potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of
the full range of alternatives, including no action”.
European Environment Agency, 2004
“The Precautionary Principle provides a framework, procedures and
policy tools for public policy actions in situations of scientific
complexity, uncertainty and ignorance, where there may be a need to
act before there is strong proof of harm in order to avoid, or
reduce, potentially serious or irreversible threats to health or the
environment, using an appropriate level of scientific evidence, and
taking into account the likely pros and cons of action and inaction”.
Children Act 1989 Part 3 Section 17
Places a legal obligation on Local Authorities to protect children in
their area against significant harm and or abuse or the risk of. The
Children Act stands apart from other legislation in so much as the
risk of harm does not have to be proven or to have taken place, but
could be a likelihood or perceived risk.
We are now seeing evidence of cancer clusters appearing in the main
beam of radiation after exposure of over eight years.
In October 2002 a team of German medical doctors started the
Freiburger Appeal. After seeing a dramatic rise in severe and chronic
diseases, they have noted a clear temporal and spatial correlation
between disease and exposure to microwave radiation. To date the
appeal has been signed by 6000 doctors. In Britain a group of 30
doctors and consultants have started a similar campaign, we need to
encourage all our doctors to follow the German example. For the
latest update go to Dr Blackwell’s website -:
There is a conflict in the science world concerning the adoption of
the ICNIRP standards. The western world scientists are tying to force
through acceptance of ICNIRP guidelines in order to create harmony
and globalization. Many new European Counties are eager to join the
European Union and willing to accept the ICNIRP guidelines as a
However the Russians, Chinese and many other parts of Europe are
rejecting ICNIRP standards and are concerned about the biological
effects. The Ministry of Chinese Health revealed that in the last ten
years studies on radiation similar to that emitted by the mobile
phone industry have shown a majority of results are showing
biological effects. Out of 154 studies, 88 or 57% have shown
biological effects such as CANCER, genetic, molecular and cellular
changes, electro physiology effects, behaviour changes etc. in a
survey by Dr Henry Lai, Washington University, Seattle 2003. It said
that the amount of evidence for biological effects and the
characteristics of these are so alarming, that all efforts should be
dedicated to find a way to minimize these effects.
The effects of EMR are also being felt by wildlife and the
environment as a whole, Birds, bees, worms, trees are all being
affected. We need to fight for not only the future of mankind but for
the future of the whole environment.
I would advise all parents to encourage their children to use their
mobile phones for emergency use only. There is now research
confirming brain tumour connection with over use of mobile phones. We
are also seeing a 40% increase in brain tumours across Europe. A top
brain surgeon spoke live on TV in Australia earlier this year saying
he has seen chronic rise in brain tumours and a 21% increase in
children. Brain tumours are now the number one childhood disease. It
has also been reported in the “Midlands by a top Dental University
Lecturer that we are now seeing a massive increase in mouth cancer in
children and teenagers”. I am worried that radiation from phones will
intensify around the mouth if children are wearing braces or have
filling. What do our children and teenagers have in common? Over use
of mobile phones, it doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to work out why
we are now seeing a rise in mouth cancers and brain tumours.
I realise that there is an urgent need for education on the health
issues and research. I have been alarmed at the amount of mobile
phone masts that have been put near schools, hospitals and densely
There are many ordinary people committed to fighting for justice.
This has become one of the number one issues in our MP’s post bags.
Join the fight to bring about sensible legislation calling for all
masts to go through the full planning process and greater INDEPENDENT
I would like to leave you with some final words from an ex-Government
Military Scientist Barry Trower he said “This Government, some of the
Government Scientists and this Industry, will be held responsible for
more deaths in peace time than any terrorist group in the World ever.
Trustee for the EM - Radiation Research Trust –
Chairman - SCRAM – <http://www.s-c-r-a-m.co.uk/>www.s-c-r-a-m.co.uk
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.
5 NOTE OF TRUSTEE MEETING 16/11/04 - PARLIAMENTARY ACTION
The MP Trustees in attendance Mark Oaten MP and Andrew Mitchell MP
undertook to press for a debate in the House through Parliamentary
action to achieve the ‘Precautionary Approach’ round schools and
sensitive sites as well as to challenge the office of the Deputy
Prime Minister to introduce key recommendations from The All Party
Mobile Group (APMG) Report published July 2004. Given the weight of
MP’s correspondence on the topic particular attention has to be given
to the health considerations with powerlines/masts/mobile phone usage
and as advocated also by Paul Truswell MP (a founder of the AMPG) in
Adjournment Debate in the House on 18 th October 2004 (at 10.25pm!).
18 th October columns 739 – 748 (PDF 40Kb)
6 TRUST PRESS / MEDIA COVERAGE OF MASTS RADIATION AND PLANNING
This has been quite wide ranging
(<http://www.radiationresearch.org/press.htm>see Press Centre)
>From BBC 3 “Third Degree” programme on 11 th November on ‘T’ Mobile’s
devious mast ‘alterations’ and the 10% of masts near schools (one
school with 27 masts) and Mike Bell’s interview on the ever alert
Radio 5 Live 7 th November with Julian Worricker and Alex Millar.
Eileen O’Connor herself has been regularly featured in The Birmingham
and Liverpool Press as well as the BBC 3 feature.
7 MEETING WITH MOA - 3/11/04
In an attempt to establish areas where public concerns on masts and
planning permission had been granted or avoided, the MOA confirmed
that Basingstoke, Stirling and Cambridge Council Planning Committees
had the best protocols and procedures to consult and advise the
public openly on the future plans for masts. It was also accepted by
the MOA that technical advice from independent experts should be
available to Councils. The MOA ‘Stake Holder’ Report is due to be
presented on 9 th December when we shall be in attendance.
8 NEW MTHR STUDIES
Trustee Dr Ian Gibson MP Norwich North welcomed the new research
“Adjuncts” to the MTHR Programme announced in Press Release from The
Volunteer Study ( Essex University)
Phone Emissions and Symptoms in exposed persons
Pilot Study – Personal Exposure Meter for Epidemiological (NRPB)
Study on Pulsed Signals and Biological Effects ( University of
Bradford, Maryland & NRPB)
Phone Emissions and Symptoms in exposed persons
9 NORWICH CITY COLLEGE, IPSWICH ROAD MEETING WITH SIR WILLIAM STEWART
Now fixed for 7pm on the 10 th December, the meeting will be chaired
by our Trustee Dr Ian Gibson MP. This should offer a chance to
question Sir William on the ‘Precautionary Approach’ and the Stewart
follow-up report due January 2005.
10 ELECTROHYPERSENTIVITY (EHS) - PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT IN SWEDEN
Somewhere between 230,000 - 290,000 people in Sweden report a variety
of symptoms when in contact with EMF sources. There is a Swedish
Association for the electro-sensitive - <http://www.feb.se/>www.feb.se
The letter from Johan Bonander to Alan Meyer 10/11/04 attached in
response to Bircham Dyson Bell’s email explains. Could we follow this
in the UK?.
both the emails here
11 PROFESSOR OLLE JOHANSSON EXPERIMENTAL DERMATOGY UNIT OF KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE
A link to a complete list of
Johansson’s Authorities is here for guidance
Eileen O’Connor met Professor Johansson at The Leukaemia Society
Conference in September.
12 DR G J HYLAND - TRUSTEE
Trustee Dr Gerard Hyland is particularly interested currently in
researching cases where the new 3G masts have caused serious electro
sensitive reactions to persons living in proximity to such masts.
Please let us have details and permission to contact the subject.
We hope to have an update next month on this topic from Dr Hyland as
well as details of the industry’s ‘Stakeholder Report’ of 9 th
With excellent profits announced in November by Vodafone £5.7 billion
and MMO2 £236 million we will be interested to learn of how public
health concerns can be researched and accommodated in an age of 3G
glitz and the need for instant communication!
13 BASICS OF HOW THE TWO GENERATIONS COMPARE - G2 & G3
We welcome the Specific Absorption Rates (SAR values) disclosed
Launched by One-to-One (now T-mobile) in UK in 1994.
Operate at 54 kilobits per second
Allow voice and text messaging. Later 2.5G models (introduced in
2000) allow music downloads and colour picture messaging.
Four major operators in Britain: Orange, Vodafone, MMO2 and T-Mobile.
Coverage for most of the country, except a few rural areas.
Biggest market in China.
Launched by 3 in UK in 2003.
Operate at high data transmission speeds of 380 kilobits per second.
Allow internet surfing ten times faster than dial-up PCs, videophone
calls, music and film clips and live television broadcasts.
Two major operators in Britain: 3 and Vodafone. (Others to follow).
Coverage to 60 per cent of population, should reach 80 per cent by 2008.
Biggest market is Japan.
14 NOTES FROM DON MAISCH ON HARMONIZATION (WITH RECOMMENDATIONS) FROM
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 2004
from Don Maisch here
15 MASTS / OVERHEAD POWERLINES RESEARCH
We welcome any positive help to aid education and research on
electromagnetic radiation. The Government we believe is currently
reviewing the problems from overhead power lines according to a
recent report in the Daily Telegraph.
With our own Charitable status we believe we can contribute to the
Quote from Alice Miles from the Times “The Notional Health Service’
“It remains the responsibility of the Government to decide what
measures are necessary to protect public health – i.e., if the
Government wants to change the law, it can do so, but it hasn’t.”
Lobby your MP with your concerns or write to
The Planning Development Centre Division (ODPM)
4/H1 Eland House
London SW1E 5DY
Tel: 0207 7944 3942
It is high time the out of date PPG8 was amended and recognition
given to sensitive areas for masts such as schools/nurseries and
16 NEXT MEETING OF TRUSTEES
Provisionally January following Sir William Stewart’s Report.
Michael J Bell