San Francisco requires posting of cell phone emission levels
June 27, 2010
San Francisco once again serves as the trend setter by becoming the first U.S. city to require retailers to post notices detailing the amount of radiation emitted by the cell phones they sell. [San Francisco Chronicle]
The Board of Supervisors passed the measure originally with only one dissenting vote. San Francisco mayor, and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has been an early supporter of the measure.
The action stems from the long-simmering debate over potential health effects from extensive cell phone use.
The law doesn’t ban cell phones because of radiation, but does require information to be posted concerning the “specific absorption rate”– a measure of radiation registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All information must be posted next to the product. Consumers will also be informed as to where they can obtain further information.
The FCC has already adopted limits for safe exposure to radiation. The measurement shows the amount of radio frequency energy people absorb in their bodies when talking on a cell phone.
Small business advocates lobbied against the law, claiming it was another example of government intervention.
The new law takes effect in February 2011.