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Old Cell Phone Bill on Hold

The San Francisco bill to force cell phone companies to put radiation disclosure levels on new cell phones – given that it’s a little late to put them on old cell phones – has been put on indefinite hold, with a “watered down” version now more likely to end up being passed.  Before the conspiracy theorists begin shouting about the cell phone industry clamping down on the facts, however, it should be noted that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the issue might have less to do with the cell phone industry putting a stop to the bill than fears over its accuracy.

“”It’s also questions about the accuracy of the radiation levels,” the San Francisco Chronicle article claims, “which some say could actually lead shoppers to buy phones that emit more radiation than others.”

Last July, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted almost unanimously to try to force cell phone companies to disclose the level of radiation given out by their products – the highest level permitted by the Federal Communications Commission being one point six watts per kilogram.  “Telephone manufacturers currently disclose cell phone radiation levels to the federal government,” noted former Mayor Gavin Newsom – who now resides as the Lieutenant Governor of California – at the time.  “This same information should also be made accessible to the consumer.”

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos now says that a “revised” version of the bill is likely to be introduced instead.