2017-08-08 California Legislature is accommodating people with EHS.

[ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodation for EHS / EMS – Barry Hammarback – CDHS California Department of Health Services – Cell Phones Airplane Mode – Children – Christine Ouellette, Xcel Energy – Cleaner Air – Crow Wing Cooperative Power & Light Co. – Doug Reinemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison – EMFs – Federal Access Board – MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – Miguel SantiagoPaul & Lyn Halderson, Cow Dairy Farmers – SB 649 (Hueso) Microcells / Small Cells Public Right-of-way Siting Legislation Hearings – Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative – SRCS Self-Reported Chemical Sensitivity – SREMFS Self-Reported Electric and Magnetic Field Sensitivity – Stray Voltage Lawsuits – Study of Self-Reported Hypersensitivity to Electromagnetic Fields in California by Patrick Levallois, Raymond Neutra, Geraldine Lee, Lilia Hristova – Wi-Fi in Schools – Wireless Devices | Australia – Germany – California & Galesville, Wisconsin, USA] & (video)

1)    An Australian group, concerned with Wi-Fi in schools, has made this YouTube which summarizes the problem with multiple devices in schools and the current status re. international guidelines. Much of this info will be familiar to many of you, but this could be good info for parents, teachers, School Board members.

“WIFI too dangerous for German schools Parents demand school Wi-Fi ban WiFi Radiation in Schools The Facts of WiFry Cooking up 2.4 GHz Antennas”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQzJTJ1l3po   (18 minutes)

2)    Please share this info that was sent out as a Press Release re. California.  Highlighting is mine. Notice that, in 1998, the California Health Dept. had surveyed and found 3.2% of people were sensitive. If I can find an updated survey, I will share.

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Press Release                                                         For Immediate Release

August 7, 2017

Contact:
Nina Beety 831-655-9902

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZES PEOPLE WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITIES AS DISABLED

 

Since May, the California Legislature has provided ADA accommodation for people disabled by electromagnetic sensitivities (EMS) [EHS]. This is the first California legislative session to acknowledge EMS and to arrange accommodation and access for the EMF-disabled so that they can participate at hearings.

On Wednesday, July 12, California Assembly leaders provided the most extensive accommodation to date at a hearing on Senate Bill 649 (Hueso). Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee Chairman Miguel Santiago said, “The Assembly’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator has received multiple requests for accommodation from individuals wishing to participate in this hearing,” and “in an attempt to accommodate as many individuals as possible,” the committee a) made a special order of business with a “time certain” for the SB 649 hearing, so those with EMS could arrive for the hearing and then leave, reducing their EMF exposure b) provided remote telephone access for those too disabled by the indoor air quality to testify in person, and c) made a request to the audience to turn off the wireless on their cell phones or put them in airplane mode “as a courtesy to the electromagnetically sensitive.”

A 1998 survey by the California Department of Health Services [CDHS] found 3.2% of respondents had electromagnetic sensitivities, and .5% were unable to work or had to leave a job due to EMS. In 2001, California developed a Cleaner Air symbol for rooms and paths of travel that include reduced EMF. Disability due to electromagnetic sensitivities was recognized by the U.S. Federal Access Board in 2002, and the California State Architect’s office helped write the recommendations for accommodating those with EMS and with multiple chemical sensitivities [MCS] published in the 2005 Federal Access Board report “Indoor Environmental Quality”.

Though additional measures and continuing dialogue are needed to accommodate all those who wish to attend state hearings and testify, particularly on matters related to their disability, this is a welcome first step for the disabled rights of these Californians.

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Access Board: https://www.access-board.gov/research/completed-research/indoor-environmental-quality  See “Introduction”

CDHS survey: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1241215/ 

Cleaner Air symbol:  http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/pubs/cleanerair_factsheet.pdf

3)    After many years of legal battles, a farmer has won a major battle against a utility company re. stray voltage that harmed his dairy herd. What about stray voltage near our homes?

Galesville dairy wins potential record stray voltage case against Xcel Energy

A jury this week found that Xcel was negligent and failed to follow state regulations, causing more than $4 million in losses for Paul Halderson and his wife, Lyn, who operate a nearly 1,000-cow dairy.

The Haldersons claimed their herd suffered from illness and decreased milk production for more than a decade because of improperly grounded power lines.

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/galesville-dairy-wins-potential-record-stray-voltage-case-against-xcel/article_4ae5c3e7-e4cd-5c07-805c-81ca1fc53f97.html

[http://www.magdahavas.com/category/electrosmog-exposure/ground-currentstray-voltage/]

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
~ Albert Einstein