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GSM antennas and standards of electromagnetic radiation: the state of the question by Etopia, animation and research center in political ecology. Belgium.

A very complete document on the electromagnetic pollution and in particular the radiations of the mobile telephony.

Introduction

More than 8 million GSM subscriptions in Belgium and a development that is not completed: the growth of mobile telephony does not fail to arouse the vigilance of all those who are concerned about its repercussions on health. explosion. The point on the question of standards in Belgium in the light in particular of the institutional stakes of the measures that other countries take to respect the precautionary principle.

7 June 2000, the Federal Minister of Health asked the Committee on Consumer Safety an opinion on the radiation of mobile phone masts. On 21 June 2000, the federal government appointed three experts to report on the state of scientific research and advise on the standards that should be adopted in this area.

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Professors Maertens and Verschaeve admit that disturbing biological effects can be caused by these radiations and refer, without setting standards, to the ICNIRP proposal (41,2 volts / m for 900 MHz and 58,25 v / m at 1800 MHz) . Professor Danze is more cautious and proposes the values ​​implemented in Switzerland (4 and 6 V / m). BIPT carried out measurements and found that magnetic fields measured near antennas rarely exceeded 2V / m.

The Committee on Consumer Safety is of the opinion that the most restrictive limits should be adopted and therefore proposes 4V / m at 900MHz and 6V / m at 1800MHz. For the Conseil Supérieur d'Hygiène, there is a limit of 3V / m.

Moreover, in 1999 the Walloon Region advocated the 3V / m standard.

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