Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc.
Education & Consultation, email@example.com, www.electromagneticsafety.org
Tucson, Arizona, USA
July 5, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elizabeth Kelley, Co-Coordinator, Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure
FORUM DISCUSSING HEALTH RISKS RELATED TO WIRELESS UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Citizens concerned about potential health risks related to smart meters and wireless antennas will host a
public forum on Sunday, July 17 from 2-4 p.m. The program will feature presentations by Dr. Magda Havas, an
environmental scientist, EMF researcher, and professor at Trent University in Ontario, Canada; Dr. William
Bruno, a biophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and EMF researcher; and, Elizabeth Kelley, MHA, a
public policy expert. A Tucson Electric Power representative has been invited to speak about TEP’s smart meter
Local professionals are warning us about health problems:
Dr. Ariel Barfield, a former physics instructor at Pima Community College, explains, “When I’m around
bothersome electrical devices, my body starts to buzz, my heart rhythm changes and I get fatigued. I also
have insomnia problems, chest pain and muscle weakness. With increasing wireless technology, energy-
saving appliances that cycle on and off repeatedly, and devices like Smart Meters, I’ll have less control
over my electromagnetic fields in the future and my health will suffer.”
Dr. Robert Crago, a PhD psychologist, who has practiced in Tucson for over 31 years and has evaluated
and treated people affected by electromagnetic pollution, advises that smart meters should not be installed
on the homes of “those who are already disabled or who are vulnerable.” He defines those vulnerable as
“children, developing fetuses, the elderly and people with autoimmune diseases.”
In May, 2011, the World Health Organization declared that non-ionizing radiation in the frequency ranges used
for wireless communications is a possible human carcinogen. This finding is based on a link between cell phone
use and brain cancer. This declaration also renews concerns about neurological and other health effects due to
long term, chronic exposure to radiating antennas. Experts believe that over 35 million Americans are at risk as
they are already functionally impaired, due to electromagnetic hypersensitivity or because they have implanted
metal devices. There are alarming signs that wildlife behavior is being disrupted by the increasing levels of
The current FCC exposure guidelines are not adequate to protect human health from harm and there is no
Federal oversight to examine reports of actual health and environmental impacts due to this emerging
technology. There is a international debate raging and some nations have take action to protect health. Yet, a
well-funded partnership between the national governments and corporations is moving rapidly to install this
infrastructure, despite these warnings.
The forum speakers will explain the medical evidence underlying concerns being raised by EMF experts world-
wide about emerging infrastructure for smart utility grid and wireless broadband.
Sponsoring groups include Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure, the Human Ecology Action League
(HEAL) of Southern Arizona, the Southwest Environmental Health Association, Arizona Environmental Health
Bulletin, Re|Shelter, and, Electromagnetic Safety Alliance.
The event will be held Sunday, July 17, 2-4 pm at the Milagro Cohousing Community’s Common House, which
is located at 3057 N. Gaia Place, on the west side of Tucson near Grant Road and Silverbell Road. Sponsors
request that attendees not wear perfumes, colognes or other scented products, and, that they turn cell phones off.
For more information, see www.electromagneticsafety.org.