Cities fret over UMTS danger

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, THE HAGUE – City governments want quick clarification from the state on whether UMTS antennas are a danger to public health.

29 July 2005

THE HAGUE – City governments want quick clarification from the state on whether UMTS antennas are a danger to public health.

A brief survey by the Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG) earlier this year found at least thirty communities were delaying or preventing the construction of antennas because they feared the electromagnetic radiation would have harmful effects.

Because only a small fraction of the more than 400 Dutch cities took part in the survey, the VNG said it could not draw definitive conclusions.

But the association is pressing for more information from the state on the health risks.

In 2003, the scientific research institute TNO concluded UMTS antennas could lead to dizziness and tingling. The Gezondheidsraad, however, contended there was no scientific evidence.

UMTS is a next-generation mobile phone technology that offers users new capabilities, such as faster Internet service.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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