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Court Orders Release of Secretive California Cell-Phone Danger Docs

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A California judge has ordered the state of California to make public the results of an investigation into the risks of cellphone use. The papers are believed to contain information about radiation warnings by the state’s Environmental Health Investigations branch.

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Joel Moskowitz PhD, a director at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health requested the findings, which the state refused to provide. Determined, the director filed a lawsuit under the California Public Records Act.

On Friday, a Superior Court judge ruled that the documents are public record, and therefore the public has a right to see them. He asserted that there is significant public interest in learning the risks, as well as how to counter them. 

Previously, the FCC stated that there was no evidence of a “definite link between wireless devices and cancer or other illnesses.” Moskowitz believes that their statement is wrong.

“I would like this document to see the light of day because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cell phone radiation is a risk and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks,” Moskowitz told KPIX 5.

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Moskowitz believes that the state is attempting to suppress information so as to not alarm the public, and also as they seek to protect the cellphone industry.

“They claim that this would lead to chaos and confusion among the public, I suspect that they were afraid of the reaction from the telecommunications industry should they publish this document. In fact, they even argued that in their brief,” Moskowitz noted.

The Department of Public Health has not publicly stated whether they would appeal the ruling, or when the documents would be made public.

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