Germany to amend non-ionising radiation rules

Radio frequency electromagnetic radiation sources to be controlled in line with EU recommendation

The German government is planning to revise national rules on public exposure to electromagnetic (EM) radiation following adoption of an EU recommendation on the subject in July. Environment minister, J├╝rgen Trittin, said in a statement: "The fears and justifiable worries of citizens are as important as the fact that dealing with new technologies is an important part of modern living". An environment ministry spokesperson told ENDS Daily today that the major change - in line with the non-binding EU agreement - would be to add controls on sources emitting EM radiation at frequencies below 0.1 gigahertz. Broadcasting installations are the main type of equipment that will be affected by the change. The ministry held a two-day seminar this week at which the public, industry, local politicians, energy generators and scientists exchanged views about non-ionising radiation, or so-called electrosmog. The meeting followed a six-week internet forum during which citizens, some of whom were then invited to the seminar, could air their views about their perceived risks of EM radiation.

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