PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Members of the Pennsylvania Democratic Policy Committee were in town today at an informational hearing about cell phones and your health.
House Bill 1408 has already been introduced in Harrisburg; it would require warning labels on cell phones listing the possible health risks of microwave radiation emissions.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
Committee members were on the Drexel University campus to hear testimony from experts for and against the warning labels.
Citing studies of possible health risks and cell phone use was Dr. Ronald Herberman, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (back to camera at left in photo).
“I can’t tell this committee that they are definitely dangerous, but I certainly cannot tell you that they are safe,” he said.READ MORE: Double Shooting In Eastwick Kills 25-Year-Old Man, Wounds Pregnant Woman: Police
Gerard Keegan, director of state legislative affairs for CTIA, The Wireless Association, testified against the warning labels.
“We find this legislation unnecessary,” he told the lawmakers. “We think that it rejects the FDA findings on this issue that there is no risk to any wireless user, including to children and teenagers. And we do believe it conflicts with federal law.”
Today’s hearing was the last of a series of three field hearings which began Tuesday in Philadelphia. The first topic was palliative care. Yesterday’s hearing was about state cemetery polices — in particular concerning the closed Mount Moriah Cemetery on Cobbs Creek Parkway.MORE NEWS: 'I Want To Go To Class': Philadelphia Students, Parents On Edge As Possible SEPTA Strike Could Force Virtual Learning
Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060