Environment ministry’s false mobile radiation information draws CIC ire
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission ( CIC) has pulled up the environment ministry for providing "false and misleading" information that it had conducted no study on the harmful effects of mobile radiation. It has also asked the ministry to explain why it allowed unrestricted installation of mobile towers and not formulated a policy on it.
The commission was hearing a case related to RTI applicant Suresh Chandra Guptha who sought information related to a WHO study that said electromagnetic waves from mobile towers could be possible carcinogens for a kind of brain cancer.
The applicant sought to know whether the environment ministry had declared these radio waves as air pollutants, details of steps taken by the ministry to reduce their impact, and if any study was done to measure the harmful biological effects of waves emanating from cell phone towers on human health.