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Residents blame mobile phone base stations for sickness

RESIDENTS in a northwest China city are blaming the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from a mobile telecommunication base station which was built 10 meters from their homes for their deteriorating health.
The nearly 100 residents of more than 60 households in Pingliang City's Kongtong District have blamed symptoms including failing eyesight, neck pain, insomnia and hair loss on the EMR from the base station after ruling out air and water pollution, today's China Youth Daily reported.
They said those who suffer the most live closest to the base station.
In another quarter in Pingliang, retired doctors from Pingliang People's Hospital protested the building of a mobile telecommunications base station near their residences, the China Youth Daily report said.
But their efforts proved in vain as the tower was finally set up a mere 10 meters from their homes.
Zhang Wei, 46, a veteran pharmacist, said he began to suffer insomnia and hair loss.
There are ongoing arguments about the health hazards of EMR. But most agree EMT poses no harm at safe levels.
Wang Yi, an EMR expert from the State Environment Protection Ministry, said China's limit is 40 microwatts.


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