SALEM, OR (KPTV) - Kids use Wi-Fi all the time for their studies, but does that constantly expose them to electromagnetic radiation?
That a question some lawmakers want to find out and was the center of a hearing in Salem on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 283 involves two parts:
First, the Department of Education would have to make a statement available about potential health risks for kids at schools because of the Wi-Fi.
The second part would involve the Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority looking at studies done about the health risks and come up with a report by Sept. 2020.
They would conduct a review of peer-revised, independently funded studies of effects of exposure to microwave radiation in schools and similar environments.
Those for the bill said there have been cases where students and teachers have had to leave classrooms for health reasons because of the radiation but more research needs to be done.
The American Cancer Society said that this type of radiation can cause health risks but it's not clear if exposure to lower levels can have harmful health effects.
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