Switzerland’s Environmental Agency Restricts 5G Deployment and Calls for Studies

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UPDATE 13 FEB 2019: It is being revealed that reports from the Financial Times and Silicon Republic were not accurate. From Mobile World Live:

Responding to a report by Financial Times (FT), a representative of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) admitted it had recently written to the nation’s 26 regional authorities, known as cantons, regarding the placement of 5G equipment. However, the representative said an FT assertion the communication called on cantons to put planning permission for next-generation equipment on ice was “misleading”.

“The Federal Office for the Environment’s (FOEN) letter to the cantons does not contain any recommendation to stop the permitting of 5G base stations” the representative told MWL, adding: “Rather, it sets out how the cantons can proceed with the permitting of 5G and adaptive antennas until FOEN’s enforcement aid on adaptive antennas is available.”

However, the FOEN representative noted “some cantons and municipalities” had imposed moratoria on 5G planning permission, but added these do “not affect Switzerland in general”.

At the end of January, Das Bundesamt für Umwelt (Bafu), sent a letter to all of the country’s cantonal governments, calling a halt on the use of all new 5G towers, due to health risks.

However, Swiss telcos are still stating that the network will be switched on very soon, in a “limited capacity.” Switzerland was among the first to begin deploying 5G, and have already rolled out more than 2,000 antennas in the last year.

From the Financial Times:

[Bafu] is responsible for providing the cantons with safety criteria against which telecoms operators’ radiation emissions can be judged. Under Switzerland’s highly federalised structure, telecoms infrastructure is monitored for compliance and licensed by cantonal authorities, but Bern is responsible for setting the framework.

Bafu has said it cannot yet provide universal criteria without further testing of the impact of 5G radiation.

The agency said it was “not aware of any standard worldwide” that could be used to benchmark recommendations. “Therefore Bafu will examine exposure through adaptive [5G] antennas in depth, if possible in real-world operational conditions. This work will take some time,” it said.

Without the criteria, cantons are left with little option but to license 5G infrastructure according to existing guidelines on radiation exposure, which all but preclude the use of 5G except in a tiny minority of cases.

Several cantons have already imposed their own voluntary moratoria because of uncertainty over health risks.

Swiss law on the effects of radiation from telecoms masts is broadly in line with that of European peers, but specifies the application of more stringent precautionary measures in certain cases. New 5G communications technology means individuals are exposed to more concentrated beams of non-ionising radiation, but for shorter periods. Bafu must determine which legal standards to apply to this.

Switzerland already has a notable anti-5G lobby, with recent protests against its rollout in Bern, Zurich and Geneva.

The Swiss Medical Association has advised caution on 5G, arguing that the most stringent legal principles should be applied because of unanswered questions about the technology’s potential to cause damage to the nervous system, or even cancers.

Five “popular initiatives” — proposals for legally binding referendums on 5G use — are already in motion in Switzerland. Two have already been formalised and are in the process of collecting the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger nationwide votes that if successful will amend Switzerland’s constitution.

One will make telecoms companies legally liable for claims of bodily damage caused by radiation from masts unless they can prove otherwise. The other proposes strict and stringent limits on radiation emissions from masts and will give local residents veto power over all new constructions in their area.

Beginning last spring, Swiss cantons (regions) began to pass moratoriums against 5G. We previously wrote about that here and here.

From Silicon Republic:

While Swisscom said it understood “the fears that are expressed about new technologies”, it added that there is “no evidence that antenna radiation within the limit values adversely affects human health”.

Swisscom also stated that 5G uses frequencies similar to 4G, which have already been subjected to “several thousand studies”, and that Switzerland’s regulatory limits were “10 times stricter than those recommended by the World Health Organisation”.

Swiss popular opinion of 5G has been mixed, with a number of protests being held in Bern, Zurich and Geneva against its roll-out. Two cantons are currently in the process of collecting 100,000 signatures, which would require a legally binding national referendum to be held on the use of 5G.

If this referendum ruled in favour of stopping the use of 5G, it would be placed in Switzerland’s constitution.

  • Mary J Nelson says:

    Hope they DO extensive testing before broad installation of 5G.

    • Opal says:

      Are also watching what health issues are increasing in other parts of the world which already have the 5G running. They are their guinea pigs which will be studied.

      • peter says:

        Too many VIP’s in Switzerland + their well guarded financial interests…….
        Meanwhile the culling of a “surplus”population continues unabated.
        Question: “Where is Trump on all this?”

      • Patricia Ormsby says:

        China has been the leader in rolling out 5G. Comprehensive commercial service began in Wuhan in October.
        Japan is starting up 5G this spring. It is impossible to say where or how much they have it up and running. Some say it’s already up in Tokyo, but they are being very secretive about it. One person I know says that’s because they want to hide how very little infrastructure they’ve been able to build–it’s all hype, he says.
        It became apparent yesterday that Japan has had the new corona virus spreading through the general public since at least mid-January, and I suspect it is far more widespread in Asia than anyone thinks. They’re not testing. They CAN’T test, except in exceptional cases where someone is already very ill. My husband and I have reason to suspect we may have had it already. I won’t bore you with the details, but say that if it was indeed the dreaded virus, watch your EMFs, stock up on vitamin C and D and have plenty of garlic on hand. The latter, biting off tiny bits and chewing them slowly, helped clear it out of our lungs.
        We can’t defeat 5G if we don’t survive it.

    • Lynn says:

      Mary the cell company don’t care about our health, only their huge huge profits. Do you know that standing near a 5,g site can burn your skin….

    • derek vanner says:

      Absolutely none except the testing the military did using millimeter waves (5G) as a weapon against crowd control.

  • Peggy says:

    Thank you for all you do, Josh, to get this information to the World. I am passing it along via Next Door…..a Neighborhood network/website , that is worldwide. I am trying to help. I am sensitive to all the radio waves and radiation and am fighting for my health everyday, in a world inundated with WAY TOO MANY invisible waves bombarding us.

  • john scarborough says:

    Make them put 5G towers on top of government buildings.

  • Glenn Roberts says:

    PLEASE continue to contact your Local, State and Federal Representatives about the terrible risks 5-G presents to all citizens and the Entire Natural World. Send them the reports, video’s and documents showing the Truth around 5-G and why it is such a dramatic Violation of Our Constitutional Rights, Our Bill of Rights and Our Civil Rights and why we are Not going to support politicians that stand behind such dangerous technologies which add unnecessary risks to their constituents health or liberties!

    • Josh del Sol says:

      Absolutely critical..

      • Bob says:

        Yes, indeed! We need tens of thousands to Wake-Up and constantly contact their Representatives about the crisis by sending them video’s, reports and documents showing the terrible danger unregulated technologies pose to Everyone’s health and liberties. If, Americans wish to Preserve their Constitutional Rights then they Better exercise them because just like a muscle of the body, if it is not exercised regularly, it atrophies and becomes weak and will not support the rest of the body as designed to do!

  • Age Jay says:

    How safe is 5G?

    I can tell you, it has destroyed the life I had and thus changed the lives of my family members.

    If I have to be out in my neighborhood, my sleep is gone, my headaches become constant, and any ‘dirty electricity’ makes my skin crawl to an extent that I think my face is being pulled backwards over my skull. And, my eye balls hurt, almost always and without me walking our dogs in the neighborhoods (which I usually don’t do any more; now I have to drive to one of the ‘safe zones’ in the city which are still 5G-free). Also, my vision became compromised within weeks (I didn’t have to use ‘readers’ on my computer, now I do).

    What else do politicians and the telecom companies need to know about safety? So far the ones in the US only seem to care about $, which even they can’t do much with when they or their family members will get sick.

    until now, the local authorities didn’t allow 5G towers in affluent neighborhoods (surprise surprise and why oh why?) but even to these residents (likely where politicians live) will eventually feel it–latest when the 5G satellites start irradiating them as well 24/7.

    • Josh del Sol says:

      Thank you for posting your experience, Jay. So many people are being affected and they don’t know the cause…

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m so sorry to hear how you are suffering. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      • Age Jay says:

        Thanks Josh and Rebecca. I share this so others may get an idea what 5G consequences on human health may look like. Would it be helpful to have a group where already affected people can share their experiences so the elected officials can have a good hard look at what the consequences of their in/actions are? But I guess health information collectors would just use such information for their benefits.

        • Raneema says:

          Yes, it would be great to gather a group of all those people affected and have enough prove with medical reports and testimonies to alert your authorities and ask them to stop it. Do not keep silent.
          AND put all your stories on the internet. Many people are wondering what is going on with the people under 5G deployment and so far, only Marc Steele has spoken about it and only one article in another country. It is essential that you people speak out.
          Do something to defend yourself.

    • Raymur Rachels says:

      Sorry to hear of your ills. Where do you live?

  • Lillie says:

    Don’t want 5G in Polk County, Florida or anywhere else for that matter. Very bad for health of people and wonder what it will do to the animals?

  • Lillie says:

    I am glad that I am out in a very rural area with woods. It should take a long time for 5G to go in out here !!!!

  • Clive says:

    Good for the Swiss! Advocate, educate, agitate, shield yourself and check out a Blushield (shameless promotion, Josh!).

  • Kim says:

    “Switzerland’s regulatory limits were “10 times stricter than those recommended by the World Health Organisation”.

    My question: Who’s running the W.H.O.?

    • Josh del Sol says:

      From what I can tell, big pharma has a massive influence in the WHO, and big telecom has bought influence…

    • Nelly says:

      That’s what they officialy say, but it is a big LIE. It is NOT 10 times stricter in Switzerland, only in houses, but NOT in your garden, on balconies, in the streets, in transports, all around.
      You can find values up to 61 V/m in the streets. Yes, no joke. It’s just a big LIE officials are repeating and repeating like parrots.
      That’s why so many people are ill and Switzerland, and cancer rate is alarmingly raising, along with denegerative diseases. So many are taking sleeping pills too and feel sick. So many burn-outs too.

      • Nelly says:

        And also, the “10 times stricter” are ONLY for antennas. I measured houses with 20-30 V/m values because no restriction for Smartphones, Wi-Fi, cordless phones. And once, a Box on an old lady’s bedside table, 26 V/m, a few centimres from hear head. Her skin was so burnt, she was in terrible pain. Doctors could not understand it, nor treat. Of course, they never think about microwave radiation, especially when authorities say it’s perfectly save. Poor old lady, my heart bleeds when thinking of her. I advised her to remove the box, but it was difficult for her to understand.

        That’s reality in Switzerland, because officials lie and say wireless devices are safe, no need to protect from Wi-Fi, even not children. And they advise to use a Bluetooth headset. YES, it’s the truth.

        “Protective measures against electromagnetic
        radiation emitted by WLANs are therefore not necessary for the general public.”

        https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/gesund-leben/umwelt-und-gesundheit/strahlung-radioaktivitaet-schall/elektromagnetische-felder-emf-uv-laser-licht/emf.html

        But I don’t think they will get away with this for long.

      • Kim says:

        @Nelly, that sounds real. We have all these “World” organizations that don’t even give 2 s**ts about it or the people in it.

  • Joseph Lambert says:

    How can I find out if another country has been set up with 5G? I live in Mexico and have a telephone tower in , you would say my back yard.

  • Jesus says:

    I have to Laugh you people say your fighting for your health everyday . Your assaulted everyday if you live in 5G . And your doing Nothing except complaining and begging the monsters that are putting in your lives to listen or please test this stuff. They did not test it because they already know its bad for you and don’t care . If you don’t rip them things down in your neighborhood and destroy them your not fighting for your health . Your being assaulted you have a right to protect yourself. They do not want to take you to court because you would win.

  • Wayne Carpenter says:

    Your article about Switzerland putting a moratorium on 5G motivated me to write the following email:

    CBS News,

    I would like to bring a growing concern about wireless devices to your attention. I have been following the 5G rollout health issues, one reason being I have been diagnosed as having electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) by a medical doctor and am greatly concerned about the rollout of a product that has not been tested for safety—like our illustrious government does all too often. Recently, I have found that Switzerland has put a moratorium on the 5G rollout in the country. See following links:

    https://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/switzerland-halts-5g-health-concerns
    https://www.takebackyourpower.net/switzerland-environmental-agency-announces-moratorium-on-5g/

    I am aware of significant health issues cause by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) but industry-based funding and the U.S. government wants to cover up the issues. See link: https://www.takebackyourpower.net/gestapo-in-usa-5g-fcc-intimidates-press-kills-free-speech/

    It’s the same thing that happened concerning smoking when researchers found that smoking was detrimental to peoples’ health. The tobacco companies “bristled” at those reports and tried to raise questions about them and obfuscate issues. See link: https://theweek.com/cartoons/862153/editorial-cartoon-health-crises-tobacco-opioids-vaping.

    Also see following links:

    https://carpenterw.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/SharedFiles/ESW2sVDj5cBEu6Kl0XXShD8BEAocu1JCsVoiuHB2NiADOA?e=nn7hTj ((e-book by Dr. Martin Pall Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, WSU titled 5G Risk: The Scientific Perspective.)

    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/senator-blumenthal-raises-concerns-on-5g-health-risks/ (Senator Blumenthal Raises Concerns on 5G Health Risks)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-UEuOYOED4 (Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies Against 5G: Hearing 2018)

    https://www.saferemr.com/2019/10/5G-Scientific-American.html (We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe)

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969806X19305481?via%3Dihub (Effects of mobile phone radiation on certain hematological parameters)

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281261829_Microwave_frequency_electromagnetic_fields_EMFs_produce_widespread_neuropsychiatric_effects_including_depression

    https://carpenterw.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/SharedFiles/EaZSugsl2L1OhnIbBFQ-7ykBSwhfA7rZ0-6b_pxXLHHf_g?e=ijyG0c (Biological Effects of Cell Tower Radiation on Human Body)

    https://carpenterw.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/SharedFiles/EcNrZEOqJEVPibSjxHYNX34BvHwxsWcrhW7CtSNgXcft_w?e=83yWOB (Cell-tower-rad-report-WB-Environ-Oct2011)

    https://www.blushield-us.com/30m-national-toxicology-program-study-shows-cell-phone-radiation-is-carcinogenic/?v=7516fd43adaa

    https://bioinitiative.org/cell-phone-radiation-study-confirms-cancer-risk/

    https://buildingbiology.com/site/wp-content/uploads/richtwerte-2015-englisch.pdf (Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines For Sleeping Areas)

    In an excerpt from Dr. Martin Pall’s e-book titled, 5G Risk: The Scientific Perspective, (a link is included above), it says on page 91:

    “One question that can be asked is whether there are any major international political figures who appear to have a good understanding of the EMF/health issue? When I was asked that question, I was able to come up with only one person. That person is President Vladimir Putin of Russia. This inference comes from an interview of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who practices in Seattle, by Dr. Joseph Mercola, that occurred in December 2017, an interview that was entirely focused on EMF health effects [117]. In that context Dr. Klinghardt states that a lecture that Putin gave to the Russian assembly said, “We do not need to go to war with America. America is committing collective suicide by the way they are using electricity. We just have to wait until they are all in the psychiatric hospital.” When I saw that, I asked myself whether it is plausible that Vladimir Putin has a deep understanding of the neuropsychiatric effects of the EMFs? And then I thought, of course, Vladimir Putin was the head of the KGB when the latter studies reviewed by Dr. Karl Hecht [28] were being done in the Soviet Union. The most important effects that were shown to be produced by the EMFs, in those studies, were the neuropsychiatric effects. Furthermore, the Putin statement apparently shows not only a substantial understanding of those effects but also the fact that they are cumulative and become irreversible, as shown in those studies [28] and in other studies discussed in Chapter 4. One thing that I would add is that President Putin apparently practices what he preaches. He avoids smart phones [118].”

    If you want accurate information about EMF dangers don’t expect to get the truth from industry that produces wireless devices or the U.S. government or from studies funded by industry that have a stake in the outcome. They back industry and have people from industry or lobbyists associated with the industry that have conflicts of interest. The fox and henhouse saying comes into play here, very well. Do not ask the foxes what happened to the chickens that are missing—and expect a truthful answer.

    Another very interesting thing is that HUD refused to address and resolve my Fair Housing Accommodation request as a result of a lack of jurisdiction, only because it is related to EMFs! HUD stated, “Smart meters and EMF-related issues do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Fair Housing Act. This is based on an internal HUD policy established by the Office of Fair Housing and the Office of General Counsel.” See attached email titled, RE, Response, Saying Lack of Jurisdiction, for reference. I have requested the documentation referred to in a FOIA. See attached email titled, Acknowledgement of FOIA #20-FI-ROX-00740, for reference.

    I request that CBS do a thorough investigation into the known negative health effects of wireless devices and EMFs to help bring the non-biased scientific data and real-life effects more to the attention of people like it should be and expose the coverup. You may contact me for further information. I do have a degree in biomedical electronics and am a Certified EMF Consultant.

    Thank you,

    Wayne Carpenter

  • Paddy Gilgenberg says:

    Very excited to hear the Swiss decision!!

  • derek vanner says:

    I recently stood outside our local Whole Foods asking people if they had concerns regarding 5G and answered all the the questions they fielded me. Well over 90% didn’t have a clue but thought it was cool because it would make everything faster. It’s so obvious that the general population have been brainwashed regarding its dangers. The public in mass was more interested in what technology could do for them instead of being extremely concerned what its doing to them. How sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Angel Ruiz says:

      Oh Yes !
      “CON-Venience” is a major part. You have to LURE the PREY into the TRAP !

      WILLINGLY, so those CINICAL Kabalists can Feel Superior and Alledge Victims did Deserve it.

      Regards,
      Angel Ruiz

  • Guide Furlani PCC says:

    Fantastic work Josh in keeping spreading awareness on this turning-point-of -humanity topic..!! We at “Stop 5G Vancouver” would love to connect with you. How can we do that?

  • Tiina Ison says:

    Switzerland has ooerated as EU hub for Human Brain 1 Billion euro Project and has major micro- and macro simulation centres with which full spectrum EMF frequencies at neuronal and molecular levels have been tested 2010-2020. Smart Home and Smart City develooments are Big business Initiatives that link directly to affecting and modifying Human biophysical bodies and behaviour externally ergo affecting health. Not only do these have tonnes of Evidence therof, but this technology is weaponized meaning a National Security risk — one of the most urgent and immediate one. For Dual Use and neuro-cognitive, sensori-emotional and psycho-social impacts listen to Prof. James Giordiano (Human Brain & DARPA) lectures available online. For impact on lowered fertility among young man and women listen to Adj Prof Leszczynski (former Finnish STUK Research Lead).

  • Sharita Tenerife says:

    So we should believe about the update to the website of Mobile World Live who´s editors work for the industry? I don´t get it. Is there any official statement from the Swiss Government and link to it, please. THE REALITY OF THIS WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO NEWS AND TRUTH IS FRUSTRATING. You can´t even see who is the friend or enemy anymore. They both seem to work for the same guy.

    • Christie says:

      Very astute Sharita! That IS their way. Both sides against the middle. We see this time and time again. The one thing they have in common is their loyalty to power through money…They work for us. Vote. There are more of us than there are of them. Vote.

  • Lady Life Grows says:

    The first Chinese city to roll out 5G was Wuhan.
    They say 4G was faster.

  • Nelly says:

    No evidence say Swisscom ? “While Swisscom said it understood “the fears that are expressed about new technologies”, it added that there is “no evidence that antenna radiation within the limit values adversely affects human health”.

    LIARS LIARS LIARS.

    See the 2004 Patente N° WO 2004/075583 A1 from Swisscom, which writes black on white that mobile radio radiation cause damage to genetic material and DNA istself.
    They KNOW microwave radiation make people it.
    WHO has known it for 50 years. Yet mobile network was spread worldwide.
    The consequences are catastrophic since then, more and more. 2 G, 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radars make so many people ill, more and more.
    It’s an outrageous scandal and they KNOW it.

  • Wayne Carpenter says:

    After trying to obtain accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), as a result of a letter from a doctor (MD), my apartment management refused to accommodate me. I then filed a Fair Housing Complaint with HUD. After waiting approximately 2 1/2 months, I was told that they did not have jurisdiction!

    The woman wrote: “Smart meters and EMF-related issues do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Fair Housing Act. This is based on an internal HUD policy established by the Office of Fair Housing and the Office of General Counsel.” So just because the health accommodation complaint is related to EMFs, HUD will not enforce accommodation! I feel that this is discriminatory to those with EMF issues.

    I have filed a request for HUD’s internal documentation concerning this issue under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and am waiting for HUD’s response.

  • Clive says:

    Really good to see that Josh is reviewing the content of these comments. A rare thing these days. Good on ya Josh!

  • Finadi says:

    More over, 5G will open the doors to the roll-out of auto-piloted cars serving humanoids robots like ‘Sofia’ which are suppose to replace us. Understand that the elites are fed up of us humans. We consume, we pollute, we demonstrate. We are nasty little rebels they want to get rid off without damaging the infrastructure they need. So no bomb will fall this time. They want the kingdom for themselves. The ultimate reason to stop 5G. Written black on white in their plans from long ago. Georgia Guidestones monument, Protocols of Zion, agenda 21 to name a few. Even G.Orwell wrote about it in his book 1984. However, most people are already dumbed down and confused. They will keep some of us, most probably the children and we will be their cattle like today we keep cows. We fight for our rights on planet earth, dears. There is a war on humanity. See the level of cognitive dissonance lately. The common sense of many is already completely distorted and perverted. A lot of people are suffering the Stokholm Syndrome, lost their connection with the Almighty. Drag queens are lately invading our schools. Which child wouldn’t like to be a fancy clown? As young as 3 years old claiming ‘I am a transgender, daddy’ and pushing the pedo to be accepted. It is food for these satanic elites. The message was in plain sight during the show for the opening of the new Gotthard railway tunnel several years ago with many head of states on the first row. They like to give us hints of their plans for the ones that want to see. It’s disgusting and sad what is all happening. All pieces connect to one another to form a single goal. Erase that nasty humans. Vaccines, GMO’s, radiation beams, rubbish education at schools, climate change scam, etc, that we are the guilty ( we are ants compared to mother nature. Do you really believe that we have any influence? Yep. we should do something to the plastic problematic and it already gets better ), etc.. , Don’t forget to keep praying for strength in these harsh times and think a damned good strategy to overthrow theirs! If 5G gets rolled out, we are finished! We will see immense suffering at our doorsteps soon after. PS: I’ve found yesterday a dutch site showing the relation between the corone virus and 5G. You can translate it and see if it resonates for you. https://www.niburu.co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14876:schrikbarend-verband-tussen-coronavirus-en-5g&catid=20:het-complot&Itemid=33

  • Ian Xuereb says:

    Stop stop stop

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