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RF Exposure Policies Under Review

Possible improvements to FCC’s equipment authorization process as it relates to RF exposure is part of review

The FCC is reviewing its RF exposure policies.

The agency wants to update its policies and make sure they comply with the National Environmental Policy Act requirements for environmental reviews, especially those related to health and safety of RF emissions from radio transmitters.

The commission rolled out a Report and Order and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in ET Docket 13-84, and a Notice of Inquiry in a new docket, 03-137. In the order the commission concludes several technical and semantic issues initiated in 2003 that revise and update its regulations implementing NEPA. In the Further Notice the agency proposes to further update and revise its procedures and treat all services equally. And in the inquiry the FCC seeks public input to determine whether its RF exposure limits and policies need to be reassessed.

The commission proposes to revise and harmonize the criteria for determining whether single or multiple fixed, mobile, or portable RF sources should be routinely evaluated for compliance with the RF exposure limits or exempted from such evaluations.

The inquiry focuses on the propriety of existing standards and policies, possible options for precautionary exposure reduction and possible improvements to the FCC’s equipment authorization process and policies as they relate to RF exposure.

Comments are due 90 days after Federal Register publication.