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USA: Monterey County Proclaims September 2017 ''Electromagnetic Sensitivities Awareness Month''
Bron: EMF Refugee Newsletter, The International Coalition for an Electromagnetic Safe Planet (IC-ESP)
20 sept. 2017
Breaking: Monterey County Proclaims September 2017 ''Electromagnetic Sensitivities Awareness Month''
Today, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution proclaiming September 2017 as Electromagnetic Sensitivities Awareness Month.
In a unanimous vote, the Board approved Resolution 17-328. Chair Mary Adams presented a signed copy of the resolution to Nina Beety, who requested the resolution, and warmly thanked her for bringing the issue to the Board’s attention. In her remarks, Chair Adams told the audience about the state of California survey in which 3.2% of respondents reported being electromagnetically sensitive, equating to 1 million Californians being electromagnetically sensitive.
The county’s action is particularly significant because Monterey County was the location of the first capitol of California, and remains a powerful county today.
The text of the resolution reads:
Resolution No.: 17-328
Resolution proclaiming September 2017 as
Electromagnetic Sensitivities Awareness Month in Monterey County
Whereas, the U.S. Federal Access Board recognized issues pertaining to electromagnetic sensitivities (EMS) and that EMS may potentially be qualified as disabling; and
Whereas, the economic impacts of all disabilities may fall onto local governments, causing increased social and medical service costs, with associated loss of economic drivers and loss of revenues; and
Whereas, Monterey County supports the health and wellbeing of all residents, including vulnerable populations; and
Whereas, the U.S. Department of Labor continues to develop information on how to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace, and California has developed Cleaner Air Room guidelines with a symbol that can be used to designate a room that includes lessened EMS exposure;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Monterey County Board of Supervisors do hereby declare September 2017 as Electromagnetic Sensitivities (EMS) Awareness Month in Monterey County and encourage engagement in interactive dialogue with those impacted by EMS to reduce stigma and increase understanding, inclusionary policies, and appropriate accommodations.
PASSED AND ADOPTED on this 19th day of September 2017.
Dated: September 19, 2017
Signed: Chair Mary L. Adams
Ms. Beety told those assembled:
“Anyone can develop EMS. EMS is caused by exposure and worsened by exposure. Avoidance and reduced exposure are the only reliable solutions. People with EMS are increasingly cut off from community life, unable to access businesses and public buildings and even essential services such as medical care due to the proliferation of microwave wireless technologies everywhere. There is increasingly no safe place to go.
This is a devastating situation. When they raise this issue and seek disabled access, they are often ridiculed or ignored.
Thank you for passing this resolution today and recognizing electromagnetic sensitivities. It is through actions such as this that people like me who are impacted and disabled by EMS can regain hope that we will be able to participate meaningfully once again in our communities.”
The resolution is attached.
Video of the meeting will be available at:
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