Consumers to get wise on cell phone radiation

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legislation to require point-of-sale notification of cell phone radiation levels made it out of the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee on Monday in a 2-1 vote. Supervisors John Avalos and Carmen Chu supported it. Supervisor Sean Elsbernd voted no.

T-Mobile and other business advocates spoke out against the law, saying it was too cumbersome and made little sense since sellers of cell phones are not experts on radiation levels, and it remains unclear if the levels do in fact pose health risks.

The requirements kick in February 2011 for chain stores and a year later for other retailers.

The City would become the first in the world to adopt such a law.

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