Environmental organization files FOIA request with FCC

Environmental Working Group filed a Freedom Of Information Act with the Federal Communications Commission this week, hoping to get their hands on any documents that might shed some light on whether the trade association for the wireless industry is in cahoots with the FCC in its effort to challenge San Francisco’s Cell Phone Right-To-Know Ordinance. Some of the documents they are requesting include calendars, meeting documents and emails. The ordinance will require cell phone retailers to display radiation levels for individual wireless devices at the point of sale.

After San Francisco, which is the first in the nation to pass such as law, signed off on this ordinance in July, officials with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association fired back, saying it would no longer hold their convention in San Francisco. The group then filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to prevent the ordinance from taking effect.

In its complaint, CTIA argues that San Francisco’s disclosure law is unlawful because it conflicts with FCC regulation of cell phone emissions and would disrupt nationwide uniformity in the cell phone market.

But Environmental Working Group now suspects that CTIA wants the FCC to intervene in its lawsuit with San Francisco, the organization said. “In fact, the FCC has a history of siding with industry in legal disputes concerning cell phones,” Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

EWG is hoping to crack the case with its FOIA request, asking for all FCC communications with CTIA regarding the San Francisco ordinance.

 

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