5G, Wi-Fi, Wireless RF/EMF Radiation - NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’S Commercial Public Liability Insurance Cover for this WHO’s 2B “Possible Human Carcinogen”

Amy Harron made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

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20 October 2019
Liam Hannaway
Doing business as Chief Executive Officer

Marie Ward
Doing business as Chief Executive Officer, Designate
NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL
Newry Office - Monaghan Row, Newry

Notice To The Principal Is Notice to The Agent; Notice To The Agent is Notice to The Principal

5G, Wi-Fi, Wireless RF/EMF Radiation - NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’S Commercial Public Liability Insurance Cover for this WHO’s 2B “Possible Human Carcinogen”

NOTICE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Dear Liam Hannaway and Marie Ward,

WHEREAS On the 11 October 2019, "EM Radiation Research Trust puts UK government on notice regarding 5G amidst profound world-wide health concerns” […] “No more excuses. Public Health England (PHE), ICNIRP, Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), the industry and the UK Government are fully informed and well aware of the dangers associated with this technology and to proceed without caution could lead to officials being held to account for damages to public health as a result of wireless technology due to serious management failures in a gross breach of duty of care.

This letter will be made publically available to enable the public to present directly to their MP, councillors and public officials. Officials will not be able to claim that they ‘didn’t know’ in a court of law in the future as this letter and enclosed submissions will hold them accountable and guilty for forcing electromagnetic radiation upon the general public without prior consent. The public may be left with no alternative but to make a criminal complaint against those decision makers and seek a prosecution and a claim for compensation. Decision makers who fail to protect public health should be held personally responsible for serious breach of duty and put on notice for betraying public trust by ignoring the evidence on the hazards of RF/EMF.

As of 11th October, 2019 the UK Government has irrefutably received this letter drawing attention to information including links to websites containing the latest science and appeals from doctors and scientists. We reiterate that the UK Government and their advisors are aware of the risks of EMFs and of concerns regarding the dangers associated with current wireless technology and 5G. WE ARE HOLDING THEM TO ACCOUNT AND PUTTING THEM ON NOTICE” […] https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-con...

WHEREAS of May 2019 the Swiss Re Group, one of the world’s leading insurance providers, rate 5G as a “high impact” risk affecting property and casualty claims within 3 years. https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/S...

WHEREAS of February 2015, Lloyd’s of London excludes any liability coverage for claims “directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” Exclusion 32, (PDF page 7 below) Includes: mobile phones, mobile modems, tablets, Wi-Fi access points/routers, smart meters, radar, cell towers [mobile phone masts] etc. CFC Underwriting Limited is a Lloyd’s of London underwriter. https://www.scribd.com/document/26161083...

WHEREAS on the 18 February 2015, CFC Underwriting LTD (UK agent for Lloyd’s of London) stated, “the Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionizing radiation exposure...” ** Non-ionizing radiation is another name for wireless RF/EMF radiation also known as 2G, 3G, 4G
https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/electroma...

WHEREAS due to the high risk that electromagnetic (EMF) field exposure poses, most insurance companies do not cover electromagnetic fields and have very clear “electromagnetic field exclusions.” EMFs are classified as a “pollutant” alongside smoke, chemicals and asbestos. https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/electroma...

WHEREAS the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified wireless radiation (RF/EMF) as a Group 2B ‘Possible Human Carcinogen’ from 2011 onwards, based on scientific evidence that linked wireless exposure with increased risks of brain or head tumours, damage to DNA and other types of genotoxicity, increased oxidative stress and evidence from animal studies.

WHEREAS The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) IARC 2B ‘Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans’ classification includes wireless RF/EMF radiation from any transmitting source in the range of 30 KHz to 300 GHz emitted from any device. This includes mobile phones, smart meters, mobile phone mast, tablet computers/iPads, Wi-Fi devices, etc. https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/electroma...

WHEREAS The World Health Organisation’s IARC full published report (monograph) ‘The evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans’. Vol 102 outlines that children absorb wireless (RF/EMF) radiation DEEPER into their bodies than adults and also states that the classification includes exposure to all radiofrequency radiation [RF] and not just mobile phones.
https://publications.iarc.fr/126

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [UK] is a member state and is a funder and participates in the Governing Council of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

WHEREAS 1 November 2018 - the U.S. Government’s National Toxicology Program released the final report on their $25+ million large-scale animal study - the peer review panel found ‘Clear Evidence’ of cancer for heart Schwannoma in animals exposed to RF and ‘some evidence’ of several other cancers including glioma [a type of malignant brain tumour]. The five (5) categories of evidence of carcinogenic activity are used in the NTP Technical Report series to summarize the strength of evidence observed in each experiment: The two highest categories for positive results are “Clear Evidence” and “Some Evidence”. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/pubs/l...

WHEREAS “Our conclusion on RF [wireless] radiation carcinogenicity is the following based on human epidemiology and supported by animal results in the NTP reports: Glioma, clear evidence; meningioma, equivocal evidence; vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma), clear evidence; pituitary tumor (adenoma), equivocal evidence; thyroid cancer, some evidence; malignant lymphoma, equivocal evidence; skin (cutaneous tissue), equivocal evidence; multi‑site carcinogen, clear evidence.

Based on the [WHO's] IARC preamble to the monographs, RF radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.”
-International Journal of Oncology, Volume 54 Issue 1; 2018/2019; Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg,
https://www.spandidos-publications.com/1...

WHEREAS Again in 2018 Italy's Ramazzini Institute found Schwannomas again, even though they used lower intensity far-field radiation like that produced by base stations/cell towers. Researchers with the renowned Ramazzini Institute (RI) announce that the large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower/mobile phone mast radiation radiation developed cancer.
http://phiremedical.org/tag/5g/ and https://ehtrust.org/worlds-largest-anima...

WHEREAS Together these multiple forms of evidence elevate the carcinogenic status of wireless RF/EMF radiation but the World Health Organisation’s IARC have not yet reconvened to reclassify it. Experts are calling for wireless RF/EMF radiation - also known as non-ionising radiation - now to be a Group 1 “Known Human Carcinogen” like tobacco, asbestos or x-rays. http://phiremedical.org/tag/5g/

WHEREAS “This animal evidence, together with the extensive human evidence, coupled with the rising incidence of brain cancers in young people in the US, conclusively confirms that radio frequency radiation is a Category 1 Human Carcinogen,” said Dr Anthony Miller, a World Health Organisation Advisor and University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health Professor Emeritus on 1 November 2018. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic...

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, you are required to provide the following:

“Confirm or deny”* that the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL hold any commercial Public Liability Insurance policies that include liability coverage for claims directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and/or non-ionising radiation.

*Part I ‘Right to information’ Section 1’General right of access to information held by public authorities’ known as “the duty to confirm or deny” Freedom of Information Act 2000.

2. Please provide copies of all commercial Public Liability Insurance policy/policies and include policy numbers, if it is “confirmed” that NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL hold commercial Public Liability Insurance policy/policies that include liability coverage for claims directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and non-ionising radiation.

3. “Confirm or deny”* that NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL hold any certificates, documents of any kind and/or material evidence which provide proof of Indemnity from NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance provider and underwriters, confirming that any injuries, damages or adverse health effects directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and/or non-ionising radiation emitting devices and equipment is covered by NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance policy.

*Part I ‘Right to information’ Section 1’General right of access to information held by public authorities’ known as “the duty to confirm or deny” Freedom of Information Act 2000.

4. Please provide copies of such commercial Public Liability Insurance policy/policies and include policy numbers, if it is “confirmed” that NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL holds certificates, documents of any kind and/or material evidence which provide proof of Indemnity from the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance provider and underwriters, confirming that any injuries, damages or adverse health effects directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and/or non-ionising radiation emitting devices and equipment is covered by NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance policy.

I do not consent to receiving a single sentence/paragraph response for items 1- 4. I require each item to have its own response. Please number your responses 1 -4.

The information requested/claimed in this FOI is of public interest. As the deployment of 5G technology and other wireless technology such as WiFi is being considered by public servants holding a public office - i.e. the employees and councillors of the COUNCIL, I have the reasonable expectation to access to information held by the COUNCIL including but not limited to commercial Public Liability Insurance policies, providers and underwriters to certify that all parties potentially deploying 5G technologies and wireless technologies that emit wireless non-ionising electromagnetic RF radiation, including NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL, have sufficient insurance cover to compensate for damage or harm caused by the emission of wireless non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation.

NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL exists for one purpose only - to give services to the public and has no other purpose. This is not a gift or altruistic service. A public service is paid for by the people through public money, such as rates.

I do not consent to receiving nonsensical, incomplete, unnecessary, incorrect, misleading or untruthful information representations and/or responses to my Freedom of Information claim/request.

I have the reasonable expectation that you, Liam Hannaway, acting as a public servant in the public office of Chief Executive Officer and Marie Ward, as a public servant in the public office acting as Chief Executive Officer, Designate both of NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL will honour and adhere to your positions of Trust, the Seven Principles of Public Life, your Duty of Care, the laws, the statutory legislation, regulations, and protocols that govern public servants and all those who offer a public service. The Seven Principles of Public Life are: Honesty; Openness; Leadership; Integrity; Accountability; Objectivity and Selflessness. https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

This notice will be used as evidence.

Sincerely and without ill will, vexation or frivolity,

by Amy Harron

All rights reserved

Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Harron

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have requested information
from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  Your request has been
processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and,
accordingly, please see the response below.

 

REQUEST

1. “Confirm or deny”* that the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL
hold any commercial Public Liability Insurance policies that include
liability coverage for claims directly or indirectly arising out of,
resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields,
electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise,
wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and/or non-ionising radiation.

 

2. Please provide copies of all commercial Public Liability Insurance
policy/policies and include policy numbers, if it is “confirmed” that
NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL hold commercial Public Liability
Insurance policy/policies that include liability coverage for claims
directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by
electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio
waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and
non-ionising radiation.

 

3. “Confirm or deny”* that the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL
hold any certificates, documents of any kind and/or material evidence
which provide proof of Indemnity from the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT
COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance provider and underwriters,
confirming that any injuries, damages or adverse health effects directly
or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by
electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio
waves or noise, wireless RF radiation, microwave radiation, and/or
non-ionising radiation emitting devices and equipment is covered by NEWRY,
MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability insurance
policy.

 

4. Please provide copies of such commercial Public Liability Insurance
policy/policies and include policy numbers, if it is “confirmed” that the
NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL holds certificates, documents of
any kind and/or material evidence which provide proof of Indemnity from
the NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s commercial Public Liability
insurance provider and underwriters, confirming that any injuries, damages
or adverse health effects directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting
from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic
radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise, wireless RF radiation,
microwave radiation, and/or non-ionising radiation emitting devices and
equipment is covered by NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN DISTRICT COUNCIL’s
commercial Public Liability insurance policy.

 

 

RESPONSE

I confirm that Newry, Mourne and Down District Council holds the following
recorded information falling within the scope of your request:

 

 a. The Council’s Public Liability policy wording is currently silent in
respect of harm caused by wireless radiation;
 b. Council’s Public Liability insurance policy number is RSL 1035; and
 c. Council’s Liability Insurance Policy Wording (copy attached).

 

The Council holds no further recorded information falling within the scope
of your request.

 

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an authority would be creating new information or giving an opinion or
judgement that is not already recorded this would fall outside the scope
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please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

I trust this is of assistance.  However, should you be unhappy with our
response in this matter you may request an Internal Review of our response
by 16 December 2019. You can contact Ms Edel Cosgrove, Head of Compliance
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