A RADIATION expert has ordered urgent medical surveys after branding a Kingswinford phone mast site the worst in the world.
American scientist Dr George Carlo delivered a chilling verdict on the intensity of beams near the High Acres base station to shocked residents at a public meeting last week.
The advisor to the US government hopes to have teams of researchers in place by the end of the year to carry out tests on people living close to the 18-mast site which he slammed as “appalling”.
Dr Carlo said: “The problem we have here is the worst I have ever seen, you are in danger and this study will be unlike any other.
“We need to know where you are in the disease process to intervene and prevent more serious conditions, you are not guinea pigs this is a survey for you - this is not research.”
Dr Carlo delayed his return to America after attending a major conference on the effects of mobile technology to visit Kingswinford and see the disused water tower for himself, before delivering his alarming message to people at The Brier School, Bromley Lane.
The scientist, lawyer and author, who headed a $28m research project on the effects of electro-magnetic radiation, told the meeting the human body has not evolved to cope with the type of signals associated with wireless communication.
He told people living close to the site they should immediately scrap their cordless landline phones, wireless internet routers and even metal bed frames, which he believes all amplify the effects of base station emissions.
He outlined how cells in the body change with prolonged exposure to signals, which he says can lead to frightening health problems including cancer, heart disease and strokes.
Around 200 Kingswinford residents heard Dr Carlo say that current safety guidelines for mobile masts were based around research on microwave ovens.
The outspoken scientist said: “It was the only data available when standards were formed, it doesn’t cover any of the effects we are talking about.”
The shocking claims were rubbished by the Mobile Operators Association (MOA), who argue the World Heath Organisation (WHO), Health Protection Agency (HPA) and International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) all disagree with Dr Carlo.
Mike Dolan, MOA executive director, said: “The WHO concluded in 2006 there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.
“Base stations need to be located in places where people use mobile phones including residential areas.
“The further away a mobile phone is from a base station the more power it uses, this increases RF emissions from the handset.”