Community Environmental Advisory Commission

Agenda for Regular Meeting – Thursday April 7, 2011, 7:00 pm
First Floor Conference Room, 2118 Milvia Street, Berkeley

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  1. Call to Order and Roll Call
  2. Action Minutes Review/Adoption: Review and adopt minutes from the meeting of 3/3/11
  3. CEAC Action Tracker: None
  4. Report from the Chair: Elections; Subcommittees
  5. Comments from the Public (3 minute limit)
  6. Agenda Prioritization: Commissioners may request to re-arrange agenda
  7. Reports from Subcommittees and Task Force Delegates: None
  8. Toxics Management Division Report: Update on inspections, staffing, funding and enforcement (where possible) for the Certified Unified Program (CUPA) remediation and stormwater programs
  9. Discussion/Action:

    9.1. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Disclosure for cell phones – Council referral

    a) Council Item re Disclosure of Cell Phone Radiation Output, dated December 14, 2010 

    b) National Cancer Institute (NCI) statement from Dr. Preetha Rajaraman and Dr. Martha Linet, “International Study Shows No Increased Risk of Brain Tumors from Cell Phone Use” 

    c) NCI fact sheet from Dr. Preetha Rajaraman and Dr. Martha Linet, “Cell Phones and Cancer Risk” 

    d) Abstract Compilation from Dr. Preetha Rajaraman and Dr. Martha Linet 

    e) Letter from Dr. Joel Moskowitz re health effects of cell phone radiation (March, 23, 2011) 

    f) Article from Dr. Joel Moskowitz, “Government must inform us of cell phone risk” (April 28, 2010) 

    g) Article from Dr. Joel Moskowitz, “Cell phones affect brain activity, study says – Study finds no evidence of tumors or other consequences for health” (February 23, 2011) 

    h) PowerPoint presentation from Dr. Joel Moskowitz, “Mobile Phone Use, Brain Tumor Risk and Public Health Policy” (November 18, 2010) 

    i) Abstract Compilation from Dr. Joel Moskowitz 

    j) Handout from Lloyd Morgan, “Three Cellphone Industry Sound-bites & More” 

    k) Article from Ellen Marks: “Cell Phone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk” (March 30, 2011) 

    l) Handout from Commissioner Fred Schlachter: “Cell phones and brain cancer: a scientific view (March 30, 2011) 

    9.2. Discussion of Commissioner Priorities

    a) List of City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions 

    b) Mission Statements of City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions

    - Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) Disclosure for cell phones – Council referral

    - Risk, Zoning and CEQA – Risk Management (McDonald/Banales)

    - Biodiesel Recommendations to Council (Leventis/Mesbah-Bartlett)

    - Other

  10. Announcements from Commissioners (3 minute limit)
  11. Communications to Commission
  12. Information Items: Maybe moved to action by majority vote
  13. To be distributed
  14. Next Agenda: Discussion/Action items proposed for future agenda
  15. Adjourn

NOTE: Please be prepared to extend the meeting until 10:00PM, if needed.

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