WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits Thursday on public exposure to radiation from radio and television transmitting equipment because of possible health risks.
Virtually the entire U.S. population is exposed to low levels of so-called radio frequency radiation, which are not considered harmful, the EPA said.
But for people exposed to larger-than-typical doses, the radiation can produce several health effects, including changes in body temperature and nervous disorders.
The EPA defines radio frequency radiation as the signal from radio, television, radars, satellite earth terminals, microwave relays and other communications systems that transmit information to a receiver. Radio and television broadcast stations produce the highest exposure to the public, the EPA said.