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WiFi-Sensitive Individuals Claim ADA Violation

Posted May 27, 2008 6:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The city attorney in Santa Fe, N.M., is investigating claims that wireless Internet signals are a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act because they can cause an allergic reaction.

Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to wireless signals and he experiences chest pain from WiFi, KOB-TV reports. His group is opposing a city proposal to install WiFi in public buildings, saying it violates the ADA.

Firstenberg is a well-known activist who wrote Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution, VNUNet reports.

The World Health Organization says there is little evidence to support claims that electromagnetic fields cause symptoms described by those who claim an allergic reaction, USA Today reports.

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