The BioInitiative Report
Much of the scientific evidence that underpins the anti-wifi groups comes from The BioInitiaitve Report, a self-published, non peer reviewed report first published online in 2007 and re-released in 2012.
The BioInitiative Report has been widely criticized.
The Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) is a technical committee of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Its primary area of interest is biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, including radio-frequency (RF) energy. The international standards body reviewed (PDF) the Bioinitiative Report and concluded:
COMAR concludes that the weight of scientific evidence in the RF bioeffects literature does not support the safety limits recommended by the BioInitiative group. For this reason, COMAR recommends that public health officials continue to base their policies on RF safety limits recommended by established and sanctioned international organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, which is formally related to the World Health Organization.
In 2010, Luc Verschaeve. member of the Scientific Institute of Public Health in Belgium and member of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium conducted a meta-analysis of 33 expert groups that have issued positions on the safety of radio-frequency and non-iodizing radiation. The results of the analysis showed that, of the 33 expert groups, only one – the BioInitiative Report – reached the conclusion that RF posed a health risk.
The Bio-initiative Report has also been criticized by Health Council of the Netherlands (pdf), Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) (pdf), European Commission’s EMF-NET, German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (translated from German), French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (pdf), and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
“COMAR Technical Information Statement: Expert Reviews on Potential Health Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields and Comments on the Bioinitiative Report.” Health Physics 97, no. 4 (October 2009): 348–356. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e3181adcb94.
“Evaluations of International Expert Group Reports on the Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Fields” Verschaeve, Luc from the book “Wireless Communications and Networks – Recent Advances”, book edited by Ali Eksim, ISBN 978-953-51-0189-5, Published: March 14, 2012.
“Bioinitiative Report.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, March 8, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bioinitiative_Report&oldid=542827007.