San Francisco law would require radiation levels posted for cellphones

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SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco could soon start requiring retailers to post notices showing how much radiation is emitted by the cellphones they sell.

The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to give preliminary approval to the ordinance, which would require stores to provide each phone’s “specific absorption rate.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the legislation into law after a 10-day comment period.

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, chief sponsor of the legislation, says it’s about “helping people make informed choices.”

But cellphone industry representatives say the measure could mislead consumers into believing that some cellphones are safer than others.

Organizations: Board of Supervisors

Geographic location: San Francisco

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