Radiation levels pass tests in schools, kindergartens

Hod Hasharon is the first city in the Sharon area to test radiation levels from cellphone antennas in all the city's educational institutions, and its results have been "excellent," reports www.local.co.il. The Public Council for the Prevention of Noise and Air Pollution in Israel (MALRAZ) measured radiation levels in 65 kindergartens, 20 schools and six public buildings in Hod Hasharon in December 2008 and January 2009, and found that none even came close to the maximum limits. According to the report, the council carried out 823 checks in the 91 educational institutions over the two months, and reported that all had "very low" radiation levels that fell well below the permitted limit of 40 microwatts per square centimeter. Some 435 tests were carried out at 65 kindergartens, with the highest level found just 0.6 microwatts per square centimeter. Some 332 tests were done at 20 schools, with the highest level found just 0.3 microwatts per square centimeter. And 56 tests at the six public buildings found "negligible" radiation levels of less than 0.1 microwatts per square centimeter. No municipal response to the findings was reported.