San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will require cell phone retailers to disclose to customers the phones’ specific absorption rate, or SAR. Mayor Newsom has indicated he will sign the measure into law.
SAR measures the amount of radiation emitted by the phone that is absorbed by the body.
Renee Sharp, the California director of the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, said she hoped the law would dissuade consumers from buying relatively high radiation phones until their effect on the human body is fully understood.
Under the law, larger retailers would be required to place SAR notices starting February. The law would apply to other stores beginning in 2012.
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