The Daily Californian, 24 April 2011

As buzz regarding the potential health effects of cellphones rapidly builds across the nation, the city of Berkeley's possible move toward new guidelines for phone sales is slowing.

Originally looking to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco - the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance in June last year requiring cellphone retailers to display the level of radiation emitted by each phone it sells - the Berkeley City Council decided in December to draft an ordinance that would mandate a similar disclosure for cellphone sales in the city. The council had planned to vote on it in the following months.

But now, San Francisco's ordinance - initially set to take effect in February - has been challenged by CTIA-The Wireless Association, the organization that represents the cellphone industry. As San Francisco works to revise its legislation, Berkeley has decided to wait before taking any further steps.

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