Unlike the WV PSC, the MD PSC has commissioned a continuing review of EMF/ELF research. The latest published review under the MD PSC program is available here. The review was prepared by the Power Plant Research Program of the Maryland Deptartment of Natural Resources. Which reminds me. Where are the WV DNR and WV DEP in the WV PSC PATH process?
Tired of the garbage we have heard from Allegheny spokesman Charlie Friddle and PEAT Guy Clarence Martin? Check out the MD report.
Here is the main statement from the report’s conclusion:
Epidemiological studies of children have produced results and questions similar to those seen before. But, the Draper, Kroll, and Swanson study [of children living near power lines, 2005, British Medical Journal] found increases in acute leukemia risk at lower levels than previous reports.
The author comments on the PEAT Guy’s World Health Organization assessment this way:
However, there seems to be some controversy surrounding the WHO program (36). The issues include too heavy an industry/utility presence, involvement, and funding; reevaluating and downplaying the literature in the face of existing expert review within WHO and elsewhere …
Don’t take my word for it. Go to the report and decide for yourself if building PATH is worth the health risks.
Here is a link to a recent story from the Morristown, NJ Daily Record.
It seems that the only school in Montville, NJ may have to close because EMF levels resulting from the addition of the Susquehanna-Roseland line in the immediate area will put EMF exposure at the school above safe levels.
A note for people in Upshur County, an Allegheny Energy PR guy recently told the Upshur County School Board that “[t]he World Health Organization and American Cancer Institute drew the conclusion that there was no scientific evidence to link electromagnetic fields to leukemia and childhood cancers.”
That statement is not exactly what the WHO has said. The words “conclusion” and “no scientific evidence” seem reassuring. The WHO’s EMF study project is actually a continuing effort to support and develop worldwide research on all forms of electro-magnetic field health effects in humans. The WHO has stated that the current state of research has shown no clear links between power line EMF exposure and cancers.
Real science, not the reassuring platitudes of industry PR people, is not about definite yeses or noes. There is always more research to be done, and today’s conclusions could be turned upside down by tomorrow’s new discoveries. Here is a link to the WHO’s EMF Project Web site, so you can see for yourself.
The New Jersey article notes that the WHO’s own standard for maximum exposure to power line EMF radiation is 3 milliGauss. AEP/Allegheny have admitted on their own PATH Web site that EMF levels 200 feet from the PATH line will range from 75 to 125 milliGauss.
Why would the WHO have a maxium safe exposure level, if power line EMF were harmless?
Update: Here is a more recent article on the situation with the school. The power company building the Susquehanna-Roseland line is paying the school system $950,000 to reconfigure the school to move children away from the EMF emitted by the power lines. At the same time, the power company still argues that EMF are harmless. $950,000 worth of harmless?
A number of intervenors in the PATH case have cited the health affects of electro-magnetic fields (EMF) from power lines as an adverse impact of PATH.
I found this link on the Virginia-based No To PATH Web site. The article provides a good summary and links to a number of recent study results on EMF.
From the article:
When properly analyzed, scientific data convincingly and consistently show a link between magnetic fields greater than 2-4 mG [milliGauss] and cancer.
From the PATH “fact sheet” on the PATH Web site:
The magnetic field levels, which are affected by loading conditions, have been calculated for typical, peak, and maximum contingency loading conditions. Under typical loading conditions, the magnetic fields at 100 feet from centerline range approximately from 79 mG to 102 mG, depending on structure type and location along the line route. Under peak loading conditions, the edge of ROW magnetic fields range from approximately 102 mG to 133 mG. For a maximum contingency load (emergency load due to loss of a critical system element), these magnetic fields range from approximately 118 mG to 156 mG.
In other words, AEP/Allegheny say that the EMF at the edge of their projected PATH right-of-way will be about 25 times the level at which EMF have been shown to cause cancer in the latest epidemiological studies. There is a clearly established link, at statistically significant levels, between EMF above 4 mG and childhood leukemia.
How would you like this line next to your child’s school? Or your home?
— thanks, Keryn, for the research help