Friday 2 December 2016

'No proof of pylon link to cancer', report finds

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

There is 'insufficient evidence' to establish a link between exposure to electromagnetic fields from high-voltage power lines and cancer. Stock Image
There is 'insufficient evidence' to establish a link between exposure to electromagnetic fields from high-voltage power lines and cancer. Stock Image

There is "insufficient evidence" to establish a link between exposure to electromagnetic fields from high-voltage power lines and cancer, a report commissioned by the Government says.

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The Netherlands-based National Institute for Public Health and the Environment says that while there is "some" evidence of a link, the "evidence overall remains inconclusive".

And while some studies have indicated a link between long-term exposure to pylons and a "more frequent" occurrence of childhood leukaemia, various reports have been "unable" to explain the association.

"This means that the assumption of a causal relationship cannot be supported", the 'Electromagnetic Fields in the Irish Context' report says.

The report was commissioned by the Department of the Environment in the wake of public controversy about three large-scale upgrades - or pylon projects - to the electricity network.

The department said that a steering committee would be established to guide policy in relation to addressing possible health effects.

Irish Independent

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