Power Lines What The Experts Say
"Despite extensive worldwide research, international review bodies have found no conclusive evidence that exposure to electric and magnetic fields encountered in normal living and working conditions are harmful to public health."
World Health Organisation:
". . . there are no substantive health issues related to extremely low frequency (ELF) electric fields at levels generally encountered by members of the public."
International Agency for Research on Cancer:
"ELF magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on consistent statistical associations of high level residential magnetic fields with a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia."
What an Irish expert
group said in 2007:
"There is limited scientific evidence of an association between ELF magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia. This does not mean that ELF magnetic fields cause cancer, but the possibility cannot be excluded. . . Overall the evidence is considered weak. . . Nevertheless the evidence should not be discounted." What Europe says:
The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks says "extremely low frequency magnetic fields are a possible carcinogen" and "might contribute to an increase in childhood leukaemia". Studies indicating a "possible increase in Alzheimer's disease arising from exposure to extremely low frequency fields" warranted further investigation.