Could Powerlines Be Deadlier Than Cell Phone Towers?

We’ve all seen those unsightly big pylons which carry power lines from one side of the country to the other. What if the EMFs they are emitting were just as bad, if not worse, than all the new wireless technologies like cell phones, cell phone towers, WiFi and smart meters? If you live within close proximity to an electrical powerline, this could be the case for you, because:

– the Savitz study (1980s) concluded 10-15 percent of all child cancers resulted from magnetic field exposure from powerlines.

– the Wall Street Journal reported in 1993 that the real estate resale value of homes decreased by as much as 30%, if exposed to electromagnetic fields

– according to a 2005 study published in the British Medical Journal, babies who live near high-voltage power lines are almost twice as likely as others to develop leukemia during childhood

And yet despite this evidence people are still being subjected to EMFs from powerlines which are installed too close to people’s homes.

Watch this video to see one such story.

Interviewer:  Hi, I’m Casey Putnam here with an EVN investigative report, and we’re here today to interview George H. Russell.  Mr. Russell, what hotel are we in front of?

Russell:  This is Lodge 300, which is owned by Waterwood National Country Club.  Now the PUC demands that power companies determine how many human habitations are within 200 feet of a proposed power line.  Lodge 300 is within 200 feet.  The PUC demands that power companies determine how many human habitations are in close proximity to a proposed new transmission line, because of the dangers of EMF.  And, EMF is thought to cause childhood leukemia, brain tumors, suicidal thoughts, and other health problems.  And, so people who are living near a transmission line could, in theory, suffer grievous and permanent damage to their health.

Interviewer:  Now this is just a hotel.  Do you feel that these people could, as a result of staying at this hotel, could somehow get a reaction from this EMF?

Russell:  Well, it would depend on how long they were here.  For example, there was the ambulance service that was in this particular building for a couple of years – and these people were here 24 hours a day unless they were going after somebody who needed to be taken to the hospital.

This does meet the criterion of a human habitation.  SHECO (Sam Houston Electric Cooperative) said repeatedly that there are only 6 units in Lodge 300.  Why don’t we go and count the units?

Okay, we’re in this particular lodge, here’s door 310, door 309, that makes two units.  I think you can see them without going up the stairs – 312, 311, 316, 315.

Interviewer:  That’s already six units.

Russell:  Okay, we’re up to 16 units.

Interviewer:  Twice as many as they said.

Russell:  All right, here’s the office, that makes seventeen.  These lodges (pointing towards the more distant lodges) are far enough away so they don’t count.  Seventeen human habitations – not six!  And this isn’t the only place that SHECO refused, refused to tell the truth about the number of habitations.

Route 1, a route clear out in clear cuts and cow pastures, goes past not even one habitation.  If SHECO would down Route 1 with this unnecessary power line, guess what?  Nobody would be negatively impacted.

For more information on EMFs from power lines and what to do about them click here.

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