Health Issues

  • The narrowness of this new corridor means that there will just not be room for the line to avoid passing very close to inhabited properties.
  • National Grid is dismissive of health effects related to electromagnetic fields and is particularly misleading with statements such as “Though the balance of evidence is against there being any effect on human health from exposure to EMFs there is some scientific evidence suggesting a possible link between unusually high exposures to magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia.”
  • That there is any evidence is highly significant furthermore the scope of reported effects is much wider than childhood leukemia although that is serious enough. Consider simply a small sample of available literature to illustrate the inadequacy of National Grid’s approach to health issues. Two recent studies on health effects are:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030583?dopt=Abstract

Lewis RC, Hauser R, Maynard AD, Neitzel RL, Wang L, Kavet R, Meeker JD. Exposure to Power-Frequency Magnetic Fields and the Risk of Infertility and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Update on the Human Evidence and Recommendations for Future Study Designs. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2016;19(1):29-45. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2015.1134370.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26757040

Maes A, Anthonissen R, Wambacq S, Simons K, Verschaeve L. The Cytome Assay as a Tool to Investigate the Possible Association Between Exposure to Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields and an Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016 Jan 12;50(3):741-9. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150669.

Please also further consider the recent appeal to the United Nations by a large group of concerned scientists although accessible via the National Grid website little considered by them.

International Appeal

Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure

“We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).”

  • National Grid is not seriously addressing these concerns, which should be reflected in serious measures warning and preventing human exposure to EMFs.