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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX023 (1995)

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ARLX023 EMF cancer link studied
 
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Special Bulletin 23  ARLX023
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 19, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLX023 EMF cancer link studied
 
The Council of the American Physical Society (APS) has issued the
results of a study entitled ''Power Line Fields and Public Health,''
concerning the potential dangers of cancer from electromagnetic
fields that emanate from common power lines and electrical
appliances.
 
The APS concluded that ''the scientific literature and the reports of
reviews by other panels show no consistent, significant link between
cancer and power line fields'' and '' the preponderance of ...
research findings have failed to substantiate those studies which
have reported specific adverse health effects from exposure to such
fields.
 
''While it is impossible to prove that no deleterious health effects
occur from exposure to any environmental factor, it is necessary to
demonstrate a consistent, significant, and causal relationship
before one can conclude that such effects do occur. From this
standpoint, the conjectures relating cancer to power line fields
have not been scientifically substantiated.''
 
The APS said that billions of dollars are being spent by states and
municipalities to mitigate and litigate this perceived problem and
''the burden of cost placed on the American public is incommensurate
with the risk, if any.''
 
A background report on this issue by David Hafemeister is available
on the Internet through the APS World Wide Web HomePage at: 
http://aps.org
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