New Study Questions EMF, Health Link

New Study Questions EMF, Health Link


The study is an update of a 2009 opinion issued in the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), designed to take new human and experimental studies into account.

EIRGrid also states, “Epidemiology studies of symptoms reported by persons describing themselves as sensitive to EMF exposure were evaluated as having weaknesses and do not provide convincing evidence for an effect of EMF on symptoms in the general population, a conclusion supported by most experimental evidence. The available evidence did not suggest to the Committee that combined exposure to different fields or signals caused significant effects for total exposures below international guideline values.”

The SCENIHR conclusion did not make any recommendations for precautionary measures to limit EMF exposure.

The study’s conclusion is consistent with previous SCENIHR findings as well as that of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has previously stated that compliance with the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection’s (ICNIRP) guidelines, ensures that the fields humans encounter are not harmful to health.

The European Union has adopted the IICNIRP guidelines. In addition, The Irish Government has announced that the Minister for the Environment, Community, and Local Government will engage expert assistance to review and report on international developments on EMF and transmission lines that have occurred since 2007 when the previous report, “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields,” was published.

EirGrid states: “Electricity is the source of EMF. Most exposure to the public comes from low-voltage sources in and around residences (building wiring and supply lines, appliances, other electrical equipment) not distant high-voltage lines.”


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