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Proposed FPL poles spark health concerns

Posted on Sun, Jul. 02, 2006

North Miami has hired a legal team to fight FPL's plans for high-voltage lines through residential areas of the city, and Mayor Kevin Burns said Gov. Jeb Bush called him to say he `shares our concerns.'

BY TIM HENDERSON
thenderson@MiamiHerald.com

North Miami has hired a Tallahassee law firm to look into legal avenues of fighting FPL's plans to run high-voltage lines through the city's residential areas.

City attorney Lynn Whitfield told the City Council on Tuesday that she expects a report from Nabors Giblin & Nickerson soon. A decision from Florida Power & Light is expected within two weeks on whether to run the lines from Interstate 95 east along 135th Street or 125th and 123rd streets.

Mayor Kevin Burns said he was able to attract the attention of Gov. Jeb Bush, who phoned recently to say he ''shares our concerns,'' Burns said.

''I have to tell you I was shocked when he called my cellphone at 7 o'clock on a Saturday night,'' Burns said.

Residents at Tuesday's meeting said they have health concerns about EMF, or electromagnetic fields, from power lines and electrical appliances.

City Clerk Frank Wolland mentioned a 1996 court case in which former North Miami High School Principal Leonard Glazer sued FPL, claiming EMF from power lines at his Coral Gables homes caused his leukemia. A judge dismissed the case, hearing that most of the measured EMF came from grounded water pipes.

''It came down to a battle of expert testimony and I think FPL just had more money to hire experts,'' Wolland said.

FPL spokeswoman Aletha Player, who attended the meeting, said the link between EMF and disease "is not established.''

The American Cancer Society says ''there is conflicting evidence'' about EMF from high-voltage lines as a risk factor for leukemia, but the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has suggested limiting exposure to EMF when possible. The lines' route has been the subject of controversy since April, when FPL held a series of community meetings in North Miami and neighboring villages to discuss the need to run the high-voltage lines to connect a substation at Northeast 127th Street and 14th Avenue in North Miami, adjacent to the FEC tracks, and a substation at Northwest 93rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, just east of I-95. FPL says the lines are needed because the area's need has grown.

Concrete poles more than 80 feet tall, about twice as high as traditional power poles, would carry the lines.

After the April meetings in which dozens of possible routes were discussed, many residents in Biscayne Park, Miami Shores and El Portal banded together to keep the poles out of their villages.

The City Council's next meeting is scheduled for July 25, but Burns said a special meeting could be called to handle any developments in the FPL case.

//tinyurl.com/mspp5

Aufzeichnungen zum 1. Treffen der britischen Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group

Das erste Treffen der Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group (EMFDG) hat am 2. März 2006 stattgefunden; an dem von Sir William Stewart geleiteten Meeting haben Schlüsselpersonen der Health Protection Agency (HPA), des Department of Health, der Mobile Operators Association (MOA) sowie Vertreter von Aktionsgruppen teilgenommen. Sir William hat die Diskussionsgruppe aufgefordert, ein Forum zur Verfügung zu stellen, um gesundheitliche Besorgnisse in Verbindung mit der Exposition mit elektromagnetischen Feldern zu berücksichtigen und Eingaben zur Entwicklung der Empfehlungen der HPA bereitzustellen. Die Health Protection Agency erklärt dass der Diskussion Aktionen folgen müssten. Es gebe Verpflichtungen gegenüber elektrosensiblen Menschen, Krebspatienten und vielen anderen Menschen, die an Problemen leiden, die sie mit elektromagnetischen Feldern in Verbindung bringen. Die Aufzeichnungen zu dem Meeting stehen nun auf der HPA-Webseite zur Verfügung. Das 2. Meeting ist für den 16. Oktober 2006 geplant.

//www.hpa.org.uk/radiation/understand/radiation_topics/emf/emfdg/emfdg_minutes_2_3_06.pdf


Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 29.06.2006

Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.

Do GSM 900MHz signals affect cerebral blood circulation?

A near-infrared spectrophotometry study Effects of mobile phone type GSM 900MHz signals on the cerebral blood circulation were investigated using near-infrared spectrophotometry in a trial on 16 healthy volunteers. Borderline significant short term responses of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin concentration were observed during exposure, corresponding to a decrease of cerebral blood flow and volume. These were smaller than regular physiological changes and these responses may be spurious and require further study. No dose-response relation or long term response was detected. Bibliographic information: Wolf et al., Optics Express, Vol. 14, No. 13, pp., June 2006, Abstract and Full Publication Text
//www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-13-6128

Bilderberg meeting 1999, Sintra, Portugal

//tinyurl.com/gmz2f

Mobilfunkproblematik an öffentlichen Schulen

Im März dieses Jahres schickten wir der Bildungsdirektorin des Kantons Zürich, einen Brief (ink. 11 Beilagen) mit einigen Anliegen bzw. Forderungen. Unterschrieben wurde der Brief von über 180 Eltern. Gleichzeitig sandten wir der Gesundheitsdirektorin des Kantons Zürich, die Kopie davon mit einem Begleitbrief. Da wir vernetzt sind, haben es Personen aus dem Kanton Luzern und St. Gallen übernommen und die Briefe, angepasst, ihren Behörden geschickt.

Die Idee ist nun, dass auch andere Personen von anderen Kantonen die Briefe für sich anpassen können, damit soviele Behörden wie möglich mit diesem Thema konfrontiert werden und sich damit beschäftigen, bzw. dazu äussern müssen.

Im Anhang sind nun beide Briefe, aber mit gelben Markierungen: Um selber anzupassen oder Infos zum Schreiben.

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/bildungsdirektion_version_gaigg.doc
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/bildungsdirekt._gesundheitsdirekt._version_gaigg.doc


Freundliche Grüsse,

Annemarie Jenal Ammann

Canadian Cancer Society advises on EMFs

While the various cancer organisations in Australia and elsewhere continue to ignore the EMF cancer connection, the Canadian Cancer Society now gives clear advice on the issue. This is an IMPORTANT breakthrough which will be communicated to the many thousands of cancer self-help groups worldwide. With the information that was presented at the recent BEMS conference at Cancun, Mexico (see: //www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=505 ) the old ICNIRP and WHO assurances of safety are looking a bit irrelevant, to say the least. Perhaps Repacholi was very wise to retire at this time.

Don Maisch


From Robert Riedlinger:

//www.cancer.ca/ccs/internet/standard/0,2939,3172_372086__langId-en,00.html


Advice from the Canadian Cancer Society

Electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force that surround any electrical device. Examples of EMF sources include power lines, electrical appliances and cell phones. Based on current research, a cause and effect relationship between electromagnetic fields and cancer has been neither established nor ruled out.

Precautions that can be taken to limit a person’s exposure to electromagnetic fields include:

Increase the distance between yourself and the EMF source

*The strength of a magnetic field does not depend on how large, complex, powerful or noisy the appliance is. (In fact, the magnetic fields near large appliances are often weaker than those near smaller devices.)

*Stand back from an appliance when it is in use. Magnetic fields from appliances drop off dramatically in strength with increased distance from the source.

*Sit at arm’s length from a computer terminal.

Avoid unnecessary proximity to high EMF sources

*Don’t let children play directly under power lines or on top of power transformers for underground lines.

*Correct any household wiring problems, or update household wiring in an older home.

Reduce time spent within the electromagnetic field

*Turn off the computer monitor and other electrical appliances when not in use.

For more information
Health Canada
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Source: //www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=508

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Canadian Cancer Society...suggestions?

In your July 8, 2006 posting of Redaktion you cited - "Canadian Cancer Society advises on EMF's" and I was quite excited about that! However, they NOW appear to be taking a step backwards as they have updated their site as of July 13, 2006 with the addition of the words - "This position is now under review." Like my friend the nurse cited below the easiest option is to deny that this amazing technology could have made her sick or like Disney the lucrativeness of the cell technology is a financial sacrifice they now cannot pass up. The criticism reigned on the CCS by Wendy Mezley obviously made an impact (the CCS site updated at May 19 2006 was just in time for their major fundraising campaign Relay For Life in June - which I did NOT participate in this year), but now are they back paddling? I will continue to watch their site and see how/if their position changes. Perhaps they need a reminder where their obligations lie and who (citizens who generously donate) keeps them in business...or perhaps the CCS is kept in business by the very industry that is causing people to get cancer in the first place. This is a sinister thought, but this would not be the first time people are bribed for personal selfish reasons. Why else did the CCS not tell women that the Pill was implicated in causing breast cancer (July 2005) until Wendy Mezley pointed it out on global television (Mar. 2006)? Pharmaceutical companies and the cell industry benefit beyond measure if agencies like the CCS white wash the truth or hide the facts from the people.

I would like to know why the CCS is now reviewing its position on EMF's and for what purpose. Taking a precautionary stance with regard to EMF's was a step in the right direction. Suggestions as to what we can do?


From: Janice Burns


Subject: Canadian Cancer Society, Disney etc.
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 09:01:23 -0400

Greetings from Ontario Canada!

The Canadian Cancer Society who APPEARED to finally be taking a stand about EMF’s and advising a precautionary stance as of May 19, 2006, APPEARS to be waffling. They have now added this advisory to the beginning of their page on Prevention dated July 13, 2006 - “THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW."

//www.cancer.ca/ccs/internet/standard/0,3182,3172_372086__langId-en,00.html

I will save a hard copy of this page as well so that I can see how long it takes for the erosion or even removal of this precautionary advice. Below is the original CCS text dated May 19, 2006:

Electromagnetic fields Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force that surround any electrical device. Examples of EMF sources include power lines, electrical appliances and cell phones. Based on current research, a cause and effect relationship between electromagnetic fields and cancer has been neither established nor ruled out.

Precautions that can be taken to limit a person's exposure to electromagnetic fields include:

·Increase the distance between yourself and the EMF source

· The strength of a magnetic field does not depend on how large, complex, powerful or noisy the appliance is. (In fact, the magnetic fields near large appliances are often weaker than those near smaller devices.)

· Stand back from an appliance when it is in use. Magnetic fields from appliances drop off dramatically in strength with increased distance from the source.

· Sit at arm's length from a computer terminal. Avoid unnecessary proximity to high EMF sources.

· Don't let children play directly under power lines or on top of power transformers for underground lines.

· Correct any household wiring problems, or update household wiring in an older home. Reduce time spent within the electromagnetic field.

· Turn off the computer monitor and other electrical appliances when not in use.

Last modified on: 19 May 2006

I have a friend who is a nurse. She got a brain tumour in the frontal lobe. I learned last year that when she was on-call at night, she would sleep with her cellphone under her pillow so that if there was an emergency at the hospital, an incoming call on the land-line would not disturb her husband. Apparently her doctor (a well known Toronto doctor) has warned her to stay away from “pesticides” as he felt that this was the cause of her tumour. When I told her about the possible connection between cellphone use and brain tumours, she of course thinks that I am misinformed.

As well, in the July 2006 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine published in the U.S. there is a full page Disney advertisement for cell phones, which offers GPS locating of your children. If you as a parent cannot visually see your young children in a mall for instance, a cell phone is not going to keep him or her safe from a predator. This is giving a false sense of security as well as encouraging lax parenting strategies, not to mention possible 24/7 radiation from cellphones.

Janice

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Review of ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2253406/

‘The fight goes on’
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2272126/

Blair loses ruling in terror case

Throwing down a new challenge to the British government's tactics against terrorism, a High Court judge ruled Wednesday that so-called control orders - a form of house arrest without trial - were incompatible with European human rights laws.

//www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/28/news/brits.php


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