Parents fighting power line near John A Sippel Elementary

by Luke Johnson on March 4, 2013

Parents want what is best for their kids. It may mean protecting them from bullies and drugs. Parents of kids who go to John A Sippel Elementary are trying to protect their kids from power lines.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has received several letters of the past couple of weeks protesting the route of power lines.

The letters are a template with a few minor changes made to things like, number of kids, names and addresses. Each letter quotes the same health studies about how there is not enough evidence to say these power lines are safe.

Here is the five main points found in the letters:

1. On May 4, 1999 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National

Institutes of Health in NIH Publication No. 99-449 NIEHS published a Report on Health

Effects from Exposure to Power-Line Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields which,

Kenneth Olden, Ph.D. – the Director of the study, states on page two of his letter to

congress submitting this report: “The NIEHS concludes that ELF-EMF exposure cannot

be recognized at this time as entirely safe because of weak scientific evidence that

exposure may pose a leukemia hazard.”


2. In June 2002 three scientists who worked for the California Department of Health

Services (DHS) were asked by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to

review the studies about possible health problems from electric and magnetic fields…

They submitted An Evaluation of the Possible Risks from Electric and Magnetic Fields

(EMFs) from Power Lines, Internal Wiring, Electrical Occupations, and Appliances in

June 2002. In 21.0 Conclusions of the evaluation, page 380, at line 10 it states that “It

should be noted that all of the review panels thought that the childhood leukemia

epidemiology warranted the classification of EMF as a “possible” carcinogen and thus

did not agree with the biophysical arguments that EMF physiological effects (and

therefore pathological effects) were “impossible”. ”


3. On June 2, 2005, Gerald Draper, honorary senior research fellow, submitted a paper to

the British Medical Journal on: Childhood Cancer in relation to distance from high

voltage power lines in England and Wales: a case-control study. Mr. Draper is affiliated

with the Childhood Cancer Research Group, University of Oxford. Conclusions (from

the abstract) states: “There is an association between childhood leukemia and

proximity of home address at birth to high voltage power lines and the apparent risk

extends to a greater distance than would have been expected from previous studies.”

Note that this is a large study of 29,081 children over 30 years, 1965 – 1995, and is the

first time effects were noted beyond 200 meters.


4. On September 20, 2010 a group of cancer researchers from all over the world submitted

this report to the British Journal of Cancer titled “Pooled analysis of recent studies on

magnetic fields and childhood leukemia”. Conclusions: “Our results are in line with

previous pooled analyses showing an association between magnetic fields and

childhood leukemia.”


5. On August 15, 2012 the International Journal of Cancer published in Vol. 131, Issue 4,

pages 769 – 778 a study titled “Impact of high electromagnetic field levels on childhood

leukemia incidence” by J. C. Teepen and J. A. van Dijck of the Department of

Epidemiology, Radboud University Nijmgen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. Quoting

from the abstract of the study it states that “Reducing exposure from power lines near

densely populated areas and schools is advised.” Note that this appears to be the most

recent study.


Here are some of the names of the people who have sent in letters so far:

2/25/2013            JENNIFER S. BELLUCCI      

2/25/2013            BRENDA SUMNER      

2/25/2013            TONYA HAECKER      

2/25/2013            STEPHEN & LYNN GRENIER      

2/27/2013            VINOD GIDVANI-DIAZ      


Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson has been writing about deregulated energy markets since early 2010. His knowledge has helped consumers lower their electricity cost. Connect with Luke on Google+.

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