Some initial concern about high-voltage power lines near our new house and associated possible cancer risks from electromagnetic fields. This was a hot topic in the mid 90s, then died down by the late 90s. People probably got tired of results being so inconclusive.
The National Cancer Institute produced its own epidemiological study in 1997 which found no association between childhood leukemia and measured magnetic fields. As a follow-up to this report, The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of this study along with an editorial calling for an end to wasting money on EMF research.
Today our home inspector went back and took some readings:
Magnetic Field readings in milligauss on my TriField Meter – 5/25/03
1 at my desk, 2 feet from computer screen, 4 feet away from 3 florescent bulbs.
10 touching my computer screen.
100 about 6 inches from the center of a florescent bulb.
100 about 3 feet away from the high-voltage power lines on the outside of the power pole.
100 where you turn off from Moeser into the Safeway parking lot.
10-20 on the sidewalk along the side of the house on Richmond
20 driving up Moeser under the high voltage power lines.