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2014

11 May 2014
Article in "The Ecologist" on the latest CCRG results
An article in The Ecologist by Chris Busby (8 May 2014) criticises the conduct of the CCRG study, in particular the conclusions of the recent Bunch et al 2014 paper, and suggests that the way the ...
23 February 2014
New analyses of cancer risks in UK power workers
The UK electricity industry maintains a cohort of 86,000 staff from the 1970s. Previous studies have found no excess of mortality from leukaemia or brain tumours in staff exposed to magnetic fields. ...
07 February 2014
New study on childhood cancer and power lines in the UK
A new paper has been published in the British Journal of Cancer. The original "Draper" or "CCRG" study in 2005 found elevated rates of childhood leukaemia within 600 m of overhead power lines, for ...
04 February 2014
SCENIHR: new preliminary opinion and consultation
SCENIHR is the European Union's Scientific Committee on Emerging and newly Identified Health Risks. They issue "Opinions" on EMFs every few years, the last having been 2009. On 4 February 2014, they ...
31 January 2014
New study of birth weight and power lines
A new study has been published that finds reduced birth weight in babies born to mothers living close to power lines in the north-west of England. The study reports the reduction in mothers' adresses ...
03 January 2014
Report on Phasing of UK Overhead lines
Under the UK policy on Optimum Phasing of overhead lines, the electricity industry has agreed to report at three-year intervals on the extent of optimum phasing. The first Report, 2013, has now been ...

2013

30 August 2013
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Policy Briefing Note
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have issued a Policy Briefing Note on electromagnetic fields. It recognises that whilst high-quality international research "has not shown that ...
22 July 2013
Code of Practice on Microshocks
Government and industry in the UK have published a Code of Practice on the control of microshocks and other indirect effects. Microshocks happen when a person and a conducting object acquire charge ...
29 June 2013
EU Directive on occupational exposure
The EU Directive on occupational exposure to EMFs has passed through all the approval stages and has been published in the Official Journal. It broadly implements the limits from ICNIRP 2010. See ...
06 April 2013
French study of childhood leukaemia
A study of childhood leukaemia and proximity to high-voltage power lines was published in April 2013. It finds elevated risks within 50 m of the highest voltage lines, but not at greater distances, ...
01 April 2013
Health Protection Agency becomes part of Public Health England
The Health Protection Agency was the body charged from 2005 to 2013 with giving advice on radiation protection (which, in UK legal terminology, includes EMFs). On 1 April 2013 they became part of the ...
20 March 2013
Engineering Recommendation to implement precautionary policies
The Energy Networks Association has published Engineering Recommendation G92. This follows on from the SAGE process, specifically SAGE's Second Interim Assessment which considered low-voltage ...
22 January 2013
Imperial College study of adult cancers
The Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at Imperial College have published the first results from a study of adult cancer and residential proximity to high-voltage overhead power lines in the UK. The study ...
07 January 2013
Update to Bioinitiative Report
The Bioinitiative Report was first issued in 2007 by a group of scientists assembled for the purpose and provides an alternative view of the science to other review bodies, calling for much lower ...

2012

07 September 2012
New publication on cancer incidence from the CEGB Cohort Study
The CEGB Cohort Study tracks a cohort of workers in the UK electricity industry (the then nationlised Central Electricity Generating Board) and looks at cause of death for any associations with ...
01 July 2012
New design of pylon: the "T-pylon"
National Grid is consulting on a new design of pylon, the "T-pylon", that could be offered alongside traditional lattice pylons as an alternative in some circumstances for future overhead lines. We ...

2011

06 December 2011
Parliamentary Research Paper on Substations
The House of Commons Library has published a Research Paper on "Electricity Substations and Health". Download the report from the Parliamentary website See more on UK Parliamentary activity on EMFs
21 October 2011
Government Response to SAGE Second Interim Assessment
SAGE is the UK's Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs. It published its Second Interim Assessment in June 2010. This contained various recommendations about possible precautionary measures to ...
14 June 2011
EU Commission issue proposed new Directive on occupational exposure
The EU Commission has issued its proposed new Directive on limiting occupational exposure, to replace the 2004 Directive which is currently in abeyance. see: more on exposure limits produced by the ...
27 May 2011
Council of Europe resolution
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a resolution concerning EMFs. Much of the detail is concerned with microwaves but there are some references to power frequencies, for ...
08 March 2011
New study of childhood leukaemia
EMF results have been published from the Northern California Childhood Leukemia Study. This is a larger study that has been used to look at both magnetic fields and contact currents. It finds no ...
14 February 2011
Codes of Practice on exposure limits in the UK
Two Code of Practice were launched in the UK in February 2011. They provide the practical detail necessary to apply the UK policies on exposures: one specifies what is required for compliance with ...

2010

11 November 2010
New ICNIRP exposure guidelines
ICNIRP is the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Among other activities, they produce exposure guidelines. Their 1998 exposure guidelines form the basis of the limits in ...
28 September 2010
Publication of CCRG magnetic fields results
The CCRG or "Draper" study is investigating childhood cancer rates in relation to high-voltage power lines in the UK. The first paper in 2005 looked just at distance to power lines. A new paper now ...
28 September 2010
New pooled analysis of childhood leukaemia
A new pooled analysis of magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia has been published in the British Journal of Cancer. This complements the influential Ahlbom pooled analysis by considering more ...
24 August 2010
Pooled analysis of childhood brain tumours
A pooled analysis of epidemiological studies of childhood brain tumours has been published. A pooled analysis is where you take the raw data from all the relevant individual studies and perform a ...
08 June 2010
Publication of SAGE Second Interim Assessment
SAGE is the UK's Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs. It published its First Interim Assessment in 2007, which covered high-voltage power lines and house wiring. On June 8 2010 it published its ...
02 June 2010
Latest IET Position Statement
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has a Biological Effects Policy Advisory Group (BEPAG) which produces Position Statements every two years. The latest was published in June 2010 ...
06 January 2010
Consent for Beauly-Denny power line
On 6 January 2010, the Scottish Government gave approval to the Beauly-Denny power line. See for example the BBC News coverage. EMFs were raised extensively in the Inquiry process, but the Scottish ...

2009

09 November 2009
National Policy Statement on Electricity Networks
The UK Draft National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure (EN-5) was published on 9 November 2009 and contains a section on EMFs. The National Policy Statements (NPS) guide the ...
16 October 2009
Government response to SAGE
SAGE is the Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs. See more on what SAGE is and what conclusions it has reached. On 12 October 2009, Government On October 16 2009, Government formally responded to ...
30 July 2009
ICNIRP ELF consultation
ICNIRP (the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) have published a consultation draft on new ELF exposure guidelines. The consultation runs until October. See more details ...
06 July 2009
SCENIHR research recommendations
SCENIHR - the European Union's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks - have published recommendations for research on EMFs. These are a follow-up to their update on the ...
01 June 2009
Developments in Austria and Germany
There are legislative developments in Austria and Germany concerning requirements to bury power lines. We do not necessarily have a clear picture of all that is happening but we give such hard ...
30 May 2009
New Zealand: draft report on proposed power line
A Board of Inquiry has been considering a proposal to build a major new high-voltage power line in New Zealand. Its draft "Report and Decisions" has now been published. On EMFs, it ...
26 May 2009
Response by Commission to European Parliament motion
Following the motion on EMFs passed by the European Parliament, the European Commission have given their response in the form of an answer to the following question: WRITTEN QUESTION by Glenis ...
30 March 2009
Motion on EMFs in European Parliament
The European Parliament is due to vote on 2 April on a motion 2008/2211(INI) about EMFs. The same motion was passed in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on 17 February ...
25 March 2009
Do cows sense magnetic fields?
There has been evidence for a while that some birds use the earth's static magnetic field for navigation. But could larger animals such as cows and deer also sense the magnetic field? Two scientific ...
20 March 2009
New SAGE website
SAGE is the UK's Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs. It looks at possible precautionary measures to reduce EMFs. In its First Interim Assessment published in April 2007, it looked at EMFs from ...
16 March 2009
Shift work and breast cancer
There are news stories today that the Danish Government is paying compensation to women who have developed breast cancer after long spells working nights. This is because shift work or work at night ...
01 February 2009
New statement on EMFs from Europe
SCENIHR is the European Union's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. It issued a previous opinion on EMFs in 2007 and has now updated it (though the conclusions do not ...
01 January 2009
Government response to SAGE: further delay
SAGE is the UK's Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs - see much more information on it here. It produced its First Interim Assessment in April 2007. Government made an initial response to that ...

2008

12 November 2008
New study on neurodegenerative disease in Switzerland
A new study has been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, of neurodegenerative disorders in Switzerland in relation to proximity to power lines. See the press release by the university ...
01 October 2008
Sense about Science October 2008
The charity Sense about Science has published a report called "Making sense of radiation: a guide to radiation and its health effects." On power lines and EMFs, it says: "Pylons and EMFs have ...
01 September 2008
EMF conferences September 2008
The Radiation Research Trust organised a conference on "EMFs - a global issue" on September 8-9 at the Royal Society. There is an account of the meeting on the Powerwatch website and another one in ...
01 August 2008
Controversy over "Reflex" studies
The "Reflex" project encompassed a number of laboratory studies into EMFs, funded by the EU. There are allegations that some of the experiments performed at the medical University of Vienna are ...

2007

01 December 2007
Government response to SAGE
SAGE is the Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs. The HPA's formal advice to Government about the SAGE First Assessment and the Government response have now been published.
01 October 2007
Delay to Physical Agents (EMF) Directive
The EMF Physical Agents Directive was passed in Europe in 2004, and National Governments had until 2008 to bring it into national law. However, in October 2007, the European Commission announced a ...
01 August 2007
Bioinitiative Report
The Bioinitiative Report has been produced by a grouping which describes itself as "An international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals".It concludes that ...
18 July 2007
Cross-Party Inquiry
The Cross-Party Inquiry is a group of 5 MPs, funded by the charity Children with Leukaemia, who have been considering possible precautionary measures for EMFs. They published their report on July 18 ...
01 April 2007
SAGE First Interim Assessment
SAGE is the Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs, the body analysing possible precautionary measures for EMFs and providing advice to Government. The SAGE First Interim Assessment was published in ...
01 March 2007
SCENIHR Opinion
SCENIHR is the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks.It adopted an Opinion on "Possible effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health" in ...
01 February 2007
Beauly-Denny Public Inquiry
In the UK, a public inquiry has opened into proposals to build a new high-voltage power line in Scotland, from Beauly to Denny. EMFs seem likely to feature among other issues. Evidence, including ...

Archive

02 October 2008
Latest News: archive of older items
Items from 2007 onwards are here 2006 HPA REPORT ON MELATONIN February 2006 The Health Protection Agency’s Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation have published a Report on ...