California

The California Department of Health Services EMF program has produced various draft Risk Evaluations on EMFs; the final version was produced in May 2002.

The review was conducted by three scientists employed by the Department. It was published by the Department but does not constitute the official view of California.  Their conclusions were:

“To one degree or another all three of the DHS scientists are inclined to believe that EMFs can cause some degree of increased risk of childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and miscarriage.

They strongly believe that EMFs do not increase the risk of birth defects, or low birth weight.

They strongly believe that EMFs are not universal carcinogens, since there are a number of cancer types that are not associated with EMF exposure.

To one degree or another they are inclined to believe that EMFs do not cause an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Depression, or symptoms attributed by some to a sensitivity to EMFs. However,

All three scientists had judgments that were close to the dividing line between believing and not believing that EMFs cause some degree of increased risk of suicide, or

For adult leukemia, two of the scientists were close to the dividing line between believing and not believing and one was prone to believe that EMFs cause some degree of increased risk.”

Compared to other bodies

  • The conclusions reached in the draft document appear to be inconsistent with those reached by, for example, the HPA and WHO.