Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Question 644: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the World Health Organisation's view on health implications associated with the erection of 400Kv electricity pylons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28267/07]
Tony Killeen (Minister of State, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Clare, Fianna Fail)
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The position set out in the reply to Question 524 of 6 November 2007 and in the adjournment debate of 13 November has not changed.
In summary, the Government published the report of the Expert Group on the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields earlier this year. With regard to Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) fields emitted by electricity power lines, (including 400Kv power lines), the Report concluded that there is limited scientific evidence of adverse health effects. The Expert Group have recommended that precautionary measures be used, where appropriate, and that Ireland continue to adopt and enforce the international guidelines developed by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection and endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the European Union.
Further information on the World Health Organisation views can be found on their website www.who.int.