MEP Prendergast calls on Commission to investigate health risks of high voltage overhead power lines

MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, last night highlighted the potential health risks of high voltage overhead power lines and called on the European Commission’s Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to fully investigate the matter.

 

Ms. Prendergast’s comments came ahead of a planned conference in Kilkenny on the 14th of February next which will hear from a panel of high-level level speakers on this and other aspects related to the EirGrid proposals.

 

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms. Prendergast said “I am calling on the Commission’s Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to fully investigate the potential impacts on human and animal health of high-voltage overhead power lines.

 

“I am extremely concerned that the proposed upgrading of Ireland’s national grid largely for the purposes of exporting energy to the UK and continental Europe on foot of the renegotiated renewable energy targets will be dangerous for the health of Irish families living in proximity to the high voltage overhead power lines.

 

“Irish families are extremely concerned about the health-risks posed by the electromagnetic fields associated with these over-head power lines. A 2005 study by the Childrens Cancer Research Group at the University of Oxford found that (and I quote):

 

“A UK study of 29000 cases of childhood cancer, including 9700 cases of leukaemia, found a raised risk of childhood leukaemia in children who lived within 200 m of high voltage lines at birth compared with those who lived beyond 600m”

 

“As a nurse and midwife, I cannot accept a situation where for the purposes of meeting European renewable energy targets, Irish children are being put in a state of grave danger.”

 

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