REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

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and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 309

Revolt news 309 8/10/2010 Print (pdf) Version

1. Powerwatch has responded to the government (DECC) smart meter consultation. The response highlights inadequate consideration given to the effects of imposed wireless radiation signals in the home, including potential health effects, individual sensitivity, effects on pacemakers and EMC interference with other equipment. It also challenges some of the claims for energy saving and for cost-effectiveness.

2. From Stirling Before Pylons press release 29-9-10: “In January 2010 Jim Mather [Scottish Executive] approved the Beauly to Denny 400kV power line with three exceptions, two of which are individual properties, but the third is the 14km length of the line through Stirling. Scottish Power has now published its Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme, which will now be presented to the affected communities prior to a final version being submitted to the Minister at the end of the year. Scottish Power’s failure to recommend any undergrounding is farcical. No amount of tree and hedge-planting can hide a line of 50m high pylons, or protect against the very real dangers posed by electric and magnetic fields radiating off the line.”

3. Stirling Before Pylons is planning a public march through the City of Stirling to be led by Stirling’s former Rugby international star Kenny Logan:

"Scottish Power's failure to recommend undergrounding the Stirling section needs rebuffed by the Minister, since any other mitigation is meaningless in terms of protecting this stunning landscape and the health of local residents. Hopefully he will not forget that 22,000 people objected to the Beauly to Denny proposal, whilst only 45 were in support".

4. A micromort is worth around $50. What does that mean? A micromort is a one-in-a-million chance of death. We consume a few each day just by being alive. People might typically pay around 50 dollars to avoid a micromort, judging by personal safety choices, though we would want to be paid at a much higher rate to accept extra risk. Why is this important? It gives one kind of guide to proportionate precautionary measures for risk acceptability. The risk from EMFs from powerlines is classed as uncertain, which might reduce the value from $50 per micromort, though it is also imposed involuntarily for someone else’s benefit, which might increase the price.

5. The SAGE group used UK government values of around £1 million per life, as a starting point, enhancing it for childhood leukaemia to around £4 million. That led to a value of about £1,000 per home saved from powerline EMF. The £1 million per life is financially equivalent to around £1 per micromort per person taken over a million people. So public micromort valuations would be some 30 times more than the value-of-life SAGE used.

6. There are two legitimate perspectives here - the value to the nation (where economic value of life, cost of treatment and impact of bereavement are elements); and public individual valuation of small risks. They appear to be more different (30 times) than I had thought! Both should be considered, transparently, while neither should dictate policy a priori. It might be argued that the former should apply to national investment in precautionary measures, whereas the latter should apply to commercial operations and personal compensation.

7. National Grid’s 2010 ODIS (Offshore Development Information Statement) is now available at the link below. See news307 Appendix B. The 2010 ODIS shows some radical new possible developments including taking a 2GW undersea HVDC link from Anglesey on to Pembroke. We’ll return to this very important document in a later edition of revolt news.

8. The Northern Ireland 400kV interconnector controversy featured in the BBC television programme In Your Corner on 4-10-10. You can see it at the link below, from 10:30 to 16:00 minutes in the video.

Statements made by the editor or by other parties and quoted for information do not necessarily represent the views of Revolt. Criticism of government and industry, and grievances from members of the public, are in the nature of Revolt's work, though we try to give credit where it is due. Revolt is strictly non-party-political and regrets any offence which may be inadvertently caused.




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