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REVOLT Newsletter 334

Revolt news 23/07/2011 Print (pdf) Version

1. Stour Valley Underground (SVU) newsletter 15 July headlines are at APPENDIX A below. NG has announced its preferred corridor for the Bramford-Twinstead line as Corridor2 through the Dedham Vale AONB.

2. Objectors are furious at what they claim as NG reneging on an assurance given in formal consultation that existing 132kV pylons close to homes in Twinstead would be removed. SVU Chairman David Holland said “Reneging on the commitment to remove the pylons is just another example of the misinformation we have had to deal with since National Grid put their project proposals before us. The gross exaggeration of the cost of undergrounding power lines is yet another example.”

3. Tessa Munt MP put a “10-minute-rule motion” to Parliament on Tuesday 5 July on alternatives to pylons and to update the Electricity Act 1989. Revolt, along with other groups, was acknowledged in the reading. The motion has support of many MPs and will have its second reading on 25 November. A video of the motion can be seen at the link below, starting at 15:41 about 1h7m from the start.

4. In her presentation Tessa Munt describes the NG competition for pylon design as “purely a diversion”. She calls for more openness following the debacle of the KEMA review-that-wasn’t. And she puts on record that Siemens show that the lifetime cost of undergrounding with GIL is less than half that of pylons.

5. SVU has been invited to assist Suffolk CC in raising awareness of the prospective Waveney Valley 400kV line. SVU says “If a grid connection through such flat, economically important and highly designated landscape as that between Lowestoft and Diss is not seen as appropriate for undergrounding by National Grid, in what landscape is it appropriate?”

6. The six Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) were debated and approved by the House of Commons on 18th July 2011, and were formally designated on 19th July. The NPSs and associated environmental statements (Appraisals of Sustainability) can be seen at

7. In California a battle has been won for a right-to-know law on mobile phone EMF radiation levels, the Environmental Health Trust reports 21 July 2011. “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today 11-0 to improve and strengthen the nation’s first cell phone radiation law, in spite of legal intimidation and threats from the cell phone industry.” The industry had issued a legal challenge “claiming their 1st amendment constitutional rights were violated by having to disclose the radiation levels of every phone marketed in the city”.

8. At this time when UK politicians are calling for greater political transparency it is a pity the mobile phone industry resists disclosure of simple technical data on its products. Credit where it’s due: UK’s National Grid maintains a nerds’ feast of information at It would be nice to see also a list of the EMF levels and locations of the highest UK in situ public exposures, from on-site measurements, in proximity to NG facilities. Sure, public exposures are combined from NG and other sources, but that is no reason not to measure them. The value would be in examining priorities for possible mitigation as well as in right-to-know ethical values.

9. Trust is in the news, not least over the Murdoch-police-politics affair (news333.10), entangled with separation of powers between government, law and communication media. Something similar plays out in microcosm for EMFs, as in Climate Change, and trust in science is a casualty. Transparency, of evidence, of assessment, and of communications, can be a force for good in all of them.


APPENDIX A SVU newsletter headlines

  • National Grid's Bramford to Twinstead Corridor Announcement
  • National Grid Fail to Limit Pylon Blighting: A Very Local Issue
  • What's wrong with the corridor decision
  • Siemens offer to manufacture Gas Insulated (underground) Lines (GIL) in the UK
  • Siemens present data that shows that the whole life cost of GIL is lower than that of pylons 
  • Tessa Munt MP puts a Bill before Parliament to make undergrounding more likely
  • Parliament is told that National Grid undermined the IET/KEMA Underground Costs Research
  • Stour Valley Underground gets mentioned in the House of Commons
  • Suffolk County Council invite us to contribute to the Waveny Valley pylon awareness event


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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