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REVOLT Newsletter 234
Revolt news 8/09/2007
1. Hans Karow <firstname.lastname@example.org> of the Coalition to Reduce Electropollution (CORE) in Canada reports enquiries from Mr. Kin Hing Tong <email@example.com>, a Canadian registered engineer, regarding EMF guidance and ICNIRP implementation in Hong Kong (APPENDIX A). We would be pleased to hear of any citizens' groups in those countries.
2. We get an increasing range of powerlines-related enquiries from many countries. As the law and procedures vary between countries, it would be helpful to identify citizens' reference points in each country. I would be pleased to hear your suggestions. Hans has agreed to be a contact for Canada.
3. The BioInitiative Working Group launched 31 August its important Bioinitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF). The participants are mostly highly reputable scientists, from several countries, who have dissented from the establishment view of ICNIRP and WHO. http://www.bioinitiative.org
4. The Bioinitiative Report says existing public safety standards look to be thousands of times too lenient, and need to be changed. It says: "It is no longer acceptable to build new powerlines and electrical facilities that place people in ELF environments that have been determined to be risky. These levels are in the 2 to 4 milligauss range." (That is 0.2 to 0,4 microtesla.) The report recommends a safety factor, with an interim planning limit of 0.1 microtesla for homes near new lines, and 0.2 microtesla for other new construction.
5. Those recommendations in the Bioinitiative Report would mean burying new National Grid lines anywhere they would come within about 200 metres of homes. Even on NG data as supplied to SAGE, for an average of 400 and 275 kV lines and calculated under optimal balance conditions, and averaged over time, the fields would be well over 0.1 microtesla at 100 metres. In realistic practical conditions a separation of around 200 metres would be needed.
6. News from Kamionki in Poland is at APPENDIX B. The citizens objectors are putting forward constructive proposals for an acceptable solution for the powerline. We wish them well in their negotiations. If only power companies would engage in meaningful consultation, which means being prepared to pay a little more than the minimum, many of these conflicts might be prevented. It is always more difficult and damaging to the company's reputation once confrontation has set in.
7. News from Ontario is at APPENDIX C. A controversial scheme to build a new high-voltage power line is left on the table after a report from the Ontario Power Authority and could become an October election issue.
8. Snips from news@all-energy96 are at APPENDIX D.
APPENDIX A Notes from Kin Hing Tong about Hong Kong.
The power company, CLP POWER HONG KONG LIMITED that I am fighting with is partly owned by the US energy giant Exxon. As the 1998 ICNIRP guidelines cooked up by the energy industries is now the only guidelines recognised by the Hong Kong Government, it's almost hopeless to fight the power company.
On one location, readings over 100~200 micro Telsa were read in a living room which is separated from a bank of 10 KV power transpformers by a wall of regular thickness. Engineers from the HongKong Government and CLP POWER still insist its safe because the limits specified by ICNIRP is over 800+ micro Telsa. The TV set in the living room is not feeling comfortable because the color is slightly distorted. They are now placing another bank of 132KV power grid switching equipments next to another living room on the ground floor, which is also only separated by a wall.
In Hong Kong,132 KV power grid cables are laid all over the city under SIDEWALKS at a depth of 1.4 to 2.5 meter with Government approvals. (132KV power grid cables are laid only in 2.5 to 3.00 meter deep concrete trenches in the middle of the road in Sidney Australia).
If I cannot find any "reputable" regulations to challenge the Hong Kong Government, I can now only collect data and use it to challenge the government when something bad actually happened in the future. Some 132KV cables were buried under the the sidewalk right in front of a school.
... and earlier ...
My understanding is that the 1998 ICNIRP EMF exposure guidelines is for "LIMITING" exposure for short or not so long durations.
Is there any new guidelines for PROLONGED (IN TERMS OF YEARS) exposure to EMFs issued by national or international agencies.
I am living in Hong Kong. The power company (CLP Power Hong Kong Limited) is now laying a 132KV grid transmission cable under the sidewalk.( They are actually laying this kind of underground 132KV cable all over Hong Kong. (.... To all prospective tourists who plans to pay a visit to Hong Kong: Beware!!! )
The depth of the cable is about 2 to 2.5 metre below ground level. (At some location is only 1.5 M). the cable is only one meter from the front door of my apartment.
The apartment building shares a common wall with the adjacent power substation, The living quarters of the apartments on the ground floor is separated from 10KV and 132KV equipments by a 200~300mm wall. The high voltage equipments are standing right next to this common wall.
Please tell me where I can find codes, guidelines, or advice to argue against the power company on the improper installation of these equipments.
***** ***** APPENDIX B News from Krzysztof Kuklinski from Kamionki in Poland
In the municipality of Kornik near Poznan the inhabitants of three villages - Kamionki, Skrzynki and Borowiec - have been protesting against the construction of a huge 70m high power line for several years.
Now, after half-a- year long talks, the local authorities made a statement in which they were definitely in support of a more beneficial solution to the society. The investor, however, made a statement in which he threatens the authorities with a trial.
The Statement no 1/2007 of the City Council in Kornik dated July 11th 2007 refering to a position on a running of a power line 2x400KV + 2x220KV on the area of Kornik Municipality, including geodesic confines of Skrzynki, Borowiec and Kamionki.
On the basis of §26 passage 2 point 3 of the Statute of Kornik Municipality passed with the Act no III/20/2002 dated December 10,2002 the City Council in Kornik support the position established by the special Working Group in connection with the running of a power line 2x400KV + 2x220KV on the area of Kornik Municipality including the areas of Skrzynki, Borowiec and Kamionki villages and states that the most reasonable solution would be as follows:
1. the power line should come into the municipality of Kornik from the municipality of Mosina on the forest areas in the distance not shorter than 800m from the existing buildings. 2. the pylons from 48-52 should be dismantled and the line should run from the border with the Mosina Municipality through the forest in a distance not shorter than 800m from existing buildings. 3. this investment should be continued through forest paths (on high of “ Dł ugie” housing estate in a distance not shorter than 800m from existing buildings) until the best possible technical connection with the existing pylon 58. 4. on the areas of Borowiec and Skrzynki villages an underground electric cable should be put instead of overhead high-voltage power line. 5. in place in which it is not possible to correct the running of lines or replace them with underground cables, because of technical or terrain problems, the investor should pay compensation to the inhabitants according to the value of the whole property. 6. immediate talks with the municipality of Mosina should be taken in order to work out a mutual position on the best connection of lines, taking the benefit for both municipalities into consideration. 7. to enter into negotiations with the investor as soon as possible in order to finalise the building intentions according to the above points.
With the aim of completing the building intention by PSE S.A as quickly as possible, the City Council makes the alternative running of power lines 2x400KV + 2x220KV possible - in agreement with the investor- on the area of Kornik Municipality, but this solution should cover the guidelines defined in points 1-6 of the present position.
APPENDIX C News from Ontario.
ONTARIO POWER AUTHORITY PLANS
Controversial power line in east end remains option
CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF, Globe & Mail
August 31, 2007
A controversial scheme to build a new high-voltage power line through east-end neighbourhoods may not be necessary after all, according to a new report on Ontario's electricity future.
But the latest word from the Ontario Power Authority hasn't dampened political sparks over the issue in the run-up to the Oct. 10 provincial election.
In a report released this week, the OPA leaves the controversial power project on the table as one of several options to feed the city's electricity-hungry downtown over the next 20 years.
In its filing to the Ontario Energy Board, the agency says aggressive conservation and new small-scale electricity generation (by various providers) could possibly do the job instead.
From The Globe and Mail:
If a new power line is required by 2015, OPA would then evaluate three alternate routes. A 26-kilometre line south from Markham, through Scarborough and Riverdale, to the Port Lands has been on the drawing board for months.
As well, OPA invited Brookfield Power, a private company, to submit proposals to build a cable under Lake Ontario to deliver power from either Bowmanville or Niagara Falls to downtown. All three projects would cost about $600-million and deliver between 600 and 700 megawatts of power.
Fierce critics of the land route criticize the OPA report for not taking the east-end route off the table and for not earmarking specific funds to boost conservation in Toronto.
"It is not only a power document, it is also a highly political document," says New Democratic Party energy critic Peter Tabuns, whose Toronto-Danforth riding includes the possible land route.
"It tells me an election is very close," he says, suggesting the power line could play a role in the upcoming election for east-end Toronto ridings.
City councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth), said that despite the OPA's call for conservation and small-scale electricity generation (from multiple sources), she questions if these options are at top of the list for OPA and the Liberals.
"If you like sweets, this is a good fudge document," says Ms. Fletcher.
But Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan accuses Mr. Tabuns and Ms. Fletcher of "fear-mongering."
The minister says his reading of the OPA report is "there is no need for a third line" because Toronto has two already, "and if we do conservation and distributed energy, there are lots of ways to avoid it."
He described the underwater route as "intriguing."
Richard Legault, president of Brookfield Power, said "we are keen and very happy to provide a solution to this."
Feasibility studies on the underwater cable could take a year or two, but the ultimate decision on routes and demand rests with OPA and the Ontario Energy Board.
Without commenting directly on the land route, he calls an underwater cable line a "lower impact solution."
The OPA has set a provincewide target for conservation of 5,000 megawatts over the next 20 years, with no firm target yet for the city.
Toronto Hydro already is making big strides in conserving power. Since 2005, the city-owned utility has conserved 250 megawatts of power and has a contract with OPA to save another 90 megawatts by 2010, says spokesman Blair Peberdy.
The utility has reined in peak demand use by residents and businesses for three years in a row. The OPA, whose report goes to the Ontario Energy Board for approval, will not make a firm decision on a third transmission line until 2010.
APPENDIX D Snips from news@all-energy96
1.1.Doubt cast on renewable energy targets (cont'd from issue 95) Renewable power is set to grow far more slowly than the government has predicted, according to a new analysis of the UK's energy mix and greenhouse gas emissions. It will represent only 5 per cent of the country's electricity in 2010, up just 1 percentage point from the 4 per cent recorded last year, says a study by consultancy Cambridge Econometrics. The government's long-held target envisages 10 per cent of electricity coming from renewables by 2010. However, the study found that with new policies in place, the UK could produce 12 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2015 http://tinyurl.com/284e2x http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6959589.stm
1.2.The Energy Minister's view Malcolm Wicks, energy minister, in conversation with Christopher Adams and Ed Crooks of the Financial Times. http://tinyurl.com/28gfdx
3.1.Linking the Scottish islands - Ofgem Presentations from Ofgem's Connecting the Scottish Island Workshop in Glasgow http://tinyurl.com/2efmnz
3.3.Pylons 'will drive customers away' Building large electricity pylons in the Cairngorms National Park could hit businesses in the area, according to a report http://tinyurl.com/2gbmrg Current Beauly-Denny Inquiry programme at http://www.beaulydenny.co.uk/
-- Mike O'Carroll
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