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Revolt Newsletter 103

10/11/2001


 

1. More friends in Canada have been in touch. This time it's Hans Karow from British Columbia about the 230kV Ootischenka power line proposed by SUMAS Energy Inc. Objectors CORE (Coalition to Reduce Electropollution) are citing several laws over the intrusion of EMFs which the line would create. Interestingly they claim the intrusion is legally a physical assault upon residents. They also refer to the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Revolt has explored some of these issues but will look again for new avenues which might apply in England.

2. Hans Karow also tells us that the Spanish legal case, which went against Iberdola Electric Co. in 2000, had the result of the company's appeal 27.2.01, and the company lost. Iberdola had installed a transformer in the ground floor of a building, creating fields of over 1 microtesla (uT) and sometimes over 4 uT in the dwelling of Francisco Hernandez. The judge Jose Moreno had referred to an expert report of Physics Professor Javier Abellan and accepted that fields of 0.3 uT were prejudicial to human health. Interesting word, prejudicial, as it may not require proof of a cause but may reflect concerns based on evidence. The company must pay compensation of 600,000 pts and must ensure the fields do not invade the dwelling or else pay the family for a new dwelling. The case could be important in England since it is based on European Human Rights law.

3. Maureen Asbury of the Trentham Environmental Action Campaign in Staffordshire has been very busy on the EMF issue, with papers sent to the BMA, the British Medical Journal and the Lancet, in the light of recent research and recommendations of the WHO. She is also complaining to NRPB at their absence of recommendation following the reported effect of EMF in blocking the anti-cancer action of Tamoxifen, the important treatment for breast cancer. She says the NRPB serves its political masters rather than the public it is supposed to protect.

4. CPRE newsletter for November 2001 refers to the government Green Paper on planning expected this autumn (see news101.3). It quotes Gordon Brown saying government aims "to make planning decisions speedier, to reduce uncertainty and risk". Major decisions, like powerlines are to be put "firmly into the hands of parliament". CPRE is campaigning for a democratic planning system with a voice for local people. Tony Blair, speaking at the CBI conference on bonfire night, promised to cut down the planning process to help business developers.

5. Congratulations to Anne McIntosh MP on her appointment, despite her support for Ken Clarke in the leadership contest, as opposition spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport. Let's hope she gets some good sport in challenging the sinister planning moves.

6. Landowners at the southern section of the line report an NGC letter arrived 7.11.01 setting out plans to fell trees, which they want to do now they have DEFRA clearance.  The contractor drawing up the plans is Balfour Beatty Power Networks (BBPN), HQ in Derby. Landowners please remember all access (e.g. routes, times, checking-in, safety etc.) at this stage has to be agreed with you, though NGC can seek a court order if they think access is being unreasonably denied.

7. ITV Tonight with Trevor MacDonald 8.11.01 was on mobile phones and health. Bill Stewart, former Chief Scientist and chairman of the Independent Expert Group which produced the Stewart Report last year, said for health reasons he wouldn't let his 5-year old grandchild use a mobile phone. It's a similar problem to EMFs from powerlines (see news88).

Mike O'Carroll

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