TRENTHAM ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION CAMPAIGN

51 Earlsbrook Drive Trentham Stoke on Trent ST4 8DL

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Department of Health reply to this letter

TRENTHAM ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION CAMPAIGN
51 Earlsbrook Drive Trentham Stoke on Trent ST4 8DL

30 April 2001

Rt Hon Alan Milburn
Secretary of State for Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS

Dear Mr Milburn

OVERHEAD POWER LINES AND HEALTH

You will undoubtedly be well aware that our group in particular as been the focus of many recent television and other media reporting on the emissions from power lines, also to the extent that an Australian Documentary team have recently flown over for an in-depth investigation into our views and to receive our scientific reports to enable them to make a Documentary which they intend to sell world-wide, featuring in particular, the acknowledged health risks associated with overhead power lines.

It is a sad reflection that the rest of the world appear to be prepared to take these matters more seriously than our own Government.

Recent events and in particular the NRPB report that was made public on March 4 2001 only goes to prove  just how out of touch the Government's nominated advisory body is with current opinion.

When their report came out it was already old news and took no account of more recent findings and scientific opinion that was far more reaching than their own limited investigations.

It is of particular significance that the reporting of the fact that the intended benefits of Tomoxifen for treating breast cancer victims is cancelled out by the emissions from power lines, is a very worrying development that has subsequently been totally ignored and yet is something that should have been instantly leapt upon by the Medical Authorities.

Our conclusions to all of these matters is that the NRPB is not the body that should be addressing those issues, that the Governments advisory panel should encompass a much wider variety of scientific opinions, lay people and other concerned groups.

We feel it is now time that we as a group and other advisers of our choice and those who have supported us and assisted us should meet with you in the very near future so that we can discuss matters more generally to express our concerns and find out exactly what the Government intends to do to support us in insuring that our particular issues now get the proper Government support and if necessary funding that they undoubtedly warrant.

We look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.

Yours sincerely

Frank Lewis Maureen Asbury Chairman President