Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Internet and Powerline Health Concerns, Australia

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Here are two Australian ABC news stories that report dangers of electro magnetic radiation.


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Dereel residents air internet fears


The residents of Dereel, south of Ballarat, do not want their internet services upgraded because they are concerned about the electromagnetic radiation that will be generated.

Two petitions containing almost 200 signatures has been presented to the Golden Plains Shire about a broadband antenna being installed at the Dereel Hall and Community Centre.

The council says improving broadband internet services is a community priority and the proposed wireless connection meets the shire planning scheme and the Telecommunications Act.

The secretary of the Dereel Hall Committee, Wendy McClelland, says she is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation and moved especially to Dereel to avoid it.

"I don't mind the internet connections being improved, but I am opposed to it through the wireless system because of the microwave radiation which is emitted from the towers," she said.

"Most people are still unaware of how much damage they actually do and people are getting very sick, it's causing cancer, leukaemia, brain tumours and people are actually dying."

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency's Colin Roy says it is extreme to say that this technology is making people sick.

"I think if people are concerned about those sorts of emissions they probably shouldn't be using a mobile phone where the levels themselves are much higher," he said.

"Even with mobile phones there's no strong evidence of a direct link to any adverse health effect."

Powerlines near school to go underground

Posted Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:50pm AEDT


The New South Wales Greens have welcomed news that an extra 750-metre stretch of proposed new high-voltage powerlines on the state's central coast will now be built underground.

The powerlines will stretch around 17 kilometres from Ourimbah to Wamberal.

Anthony O'Brien from Energy Australia after strong reaction from local residents about the project, it decided to put the extra section, near Wamberal Public school, underground.

"It's a good, balanced result taking into account the residents concerns and the need to boost power supplies to the area," he said.

Greens MP John Kaye says Energy Australia's decision is a good step forward.

"It's also an admission by Energy Australia that there are severe health risks associated with exposing young people to electro magnetic radiation," he said.

Dr Kaye says he would like a further section near a local high school placed underground.

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