ENTSO-E publishes its position paper on public exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields (EMF)

(PresseBox) ( Brussels, )
ENTSO-E (the European Network of Transmission System Operators) today publishes its position on exposure of the general public to extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields (EMF) and asks the EU for support in communicating its position thus assisting in the delivery of essential transmission infrastructure development at appropriate cost.

Successful and efficient transmission networks are central to the delivery of EU policies on energy and climate change. As outlined in ENTOS-E's Ten Year Network Development plan (TYNDP) 2012, published for public consultation on 1 March 2012 substantial investments (42,100km of new and upgrading of existing lines) for electricity transmission infrastructure across 34 European countries are required in order for the 2020 policy targets to be met.

ENTSO-E wishes to stress the importance of the EU Recommendation on EMF (1999/519/EC) as a tool for a coherent policy and communication by all TSOs and authorities throughout the different EU member states.

The paper confirms that TSOs recognize the genuine concerns of the general public regarding alleged health effects from electric and magnetic fields and take these concerns into account when selecting the optimal route for their infrastructure. ENTSO-E wishes to encourage the provision of accurate and correct information to the general public as recommended by the World Health Organisation. ENTSO-E calls on bodies such as the EU, national government authorities and agencies, local government, medical and scientific bodies etc. to assist in informing the general public about the current state of research and the scientific position on ELF EMFs.

ENTSO-E considers it is vital that there is a clear, authoritative, recommendation on exposures in Europe. The present EU Recommendation is adequate and suitable in respect of exposure of the general population to electric and magnetic fields generated by high voltage electricity circuits.
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