A total of 144 elementary and junior high schools in Taiwan are exposed to dangerous electromagnetic fields

Lee Chung-yi, a Taiwanese professor of public health at Fu Jen Catholic University, may be doesn't have to worry so much about the schools that are close to EMF sources, if he would only listen to a swedish Public Health representative - professor Anders Ahlbom who tends more to the "don't worry, be happy" approach: "Also the involved risk, if any is small and would affect a small fraction of the population." But how small is for example: even 1%- 5% of billion people? Calculators are not only for statistics, they can be used also for basic math.

Iris Atzmon

From Sylvie:



2006-02-13 18:52:34

Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) A total of 144 elementary and junior high schools in Taiwan are exposed to dangerous electromagnetic fields, according to Monday's China Times newspaper.

The paper quoted a survey conducted by Lee Chung-yi, a professor of public health at Fu Jen Catholic University, under the commission of the Ministry of Education, as warning that the health of more than 18,000 students could be threatened by the electromagnetic fields.

Judged by the locations of the schools, the survey found that 95 elementary schools and 49 junior high schools have part of their campus within 20 meters of high-voltage power lines or within a
50-meters radius of a substation.

In theory, such areas are affected by extreme low-frequency electromagnetic fields with an intensity of more than 4 milligauss, which has been linked to high incidence of cancer among children, according to the survey.

As it is "impossible" to relocate the schools or ask the power company to move the power lines or power facilities, the paper quoted an education official as saying that the Education Ministry has asked these schools to "avoid using campus and classrooms" near affected areas.

(By Maubo Chang)


From: Anders Ahlbom
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 3:01 AM
To: 'hans karow'
Subject: SV: 2 generation family home exposure to high transmission line EMR

There is still scientific uncertainty about this association and IARC (WHO cancer agency) classified the exposure as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Also the involved risk, if any is small and would affect a small fraction of the population. Yet, I would try to avoid a home with the exposure level you mention, particularly with children at home.

Best wishes,

Anders Ahlbom

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Från: hans karow
Skickat: den 15 januari 2006 01:31
Till: Anders.Ahlbom@imm.ki.se
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Dear Dr. Ahlborn,

In your personal opinion, not reflecting the ICNIRP opinion or position, could you please inform me, whether you and your assumed family, with children aged 1 and 3, and expecting a third child in two months, would you live in a house that is exposed to magnetic fields ranging between no less than 10 and 20 milliGauss AC magnetic field and above, 24 hours a day, year-round for the next 25+ years. This with your wife always staying home and not working anywhere else, and having mind that you once will retire in this home, and one of your kids will move in and raise a family of two or three children?

Your response would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,

Hans Karow
1215 Poplar Grove Road
Penticton, BC, V2A 8T6, Canada
E-mail: hkarow@shaw.ca


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