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Old Today, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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Most buyers in my neck of the woods will not consider living adjacent to/ near power lines.

It’s not the buyer’s agents job to debate real vs perceived health risks with their customers.

Despite this, such listings eventually sell and do so at steep discounts to similar properties without such defects.
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Old Today, 07:15 AM
 
Location: NC
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There are no valid scientific studies proving danger. It is all a matter of aesthetics. However if you actually hear a humm or even imagine hearing a humm it will make you continually anxious. So in that case avoid living there. Otherwise enjoy the reduced costs since there will be a discount relative to what others pay for the same place
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Old Today, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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There are no valid scientific studies proving danger. It is all a matter of aesthetics. However if you actually hear a humm or even imagine hearing a humm it will make you continually anxious. So in that case avoid living there. Otherwise enjoy the reduced costs since there will be a discount relative to what others pay for the same place


My wife would not live there for health concerns.
I would not live there for aesthetics. That thing is butt ugly, as they all are.
So, it works.

Then, there is the possibility that the right of way will be maintained with chemical spray to control vegetation.
Yuck.
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Old Today, 08:15 AM
 
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You get a lot more EMF from the wiring in your house. It decreases as the square of the distance, so 120V in your wall makes more of a field than 20,000V half a mile away.
They do use pesticides, and sometimes they spray them from a helicopter. I don't think glyphosate is hazardous, but it also will not kill some of the tougher weeds. The power line company mailed us a flyer with the names of the pesticides they would be using, but I couldn't find any definite data on them.
The big problem is when they bring in a crew of illegals for weed control on the ground. Trespassing, stealing things, felling a tree across a fence, that sort of thing.
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Old Today, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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that article is .... scary. Scary that folks believe that. That someone is led to believe living within 1.25 miles has a negative health effect. I'm guessing in any well-developed area, 90% of people live within that distance.

Yes, if you lay your head within 50 meters (as the article shows) then the EMF will be elevated. I don't think I've seen a BR that close in my 20 years. And our region is criss-crossed with the lines.
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Old Today, 08:22 AM
 
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The jury is still out, but here's a more reliable source: https://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/Wh...en/index1.html
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Old Today, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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The jury is still out, but here's a more reliable source: https://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/Wh...en/index1.html
that's the World Health Organization. Here's some interesting clauses, from that older article (it mentions the 20th century):

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Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields. However, some gaps in knowledge about biological effects exist and need further research.
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The overall weight of evidence shows that exposure to fields at typical environmental levels does not increase the risk of any adverse outcome such as spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight, and congenital diseases.
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Old Today, 08:52 AM
 
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Well, whatever the case (I personally don't believe in the health hazards) it will be a real bear to re-sell a house that backs up to power lines. I wouldn't buy it.
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Old Today, 08:53 AM
 
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that's the World Health Organization. Here's some interesting clauses, from that older article (it mentions the 20th century):
Yes, I'd trust WHO over a company that makes "EMF protection technologies" any day of the week.

It also outlines some "biological responses" that are likely not very harmful but may be unpleasant and interfere with quality of life.
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Old Today, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Of course my smart-alecky answer above is again because of this poster... not the post. Our OP is a bit of a zombie hypochondriac, if there is such a thing. I think this is his 4th ID and his 12th health concern he's posted about.

I think the lines are unsightly if they are part of your view... but they are a necessary part of powering our world. We all want to be plugged in, we invite these things in. I have clients who don't want to be near them, for aesthetics or health, doesn't really matter why, we find a place without them near.

In our area, the access roads under them are often open and people ride horses or atvs on them, in some places you can go for miles. I had a horse growing up who would spaz out whenever he was under them. He could definitely sense the electricity field, or whatever... He'd be like a loaded Jackinthebox clown, ready to *spring* if he heard anything that sounded like a bzzzzt. (!!!) Not a relaxing place for either of us to ride!

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