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Old 04-09-2012, 01:30 AM
 
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Hi,

I just checked map for the house (in Millwood) that we wanted to buy, there are high-voltage power lines about 700 ft from house, near saw mill road (100). Is this too close? I saw a lot of on-line research, saying this distance is not safe, especially for young children, with higher risk for leukemia. I guess I have to pass this house, due to the concern that I have. It is a nice house though, but I cannot overcome my worry. Thank you for share your openion.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:08 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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There Electric lines , they do not cause cancer....its not like there cell phone towers that give off Radiation....
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:16 AM
 
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maybe that's a nice place, but maybe better is others...
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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There Electric lines , they do not cause cancer....its not like there cell phone towers that give off Radiation....
LOL! That's hilarious! You do realize that sunlight is radiation, too, yes?

Electromagnetic radiation spans the space from radio waves, to microwaves, to infrared, to visible light and on through ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays. Radiation is all around us from natural and human-made sources.

This summary of research done through the end of 1999 references several studies that show no causal link between power lines and increased cancer cases.

There is also this article on MSN which states:
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Over the last 20 years, multiple studies have been published reviewing the effect of high-power voltage lines on human health. Among the most recent was a study from England of more than 83,000 workers in the electricity industry. Researchers found no increase in brain cancer or overall death rate when compared to those who did not work around electromagnetic fields.
Then there is this article in New Scientist which states:
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Children living near overhead power lines may have an increased risk of leukemia but the association may not be causal, UK researchers say.
The bold text is mine, for emphasis. Sometimes cancer cases cluster coincidentally, not causally. The same happens with earthquakes -- sometimes they are clustered together, sometimes they are evenly spread apart. That's part of what makes these things random.

In fact, Draper's study (one the studies referenced in the above links) specifically says:
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The results are highly significant but could nevertheless be due to chance—for example, if the leukaemia controls are not sufficiently representative of the relevant population. Some support for this explanation can be derived from the different distance distributions observed for the leukaemia and non-leukaemia controls in table 1.
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Our increased risk seems to extend to at least 200 m, and at that distance typical calculated fields from power lines are < 0.1 μT, and often < 0.01 μT—that is, less than the average fields in homes from other sources. Thus our results do not seem to be compatible with the existing data on the relation between magnetic fields and risk.
Further, this study deals specifically with a child's address at birth. Although Draper does not study the relative risk for children born elsewhere and raised next to power lines, I think his conclusion about household magnetic field levels being much higher than those from high voltage power lines is telling.

If you like the house in Millwood and the price is right, don't let high voltage power lines scare you off.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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Thank you. I have read the same thing that you just posted it. I bought EMF meters, and will take a test, and see if the level of EMF in this house is acceptable.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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^^^What Caliinchappaqua said. Regardless, resale and home value is a real consideration. Regardless of the science many will still avoid a house near high tension lines. The resale market will therfore be reduced by those folks. There's also the aesthetic issue. I'd assume that the price is discounted accordingly. I passed on a beautiful house over there for those reasons.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Yeah, unfortunately it's your dream house at the right price for a reason. You should demand a big discount for a house by powerlines -- just like a house on a busy street or by a graveyard.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone! The powerline is invisible from the house. It is on the other side of saw mill road. There are 3 more rows of houses between the house that I wanted to buy and the powerline, the saw mill road is in between. The powerline is about 700 feet away. I am more concerned with the health issue than the resale value. I will take a EMF test, and might have to pass this house if the reading is too high.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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The powerline is about 700 feet away. I am more concerned with the health issue than the resale value. I will take a EMF test, and might have to pass this house if the reading is too high.
What's the basis to judge "too high?" Is there some kind of standard or accepted criterion? Just curious.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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NO way I would consider that house....
Any home near high power wires is of real concern. There is much good information out there regarding cancer and power lines. My local school district decided not to build on a lot they owned because of this exact reason and the potential for health issues. Any home selling close to line should be selling at a steep discount. It will also affect your resale. And just image if in a few years there is more information made public regarding this danger --you may not be able to sell, or sell at a big loss.
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