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I will be shopping for a new house in the next couple of months. I have narrowed it down to the area I want to live. It is a newer area of a fairly big city and all the powerlines for that area run along a greenbelt behind the subdivision.<br>
My question is, does anyone know how close you can live to powerlines before the electromagnetic current can cause potential problems?
 

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This doesn't exactly answer your question, but my dad works for the power company and a lot of their customers worry about this. He points out that if the alternative is buried power lines, the buried lines are actually closer to you than if they are overhead.<br><br>
I think different people are more sensitive to electromagnetic fields than others.
 

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Yes this is true that the lines are closer to you in proximity, but I have been told that the ground absorbs most if not all of the electromagnetic frequency put out by high-voltage lines before they reach you.<br><br>
I know that some people are very sensitive to these things. I worked in a pharmacy that had some electrical issues and I had to quit because I was so dizzy I could not walk around without gripping the counter and I was starting to stutter!
 

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I am sensitive to them too, but not that sensitive. I just get a little overstimulated by certain types of appliances being on, and wristwatches always die within a week of my having them, even with new batteries. My friend was able to resolve some of her sensitivity issues by wearing a magnet. Would you be able to tell by doing a walk through of a house whether its affecting you, or would you have to determine it after spending a significant amount of time there?
 

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Subscribing to this thread. Hoping someone has info about how close you can live to power lines before it's unsafe.
 

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I glimpsed through a magazine that is somewhere in my house where cattle farmers want the power company to take responsibility in mutations? seen in thier calves and something about milk production.<br>
I will have to find the mag and get the real story for you. My memory is not the greatest.
 

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My DH is a senior electrician who used to run a power plant, and he says that unfortunately, there's really no way to know what's safe. No power companies have ever been forced to really study the issue, and they all swear that it's not high-voltage electric lines that cause leukemia and that sort of thing in some neighborhoods.<br><br>
That said, he would never let our kids live in a house that had the high-voltage lines running directly over the roof. If they're off a little ways, like running across the street, that would be good enough for him, because electricity dissipates very fast; I would think being 50 or so feet away would be plenty, even for the very high-voltage cables.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am sensitive to them too, but not that sensitive. I just get a little overstimulated by certain types of appliances being on, and wristwatches always die within a week of my having them, even with new batteries. My friend was able to resolve some of her sensitivity issues by wearing a magnet. Would you be able to tell by doing a walk through of a house whether its affecting you, or would you have to determine it after spending a significant amount of time there?</div>
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I don't think I'm that sensitive to EMF because it took about 10 months for my symptoms to appear. They gradually got worse but only while I was at work. When I left I was fine. And there's no way to prove that it was EMF's causing this, but there were electrical issues in the room and so I am positive that's what was causing it. So I could not tell by being in a house for a short period of time if it would affect me.<br>
Now I'm miffed to find out the community I like actually has a big power transfer station right next to it, like RIGHT next to it. argh.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DH is a senior electrician who used to run a power plant, and he says that unfortunately, there's really no way to know what's safe. No power companies have ever been forced to really study the issue, and they all swear that it's not high-voltage electric lines that cause leukemia and that sort of thing in some neighborhoods.<br><br>
That said, he would never let our kids live in a house that had the high-voltage lines running directly over the roof. If they're off a little ways, like running across the street, that would be good enough for him, because electricity dissipates very fast; I would think being 50 or so feet away would be plenty, even for the very high-voltage cables.</div>
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Okay, I actually got off my lazy butt and did some research on this, and from what I can tell, people who lived less than 200 feet away from power lines as a child had a 70% increased chance of leukemia and people who lived between 200-600 feet away had a 50% increase in the incidence of leukemia. After 600 feet they found no correlation. And in some studies they found no correlation. Out of 12 independant studies that I found, half of them found a correlation, the other half didn't. And who knows if they were biased or not. And who knows if it was something else in the neighborhood making them sick?
 
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