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Living Near Power Lines: Is it Dangerous to Your Health?

Published 8/28/09 (Modified 6/17/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

The Internet is quite a mixed bag of information - a wild, wild west cornucopia of unfiltered and unadulterated questions and answers. Among the nuggets of knowledge, there's an endless supply of trashy material and unsubstantiated half truths. For every debatable issue imaginable, there are legions of supporters and oppositions on both sides of the divide. Search engines like Google and Bing do nothing to segregate the legitimate articles from the biased quackery and it's often up to the readers themselves to differentiate fact from fiction. Such is the case with a very contentious and controversial issue of mine that's literally hitting close to home - the issue of living next to power lines and whether they have any negative impact on one's health.

From the various articles available online, you'll frequently read comments and posts from individuals claiming that their personal cancers and miscarriages were the direct results of living too close to nearby power lines. Though when subjected to scientific scrutiny, this does not necessarily indicate a definitive connection between the two, it's easy to see how the passionate and emotional voices could come to such conclusions. In my case, both of my parents are survivors of lymphoma cancer. Both of them successfully completed their chemotherapy treatments and both were able to cure themselves of the cancers that plagued their bodies for months. However, as far as I know - they and I have never lived in close proximity to power lines of any sort. However, if we hypothetically had, I'm sure I would have immediately jumped to such emotional conclusions as well and pointed to power lines as the leading cause of the cancers. As I examine this controversial issue, it's important to bear in mind that when it comes to such ubiquitous and misunderstood issues as the effects of electromagnetic fields from power lines, people's reactions may frequently be driven more by emotion and passion than by reason and true evidence.

I'm Buying A Dream House: But It's Located Near Electrical Power Lines

After years of renting, I'm finally in the process of buying my first home. At the conclusion of months of tireless searching and countless weekdays and weekends of visiting open houses and housing prospects, I've finally found the perfect starter home in the perfect location. It's a beautiful single family house -���� a brand spanking new construction home in a very desirable location near major transportation routes with excellent accessibility to stores and close proximity to places I need to be on a regular basis. But there's a problem, and a big problem at that depending on how you look at it. The prospective new construction lot I'm looking at is located somewhat near a string of power lines and within viewing proximity of several gigantic power line towers. To be precise, the constructed home would be located approximately 350 yards (1050 feet or 320 meters) from the nearest high voltage powerline.

The first time I drove through the newly minted housing development - I instantly fell in love. But after I saw the looming power lines in the distance, I began to have second doubts. Aside from the unsightly nature of the looming eye sores, I had mild qualms about the safety and health hazards of living in such relative close proximity to the gargantuan steel structures and high tension wires. After all, I was brought up by my parents and shaped by the mainstream media and social norms to naturally believe in certain things - such assorted health based beliefs like - microwave ovens emanate hazardous radiation waves, smoking causes cancer, Tylenol damages your liver, immunizing your child may lead to him or her developing autism, diet coke causes cancer, red meat is unhealthy, eating too much fish can lead to mercury poisoning, too much egg yolk will kill you, and finally - prolonged exposure to high tension powerlines can cause leukemia in children and lead to other cancers and Alzheimer type afflictions in adults.

But instead of taking such beliefs at face value this time around, and probably because the home and the neighborhood otherwise satisfied almost every other factor on my check list, I decided to investigate the power line health issue in greater depth. What I discovered was rather troubling - but not for the reasons you might think. After hours and days of research and pouring over numerous governmental issued reports on powerlines and research articles on the alleged connection between power line generated radiation and cancer in humans, I've come to the overwhelming conclusion that there is simply insufficient evidence at this time to establish a causal link between the two. Despite my own hard conclusions based on existing data, concrete facts, and actual measurements conducted by invited powerline company personnel of the suspected area, I don't think a consensus on this controversial issue will ever fully be reached by all people. It seems that for every scientific study which appears to conclusively link power lines to various health issues, there's another prominent health study which conclusively refutes it. Despite the fact that the "scientific research reports" that allege a real causal link between power line electro-magnetic field radiation and cancer afflictions only comprise about 10-20% of the total research, and a dominant 80% or so (based on my very rough fuzzy math estimates) refute a definitive link between the two, the "yes it causes cancer" crowd seems to win out in most debates, drowning out the rest - presumably through their ability to sway opinions through the use of emotional rhetoric and scare tactics.

Is It Safe To Live Near Power Lines? Does EMF Radiation From PowerLines Cause Cancer?

Power lines frequently generate intense opposition and heated protest - from homeowners to environmentalists - from power company authorities to even bloggers like yours truly. The responses are frequently conflicting and emotionally heated. The debate stems from the powerful but invisible electro-magnetic fields (EMF) generated by power lines as electricity is transmitted through them. Some say the magnetic waves corrupt DNA structures and contribute to the development of various cancers. Although these electrical magnetic fields are also generated by common house hold appliances such as TV's, alarm clocks, cell phones, hair blow dryers, computers, can openers, and electric blankets, much of this debate tends to focus exclusively on high tension power lines and the gigantic pylon towers that support them in certain neighborhoods.

While it's nearly impossible for me to discuss the entire scientific bases for the various conclusions out there, suffice it is to say - once you are able to discard the hype and hysteria, the general consensus by the most reputable sources do strongly suggest that currently, there is insufficient evidence to make the quantum leap that magnetic fields from power lines have the capacity to cause childhood leukemia, childhood brain tumors, or other cancers in children - and that presently, there is totally inadequate and inconsistent evidence to establish a relationship between power line fields and breast cancer or other forms of brain tumors in adults. This is not to suggest there is absolutely no possibility of a casual link between the two, but that the realm of verifiable data and research can not yet scientifically link the two as cause and effect.

Extensive research has been performed on the issue and major health organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, the National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) -���� have all performed studies and looked at the available research - and opined that there is not conclusive evidence that EMF exposure poses a cancerous risk or that���� residence near high voltage lines increases health risks. Authorities such as the NIH have noted that the available research, despite all of the inflammatory passions involved, fail to demonstrate that the levels of risk represent a real increase in cancer occurrences. Furthermore, such public health authorities have criticized the inflammatory research out there that report a causation link between powerline exposure and cancer, citing possible pervasive study biases stemming from the faulty selection of study subjects and failures to take into consideration other contributing factors such as poverty, nutrition, obesity, pure chance, and sample sizes based on volunteered opinions alone. Despite these authoritative findings, public hysteria will likely always remain - it's just the infallibility of human nature.

New conflicting reports and absolutely contradicting updates by the media and various vested interests on both sides of the divide are constantly being disseminated every year on the supposed dangers of power lines, perpetually shaping the public's emotional perception of the issue. However, if you really want to listen to the most authoritative voices on cancer research regarding EMF radiation fields, powerlines, and their effects on human children and adults, try reading the following online articles. Please let me know if there are any more authoritative sources on the matter:

  1. Electric and Magnetic Fields: National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
  2. Health Risks Associated With Living Near High Voltage Power Lines: Health Physics Society (July 2008)
  3. Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF): Health Concerns: Connecticut Department of Public Health (April 2008)
  4. Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation From Power Lines: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (May 2006)
  5. Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: World Health Organization (May 2006)
  6. Magnetic Fields Exposure and Cancer: Questions and Answers: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) (April 2005)
  7. Electromagnetic Fields Explained: Arizona Association of Realtors (2003)
  8. Power Line Fields and Public Health: American Physical Society (1995)

Effect Of Home's Proximity To Power Lines On Future Resale Value

Admittedly, regardless of the scientific research, people will always be scared of power lines. No matter what the government or health authorities tell the masses, and no matter what little concrete correlation there is with power lines and EMF induced cancers, it's a virtual given that a vocal segment of the population will never be swayed and will forever regard power lines as instant cancer-causing implementations of electrical doom (laced with extra helpings of government cover ups). For property owners and real estate agents, this is what we call an unfortunate, but irremediable defect - something objectionable about a property that cannot be readily changed. Similar unchangeable defects would be living near railroad tracks, living near an expressway, or living within smelling distance of a waste treatment plant.

While it's true that location in somewhat close proximity to power lines will diminish the overall buyer pool of individuals who would consider your home as a viable purchase (possibly turning off families with very small children perhaps), its desirably is also greatly influenced by other location factors as well. While there may not be a significant drop in property value in certain otherwise very desirable neighborhoods, there may be fewer buyers who will be willing to buy the house when you decide to resell it. Some may be paranoid of the potential health hazards, while others simply won't be able to live with the prospect of having ugly power line towers as permanent ornaments of their neighborhood landscape. While obviously there will always remain an active market for these types of homes, some have suggested that the houses and condos located in close proximity to power lines and power line towers should expect a 1-2% price hit, while others have suggested higher discounts up to 5% or more. However, in my personal research of price comparables in various housing neighborhoods located near powerlines that I've sought out, I haven't found that to be the case.

Remember, everyone has a price. While off the cusp, I'm sure everyone will say that they would never purchase a home near a power line - if they were offered the opportunity to purchase a sprawling mansion for half the price of other comparable homes in the area, I'm sure they would feel differently. The fact that there are homes located near graveyards, cemeteries, nuclear power plants, prisons, and heavily trafficked highways show that everyone has a price. It just depends on how accurately a property's price reflects all of the variables.

Would I Personally Buy A House Located Near Power Lines?

Yes, I would - assuming the home was properly priced, not located directly underneath the power lines, was not directly within view from the front or back of the home, and was sufficiently far enough to satisfy my own whims of prudent avoidance. In fact, I am currently faced with that decision right now, and I believe the answer is a resounding - yes. In the spirit of prudent avoidance, it also depends on how far the home is in relation to the nearest powerline pylon tower and proximately to the powerlines themselves. If my property or backyard directly touched the power line towers or if they ominously loomed over my property like hulking giants, that in of itself would probably be a deal killer for me.

While I personally believe the EMF health dangers of powerlines to be overblown and vastly exaggerated, I think it's still wise to exercise a reasonable dose of paranoid caution. While I believe the direct connection between powerline EMF waves are extremely tenuous and not proven by available science, I still think it's best to limit the distance between powerlines and one's home - just in case. Once again, this is simply prudent avoidance - as the possible dangers, no matter how miniscule or conceivably great, are so potentially devastating if ever found to be true. Besides, from a purely aesthetic point of view, who wants to stare at one of those ugly power line towers from either the front or back yard anyway? I think if the lines are only mere steps from you home or literally sitting in your backyard, this may be a concern. But if they are sufficiently far away in the distance, I think any potential health concerns would be greatly diminished.

So how close is it too close to be living near high tension power lines? Many power line researchers have pointed out that there is generally no serious cause for concern for homes located at least 300 feet away (roughly the length of a football field) from the nearest power line as EMF levels decrease rapidly and exponentially with distance from the lines. At this distance, the EMF levels from the lines are no different from the typical background levels found in most homes. If you are not certain about the EMF levels in or around your home, it's best to contact your local power company and request an EMF reading. Many power companies will perform an EMF measurement for free, particularly if you are a prospective home buyer interested in a new housing development.

Just to get the opinion of readers, what do you think of the photographer's proximity to the nearest power lines based on the photograph provided directly above? This is the approximate location of the housing lot I am currently considering as a prospective home buyer. The nearest power lines are about 350 yards away (more than 3 football lengths). In the photo provided, they perhaps appear larger than they ought to primarily because they are located on the top of a hill on a higher elevation, and there are no trees yet planted to obscure them as is usually the case in established old communities with power lines. Far enough to be objectively safe or still close enough to cause fear? What do you think?

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79 Responses to “Living Near Power Lines | EMF Radiation | Money Blue Book” 

  1. Pat says:

    If you want a three headed baby be my guest. But it's a known fact that power lines cause cancer and cause birth deformities. I would never live next to powerlines or be near homes within a mile of one! Better safe than sorry

  2. Dinker says:

    Stumbled onto this post randomly while searching for powerline EMF and electrical lines as they relate to cancer and health.

    Looking at that pic of yours, I would say you are comfortably far enough from them to be nearly 100% safe. Congratulations on your new home purchase.

    I think even 100 feet away is enough. I think powerlines are the biggest misconceptions out there as everyone thinks they are so hazardous for no real evidence. Show me the proof and I will believe. Otherwise, enough of the crazy paranoia about the dangers and unnecessary fear over something not yet proven. There are other things worse and more serious and proven than powerlines - such as smoking, fatty foods, excess body weight, lack of exercise, and UV rays from the sun.

  3. BuffetFan says:

    Sounds like you're wondering what everyone else thinks. If that's that case you've best go find another house. It comes down to love it or leave it.

  4. Raymond says:

    BuffetFan,

    Yeah at this point, I'm leaning towards love it. I actually called the local power company recently and had them send a power technician to stop by the new development to measure the EMF Gauss levels, and everything has checked out perfectly.

    Directly underneath the powerlines, the EMF readings are only at around 15. Walk a few feet away from the power lines, the EMF levels rapidly plunge down to 1.00. As the home lot I'm looking at is located 350 yards from the lines, the measurements are at a very low 0.68, which is equivalent to ordinary background EMF levels found anywhere else. I'll probably go for the house ultimately...

  5. Brad says:

    I'm actually looking to rent a place that is roughly 200 ft away from the closest of 4 power towers. It is a great deal as I'm looking to save some money to buy my first home, but was worried I could be harming my health just to save a buck. Do you guys think it is safe?

    Thanks.

    -Brad

  6. vh says:

    Those don't look like they're all that close. It's your call, o'course...but it looks like the conclusion you're favoring is well researched and reasonable.

    I looked at a house that was practically underneath a set of high-tension lines. In the first place, the house itself was a joke. But even if I'd liked the place, I wouldn't have bought it because the power lines were truly hideous. Because I use my yard a lot, you couldn't give me a house where gawdawful towers and power lines loom across the sky.

    Apparently I wasn't the only one who shied away from those things. We were at the height of the real estate boom, and that little house had been on the market for months. So, the ugliness and the creep factor aside, I would think about the resale issue: can you unload this house for a reasonable price and in a reasonable length of time, if and when you need to move?

  7. josh says:

    Once you know the actual intensity levels, as you have stated, I wouldn't think twice about it. Assuming of course you are okay with the aesthetic interference. Buy it, and love it!

    We are so submerged in EMF these days, its no wonder people are freaked out, but they need to take into consideration the exponential rate of decay, and the physical height of the towers.
    I mean, at your 1000' away you are talking 1/1,000,000 of the intensity compared to 1' away.
    Keep in mind there are guys that work on these lines everyday. If it's safe for them, then i don't see how 1/1,000,000 the intensity could be much danger.

  8. John says:

    Should this "phenomenon" be accounted for?

    "Increased deposition of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) under an AC high voltage power line"

    (Science Direct article link)

  9. Paula says:

    Those do not look like "huge" powerlines, and if you are comfortable, then there is your answer.
    I live on land that has been in my family 7 generations, and now they are claiming immenent domain to build power lines with the highest towers available globally to date. They will be about 200 feet from my house, but not on my property so....I get no compensation. Add to that that two of these lines will be built side by side, and both of them cross directly over my gravity fed spring water.
    I am a 50 year old woman, disabled, so I fall in the catagories for all the health risks for me, and, I am raising a son as a single parent alone. The land, was to go to him so that he would have a place to live for his lifetime. The place is very rural, and in hardwood forests near a National Forest. A 400 foot wide path will be cut in the timber to pave the way for this monster.
    Harmful emmissions or not, the line is harming me in many ways. There are lots of reasons people are against these things.
    My thoughts are this.....find out if they spray those lines with herbicides.
    Perhaps leaching of the herbicides in certain areas, like mine with springs and wells, is a big cause of health effects rather than the lines.
    Also, I would check your radio and TV reception. It could interfere with those.
    Can you hear them buzzing....how about when it rains, can you hear them then?
    If so, My thoughts are you are too close.

  10. EHayes says:

    If you want to be sure that your neighborhood or home is not dangerous in terms of Gauss levels (the measurement to detect electro magnetic radiation), call your local power company and have an engineer come out with his detector to run readings for you. That's what I did with my new home. I live a few hundred yards from the nearest electrical power pylons and was worried as well, at least initially. The guy came out and reassured me that the readings were virtually nil with his handy meter.

    This whole debate of whether powerline exposure can cause cancer or Leukemia in children is totally bunk. There is no established linkage. People will always believe in what they want to believe so you won't be able to convince some people otherwise. After all, powerlines look scary and the large electrical towers do appear imposing and worrisome, but frankly it's all in your heard. Microwaves, televisions sets, can openers, and even cell phone EMF radiation probably causes more damage than powerlines.

  11. KR says:

    Recently looking at buying a home that is within 100 yards of power lines. House has been on market for over a year and is a nice house priced right. Even with a tough housing market, most houses are not staying on the market this long. I could not figure out why this house and one on the same street would be on the market so long. Then a friend of my saw the house while out house hunting and mentioned it to me, and we discussed how nice it was, then he said, "But it is too close to power lines for us", I had never even thought about power lines being an issue. This ties things together for me though; this nice house is not selling because it is so close to these power lines. The bottom line is, it doesn't matter if the power lines cause health issues or not, if the idea even enters a buyers mind, your resale is going to be affected, either by price and/or time on the market. Affected resale + unknown health impacts = Not buying homes near power lines.

  12. Candice says:

    I found this site because I am currently considering buying a large house at a great deal. The only problem is there are several large high voltage power lines that run through the back yard and are about 50 feet away from the back door of the house. To make matters worse, the house is in the middle of 2 large electrical towers (aprox 3 acres away on each side). While the house is gorgeous and has everything I want, and I've been looking for 6 months, it makes me a little nervous to buy it, knowing the power lines are so close. We have 2 very small kids, and our family will grow in the future.
    Am I willing to risk our families health? Or is there really a direct correlation between health risks and high voltage wires? I wish there was a more concrete answer!

  13. Raymond says:

    Candice,

    As someone who just recently purchased a new home and wrestled with this exact issue of living near powerlines and the health concerns associated with it - I know exactly what you're going through.

    If you're worried about the health issues as to the effect that EMF waves emanated from powerlines have on little children and adults, after having conducted a substantial amount of research on the matter, I have to conclude that there is no determinative causation linkage between powerline/electrical tower electro-magnetic radiation and health abnormalities such as cancer. Of course, I'm not an engineer, nor am I a medical expert. However, I AM a lawyer...and as a lawyer, I can tell you that IF powerlines were conclusively linked by the scientific community to cause growth detects or result in physical ailments/harm, the power companies and local governments that manage the electrical lines would be facing an onslaught of lawsuits. However, there are relatively few lawsuits regarding this issue and the vast majority of such cases are dismissed due to lack of sufficient evidential linkage. There is currently NO solid or conclusive research that substantiates this causation claim that exposure to EMF waves or long term exposure to powerlines and electrical lines may lead to health problems down the road.

    Furthermore, the range of EMF waves is very limited and micro Gauss measurements just yards away from large powerlines are usually in the negligibly null range. Don't believe me? Just call your local powerline company to the area and ask them to conduct a free EMF reading for your benefit. That's exactly what I did and the power company technician that came out discovered that even readings recorded directly under the lines were pretty low. Just steps away from the lines, EMF readings quickly fell below 1.00 - which is pretty much your usual normal readings in areas without powerlines.

    My only concern for you would be future resale value of the home. You might not care about the home's proximity to the powerlines, but future buyers might. While so long as the home is priced right, you'll always have a potential buyer someday, powerlines do diminish the buyers pool somewhat for you. Of course it's a preference thing. For example, some people would never buy a single family home where the garage was detached from the home as a separate unit, while for others, that would not be a problem etc.

  14. Paul says:

    Short answer, it's safe at this distance.

    I'm an electrical engineer at a crane controls company. Many years the number one killer in mobile cranes is contact with power lines. To protect against this, we were developing a product for measuring distance from a power line based on the strength of the electrical fields.

    All AC power lines have a sine-wave voltage pattern on them. In this country it is 60Hz (60 cycles per second), while 50Hz is used in Europe. Large power lines like that usually use a 3 phase system. You can recognize this by 3 large sets of wires. Each line has a sine wave of current 120 degrees out of phase with the other two. The fourth /smaller wire set underneath is a ground line (sometimes omitted). The electrical field from all 3 lines will add together. Since they are out of phase, they tend to cancel out. If you are equal distance from all 3 lines and they all run the same voltage and current, they cancel perfectly. The closer the lines are to each other, the more they cancel but the higher transmission loss.

    At your location two main factors come into effect: The sqare of the distance affecting the electrical field from each wire, and the cancelling effect of the shifted electrical fields.

    Note that in more rural areas, only a single phase is run. This can put out a higher electrical field because 1) its closer to your house 2) there are no other phases to cancel out it's electrical field. Thus a house with no front lawn, with above ground power, with a single phase line can have a higher electrical field even though the local power line has a much lower voltage and current.

    I would be more concerned about using a cell phone. Here, the transmitted power is directly next to your head and face, so sqaring the distance still makes a small number. Even there the evidence is still spotty. I do have a cell phone myself. Many years ago the HAM radio crowd did a study of how much a hand held radio heated your face & brain. I don't remember the results except that they were small but measurable.

    As for our power line detection unit? It was cancelled. There were many null areas, where the electrical field was not strong enough to warn a crane operator of an impending power line contact. Without 100% reliability, our management team felt the liability risk was too large to take.

  15. Trulia Truly says:

    How is home value affected by power lines? Does the value of my house decrease by a certain percentage....is there any type of real estate pricing research on this? I really would like to know.

    I just bought a house that's sort of near powerline towers as well...about 2 football lengths away. They don't really bother me all that much but I think it's the psychological aspects of them that bother me. I am always bothered by the fact that I think it might bother other people. But then the very fact I have numerous happy neighbors might suggest that this is just a myth and that most people themselves don't find powerlines or electrical towers to be all that of a deterrence to home buying.

  16. Patty says:

    ABSOLUTELY DO NOT BUY IT. I built a home 1/10th of a mile from powerlines, thinking it was, "far enough" away. Within several months my husband and I were argueing terribly, and I became very ill. Seven years later my daughter and I (who are home all of the time) have been constantly ill with unexplainable fatigue, digestive disorders, skin rashes, aggression, the list goes on.

    No doctor could figure out our problems!

    I knew within 2 years that there was a problem, but it took me FIVE years to finally make the connection. It was a terrifying rollercoaster. I would cry over my baby at night, praying for an answer. I started researching, and slowly figured it out. We sold the house and moved on.

    Within 3 months of having moved away from the lines, I can tell you that ALL of our health problems were DEFINITELY RELATED TO THE POWER LINES. Today, my daughter no longer wakes up screaming with tummy aches, her skin is beautiful, I have recovered 80% and continue to do so, our marriage is improving, my fatigue is fading, and the list goes on.

    Oh, I did all of the major research too. I had our power company come out and test, only to be told that , "everything is within normal limits." However, there are lawsuits being won all over the United States with powerlines being associated within cancer pockets. The truth is, the human body cannot tolerate even low levels of EMF for a sustained period of time. You will NEVER GET A RESTFUL nights sleep. After several years living there, I would wake up after 10+ hours of sleep, only to feel like a train ran over me!

    In a nutshell, I wish someone had shared their experience with me, as I am with you. Don't let a decade of your life go by as your health deteriorates. In all of the conflicting research, it weighed pretty heavily with me that the New England Journal of Medicine states that at 600 meters, children's rates for leukeima sky rocket. We lived right on that line. That was enugh for me to leave our dream home that we built. There is nothing worth more than health - and therefore happiness.

    Find a SAFE home. Blessings,
    Patty

  17. Donna says:

    I am curious to know the outcome of this. Did you buy this property?

  18. Raymond says:

    Donna,

    Yes I ultimately purchased that home. It's currently under construction. I absolutely love the home and the location, and the powerline towers in the distance don't really deter my feelings about the home. After having performed my own due diligence and research about the supposed effects of EMF waves, I've come to my own conclusion that much of the research is bunk. People will ultimately believe what they want and those who believe that these towers cause cancer will never be swayed otherwise.

  19. Jamie says:

    Patty, you will never know if it was the powerlines or something else in the house or the ground around the house. Glad to here your doing better. This summer my mom had brain cancer surgery. Growing up we never lived under power lines and she hardly used a cell phone. I think people have health problems they start to look for causes. People came up with all sorts of things that probably caused her cancer. I think people are scared of what they don't understand, and start jumping to conclusions. Everything in your house is made with some kind of chemical that could cause health issues (carpet, carpet padding, paint, lacquer, particle board used in many cabinets, etc.). The powerlines running through your wall next to the head of your bed, the notebook computer sitting on you lap, the wireless router, I think would cause more of a concern than powerlines 1/10 mile away. There are many thing that could be different between your new and old homes that could have been causing your health issues.

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