EMFguru #6-95, The EMR Alliance

Hi Everybody:

Today we want to talk about the EMR Alliance. Their quarterly publication, "Network News," was received in the mail yesterday. First -- some of the interesting items reported in that publication--then we"ll say more about the Alliance.

At least four of the included news items reported on struggles between property owners and power companies where new power lines are involved -- Nebraska, Oregon, Virginia and the United Kingdom. The pattern in these confrontations is strikingly similar each time.

A 'TILT' IN THE LAW .......

In too many cases, Property owners are left with a "catch-22" no-win situation--they cannot present the evidence that would change the law because the law itself prevents it.


That situation is likely to prevail until the public, itself, demands that it be changed! (More on this in the future.)

Let us go on to another news item covered in this excellent publication. In New Jersey, Governor Christie Whitman (a good Republican lady who would make an excellent Vice President or President), has signed into law the "New Residential Construction Disclosure Act." This law requires property owners who are selling their property (Or offering it for sale) to make known to prospective buyers the existence of any existing safety or health hazards. While we have not seen the actual law, we conclude from the report that the existence of EMF fields is one of the conditions considered a "hazard" under the law. That's progress, real progress!

QUESTION .......

Now guru has a question for Governor Whitman: If it is so important for property owners to warn of such hazards (we agree that it is) why isn't it equally important for the utility that is creating the hazard to provide such warning???

In fact ... the "tort" laws (of damages) do require such warnings!!! The difficulty is that this method of enforcement is costly, time consuming and rarely resorted to ... unless personal injury has occurred. The fact is property damage is also enforceable in this way.

Eminent Domain ..........

One can even go back another step: When the utility acquires (thru eminent domain) the right to construct its power line, it should be required to make known all such hazards at that time!

(By the way--the "hazards existing at the time" are only a small fraction of the hazards that will be created by the inevitable growth of the EMF over time as the "load" being served by that line grows.)

Some eminent domain authorities would even argue that--since the utility is acting in the name of the state--the state, itself, also becomes a potentially liable party at that point where eminent domain is exercised.

There is another truly crucial question that is not being faced: "Is it lawful for eminent domain to be granted in a situation where a public hazard is created???"

The fact that present law--including the New Jersey law--places all this burden on the property owner seems unjust and inappropriate. In most cases, it is the utility that has the necessary knowledge ... not the property owner. (More on this in the future.)

Paul Brodeur's Speech ........

Finally, we want to talk about a truly impressive article that appears in the latest issue of "Network News." It is the kind of thing 'we wish we had written.'

Paul Brodeur's speech--before the 1995 International Debate and Summit Meeting (sponsored by "Transmission and Distribution Magazine") is provided in full. It is cleverly done, accurate, highly informative and it surely ought to be embarrassing to some members of the scientific and academic community who may have "sold their souls" to the electricity industry. In Paul's words: "...would we want our [imaginary] health officer to return to his native land wondering whether scientific opinion is for sale and being bought in the United States of America?"


We are not going to reveal any more of Paul Brodeur's speech because we hope that those of you who are not already familiar with "Network News" will obtain a copy of the most recent (Special Holiday 1995 Issue) and read the speech for yourselves. Just call Cathy Bergman at 212-554-4073 (it's in New York City); tell her "guru sent you" and ask for a complimentary copy. They don't cost much even when you have to pay for them, but we think she'll be glad to send you a complimentary copy. (Again, guru has no financial interest in the Alliance whatsoever.)

Now ... what is the Alliance? This international organization is composed of citizen action groups from around the world who are working to

They publish information brochures and other documents in addition to their quarterly publication "Network News". They lobby. They assist in local community activities when called to do so. They don't have much money and they are not out to make a lot of money -- just to cover expenses ... when they can. They are truly "a citizens" group, trying to protect their own health, safety and property while they also serve the public's interest.

Give them a call!!

Merry Christmas Everybody ... and ... Shine the Light!!!

Roy Beavers(EMFguru)

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