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Health Impacts


The Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance takes special care to understand the concerns  landowners, families and community members express related to potential health effects of  high voltage transmission lines.  We encourage people to seek information to understand electromagnetic fields(EMF) associated with electric transmission lines.  The Alliance believes the evidence for potential adverse long term health effects is inconclusive.   Resources are provided to allow you reach your own conclusion.  Ongoing research of available information will continue.  


The Alliance requested a literature search from the University of Iowa, College of Public health.  The request included evidenced based articles on 2 topics 1) high voltage transmission lines 2) wind turbines.  Click to read the abstracts.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Many people are concerned about potential adverse health effects. Much of the research about power lines and potential health effects is inconclusive"  Click to go to EPA website for more information. 

Bio Initiative 2012 Report

A Rationale for Biologically-based Public Exposure Standards for     Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)  click for website

BioInitiative Working Group Comments on 2014 SCENIHR Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of EMF click to read 

WHAT IS IT: A report by 29 independent scientists and health experts from around the world* about possible risks from wireless technologies and electromagnetic fields. 

Understanding Electric and Magnetic Fields of HVDC Lines 

Content prepared by Exponent, Inc for Clean Line Energy Partners LLC  click to read  

Rock Island Clean Line Information

World Health Organization (WHO)

"The present debate is centered on whether long-term, low level exposure below the exposure limits can cause adverse health effects or influence people’s well being".



WHO Electromagnetic Field webpage click here


 Click to read WHO Health Risk Assessment Chapter


Read: Static Fields: Environmental Health Criteria Monograph No.232


Electric Magnetic Fields (EMF)  Extremely Low Frequency Fields


Click to read: Environmental Health Criteria Monograph No.238


World Health Organization Research Information 

Read WHO research page      Read  WHO scientific articles


Read: WHO, Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: The Present Evidence 

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 

Click to Read: This booklet provides basic principles of electric and magnetic fields, overview of the results of major research studies, and summarizes conclusions of the expert review panels to help you reach your own conclusions about EMF-related health concerns. 


"EMF exposures are complex and come from multiple sources in the home and workplace in addition to power lines. Although scientists are still debating whether EMF is a hazard to health, the NIEHS recommends continued education on ways of reducing exposures". 

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