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Power lines and health part I: childhood cancer

Indications that the risk of getting childhood leukaemia is higher in children living near high voltage power lines than in other children exist for some time. It is possible that there is an association with the magnetic fields generated by the power lines. The Health Council concludes from the currently available data that a causal relation with magnetic fields has not been proven, but that there are indications for such relation. It remains therefore necessary to continue the precautionary policy with high voltage power lines. The council gives the state secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management into consideration to expand the precautionary policy to underground electricity cables and other sources of prolonged exposure to magnetic fields from the electricity grid, because magnetic fields are not blocked by soil and building materials.