The World Health Organization, in 2001, issued a fact sheet stating that electric frequencies of about 50-60 Hz can cause cancer in humans.
Here is the excerpt:
"Whenever electricity is conducted through transmission lines, distribution lines or is used in appliances, both electric and magnetic fields exist close to the lines or appliances. The power frequency used is 50 or 60 Hz. Use of electric power has become part of everyday life. However, questions have been raised as to whether these and other ELF fields are carcinogenic.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) -- a specialized cancer research agency of WHO -- has recently concluded the first step in WHO's health risk assessment process by classifying ELF fields with respect to the strength-of-the-evidence that they could cause cancer in humans.
This Fact Sheet updates findings of recent reviews on the health effects of static and ELF electric and magnetic fields conducted by IARC (June 2001), by the Health Council of the Netherlands (May 2001), and by an expert Advisory Group of the National Radiological Protection Board in the United Kingdom (AGNIR) (March 2001)."
My question is what kind of electric frequency will these trains emit? What kind of power usage? Will it be at a level safe for those living with 30 feet of these trains?
Just curious. Thanks.
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