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Kids health benefit from underground power lines (instead of overhead poles).

Original post made by Tina, Palo Verde, on Jan 24, 2013

Read an PA online article about the debate of putting powerlines undergraound:

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:18 am

As long as my compass points north, I'm pretty sure the natural magnetic field (500 milligauss) is much stronger than whatever artificial sources are nearby.

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Posted by Good Point
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

While this is all a good point, the power lines are actually too far overhead to make much of an impact. The larger problem is electrical appliances in the home, especially those at kitchen counter level. They line up with adults' abdomens and children's heads.

This told to me by my father, a retired physicist, long ago.

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Posted by tina
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

If you test with the EMF meter (the Amazon link in the original post), you'll see the natural magnetic field is much smaller (around 0.1-0.2mg) without an overhead pole. It gets much bigger (5-100mg) with an overhead pole.

As to home appliance, the magnetic field decrease very quickly, although utility companies always want to claim that the home magnetic fields are from home appliance instead of power line. From my testing, the magnetic field is almost at the background level (0.1-0.2mg) if you're a few feet away from the appliance. Besides, people usually don't sleep or spend 8 hours a day close to fridge or microwave.

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Posted by Rresident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

The City's argument for not putting anymore power lines underground is it is too difficult and expensive to repair them. Meanwhile, North Palo Alto has about three-quarters of their utility wires under-grounded while South Palo Alto has about one-quarter under-grounded.

So, it's now time to stop under-grounding because South Palo Alto is not important enough!!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of another community
on Feb 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I would think underground would be worse. I became somewhat electrically sensitive I can tell all types of things now people are amazed . Anyway I lived in 4 diffrent homes in last 10 yrs 3 with overhead felt fine the one with underground I felt lousy could be coincidence but I was thinking cause all these houses are so close together and there are so many houses that there's alot of power going underground so the electrical just strays to other metal pipes such as water and gas pipes now you have a ton of stray electricity just getting amplified from pipe to pipe then you also loose the connection to the earths natural field, no?