Issued by Future Image - April 15th 2008

Lifeline for families under threat by N.I.E. North-South Inter-Connector

More than 80 land owners in Armagh and Tyrone have signed a document to oppose the erection of an overhead electricity inter-connector on their properties and farms.

The signatories' documents, which were officially handed over to senior staff in NIE earlier this month, now give authority to John Woods and William Anderson to champion the opposition campaign on behalf of the landowners whose properties are directly on the route of the proposed inter-connector.

Mr Woods and Mr Anderson will also raise the concerns of frightened residents living under, or adjacent to, the proposed electricity interconnector, which will extend via East Tyrone to South Armagh if the planned corridor route goes ahead. Both men firmly believe that the overhead grid will adversely affect the lives and health of local families, as well as having a detrimental economic and environmental impact.

Mr Woods said, "We have carefully considered the advice of experienced experts, have visited other schemes in Ireland, and our main concern is to protect the long-term health of people living near to the proposed interconnector. We cannot afford ‘business as usual’ any longer. It is no longer acceptable for NIE to ignore the substantial evidence of the serious health risks to residents living near overhead 400,000 volt interconnectors."

Tyrone woman, Julie-Anne Denvir is a passionate supporter of the anti-interconnector campaign. Her young family live in their family home under the shadow of the proposed towering electricity pylons.

Julie-anne says; "I completely understand the fears of the communities under threat from NIE’s plans. Your home should be your castle, a safe haven, and I don’t feel that at all now. I would never have chosen to live under pylons and every day my husband and I worry about the future health and safety of our children, Molly and Charlie. There are alternative and equally cost effective ways to channel electricity - no human being should have to live under threat of the well-documented health risks that are posed by these overhead cables."

Dr Roger Coghill, adviser to the campaign committee, quotes a detailed and comprehensive review (Bio Initiatives Report 31/8/07) which rejects the current industry guidelines. The review also calls for a drastic reduction in permitted limits of exposure and highlights several recent studies that provide strong evidence for increased risk of childhood leukaemia and cancers in later life. The studies also suggest that children who were raised, for their first five years, within 300 metres of high voltage power lines can have a 500% higher lifetime risk for developing some kinds of cancers.

Dr Coghill has accused the power utilities of misdirection of research and of confusing and deceiving the public of the scientific background of the health issues arising from exposure to U.H.P overhead power lines.

Mr John Woods added, "We are not opposing a modern electricity grid. What we do suggest is that the proposed grid would be safer and more acceptable if routed underground rather than overhead. This alternative is feasible and environmentally friendly. We want to see risks minimised as well as a better electricity system serving all the people both North and South."

A full public enquiry is still being called for before N.I.E’s current proposals are implemented.

Issued by Future Image. For further information contact: Ursula Doris; Tel: 02890423314 or email: udoris@futureimage.co.uk

Notes for the Editor:

1. A well attended meeting, chaired by Dominic Bradley MLA, was held in Armagh in October 2007.

2. N.I.E. was challenged on their high projected costs underground versus overhead options.

3. The residents invited Dr Rodger Coghill to brief them on the latest Scientific background on the impact of high voltage over-head power lines.

4. His evidence drew on a new detailed and comprehensive review (Bio-Initiatives report 31/8/07) which rejects the current industry guidelines and calls for a drastic reduction in permitted limits of E.M.F exposure. Dr Coghill accused the power utilities of misdirection of research and of confusing and deceiving the public of the scientific background of the health issues arising from exposure to high capacity overhead power lines.

5. The judiciary in Spain have ruled exposure to EMF is a violation of human rights, other EU countries are following this lead.

Dr R W Coghill’s CV

In 1995, he became Chartered as a biologist and Member of the Institute of Biology and is on the Institute Committee for South Wales. In 1977, he gained an MA in Environmental Management at the University of Wales.

Affiliations include membership of the IEEE EMF Exposure Standards subcommittee SSC228, full membership of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association.

He owns 100% of Coghill Research Laboratories, the research division of Medcross Ltd, which was founded in 1981. The laboratory specialises in bioelectromagnetics, the science investigating the interaction of electricity and magnetism with organic life, effects that can be both good and bad.

His publications, which touch on these themes include “The Dark Side of the Brain” (Elements Books 1989), “Electropollution” (Thorsons, 1990), “All Fall Down” (CRL 1994) and “Something in the Air” (CRL 1998).

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A full public enquiry is still being called for before N.I.E’s current proposals are implemented.

Issued by Future Image. For further information contact: Ursula Doris; Tel: 02890423314 or email: udoris@futureimage.co.uk

Notes for the Editor:

1. A well attended meeting, chaired by Dominic Bradley MLA, was held in Armagh in October 2007.

2. N.I.E. was challenged on their high projected costs underground versus overhead options.

3. The residents invited Dr Rodger Coghill to brief them on the latest Scientific background on the impact of high voltage over-head power lines.

4. His evidence drew on a new detailed and comprehensive review (Bio-Initiatives report 31/8/07) which rejects the current industry guidelines and calls for a drastic reduction in permitted limits of E.M.F exposure. Dr Coghill accused the power utilities of misdirection of research and of confusing and deceiving the public of the scientific background of the health issues arising from exposure to high capacity overhead power lines.

5. The judiciary in Spain have ruled exposure to EMF is a violation of human rights, other EU countries are following this lead.

Dr R W Coghill’s CV

In 1995, he became Chartered as a biologist and Member of the Institute of Biology and is on the Institute Committee for South Wales. In 1977, he gained an MA in Environmental Management at the University of Wales.

Affiliations include membership of the IEEE EMF Exposure Standards subcommittee SSC228, full membership of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association.

He owns 100% of Coghill Research Laboratories, the research division of Medcross Ltd, which was founded in 1981. The laboratory specialises in bioelectromagnetics, the science investigating the interaction of electricity and magnetism with organic life, effects that can be both good and bad.

His publications, which touch on these themes include “The Dark Side of the Brain” (Elements Books 1989), “Electropollution” (Thorsons, 1990), “All Fall Down” (CRL 1994) and “Something in the Air” (CRL 1998).

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