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Alpine Union School District Statement on EMF Levels Near Schools – February 17, 2016

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February 17, 2016
Dear Alpine Union School District Community,
The safety of our students and staff is our school district’s number one priority. That is why we were dismayed to read reports in the media of elevated levels of electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) along Alpine Boulevard. We take these reports very seriously and immediately contacted the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) for support. SDCOE dispatched an analyst to measure the EMFs at and near Alpine Elementary. The results, which were made available to us today, show levels well below those reported in the media and within the Environmental Protection Agency-recommended limit of 2.5 milliGauss (mG). *VIEW REPORT HERE (Added on 2-19-16 & provided by AUSD to the ACN) **It is also posted below**

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), EMFs are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting. We have heard concerns from our community about a possible link between EMF and childhood leukemia and want to share what the NIH calls “the best available evidence at this time” about this relationship, summarized in these two questions and answers:

1) Is there an association between power line configurations (wire codes) and childhood leukemia?  No.
2) Is there an association between measured fields and childhood leukemia?  Yes, but the association is weak, and it is not clear whether it represents a cause-and-effect relationship.

The Alpine Union School District and SDCOE are hiring an independent analyst to survey the rates, to help provide our community assurance in the face of the conflicting reports about EMF levels. We also have a champion in Dianne Jacob, vice-chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who has requested from the California Public Utilities Commission an immediate independent review of the EMF levels.

Our commitment to you is to be open with the results of any analyses we receive and to share additional information as soon as it is available. Please know we understand your concerns and are working hard to address them.

Sincerely,
Bruce Cochrane – Superintendent AUSD

 

EMF Report conducted by JPA at Alpine Elementary School

EMF Report conducted by JPA at Alpine Elementary School 2-2016-1EMF Report conducted by JPA at Alpine Elementary School 2-2016-2(2)  EMF Report conducted by JPA at Alpine Elementary School 2-2016-3

Submitted By: Kami McElligott, Secretary to the Superintendent – Alpine Union School District kmcelligott@alpineschools.net
(619) 445-3236   www.alpineschools.net

 

*Do you want to comment on this post? Please use the comments section below – your community input is highly valued! – Alpine Community Network

 

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10 Comments

  1. I have a few questions.
    1. Why where not measurements conducted inside the class rooms where the children actually are most of the time?
    2. An important piece of information is missing. Magnetic fields are dependent on the on the current flow. The higher the fields the higher the fields. The current flow in the transmission lines varies on electrical demand.
    At what time where the measurements conducted?
    At a high or low or average current flow rate?
    Are they depicting the worst case or the best case?
    3. The transmission line operating at maximum, or will there be a significant increase as more solar sites come on line?
    4. Why has location 6 a higher field than location 3-5, as they are closer to the transmission line? Are there school rated EMF sources?
    Answer to these questions, will provide a better picture.
    Thanks you.

  2. Julia smith and Lydia west, does it really matter what the exact result is? Let’s say it was 2.25mG. What would that mean to you?

    To extrapolate any meaning from the test results, you first need to understand what EMFs are, how they’re measured, and the scale used to measure them.

    I really suggest everyone does their own research on the topic. The article originally written about the EMFs is BAD JOURNALISM. A good journalist will actually do their own research, fact check their resources, and establish their own conclusion based on facts. Sensationalist journalism has one goal: to elicit an emotional response from the intended audience.

    Even if the EMFs were above 2.5mG, what would that even mean. There is NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE to support the claim that EMFs cause leukemia.

  3. “The results, which were made available to us today, show levels well below those reported in the media and within the Environmental Protection Agency-recommended limit of 2.5 milliGauss (mG).”

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