Human Radiation Effects Group

SAGE (Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF-EMFs)

Survey into the Health Effects of Living Near High Voltage Powerlines
Conducted in Stoke-on-Trent

The scientific literature contains a significant number of reports of a range of illnesses, associated with power frequency electric and magnetic fields, including those from powerlines. In the UK, an EMF link with depression was investigated in the late 80s in the West Midlands by the Wolverhampton GP, the late Dr Stephen Perry, and in Southampton by Dr David Dowson. Both of these GPs found a clear association between EMF exposure and clinically diagnosed depression as well as increased frequency of headaches, migraines and related symptoms.

More recently, the Trentham Environmental Action Group, in conjunction with other concerned groups, carried out three independent surveys of people living near high voltage powerlines in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

Please click here for more information about the Trentham Environmental Action Group and Maureen Asbury, one of its founding members.

Please click here for the full details of their survey

Updated 27.04.07 by Julie Close