Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | September 10, 2008

Kentucky Lawyer Sanders says Electric Power Research Institute to pay for publication of NIH booklet on health effects of electromagnetic fields.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the research arm of the utility industry, is paying for a public information booklet on electromagnetic fields (EMF) a unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is currently ironing out an arrangement whereby EPRI would pay for the writing and printing of a new edition of the NIEHS booklet, EMFs: Questions & Answers.

EMFs of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences, about which anxiety and speculation are spreading.  Almost everyone in the world is exposed to varying degrees of EMF, and the levels will continue to increase as technology advances.  Thus,

Many health officials see a potential conflict between the missions of EPRI and NIH on EMFs.  Some might see as akin to having Shell Oil pay to publish an EPA pamphlet on global warming. Others believe it is big business as usual under the Bush Administration.  Perhaps, Motorola can pay for research on potential health effects from exposure to EMFs from using a cell phone.  Credibility and independence of government research takes another hit well below the belt in the final days of the Bush Administration.

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