EU non-ionising radiation limit questioned

Scientists back most existing exposure limits but express concern over low-frequency radiation

Recent studies have "strengthened the association" between exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF) and childhood leukaemia, the EU's chief scientific committee on environmental and toxicity issues has reported. But the Cstee stops short of recommending tighter EU non-ionising radiation exposure limits, saying this "is a problem for risk managers".

The Cstee's opinion was requested by the European Commission because of growing public exposure to electromagnetic fields associated with electrical appliances, and a parallel growth in public concern. Current EU limits were laid down in a 1999 non-binding recommendation (EED 11/06/99). Was there any new evidence to suggest any need to tighten these, the Commission asked.

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