Five State Study Offshore HVDC Cables Study Needed ASAP

Picture: Cable duct system 345,000 volts at 3200 megawatts over 4X Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in your backyard

New England Onshore Wind Turbine Electric Cable  Health Impact Study Needed ASAP
Offshore wind companies want to go through residential communities to get to major Grid locations in New England rather than place expensive ocean submarine cables to the large cities. By going through residential communities electric rate payers pay for the upgrades to existing transmission lines.   
Onshore wind turbine electric safety:
A major topic of community interest is electro-magnetic fields (EMF) and other properties of HVDC, high voltage direct current, buried cables through residential communities. High voltage direct current lines create Coronas which generate audible and radio-frequency noise and HVDC cables produce magnetic fields (B-fields) that could impact marine fish. What about humans? 
Wind contractors have hired expert consultants to study the potential EMF effects of the cables. The state of  Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut and the federal government have no safety or health regulations.
Today up to seven offshore wind companies want to place a 4 duct underground cable duct system through Falmouth, Massachusetts with each duct containing up to two pairs of cables up to 800 megawatts each for a total of 3200 megawatts at 345,000 volts through residential neighborhoods.
There are no medical studies or physicians analysis or peer review of high voltage direct current buried cables in the United States. Peer Review is the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field.
There was a questionnaire sent by post and distributed by campaign groups in 1980 to people living near a 400,000-volt HVDC overhead power line in Minnesota, followed up by telephone calls. The survey was called the "Minnesota Landowner Health Perceptions Survey." 
Up to 35% of the respondents said they had suffered adverse health effects that they attributed to the HDVC power line.
An epidemiological study was not conducted on the residents as there are so few high voltage direct current lines in the USA . There is no federal or state safety or health regulations for high voltage direct current buried cables.
In 2011 Governor Deval Patrick selected the panelist for the Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: A Report of Independent Expert Panel published January 2012 Prepared for: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Massachusetts residents complained statewide over noise from commercial wind turbines placed in residential communities. Where is MassDEP and MassDPH today?
#Note  An Expert Panel made up of medical and scientific professionals should be given the following charge by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) ,Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the states agencies of Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
1. Identify and characterize attributes of concern ( properties of 345,000 high voltage buried direct current cables at 3200 megawatts) and identify any scientifically documented or potential connection between health impacts, childhood leukemia, associated with wind energy turbines cables located on land or coastal tidelands that can impact land-based human receptors. 
2. Evaluate and discuss information from peer-reviewed scientific studies, local, state, and federal studies and public comments received by the MassDEP and/or in response to the Environmental Monitor Notice and/or by the MDPH on the nature and type of health complaints commonly reported by individuals worldwide who reside near high voltage direct current lines at 345,000 volts and 3200 megawatts 
3. Assess the magnitude and frequency of any potential impacts and risks to human health associated with the design and operation of wind energy ocean turbine power transmission based on existing data to include past association of power line studies associated with childhood leukemia.
4. For the attributes of concern, identify documented best practices that could reduce potential human health impacts. Include examples of such best practices (design, operation, maintenance, and management from published articles). The best practices could be used to inform public policy decisions by state, local, or regional governments concerning the siting of turbine onshore electric power.. 
5. The panel should hold public meetings soliciting direct input and issue a report within a reasonable time of the evaluation, summarizing its findings. 


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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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