Dr. Magda Havas, PhD Environmental Studies Research Papers

Scholarly Publications

Posted on October 13, 2009

Below is a list of scholarly publications by Magda Havas. Note the earlier ones are on chemical contaminants and the one since 2000 are mostly on electrosmog.

Havas, M. 2009. Is it Safe to Stand in Front of a Microwave? Bottom Line/Personal. 7 pp. in press.

Havas, M., J. Marrongelle, B. Pollner, E. Kelley, and L. Tully. Provocation Study using Heart Rate Variability shows Microwave Radiation from DECT phone affects Autonomic Nervous System. Journal of the Ramazzini Institute, Annual Series on Environmental Health Issues, Italy, submitted.

Havas, M., D. Stetzer, E. Kelley, R. Frederick, and S. Symington. 2009. Energy efficient light bulbs, Electromagnetic Emissions, and Health. 19 pp. Journal of the Ramazzini Institute, Annual Series on Environmental Health Issues, Italy. in press,

Havas, M. 2008. Dirty Electricity Elevates Blood Sugar Among Electrically Sensitive Diabetics and May Explain Brittle Diabetes. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Vol. 27( 2), pp. 135-146.

Havas, M. and A. Olstad. 2008. Power quality affects teacher wellbeing and student behavior in three Minnesota Schools. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 402, Issues 2-3, 1 September 2008, pp. 157-162

Havas, M. 2007. Analysis of Health and Environmental Effects of Proposed San Francisco Earthlink Wi-Fi Network, Commissioned by SNAFU (San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna Free Union) and presented to Board of Supervisors, City and Country of San Francisco, 51 pp. Click here for 50 page pdf.

Havas, M. 2006. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Biological effects of dirty electricity with emphasis on diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 25: 259-268, 2006

Havas, M. and D. Stetzer. 2006. Electromagnetic Pollution and your Health. Centre for Health Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, ON September 2006.

Havas, M. and D. Stetzer. 2004. Dirty electricity and electrical hypersensitivity: Five case studies. World Health Organization Workshop on Electricity Hypersensitivity, Prague, Czech Republic, 25-26 October, 2004.

Havas, M., S. Shum, and R. Dhalla. 2004. Passenger exposure to magnetic fields on go-trains and on buses, streetcars, and subways run by the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, Canada. Biological Effects of EMFs, 3rd International Workshop, Kos, Greece, 4-8 October, 2004, pp.1065-1071. Click here for pdf.

Havas, M and J. Mackay. 2004. Street level magnetic fields within the City of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Biological Effects of EMFs, 3rdInternational Workshop, Kos, Greece, 4-8 October, 2004, pp. 318-325. Click here for pdf.

Havas, M., M. Illiatovitch, and C. Proctor. 2004. Teacher and student response to the removal of dirty electricity by the Graham/Stetzer filter at Willow Wood School in Toronto, Canada. Biological Effects of EMFs, 3rd International Workshop, Kos, Greece, 4-8 October, 2004, pp. 311-317.

Havas, M. and D. Stetzer. 2004. Graham/Stetzer filters improve power quality in homes and schools, reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, multiple sclerosis symptoms, and headaches. International Scientific Conference on Childhood Leukaemia, London, 6th-10th September, 2004.

Havas, M. 2004. Biological Effects of Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields. Derek Clements-Croome (Ed.). 2002. Electromagnetism and Health, Taylor & Francis Books, Ltd., London, England. 25 pp. Click here for pdf.

Woodfine, D.G., M. Havas, and J. Acreman. 2002. Nickel and copper tolerance of phytoplankton isolated from a recovering lake near Sudbury, Canada. Geochemistry, Exploration, Environment, Analysis, Vol. 2 203-207

Havas, M. 2002. Intensity of Electric and Magnetic Fields from Power Lines within the Business District of Sixty Ontario Communities. Science of the Total Environment 298:183-206.

Havas, M. 2002. Wired and Wireless Energy. An overview of health concerns and a call for action. Presented to the Environmental Committee on Sustainable Development. House of Commons, Ottawa, ON. May 21, 2002

Havas, M. and D. Hanna. 2000.Magnetic Fields in Peterborough Schools: the findings and strategies to reduce exposure. Presented to the Peterborough-Kawartha-Pine Ridge School Board, Health and Safety Committee, October 2000.

Havas, M. 2000. Biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy: A critical review of the reports by the US National Research Council and the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as they relate to the broad realm of EMF bioeffects. Environmental Reviews 8:173-253. Click here for 80 page pdf.

Woodfine, D.G., R. Seth, D. Mackay, and M. Havas. 2000.Simulating the response of metal contaminated lakes to reductions in atmospheric loading using a modified QWASI model. Chemosphere 41:1377-1388.

Havas, M., D.G. Woodfine, P. Lutz, K. Yung, H.J. MacIsaac, and T.C. Hutchinson. 1995. Biological Recovery of Two Previously Acidified, Metal-Contaminated Lakes near Sudbury Ontario, Canada. Water, Air and Soil Pollut. 85(2): 791-796

Havas, M. and B. Rosseland. 1995. Response of Zooplankton, Benthos, and Fishes to Acidification: An Overview. [Invited Paper] Water, Air and Soil Pollut. 85(1): 51-62.

Havas, M. and E. Advokaat. 1995. Can Sodium Regulation be used to Predict the Relative Acid-Sensitivity of Various Life-stages and Different Species of Aquatic Fauna? Water, Air and Soil Pollut. 85(2): 865-870.

Woodfine, D.G. and M. Havas. 1995. Pathways of Chemical Recovery in Acidified, Metal-Contaminated Lakes near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Water, Air and Soil Pollut. 8 797-803.

Regoczei, S. and M. Havas. 1995. Group Problem Solving: If we could save the earth, how would that be done? Proc. 4th Can. Conf. on Foundations and Applications of General Science Theory. Knowledge Tools for a Sustainable Civilization. Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, June 8-10, 1995, 9 pp

Loney, R.K., P. Northrop, and M. Havas. 1995. Enviro Mystery Revisited. Eighth Instructional Show & Tell for Ontario Universities and Colleges, May 29, 1995, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

Havas, M. 1995. Aluminum. In: Paehlke, R. (Ed.) Environmental Review

Havas, M. 1994. Recovery and Rehabilitation of Large-Scale Ecosystems: Rapporteurs Report. In: Rapport, D. and P. Calow. Evaluating and Monitoring the Health of Large-Scale Ecosystems, NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Chateau Montebello, Quebec, Canada, October 10-15, 1993, 10 pages.

Brakke, D., J.P. Baker, J. Bohmer, A Hartmann, M Havas, A. Jenkins, C. Kelly, S.J. Ormerod, T. Paces, R Putz, B.O. Rosseland, D. Schindler, and H. Segner. 1994. How does Acidification affect Biota and What are the influences of Biota on the Process of Acidification? In: Dahlem Workshop on Acidification of Freshwater Ecosystems, Berlin, September 27 to October 2, 1992.

Hutchinson, T.C. and M. Havas. 1994. Chapter 22. Ecological Impacts of Acid Deposition on Natural Ecosystems. In: Calvert, J. (Ed.) The Chemistry of the Atmosphere: Its Impact on Global Change, American Chemical Society, pp. 297-315.

Woodfine, D.G., D. Mackay, and M. Havas. 1993. Using QWASI Model to Predict Fate of Copper and Nickel in Two Metal Contaminated Lakes near Coniston, Ontario. In: Nriagu, J.O. and R.J. Allan (eds.), International Conference, Heavy Metals in the Environment (Vol.2), Toronto, September 1993, pp 379-382.

Havas, M. 1993. Environmental Education: Changing Role of the University. Seminario Internacional Sobre El Ambiente, Toluca de Lerdo, Estado de Mexico, February 22-25, 1993, 16 pp.

Havas, M. 1990. Recovery of Acidified and Metal-Contaminated Lakes in Canada. In: Norton, S.A., S.E. Lindberg, and A.L. Page (Eds.), Advances in Environmental Science, Acid Precipitation Series, Volume 4, Soils, Aquatic Processes and Lake Acidification, Springer-Verlag, N.Y., pp. 187-205

Havas, M. 1990. Chemical Indicators. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 15:287.

Stokes, P., M Havas, and T. Brydges. 1990. Public participation and volunteer help in monitoring programs: An assessment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 15:225-229.

Creed, I.F., M. Havas, and C.G. Trick. 1990. Effects of arsenate on the growth of nitrogen- and phosphorus-limited Chlorella vulgaris (Chlorophyceae) isolates. J. Phycology 26(6):

Loney, R.K. and M. Havas. 1990. Enviro Mystery: An Educational Computer Game, Third Instructional Show & Tell for Ontario Universities and Colleges, May 29-29, 1990, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

Havas, M., T. Pajos, R. Loney, and V. Timmer. 1988. Effect of Aluminum, Drought and Low pH on Sugar Maple Seedlings, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Final Report.

Havas, M., R. Loney, M.G. Scott, and T.C. Hutchinson. 1988. Needle Chemistry as an Early Warning Indicator of Decline in Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, and Norway Spruce. Forest Decline Symposium, October 20-21, 1988, Rochester, N.Y.

Loney, R. and M. Havas. 1988. Influence of Climate and Air Pollution on Decline of Sugar Maple in Eastern North America. Forest Decline Symposium, October 20-21, 1988, Rochester, N.Y.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. 1987. Aquatic Macrophytes as Bioindicators of Metal Pollution, Smoking Hills, N.W.T., Intern. Conf. Heavy Metals. September, 1987, New Orleans.

Havas, M. 1987. Does hemoglobin enhance the acid-tolerance of Daphnia? Annls. Soc. R. Zool. Belg. 117, 151-164.

Creed, I.F., M. Havas, and C.G. Trick. 1987. Mechanisms of arsenate tolerance in the green alga, Chlorella vulgaris. Abstract. American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, June 14-18, 1987

Havas, M. 1986. A hematoxylin staining technique to locate sites of aluminum binding in aquatic plants and animals. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 30:735-741.

Hutchinson, T.C. and M. Havas. 1986. Recovery of previously acidified lakes near Coniston, Canada following reductions in atmospheric sulphur and metal emissions. Water, Air,and Soil Pollution 28:319-333.

Havas, M. 1986. Effects of acid deposition on aquatic ecosystems. In: Stern, A. (Ed.), Air Pollution, Volume VI, Academic Press, pp 351-389 .

Havas, M. Aluminum chemistry of inland waters. 1986. In: Havas, M. and J.F.Jaworski (Eds.), Aluminum in the Canadian Environment, National Research Council of Canada, Associate Committee on Scientific Criteria for Environmental Quality, pp 51-77.

Havas, M. Effects of aluminum on aquatic biota. 1986. In: Havas, M.and J. F. Jaworski (Eds.), Aluminum in the Canadian Environment, National Research Council of Canada, Associate Committee on Scientific Criteria for Environmental Quality, pp 79-127.

Havas, M. 1986. Groundwater quality and acid-sensitivity in south-central Ontario. Contract No. 1325, Health and Welfare Canada, 176 pp.

Havas, M. and G.E. Likens. 1986. Aluminum uptake and toxicity to Daphnia magna in soft water at low pH. In: Geen, G.H. and K.L. Woodward (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, November 13-15, 1984, Vancouver, B.C., pp 71.

Havas, M. and G.E. Likens. 1985. Toxicity of aluminum and hydrogen ions to Daphnia catawba, Holopedium gibberum, Chaoborus punctipennis, and Chironomus anthrocinus from Mirror Lake, New Hampshire. Can. J. Zool. 63:1114-1119.

Havas, M. 1985. Aluminum bioaccumulation and toxicity to Daphnia magna (Straus) in soft water at low pH. Can. J. Fish.Aquat. Sci. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 42:1741-1748.

Havas, M. and G.E. Likens. 1985. Effects of aluminum on sodium regulation by Daphnia magna at low pH in soft water. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 82:7345-7349.

Havas, M. and D.W.H. Walton. 1985. Fate and transport of radionuclides in freshwater ecosystems. In: Harwell, M.A. and T.C. Hutchinson, The Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War. Volume II, J. Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, pp 3-50 to 3-56.

Havas, M., T.C. Hutchinson, and G.E. Likens. 1985. Acid rain research. Environmental Science and Technology 19:4-26.

Havas, M., T.C. Hutchinson, and G.E. Likens. 1985. Comment on "Red Herrings in Acid Rain Research" Environmental Science and Technology 19:646-648.

Havas, M., T.C. Hutchinson, and G.E. Likens. 1984. Red herrings in acid rain research. feature article Environmental Science and Technology 18:176A-186A.

Havas, M., T.C. Hutchinson, and G.E. Likens. 1984. Effect of low pH on sodium regulation in two species of Daphnia. Can. J. Zool. 62:1965-1970.

Contributed to: New Perspectives in Ecotoxicology, 1984. Levin, S.A. and K.D. Kimball (Eds.), Environmental Management 8:375-442.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. The Smoking Hills: Natural acidification of an aquatic ecosystem. cover article Nature 301:23-27.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. 1983. Effect of low pH on the chemical composition of aquatic invertebrates from tundra ponds at the Smoking Hills, N.W.T., Canada. Can. J. Zool. 61:241-249.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. 1982. Aquatic invertebrates from the Smoking Hills, N.W.T.: Effect of pH and metals on mortality. Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci. 39:890-903.

Sheath, R.G., M. Havas, J.A. Hellebust, and T.C. Hutchinson. 1982. Effects of long-term natural acidification on algal communities of tundra ponds at the Smoking Hills, N.W.T., Canada. Can. J. Bot. 60:58-72.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. Long-term consequences of acidification: The Smoking Hills Study. 1982. In: Johnson, R.E. (Ed.), Acid Rain/Fisheries, Proc. Intern. Symp. on Acidic Precipitation and Fishery Impacts in Northeastern North America, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., August 2-5, 1981, pp 352-353.

Munn, R.E., D. Mackay, and M. Havas. Impacts of coal on natural environmental systems. 1982. In: Chadwich, M.J. and N. Lindman (Eds.), Environmental Implications of Expanded Coal Utilization, Pergamon Press, Oxford, pp 230-272.

Havas, M. Physiological response of aquatic animals to low pH. 1981. In: Singer, R. Ed.), Effects of Acidic Precipitation on Benthos, Proc. Symp. Acidic Precipitation on Benthos, 1980, North American Benthological Society, Hamilton, N.Y., pp 49-65.

Hutchinson, T.C.. W. Gizyn, M. Havas, and V. Zobens. 1978. Effects of long-term lignite burns on arctic ecosystems at the Smoking Hills, N.W.T. In: Hemphill, D.D. (Ed.), Trace Substances in Environmental Health XII:317-332.

Petitions/Government/Technical Reports

Posted on October 13, 2009

Below is a list of reports sent to government agencies.

Havas, M. 2009. Power Quality and Ground Current Issues to consider in Addition to Noise and Infra-sound. MOE Technical Workshop on Renewable Energy Technologies: Wind Turbines and Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic, Toronto, March 11, 2009.

Havas, M. 2008. Radio Frequency Readings on Triangle Mt., Colwood, BC, June 25, 2008. 4 pp., Appendix to “Independence of Advisory Bodies,” Environmental Petition, Auditor General of Canada, submitted by Sharon and Dennis Noble, Colwood, BC.

Havas, M. 2008. Potential adverse health effects from phones using Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. Environment Petition, Auditor General of Canada, 15 pp. Click here for pdf. Click here for summary of petition. Click here to link to the official site and Petition 253.

Havas, M. and T. Hutchinson. 2008. Environmental and Health Effects of Compact Fluorescent Lights. Environment Petition, Auditor General of Canada, 15 pp. Click here for summary of Petition 254. Click here to link to the official site and the Petition 254.

Havas, M. 2008. Health Concerns associated with Energy Efficient Lighting and their Electromagnetic Emissions. 11 pages. Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). Request for an opinion on “Light Sensitivity”, Sanco-Sc1-Secretariat@ec.europa.eu. Click here for pdf.

Havas, M. 2002. Wired and Wireless Energy. An overview of health concerns and a call for action. Presented to the Environmental Committee on Sustainable Development. House of Commons, Ottawa, ON. May 21, 2002.

Havas, M., T. Pajos, R. Loney, and V. Timmer. 1988. Effect of Aluminum, Drought and Low pH on Sugar Maple Seedlings, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Final Report.

Letters/Newspaper/Magazine

Posted on October 13, 2009

Below are letters, newspaper and magazine articles by Magda Havas.

Havas, M. 2009. Is it Safe to Stand in Front of a Microwave? Bottom Line/Personal. 7 pp. in press.

Havas, M. 2009. Letter to Newcastle Residents, Teachers, & School Boards, Regarding Wi-Fi Networks and Cell Phone Antenna, Newcastle, UK.

Havas, M. 2009. Open Letter to Parents, Teachers, School Boards regarding Wi-Fi Networks in Schools. July 28, 2009, 2 pp.

Havas, M. 2009. Letter to the Editor, Toronto Star, February 1, 2009 response to “Jury’s out on link between migraines, fluorescent tubes.” by Joe Schwarcz.

Havas, M. 2009. Letter to Mayor McDermott and Essex Council Regarding Wind Turbine Development in Essex County, 1 pg.

Havas, M. 2009. Letter to the Editor, re: “Company recalls LG 150 cellphones”, Toronto Star January 28, 2009.

Havas, M. 2008. Letter to the Editor, Walrus Magazine, comment on Cellphone Games, September 11, 2008 article by Melinda Wenner.

Havas, M. 2008. Letter to the Editor, BBC News, UK, RE: The bulb hoarders. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7480958.stm.

Havas, M. 2006. Dirty Electricity: An Invisible Pollutant in Schools. Feature Article for Forum Magazine, OSSTF, Fall, 2006.

Havas, M. 2006. Response to: Evaluation of the Stetzer Filters. Open Letter to Health Canada. October 2006. 5 pp.

Havas, M. 2006. Open letter to Mayor and Aldermen, Milwaukee Wisconsin. Health Concerns of WiFi. Click here for pdf.

Havas, M. 2005. Studies point to concerns about radiation from towers. Salisbury Post, Salisbury, NC, October 20, 2005.

Havas, M. 2005. Letter: Office of the Secretary, Federal Communication Commission, Washington DC, Proceeding WT Docket No. 04-356 and 02-353. 3 pages, January 24, 2005.

Havas, M. 2004. Putting Cell Phone Antennas near schools is too risky. Washington Post, Fairfax, December 30, 2004, page VA10.

Havas, M. 2004. Don’t put cell towers on school property. Northern Virginia Journal, November 16, 2004, page 12.

Havas, M. 2004. Cleaner power keeps schools healthy. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough, ON, February 12, 2004

Havas, M. 2002. Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, August 9, 2002.

Havas, M. 2002. Corporate support can weaken foundation. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, April 12, 2002.

Havas, M. 2002. Children at risk in hospital from transformer magnetic fields. The Act, Australia.

Havas, M. 2001. Review of Expert Document The Workshop Report: Review of Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs), produced by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, March 2001., Winnipeg, Manitoba, letter September 2001.

Havas, M. 2001. Electricity’s role in cancer an eye opener. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, October 12, 2001

Havas, M. 2001. Electromagnetic fields linked to childhood cancer according to two new studies. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, March 9, 2001

Havas, M. 2000. Valley of Desolation, no vacation paradise. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, July 28, 2000.

Havas, M. 1999. People learn in different ways. How do you learn? Answer in simple test. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, August 27, 1999

Havas, M. 1998. Prof takes aim at academic stereotype. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, November 27, 1998.

Havas, M. 1996. University Accountability. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, April 1996.

Havas, M. 1989. The State of Our Forests. Harrowsmith, December.

Havas, M. 1989. Teeside and Uttersville, Uxbridge Times Journal, Uxbridge, Ontario.

Havas, M. 1989. A Tale of Two Towns, Back Forty, Lindsay, Ontario.

Havas, M. and T.C. Hutchinson. 1988. Tree Watch: Questionnaire on Tree Decline in Canada. Harrowsmith, August

Books

Posted on October 13, 2009

Below are books written/edited by Magda Havas.

Rees, C. and M. Havas. 2008. Microwave Radiation: The shadow side of the wireless revolution. Post Event Answers and Questions. Commonwealth Club, March 19, 2008, 129 pp.

Adriano, D.C. and M. Havas (eds.). 1989. Acidic precipitation, Vol. 1: Case studies. Advances in environmental science. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., New York, NY 311 pp.

Havas, M. and J.F.Jaworski (Eds.), 1986. Aluminum in the Canadian Environment, National Research Council of Canada, Associate Committee on Scientific Criteria for Environmental Quality.

Testimony TV Antenna North Carolina

Posted on October 10, 2009

Havas, M. 2005. Health Effects Associated with Radio Frequency Radiation. Expert Tetstimony prepared by Magda Havas, Courtesy Public Hearing for Z-01-05, Exhibit for Mt. Ulla, North Carolina Hearing, October 13, 2005.

Introduction

Our use of radio frequency radiation started with the invention of the radio that allowed wireless communication at great distances. During World War II, the higher end of the radio frequency spectrum was used for radar. After the war, television and then mobile telecommunications technology (i.e. pagers) became popular followed by the most recent revolution of the cellular phone industry.

Today, more than at any other time in history, this planet is being inundated by radio frequency radiation from man-made sources. The electromagnetic energy is used to send voice and visual messages within frequency bands that range from thousands (kilo-Hertz, kHz) to billions (giga-Hertz, GHz) of cycles per second. Currently there is no international consensus on exposure guidelines, which range orders of magnitude in various countries around the world.

Exposure to radar installations was a concern in the 1950s until the 1980s and interest in this area has been reignited because of our growing reliance on cell phones and the need for more antenna and base stations. Research on the health effects associated with exposure to radio frequency radiation from antennas is at an early stage of development. However, results from many of the studies that have examined adverse health effects for residents living near antennas are alarming. For my expert testimony I propose to introduce scientific studies of exposure to broadcast antennas (both TV and radio), military radio frequency installations, mobile phone antennas, as well as other studies that indicate adverse health effects of radio frequency radiation. I also propose to introduce a medical condition, known as electrohypersensitivity (EHS) that is becoming increasingly common and appears to be related to exposure to radio frequency radiation (RFR) at levels well below existing guidelines.

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Ground Current Bill 154, Ontario

Posted on October 10, 2009

Legislative Assembly of Ontario re: Bill 143, Oct 19 2006. page 1/11
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO
Thursday 19 October 2006
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BUSINESS
LAND RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT, 2006
GROUND CURRENT POLLUTION ACT, 2006

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GROUND CURRENT POLLUTION ACT, 2006 / LOI DE 2006 SUR LA POLLUTION CAUSÉE PAR LE COURANT TELLURIQUE

Mrs. Van Bommel moved second reading of the following bill:

Bill 143, An Act respecting ground current pollution in Ontario / Projet de loi 143, Loi concernant la pollution causée par le courant tellurique en Ontario.

The Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bruce Crozier): Mrs. Van Bommel has moved second reading of Bill 143. Pursuant to standing order 96, you have up to 10 minutes.

Mrs. Maria Van Bommel (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex): Private members' time is set aside for MPPs to address issues that are of particular interest to themselves and to their constituents. My private member's bill is intended to advance the understanding of ground current pollution and to establish a time frame and process for remediation.

As a farmer, I've been long aware of this issue for probably well over 30 years, but it wasn't until I met a constituent whose life was completely changed and affected by ground current pollution that I started to really understand the impact that it has on all Ontarians. Should the Ontario Legislative Assembly pass this private member's bill, it is my hope that we will see a special focus on the state of our electrical infrastructure and the important role that it plays in the overall delivery of safe energy to our homes and to our businesses.

We are not the only jurisdiction to experience this type of pollution. The hazards resulting from ground currents have been recognized as a problem in both Canada and the United States and, as a matter of fact, right across the world. New York State spent $100 million in one year to clean up electrical pollution.

To understand the problem, it is important to appreciate what ground current pollution is and its impact on humans and animals. Many people refer to this phenomenon as stray voltage, transient voltage or tingle voltage. Regardless of what we call it, the impact on farms, manufacturing and humans is demonstrable.

Note: Dr. Havas helped to draft Bill 143.

Click Bill 143 for a pdf of Bill 143.

Breast Cancer and EMFs

Posted on October 10, 2009

Havas, M. Breast Cancer and Occupational Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields. Report to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, November 18, 2008, 20 pp.

On October 28, 2008, Mr. Gary Newhouse asked me to address the following questions:

1. What is the current level of evidence that EMF and/or ELF is cancer causing or promoting, with particular reference to breast cancer? Please explain.

2. What is your opinion on this comment from Dr. M. Bitran found at page 14 of Exhibit 20:

Comprehensive reviews of epidemiological and laboratory studies carried out by authoritative organizations have consistently concluded that the evidence does not substantiate a cause-effect link between ELF magnetic fields and cancer. Recent epidemiological studies on breast cancer and occupational and residential exposure to ELF magnetic fields are negative on balance. A meta-analysis found a small risk increase that may be due to artifacts. Recent reviews of epidemiological and animal data conclude that ELF magnetic fields are most likely not a risk factor in breast cancer.

3. What is your opinion on this comment from Dr. M. Bitran found at page 23 of Exhibit 20:

The link between ELF magnetic field exposure and female breast cancer has become more tenuous as newer, larger epidemiological studies with better exposure assessment have become available.

4. Please comment on the elements of average exposure, transient peak impact exposures, and cumulative dose estimates of exposure for each of the three workers in terms of the relationship between those exposures and whether or not exposure to EMF would have been a significant contributing factor in the development or onset of breast cancer in each case.

My expert testimony regarding each of these questions follows:

Excerpt from page 5 . . .

To address this issue I would like to quote from a document written by Dr. Martin Blank at Columbia University (Blank 2007).

We should be reminded that ‘scientific proof’ is not symmetric (Popper, 1959).

One cannot prove that EMF is harmless no matter how many negative results one presents. One single reproducible ([statistically] significant) harmful effect would outweigh all the negative results.

Scientific method is not democratic. The word ‘proof’ in ‘scientific proof’ is best understood in terms of its older meaning of ‘test’. It does not rely on an adversarial ‘weight of the evidence’, where opposing results and arguments are presented and compared. Answers do not come from keeping a scoreboard of positive versus negative results [note: positive and negative results refers to studies with and without statistically significant effects] and merely tallying the numbers to get a score.

The above characteristics of science are generally acknowledged to be valid as abstract principles, but in EMF research, it has been quite common to list positive and negative findings and thereby imply equal weights. . . .

Negative studies play an important role in science, and there is good reason to publish them when they are failures to replicate earlier positive results. This can often lead to important clarifications of the effect, the technique, etc.

However, negative studies are being used in another way. Although they cannot prove there is no positive effect, they do have an influence in the unscientific ‘weight of evidence approach’. In epidemiology, where it is difficult to compare studies done under different conditions, it is common to make a table of the positive and negative results. The simple listing has the effect of a tally, and the overall score substitutes for an evaluation. In any case, one can write that the evidence is ‘not consistent’, ‘not convincing’ or claims are ‘unsubstantiated’ and therefore ‘unproven’. The same is true in experimental studies . . . the contradictory results are juxtaposed and a draw is implied. This is a relatively cheap but effective way to neutralize or negate a positive study (Blank 2007).