Save the time and energy of finding someone to talk to and don't buy a home that is directly underneath or within 300 ft of those types of wires. I have seen a special on 60 minutes on these power lines and it is just to risky to live near them. They will tell you you have nothing to worry about, right, because people live under them all over the place. There are many other homes to choose from in this area. If you have any questions you would like to talk to a Realtor about without ANY obligation of using my services please feel free to contact me. You can find me at either of my websites. http://www.UltimateHomeRequest.com or below. Born, raised, work and still living in Sunnyvale I know the area like the back of my hand.
Thankfully, Joe Wilson has certainly done his homework on the issue of EMFs, which surfaces on this site every month or so--and I'm so glad to see it as I am also trying to logically address EMFs too. PG&E, as well as the WHO have monitored EMFs and ELF(Extremely Low Frequency) radiation for a long time. In one study, a European agency found that workers in an electrical plant (where EMFs are hundreds of times stronger than out in the city) exhibited no statistically variant health effects than those who were not exposed to high EMFs. The study also could not find any link between EMFs or ELFs and health hazards often cited as resulting from electromagnetic fields, such as leukemia and certain cancers.
For more information about EMFs, check out PG&Es site at http://www.pge.com.
For information published by the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) see http://www.epa.gov/radtown/power-lines.html
and finally, for the results of the European studies of the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found at http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/en/Static%20and%20ELF%20Fie
However, if this continues to be a concern, EMF monitors are available at many hobby stores and electronics retailers so that you can monitor the amount of EMFs in your home. You'll be surprised, I'm sure, to find that the EMFs from the high voltage lines may be far less than the microwave in your home or the electrical panel on the side of the house. The constant barrage of EMFs from wiring in the home has lead to studies involving the effects of ELFs on the human body.
Hope this helps!!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
You can search through my blogs for more information about high voltage power lines.
Great points but the power is circulating 24/7 in your wires at home.
Just because you dont tap it does not mean there is no radiation !!
"High" is a relative term but yes, these are high voltage lines. Any power lines regardless of voltage create an electromagnetic field (EMF) that radiates out in all directions from the power line, even the 120/240 volt lines in your walls and ceilings. Of course, the higher the voltage, the higher the magnitude of the field. The good news is that the field strength falls off as the square of the distance from the power line, so if you're on the ground, the field strength at that point is greatly diminished. I researched this several years ago and PG&E has lots of scientific information they can send you if you call them. The bottom line is that you'll expose yourself to a greater EMF by using a blow dryer or an electric shaver than you will by living near a high voltage power line. The more significant issue is likely to be your re-sale value when it comes time to sell because like you, there are lots of Buyers who are concerned (rightly or not) about the potential health effects of high voltage power lines. I'd avoid them for this reason alone. Good luck.