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Press Releases 2004

December 9, 2004

For Immediate Release


Minister of Health Refuses Request for EMF Study

(Queen's Park)           Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges, called on Health Minister George Smitherman during Question Period today to undertake with Health Canada to develop national standards relating to the health impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) resulting from the proposed Hydro One high-voltage transmission corridor.  

Klees has repeatedly raised this issue in the legislature in response to the growing concerns of families in York Region.   Smitherman refused the request and deflected the issue to the Minister of Energy.

"This was a clear question concerning the health and well being of the residents of York Region," said Klees.   "The Mayor of Markham, Don Cousens, asked that the provincial government become fully engaged with their federal counterparts to produce national standards on EMFs.     It is a very sad day when the Minister of Health tells my constituents that he won't do anything to ensure that their children and schools are safe from health hazards."

Klees pointed out to the legislature that Hydro One has stated that it cannot be held accountable on health impacts of electromagnetic fields (EMF's) because there are no federal guidelines available.

In his response, the Minister of Energy, simply stated, once again, that any concerns should be expressed through the Environmental Assessment process.

Klees challenged that response pointing out that the review process becomes meaningless if current and reliable information regarding the health risks of EMF's emanating from the proposed corridor is not available.

"This government is intentionally ignoring what could prove to be serious health risks to York Region residents, and I find that unconscionable," said Klees.


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