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Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:45 p.m. CDT

GBE is a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line proposed to traverse your area.

Dr. Smith of Missouri has done extensive research into the risks associated with HVDC transmission of electricity. I am extremely concerned for the residents of your area who may be endangered by the proposed GBE transmission line.

In 2012, scientists gathered to independently review over 1,800 new studies done in five years prior to their meeting. Not all were related to the effects of HVDC lines, but there were enough studies and evidence-based results to cause them to make some serious conclusions regarding HVDC. These reports refute Clean Line’s claim of no negative health effects associated with the company’s proposed GBE transmission line.

Actual health findings based on the evidence state, “Power lines and other sources of ELF are consistently associated with higher rates of childhood leukemia.”

The report also states, “Increased risk for childhood leukemia starts at levels almost 1,000 times below the safety standard.” The World Health Organization ELF Health Criteria Monograph No. 322 (2007) says that other childhood cancers “cannot be ruled out.”

Another study looked at what risks for cancer a child would have later in life, if that child was raised in a home within 300 meters of a high-voltage electric power line. For children who were raised for their first five years of life within 300 meters, they have a lifetime risk that is 500 percent higher for developing some kinds of cancers.

A study by Lowenthal et al. investigated leukemia in adults in relation to residences near to high-voltage power lines. The study provides support for two important conclusions: Adult leukemia is also associated with EMF exposure, and exposure during childhood increases risk of adult disease.

GBE is being proposed by a private group of investors seeking eminent domain in multiple states. They wish to acquire 200-foot-wide easements across the Midwest for what they claim will be a transmission line unlike anything seen before in the United States. With massive support pole structures designed to carry direct current (DC) electricity, this project would greatly impact not only those along the proposed routes but also set precedence for use of eminent domain by a private company. 

This transmission project is proposed by a LLC, not a public utility planning to improve infrastructure. The GBE project would impose health and economic hardships upon Illinois residents, and even though the company claims they are “clean,” there are no guarantees they would transmit only clean wind generated electricity. 

I urge citizens to become informed. Go to www.Block RICL.com or www.Block GBE.com for links to the most recent health research on HVDC lines and further information as to why thousands across multiple states are opposing this dangerous and unnecessary transmission project. People’s health would  be put at risk for the economic benefit of a select group.

Jeanette Carothers

Earlville

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