Summary of the situation report bulletin (2/2018) published online

We are now there: The new Radiation Act came into force in Finland on December 15, 2018, and along with it, the decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on restricting public exposure to non-ionizing radiation (NIR). The new decree imposes binding restrictions on electric and magnetic fields with frequencies below 100 kHz but does not apply to electric-field exposure from high-voltage overhead power lines as per the Electrical Safety Act (1135/2016).

The CIGRE Session 2018, held in August in Paris, discussed, among other things, health issues relating to electromagnetic fields and how they are dealt with in the electricity sector. September 10–13, 2018, the first EMF-Med World Conference was held in Split, within the framework of the project COST EMF-MED (Action BM1309): European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications.

Once again, I have found new scientific publications of interest for this bulletin. The bulletin starts with a number of papers on the possible association between power lines and childhood leukemia. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a familiar topic from earlier bulletins, is now discussed in two papers.

Hope you enjoy reading this summary in English!

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