EMF & Electrical Effects

Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)

EMF are found virtually everywhere electricity is used in our modern society. For example, EMF exists around household wiring, electrical appliances, and transmission lines.

AltaLink’s Position on EMF

AltaLink recognizes that people are concerned about EMF, and we treat those concerns very seriously. AltaLink has information to keep people informed on the status of EMF research, summarized by national and international scientific and health agencies, including Health Canada and the World Health Organization. AltaLink does not conduct health research, but does take measurements of EMF near our facilities.

After more than 40 years of research that included thousands of studies and reviews by multiple agencies, none of these agencies have concluded that exposure to EMF from power lines is a demonstrated cause of any long-term adverse effects to human, plant, or animal health. None of these agencies has recommended that the general public take steps to limit their everyday exposure to EMF.

Based on this research and the conclusions of these agencies, AltaLink believes that the levels of EMF associated with its high-voltage transmission facilities are not a risk to your health. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us and we will provide more information.

Exposure to EMF

No exposure guidelines have been established for power line EMF in Alberta, Canada, or the United States. Instead, agencies such as the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have developed exposure guidelines that protect workers and the general public from well-documented immediate biological effects (similar to shocks) that can result from direct exposure to electric and magnetic fields above those typically found in living environments.

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