THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            61
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH
    STANDARDS REGARDING ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC FIELDS
    EMISSIONS.  


 1        WHEREAS, the generation, transmission, and use of electric
 2   energy are associated with the production of electric and
 3   magnetic fields (EMF); and
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 5        WHEREAS, there are growing concerns about the potential
 6   adverse health effects of exposure to EMF; and
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 8        WHEREAS, in June 1998, a majority of the members of an
 9   international committee convened by the National Institute of
10   Environmental Health Sciences concluded that power line
11   frequency EMF are possibly carcinogenic to humans; and
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13        WHEREAS, various studies of EMF effects have found that
14   EMF exposure can alter heart rhythms and may lead to elevated
15   cardiac risks, may increase the risk of immunological and
16   hematological disorders, and can block the protective action of
17   melatonin against the growth of cancer cells; and     
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19        WHEREAS, several states, including Montana, Minnesota, New
20   Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Florida have
21   established standards for the strength of electric fields from
22   high voltage transmission lines, and Florida has also
23   established magnetic field standards; and 
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25        WHEREAS, Hawaii lacks standards for the strength of
26   electric and magnetic fields emissions from high voltage
27   transmission lines; and 
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29        WHEREAS, the establishment of standards are necessary to
30   ensure that electric utilities construct high voltage
31   transmission systems within limits intended to lessen or
32   minimize the community's exposure to EMF; and 
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34        WHEREAS, under section 269-27.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes,
35   the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)is already required to

 
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 1   consider the factor of EMF emission exposure in reviewing an
 2   application for construction of new 138 kilovolt or greater
 3   high voltage transmission systems, and the development and
 4   application of specific EMF emission standards would assist the
 5   PUC in its review; now, therefore,
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 7        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
 8   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
 9   Representatives concurring, that the PUC is requested to
10   establish standards for the strength of electric and magnetic
11   fields from high voltage transmission lines; and
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13        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the PUC is requested to report
14   on its efforts to establish EMF standards to the Legislature
15   twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of
16   2000; and   
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18        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
19   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
20   PUC and the Consumer Advocate.
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