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Evaluation of the Potential Carcinogenicity of Electromagnetic Fields (External Review Draft)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is posting on this web site a draft document related to the potential adverse human health effects resulting from exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). This document was never finalized after EPA activities were discontinued, and the science has progressed since this document was written. The draft document does not represent the views or policies of the EPA and should not be cited or quoted.

The 1990 draft report, Evaluation of the Potential Carcinogenicity of Electromagnetic Fields, was a publicly available external review draft. This 1990 draft document contains information regarding the potential carcinogenicity of radiofrequency fields as well as electrical power frequency fields. The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) reviewed this draft document in a series of public meetings in 1991 and 1992. The Agency cautions readers that this draft document was not finalized after the SAB reported its findings. The draft document reports information that was available only through 1990, and it is therefore of historical interest only in a field that was very active in the subsequent 10 years.

Despite concerns about the merit of providing this out-of-date document, the Agency is making this document available on the Internet in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For paper copies of the 1990 draft document, contact the Technical Information Staff (8623D), National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: 202-564-3261; facsimile: 202-565-0050.

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