By Senators Thorsness, Sutherland, Saling and Talmadge


     WHEREAS, Some recent scientific studies suggest a possible link between exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMF) and human health effects; and


     WHEREAS, There has been increasing public attention and concern about possible health effects from EMF; and


     WHEREAS, Electricity is essential to the productivity, health, and security of all people in the United States; and


     WHEREAS, It is recognized that there is a clear need for a solid scientific basis for decision making on the EMF issue, particularly with respect to the confident establishment of standards for field strength exposures; and


     WHEREAS, It is also recognized that individual states and local jurisdictions do not have the resources to conduct thorough and conclusive scientific research on the health effects of EMF; and


     WHEREAS, It is in the nation's best interest to address the possible health effects of EMF on a national basis, through research conducted by an independent institution with a credible track record in public health research;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate support any efforts by the Congress of the United States to provide, alone or in conjunction with other public and private entities, additional funding to expand and accelerate a national research program to address and resolve the growing concern about possible health effects from electric and magnetic fields and that the Senate support a research program overseen by an independent advisory board consisting of top-level officials from federal agencies, state health departments, and public utility commissions.


I, Gordon A. Golob, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1991-8676,

adopted by the Senate April 28, 1991.





Secretary of the Senate