Draft Electromagnetic Fields Monitoring Programme

Summary: The EPA is opening a public consultation to receive comments regarding the Draft EMF Monitoring Programme.

Published: 2020

Pages: 26


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What is the objective of the EPA’s monitoring programme?

The objective of the EMF monitoring programme is to support the EPA’s advisory role to Government and to assess the typical exposure of the public to EMF in everyday environments.  The programme aims to assess the population exposure to EMF by determining the typical levels of EMF exposure found in everyday environments in Ireland, particularly in those areas with a high population and/or footfall.

What will the programme initially focus on?

The EMF monitoring program will initially focus on radio-frequency EMF (RF-EMF) but will be extended to include Static and Extremely Low Fields (ELF-EMF) in the future.

How will the EPA’s EMF monitoring programme differ from monitoring carried out by others in Ireland?

ComReg publish the results of compliance monitoring carried out in the vicinity of their licensed infrastructure. More information on this can be found at http://www.comreg.ie/nir-reports-2 Eirgrid publish reports of measurements made close to their electricity transmission pylons. Most of the population do not live close to such infrastructure but are exposed to a range of other sources. For example, mobile phone handsets, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi routers, Radio, TV or other local electricity infrastructure.  Our monitoring work seeks to obtain information on the population exposure to EMF and should, overtime, enable us to assess the impact that new technologies or new infrastructure have on public exposure to EMF and to provide advice accordingly.

What is the timeline for this consultation?

Please email your comments using the attached comment sheet to emfpubconsultation@epa.ie by 5 pm on the 21st October 2020.