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Mar 17, 2004
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[Merged] Anyone live near a hydro field/tower/lines?

Any idea if living near a large hydro field is dangerous for your health? do they let off some sort of radiation?
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Apr 13, 2009
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There is much debate to this. Just do a google search and you can see arguments to both sides.

Personally, I would not want to live near powerlines. Aside from potential health concerns, the home would also be harder to sell down the road.
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Feb 15, 2008
26318 posts
Electric fields and magnetic fields are emmitted from lines.

There are also ozone emmissions from the highest voltage lines. And utilities tend to spray the areas with lines with defoiliating chemicals.

I'd personally shy away.
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Dec 24, 2007
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orangeapple wrote:
Apr 4th, 2011 12:02 am
Any idea if living near a large hydro field is dangerous for your health?
The official word is that it is OK to live nearby (just outside the designated safety zone). On the other hand, who knows; X-rays were considered safe early on.
orangeapple wrote:
Apr 4th, 2011 12:02 am
do they let off some sort of radiation?
Yes, electromagnetic radiation. One thing to note is that its power decreases very quickly with increasing distance from the source.
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Jan 13, 2005
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I have lived next to a hydro field for 25 yrs, there is a hydro pole less then 100 meters from my room. No one in my neighborhood has become sick because of it. But the lightening is CRAZY in the summer... I think the real danger in the coyotes and foxes I see in my backyard daily. ;)
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Aug 14, 2007
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I'm about a 15 minute or so walk from a hydro field, my friend's parents house I wouldn't say BACKS onto the hydro field since the lake is there, but you can clearly see the power plant and wind mill generator, I walk the dog through there all the time in the summer and everything is fine. Don't worry about it.

Did you hear from somewhere that it was bad?
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Dec 24, 2007
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Why risk potential health to you and of your family to save a few bucks!

Plus like the post above said, harder to sell!

Thread started in 2016 - 1927 fully gutted and renovated 2 storey detached home in the big T.O. - small projects still in progress.

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Dec 10, 2004
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There's been quite a bit of coverage about the Heartland transmission project for the past year or so, you can check out their website . I'm sure if you google it as well you'll find the activist/protest group''s views as well.
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May 30, 2005
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Richmond Hill
We used to live for a year at Finch/Yonge in the condos along the hydro corridor and my folks complained that they'd get headaches every so often. Now we live in a house that's about 6-700m from a transformer station and they haven't said anything at all. I guess, out of sight, out of mind? :P

I'm sure there's effects, whether biological or mental, which is why those properties have a lower resale value.
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Mar 17, 2004
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thanks for the replies all..

anyone live near commerce gate? i was referring to property around there - the new developments most south of the community, closest to the 407ETR.

just south of that area is a large hydro connection - also right where the 407 ETR is.

is there a way i can get a measurement of potential harmful output frmo these hydro lines?
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Aug 22, 2003
15541 posts
Niagara Falls
Hydro lines haven't been sprayed for years. Our court has a hydro line at the end of it and in the 8 yrs we've been here it's never been sprayed. They cut it a few times a year and that's it. IIRC, they quit spraying hydro lines quite a while before the provincial herbicide/pesticide ban came into effect...
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Jan 27, 2006
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But you brought it due to the lower price so the harder to sell argument is a wash unless the power lines were installed AFTER you brought it.
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Dec 12, 2006
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Barrys Bay
I know people that live next to a small transformer station..... when we visit we get annoyed at the buzzing sounds outside....they are used to the sound.

No they don't have extra toes, eyes,finns.... or extra powers.

If it wasn't healthy, bylaws would exist about proximity of dwellings. In fact warning signs around and would suggest do not walk by as well.

Yes there are debates on this, both sides have strong points.

Think of it this way, hyrdo workers have to work/maintain there, if unsafe there union wouldn't allow it.
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Oct 27, 2008
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My backyard backs onto hydro lines. Never had an issue.
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May 22, 2005
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Honnestly, it's all about perception. Really, if you looked out towards you back yard and you had some buzzing eiffel tower nonsense blocking your view, you wouldn't really like it right?