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Leukemia Study Plays Role in Tower Debate in Washington State

A county official in Washington state ruled this month that two AM towers can’t be built until possible health dangers of electromagnetic energy are analyzed, AP reported.
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A county official in Washington state ruled this month that two AM towers can’t be built until possible health dangers of electromagnetic energy are analyzed, AP reported.

The Snohomish County official cited a recent study published by The American Journal of Epidemiology that found that children who live within a certain distance of AM radio antennas are twice as likely to develop leukemia. The study “does convince the examiner that such a causal link is plausible,” AP quoted the official as ruling. Read more about the leukemia study in RW’s recent report.

The Skotdal family, owners of KRKO(AM) in Everett, Wash., wants to add two towers to four that have been approved for a site south of Snohomish. KRKO General Manager Andy Skotdal told AP he expects the two towers would be approved and built. “One new study with questionable data isn’t going to change anything.”

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