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Pylon protesters call for action
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The group is campaigning against the impact of the new line
Campaigners calling for new regulations to stop the creation of a new high voltage power line are calling for action from MSPs.

The Stirling Before Pylons group was set up in response to plans for a 137-mile line through Scotland.

The group has petitioned the Scottish Parliament, calling on potential health hazards associated with electromagnetic fields to be taken into account.

The public petitions committee is due to meet to discuss the issue.

Campaigners also want ministers to bring in new planning regulations in response to the Scottish and Southern Energy proposals to erect 600 pylons from Beauly, near Inverness, to Denny, near Falkirk.

The group first brought the issue to Holyrood to make their case in 2005.

The consequences of sidelining this subject are potentially very serious and it would be negligent of the Scottish Government not to address them
Caroline Paterson
Stirling Before Pylons

Speaking ahead of the petitions meeting, Caroline Paterson of Stirling Before Pylons, urged the MSPs to consider passing the petition on to another Holyrood committee for consideration.

She said: "I hope this latest review will actually forward our petition to a committee prepared to address the latest scientific advice.

"The consequences of sidelining this subject are potentially very serious and it would be negligent of the Scottish Government not to address them.

"Britain is falling behind many developed countries, such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, parts of Italy, Germany etc which have adopted precautionary measures to protect their populations from power line electromagnetic fields."

Expert reports

In a letter to the public petitions committee, the Scottish Government planning directorate said there were no regulatory controls pertaining to distance for exposure to electromagnetic fields.

However it added that operators were expected to ensure exposure levels did not exceed international guidelines.

It also stated the government would consider expert reports on the issue which were published last year, along with the advice of the UK Health Protection Agency regarding planning guidance.

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