By Joanne Shriner
Following a long public hearing, a favorable recommendation will move forward to the Mayor and City Council to allow the Delmarva Power and Light (DP&L) substation to expand on 138th Street in the Caine Woods community. Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith began the hearing by taking a look back at the various changes the substation has gone under over the years.
In 1996 the easterly portion of the property where the substation exists included two vacant lots, which was subdivided into four lots and four dwellings were built. DP&L has since purchased those properties and demolished them to expand the substation.
By Jill Reilly
Hypersensitive: Hannah Metcalfe, 34, says she suffers adverse effects when she is exposed to electromagnetic waves
She cannot make a call on a mobile phone, have a coffee in an internet cafe or pick up an i Pad.
So severe is Hannah Metcalfe's sensitivity to electromagnetic waves that her husband has to run errands in town in case she is exposed.
Phil Inkley has fled civilization to escape electromagnetic fields, which he believes cause nosebleeds, headaches, convulsions and blackouts. Laura Page meets him and investigates the condition known as 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity'
Phil Inkley outside his caravan in the woods. Photograph: Laura Page Photography It takes me seven phone calls and five attempts on Skype before I manage to hold a conversation with Phil Inkley. When I visit him a week later I see that the wire from his laptop dangles precariously through his caravan window and over a few metres of wet woodland to a dongle concealed in a box in the far corner of the land. Sometimes it works.
Warning: High Frequency By Christopher Ketcham
Consider this story: It’s January 1990, during the pioneer build-out of mobile phone service. A cell tower goes up 800 feet from the house of Alison Rall, in Mansfield, Ohio, where she and her husband run a 160-acre dairy farm. The first thing the Rall family notices is that the ducks on their land lay eggs that don’t hatch. That spring there are no ducklings.
By the fall of 1990, the cattle herd that pastures near the tower is sick. The animals are thin, their ribs are showing, their coats growing rough, and their behavior is weird – they’re agitated, nervous. Soon the cows are miscarrying, and so are the goats. Many of the animals that gestate are born deformed. There are goats with webbed necks, goats with front legs shorter than their rear legs. One calf in the womb has a tumor the size of a basketball, another carries a tumor three feet in diameter, big enough that he won’t pass through the birth canal. Rall and the local veterinarian finally cut open the mother to get the creature out alive. The vet records the nightmare in her log: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire practice… All of [this] I feel was a result of the cellular tower.”