EPA document prepared on EMF's and Cancer in the 1980's . . .report was quashed by tyhe With House and Senior EPA officials . .

There was a draft EPA document prepared on EMFs and cancer in the 1980s. According to reports below, the original report stated that EMFs are a probable carcinogen, but this report was quashed by the White House and senior EPA officials.

So, the EPA scientists have been involved in this issue, though opposed by some EPA officials. The report has never officially been released to the public, and has been through multpile "reviews" and rewrites.

From Microwave News, Jan/Feb 1998

Power-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) should be considered a
risk factor for childhood cancer, staff at the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) concluded in 1994. This conclusion appears in a report which was sup-
pressed by EPA’s senior managers and never released to the public.

Work on the report stopped in 1995 and it has been on hold ever since. “It
is still an internal document and will probably not be released,” said EPA’s Dr.
Robert McGaughy in early 1998. McGaughy, a senior scientist at ORD’s Na-
tional Center for Environmental Assessment in Washington, was in charge of
writing the report.

Over the last three years, the EPA has repeatedly refused to
release the report. For instance, when Curt Suplee, the science
editor at the Washington Post, filed a Freedom of Information
Act request for the report a couple of years ago, the agency de-
clined to give it to him, arguing that the document was still un-
der review and therefore not subject to the act.

The first draft of the EPA report, completed in early 1990,
recommended that EMFs be classified as “probable human car-
cinogens,” a designation previously given to DDT, PCBs and
formaldehyde. When that draft was released to the public later
that year, this designation was deleted, but the EPA nevertheless
concluded that EMF studies of leukemia, lymphoma and brain
tumors among children and workers “show a consistent pattern
of response that suggests, but does not prove, a causal link” (see
MWN, M/J90 and N/D90).

In addition, industry pressured the agency not to release the
cancer report. Leading this movement was Douglas Bannerman
of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association in Wash-
ington. In 1995, Bannerman argued that, “We should not have
individual agencies popping up and giving their own risk as-
sessments” (see MWN, M/A95). Later that same year, the U.S.
Senate Committee on Appropriations cut $350,000 out of the
EPA budget because “the committee believes EPA should not
engage in EMF activities” (see MWN, S/O95). Soon afterwards,
the EPA stopped all work on the cancer report.

Microwave News has covered this issue, including in the Jan/Feb.  and May/June 1991 issues and Jan/Feb 1998 issue.