The California EMF Project

In 1993, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued decision D.93-11-013.

  • D.93-11-013

  • Established the California EMF program of research and information managed by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) and funded by utility ratepayers.

  • Set current California EMF policy.

  • Directed California's regulated electric utilities to:

    • Take no-cost and low-cost measures to reduce EMF levels when utilities design new projects or upgrade existing facilities. The CPUC did not set specific reduction levels for EMFs, considering it inappropriate to set a specific numerical standard until a scientific basis for doing so exists.

    • Develop EMF design guidelines for implementing the no-cost and low-cost measures.

    • Implement uniform workplace and residential EMF measurement programs.

    • Provide credible, meaningful, consistent and timely EMF information to utility customers, employees and the public.

The purpose of the California EMF Program was to perform EMF research and policy analysis, and provide education and technical help to benefit Californians. Input to the CDHS was provided by a Stakeholders Advisory Consultant Group consisting of representatives of the public, consumer groups, health and scientific experts, and labor and utility representatives.

After a series of workshops held in the spring of 2002, SDG&E and other California electric utilities agreed on a standardized EMF Design Guidelines document.  SDG&E filed its revised EMF Design Guidelines for Electrical Facilities with the CPUC in July 2006. You can view the standardized design guidelines here.

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