The following list is a compilation of definitions and terminology that the NHVC has collected.


Electromagnetic Field (EMF)
Source: WHO

“Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans” – This descriptor is appropriate when the available tumor effects and other key data are adequate to demonstrate carcinogenic potential to humans. Adequate data are within a spectrum. At one end is evidence for a plausible (but not definitively causal) association between human exposure to the agent and cancer, usually with some supporting evidence (not necessarily carcinogenicity data) in animals. At the other end of the spectrum is an agent with no human data, but a positive tumor study in animals and the weight of experimental evidence shows that in experimental animals the agent causes events generally known to be associated with tumor formation. Source: Tera

Pentachlorophenol (Penta, PCP) – The principal use for pentachlorophenol is as a wood preservative. It has been used to preserve utility poles.

Pentachlorophenol was once one of the most widely used biocides in the United States, but it is now a restricted use pesticide and is no longer available to the general public.  It was primarily used as a wood preservative.  Pentachlorophenol is extremely toxic to humans from acute (short-term) ingestion and inhalation exposure.  Acute inhalation exposures in humans have resulted in neurological, blood, and liver effects, and eye irritation.  Chronic (long-term) exposure to pentachlorophenol by inhalation in humans has resulted in effects on the respiratory tract, blood, kidney, liver, immune system, eyes, nose, and skin.  Human studies are inconclusive regarding pentachlorophenol exposure and reproductive effects.  Human studies suggest an association between exposure to pentachlorophenol and cancer.  Oral animal studies have reported increases in liver tumors and two uncommon tumor types.  EPA has classified pentachlorophenol as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.
Source: website

Right of Way

Transmission Lines / Transmission Wires
Transmission refers to the high-voltage wires and networks that move electricity through states and regions in large quantities — from power plants where it is produced, to the distribution networks that deliver it to homes and businesses. Transmission is like our region’s interstate highways, while the distribution system is similar to our local roadways.

Bulk electrical power is not stored but rather produced and transmitted according to demand.  Transmission lines are high voltage utility wires that carry 138,000, 230,000 or 500,000 volts of electricity. They are strung over long distances and are designed to transmit large amounts of energy over vast areas. Transmission lines are typically constructed on metal towers located within the Rights-of-Way on PSE&G easements and company-owned land.

The electric power is then transformed by lowering the voltage at the substation to supply the lines that distribute power to the customers or end use. 

Source: PSEG


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