The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, in its 1995 "Draft Recommendations on EMF Exposure Guidelines," generally endorsed an ambient EMF exposure limit of 2 mG. A final report has yet to be released. In 1990, Paul Brodeur ended his New Yorker series with this conclusion: "
The de-facto policy that power lines, electric blankets and video-display terminals be considered innocent until proved guilty should be rejected out of hand by sensible people everywhere. To do otherwise is to accept a situation in which millions of human beings continue to be test animals in a long-term biological experiment whose consequences remain unknown." That is the situation we find ourselves in today.
A 1998 Microwave News industry report, "Unfinished Business: EMF Research Must Continue," makes several important points that remain true today: "First, it is striking that we still know so little about who is exposed to what. [For instance,] only recently did we recognize that sewing-machine operators have higher EMF exposures than do electric utility workers. "[Second,] sources of EMFs turn up in surprising places.
For example, Swedish researchers report É that steel-belted radial tires can expose automobile passengers to EMFs as high as 50 mG. Thus, an office worker with a long commute might have more exposure than a utility worker, [and] a suburban kid who gets shuttled around in his parents' car might have more exposure than a child living within sight of a power line.