Our Position On EMF

Electric and magnetic fields are everywhere. Virtually all human beings in industrialized countries are exposed to them most of the time. Electric and magnetic fields are produced by household wiring and appliances, as well as by all other electric equipment.

Electric and magnetic fields are created by electric lines needed to power our society. Southwestern Electric Power Company is obligated to meet its customers’ needs by providing service that is reliable and economical and as safe as possible. We must design and operate our electric system in a manner consistent with all these obligations.

Southwestern Electric Power Company and its affiliated companies in the American Electric Power (AEP) system have followed worldwide scientific study and developments related to EMF for decades. They have participated in EMF research through membership in trade associations and have communicated with customers and employees on the issue.

We were among sponsors of the U.S. Department of Energy’s approximately $45 million EMF Research and Public Information Dissemination (RAPID) Program, which concluded that “scientific evidence suggesting that EMF exposures pose any health risk is weak.”

Scientific studies over the past several decades have explored the possibility of health effects from EMF. While some of the studies have indicated some statistical associations between EMF and certain health effects, the majority of research has found no such association. Significantly, laboratory research has not shown any causal relationship between EMF exposure and cancer, or any other adverse health effects.

Because the issue involves questions of public and employee health, Southwestern Electric Power Company remains committed to participating in the EMF issue on a national and worldwide level and to serving as a resource to customers and employees regarding the EMF issue.