Six National Police Officers have become cancer sufferers after working together in adjacent offices in the station at the corner of Perez de Ayala in Santa Cruz.
Three officers have already succumbed to the disease and now the Spanish Confederation of Police (CEP) has made a written complaint requesting an investigation into the high incidence of cancer among these officers, after 3 more have contracted cancer this year.
Three of those affected were serving together in a room on the first floor of the police station, where the Statistical Service of the provincial Immigration and Border Brigade is located, and the other three on duty in an adjoining room.
In the letter the provincial general secretary of the union, José Luis Gallardo, explains that this situation is obviously of concern to the rest of the squad.
Gallardo goes on “Recently, two police officers have moved or are moving their offices from the area where those affected worked, and the room where most were affected is permanently closed.”
Mobile communications antennae could be the cause, since the station has one on the roof and there is another not far away, but there is no scientific data to support a correlation between the electromagnetic radiation emitted and the incidence of cancer.
At the time the original officers became ill last year, members of the Platform of People Affected by Mobile Antennas in the Canaries (Planmocan) were invited by the CEP to perform measurements at the site.
Their study yielded data showing evidence of electromagnetic radiation ten times higher than recommended. However, representatives of Planmocan never pretended their measurements were scientifically proven, and other tests conducted at the same time, both by the Provincial police and another union gave opposite results.
The antennas do not emit the same levels of radiation at any given time, so the CEP wants an electromagnetic radiation study undertaken by an independent body, furthermore that the time of the study not be communicated to officials in advance.
The authorities are taking the matter very seriously. “Nobody cares more about the health of staff than I do,” said Provincial Police Commissioner, José Antonio Rodríguez Chico “radiation measurements were taken at the police station at the time of the original complaint, to which the various police unions’ representatives were invited. The result of these tests could not be more eloquent: seventy times below the allowable limit”.
Despite the fact that the radiation is recorded as being below the limit permissible, the CEP argues that pursuing their complaint will determine if the origin of the disease is caused by environmental factors or not.
Further Reading: http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs296/en/