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Stakeholders Advisory Consultants

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Decision 93-11-013, of November 2, 1993, which mandated the formation of the California EMF Program, states that involvement of stakeholders and the public is very important to the development of effective EMF policies. It also states that the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) should determine the form of stakeholder and public involvement that best meets it needs. The EMF program assembled the Stakeholders Advisory Consultants (SAC), which held their first meeting in September 1994 and has met numerous times since then in person and via telephone and video conferences. CDHS has determined that a SAC that is advisory to the Program can ensure that the scientific and technical staff can exercise their responsibility and authority independently to carry out an effective program on behalf of the CPUC. All meetings of the SAC are open to the general public and the dates are posted on this Web site.

Role of the SAC

The SAC provides the program with relevance, balance, dissemination, credibility, and respect. The presence of stakeholders with different perspectives assures:

relevance: The research, educational and technical units are relevant to the stakeholders' concerns.

balance: Different interpretations of research and educational materials are balanced and fairly presented to the public and
to decision-makers.

dissemination: Educational materials and research results are widely disseminated through the various stakeholder networks.

credibility: The California EMF Program is operating without undue influence from any one set of stakeholders and its conclusions are
credible.

respect: Stakeholders and the public take the results of the program seriously.


Core Members

The core members form of the main voice of the SAC. They function as representatives for the duration of the program and are expected to attend each meeting. There is a budget for expenses and a daily honorarium of $100 for non-utility and non-governmental representatives among the core members before each meeting. The core and ex officio members and interested parties on our mailing list receive an agenda, reports of the previous meeting, and other relevant materials.

The core members include one representative from each of following:


Ex-Officio Members

Ex-officio members are chosen from interested governmental and private sector organizations that wish to participate in the process and make comment in writing or during SAC meetings. There is no budget for expenses or honoraria for ex-officio members. In general, ex-officio members receive the same meeting materials as core SAC members. Ex-officio members may serve on working groups formed to address specific issues.

Ex-officio members include representatives from these organizations:

  • American Cancer Society
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Association of Realtors
  • California Building Industry Association
  • California Conference of Environmental Health Officers
  • California Conference of Local Health Officers
  • California Department of Education
  • California Department of Health Services Radiation Health
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
  • California Teachers Association
  • Cal-OSHA
  • Carmel Valley Community Planning Board
  • Council of Fresno County Governments
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Humboldt County Association of Governments
  • Kings County Association of Governments
  • League of California Cities
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Tulare County Planning and Development

Main Processes of the SAC

The core and ex-officio members of the SAC form an advisory panel that provides program staff with advice regarding the program's Research and Education/Technical Assistance Units. The SAC also monitors the procedures followed by the EMF program to satisfy the various interested constituencies that those procedures are unbiased. Program staff keep careful meeting records of all comments of core and ex-officio members and interested parties. Meeting minutes, draft progress reports, and other relevant materials are distributed to SAC members and interested parties on an ongoing basis. The public is notified of SAC meetings in advance through notices sent to members of the EMF program's interested parties database. Meeting announcements are also posted on this Web site. The database is updated and maintained on an ongoing basis.

All SAC comments are evaluated carefully. Program staff and research contractors provide feedback on advice taken and not taken and reasons for doing so.

Another function of the SAC defined in the CPUC decision is to communicate with the Chief of the CPUC's Energy Division if there are serious concerns about the progress of the EMF Program or how it is managed. This responsibility falls only on core members of the SAC and on the SAC chairperson. Further details about this function can be found in the original CPUC decision.


Additional Public Participation

Members of the public can participate in the California EMF Program in several ways. People with questions about EMF can get general information on the program's Web page, and can call the program's Education and Technical Assistance Unit to get answers to many questions.

Also, as the program enters its final phase and releases drafts of its research projects, these draft and final materials are made available to the public. The program will consider public comments on many of these draft projects during formal public comment periods before the drafts are finalized.

Finally, all Stakeholders Advisory Committee meetings are open to the general public. To receive announcements of future meetings or other program materials, please contact us at emf@dnai.com.

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Role of the SAC

Core Members

Ex-Officio Members

Main Processes of the SAC

Additional Public Participation