Ok this may sound odd, but I'm at a loss in what to search for. We have an oppertunity to purchase a house (in about 6-8 months) on an acre way outside of town. The yard , house, 40x45 pole barn, garage and lean to on the barn cover about an acre. Its surrounded by corn fields and the neighbors are in general very friendly. The house is solid, and there's enough space to build another bedroom(it only has 2). It also has a Hardy outdoor wood furnace, installed recently. My dh's concern is that there is a power plant within driving distance and he's concerned about cancer rates near power plants, especially for our (almost) 5 yr old and 3.5 yr old. How do I find that information? And since the neighborhood is in the middle of cornfelds, wouldn't there be a risk from the pesticides? We won't be getting any animals just yet, except maybe chickens and rabbits....so the yard not being that big isn't an issue. Its bigger than the one we have. I can't get past the 'cancer" comment, after watching my aunt diminsh in just a few months of cancer..I can't imagine watching one of my babies going thru what she did. Is cancer rates near power plants a real issue? I remember some years ago they were trying to link cancer rates to power lines near a playground, does anyone remember that? Sorry this was so long, any comments appreciated.