Smart Meter Handout

[printable brochure]

SMART METERS

WHAT POWER COMPANIES
ARE NOT TELLING THE PUBLIC!

Transmitting smart meters are being installed nationwide on gas, water, and electrical services, driven in part by funding for the Smart Grid Program approved as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This is of great concern because the exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation from these meters is involuntary and continuous. The transmitting meters may not even comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “safety” standards. However, those standards were initially designed to protect an average male from tissue heating (cooking) during a brief exposure. These standards were not designed to protect a diverse population from the non-thermal effects of continuous exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation. Therefore, these “safety” standards were not designed to protect the public from health problems under the circumstances which the meters are being used.

The transmitting meters most often being used transmit continuously, every few seconds. The signal is picked up by a receiver and logged by the utility.

You are exposed to the transmissions from all the meters within transmitting range. The meters often have a range of over 2 miles. Thus, the exposure is continuous and the “safety” standards the meters comply with are irrelevant to the way they are functioning.

On May 3l, 2011, the World Health Organization classified radiofrequency electro-magnetic fields (EMF) as a potential carcinogen to humans (Group 2B). This classification places EMF in the same category as other potential carcinogens, such as lead, DDT, chlordane, exhaust, chloroform and pesticides. This action has not influenced the government nor AEP to modify their Smart Meter Program here in Ohio.

There is an abundance of credible scientific and documented evidentiary reports of the negative consequences of Smart Meter radiation. Following are brief summaries of smart meter related issues:

1) Health

Contrary to what the government reports, the microwave radiation that is emitted is high (as much as 4,000 microwatts per square centimeter, vs. maximum allowed of 600 microwatts per square centimeter) during the signal “spikes” which occurs several times a minute every day, all day. People are being exposed to these high doses of microwave radiation within their homes from their own meters, and from their neighbors’ meters, which are signaling to distant receivers. Utility companies are putting mass-collection meters on some houses called Medusa relay-meters (see photo above) These meters are like small cell towers and transmit enormous amounts of EMFs.

In late 2010, Canadian Magda Havas, PhD, an electrosmog and electro-sensitivity expert, published results of a groundbreaking study in the prestigious peer-reviewed European Journal of Oncology. The study demonstrated that EMFs can adversely affect heart function, causing arrhythmias and other disturbances in heart rate variation (HRV).

In December, 2014 the California Medical Association passed a resolution calling for stronger wireless communication safety standards.  See: https://www.saferemr.com/2015/04/california-medical-association-calls.html

2) Privacy

Meters keep records of personal daily use, recording what appliance is being used and when. Companies in the U.S. have declared these records proprietary information and have sold the information to marketing companies, insurers, and others. This truly is an invasion of privacy in the worst way.

3) Security

Wireless technology is notoriously insecure and can be easily hacked into. Hackers can access private information, determine by usage patterns when homes are unoccupied (safest time for a robbery), or even interfere with the delivery of electricity.

4) Harmful interference

Smart meters interfere with household electrical appliances, even medical devices such as pacemakers and home security systems, often causing them to malfunction or damage the appliance. Pacemaker malfunctions can cause severe disruptions in people’s lives, especially since cardiologists are not being taught about this threat. See: Doctors Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation.

5) Safety

Smart meters have exploded and many smart meter-related fires have been reported, most recently in California. The fires are believed related to smart meters interfering with arc-fault circuit interrupters. Several lawsuits are pending in California.

Public utility commissions have offered no assurances that smart meters are safe. They have taken a “no comment” position. And the FCC makes no assurances regarding safety either. The FCC claims research in ongoing, which is a typical stall – one that was used by the tobacco industry for many years.

6) Conservation

No energy is conserved by the meter. It merely reports usage, as does an analog meter. The smart meter contributes in no way to conservation—this is a false premise. It is the educated user that is key, and the same reduction could be realized with the current safe, efficient analog meter.

7) Increased utility bills

More than 80 per cent of smart-metered homes in Ontario reported significantly higher monthly bills, often more than 50 per cent higher than prior to smart meter installation. In California, many report bills doubling and tripling. This was without any change in utilization patterns.

8) Program cost

The smart meter program has  no cost recovery potential. It would be better to spend this money on technology or products that will result in reduced energy utilization, such as better insulation, more efficient windows or furnaces, or solar panels.

Conclusion

Throughout the country public concern regarding the dangers of smart meters has been so great that many utility companies now offer their customers the option to ‘opt out’ and keep their safe-reliable analog meters. For those who aren’t offered that choice or don’t wish to pay an opt out fee, here is another way to deny your consent: Smart Meter Denial of Consent Notice

MORE INFORMATION ON SMART METERS

Must see video presentation:

The Dark Side of Smart Meters – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U

Must see documentary:

Take Back Your Power – https://takebackyourpower.net/

 Important websites:

EMFScientist.org – https://emfscientist.org/

SaferEMR.com (ElectroMagnetic Radiation) – https://www.saferemr.com/

BioInitiative.org – http://www.bioinitiative.org/

EMR Health Alliance of British Columbia – http://emrabc.ca/

Electrical Pollution – http://www.electricalpollution.com/

People for Safe Technologies – https://peopleforsafetechnologies.com/


If your power company does not offer a free opt-out option, learn how to deny your consent to having a smart meter placed on your home or office, see the Smart Meter Denial of Consent Notice

 

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