‘Smart meter’ opponents take fight to Maine’s top court

‘Smart meter’ opponents take fight to Maine’s top court

Posted May 18, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A citizens group is appealing a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on “smart meters” to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

The Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes the PUC’s decision does not do enough to protect the public’s health and safety. It wants the high court to roll back installation of smart meters, or at least strip the costs of opting out of the meters.

Last year, the PUC heard arguments from the coalition and Central Maine Power Co. on the safety of the electric meters. The PUC had initially dismissed a complaint alleging health risks associated with the technology, brought by coalition leader Ed Friedman, but was ordered by the state supreme court to reopen the complaint to investigate the safety of CMP’s meters.

In December 2014, after hearing from both parties, the commission ruled that smart meters “[do] not present a credible threat to the health and safety of CMP’s customers.”

Friedman and 16 other members of the coalition have appealed that decision to the state’s highest court.

At issue is a debate over the safety of radiofrequency radiation emitted by the meters and claims that radiofrequency radiation can cause everything from nausea to cancer.

In 2009, CMP received $96 million as part of the federal stimulus act to install advanced metering in its service area.

Smart meters record home electricity usage at intervals throughout the day and send that data remotely back to the central system. Unlike traditional meters, smart meters allow two-way communication between the meter and utility.

“Smart meters give a much more detailed picture of energy use,” CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice said. “They allow for more precise information on when the load on the grid is greatest and allows the utility to optimize its needs better.”

She also said customers can download their own usage data to figure out ways to lower their electricity use and utility bills.

CMP has installed more than 610,000 smart meters – covering nearly all of its customers – in the western half of the state.

But activists point to a body of scientific research questioning the safety of radiofrequency radiation.

Just one day before the appellants filed their brief with the court, a group of 190 scientists wrote a letter to the United Nations and World Health Organization calling for better public protection from electromagnetic field exposure.

“Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to [electromagnetic fields] generated by electric and wireless devices,” the letter states. “These include … radiofrequency radiation emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, [and] smart meters.”

The complainants find grounds for their claim in the nature of what they call a “very unusual” decision by the PUC.

They cite that in the 31-page opinion written by Commissioner David Littell, the commission does acknowledge a health risk from radiofrequency emitted by smart meters.

“If limited [radiofrequency] … exposure is recommended by a doctor or medical practitioners, I would address the pending complaint by allowing for a … meter in a no transmit mode or turned off at the ratepayer’s primary residence at no cost,” the opinion states.

That opinion is not reflected in the PUC’s final ruling of no threat to health and safety. Complainants believe this means the commission has not ensured safety for all ratepayers, “as is their statutory mandate,” they said in a press release.

“A PUC opinion can be vacated when it is unreasonable, unjust or unlawful in light of the record,” Friedman added Monday.

The PUC’s final decision reflected negotiation between Littell and Commissioner Mark Vannoy, because former Chairman Tom Welch recused himself from the proceeding based on his prior employment with CMP.

“We had two different opinions,” Littell said in an interview Thursday. “We both agreed [the meters] were safe but had different approaches on how to approach safety.”

Littell wrote that the studies by the World Health Organization that find cancer risk associated with radiofrequency radiation emitted by personal devices focus on cellphones and cordless phones, and that exposure to radiation from smart meters is “markedly less.”

But he believed CMP should turn meters off on request as part of the “safety determination” process.

It costs $40 to opt out of the smart meter program, and then $12 per month to maintain utility service.

Littell added he believes his opinion was “the best resolution of case for ratepayers, public and the utility.”

With the appeal approaching, CMP’s Rice said “we are simply waiting to see what happens next … we feel the resolution and opt-out fees are fair.”

“There is very little consistent scientific evidence showing harm,” she added.

Friedman called the radiofrequency radiation from devices such as smart meters and cellphones “the biggest toxic threat of our time.”

“We need to be using the precautionary principle,” said Kathleen McGee, another appellant in the case. “We don’t need to prove causation when looking at a strong correlation.”

“We know enough given the thousands of studies that show this link,” Friedman added. “The [PUC] failed to fulfill its legislative mandate to assure safety.”

The PUC has until June 30 to file its response.

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Toxic Spraying And Radio Frequency Bombardment, A Lethal Mix

Most of the time I feel like I am speaking to the Choir.  We are being victimized by our Government.  The decisions and actions speak louder than my words, but yet the majority of the public is silent; making excuses, justifying doing nothing.  Why there aren’t more of us who are irate and passionate about the assault on our lives.  It is not fair to, solely, put the burden and stress on the ones on the front lines who are speaking out.  This is simply, not fair.  You are letting not only yourself down, but those you love who will be here after you are gone.  The direction  we are going is not random.  The direction is by design by an elite powerful group, who have bought our governments, have infiltrated our military, who have silenced us through means of misinformation, Pharma, poisoning us through our  environment. they have created a society of marginally healthy people for purposes of control.

Is the silent majority letting us down more than criminals in charge?  Yes, a resounding yes.  You are no better than those who are victimizing all of us for allowing the abuse exist.  We are slaves to a Shadow Government.   The illusion of our freedom is just that and it is only going to worsen if the silent majority does not own their part to stand up and stand in.   Please, take the time to read the comments following this article by following the link at the end of the article posted here…….Sandaura

Toxic Spraying And Radio Frequency Bombardment, A Lethal Mix

HAARP

  Dane Wigington
geoengineeringwatch.org

The dangers we face from global climate engineering are not only from the atmospheric saturation of highly toxic aerosols, but also from the constant bombardment of extremely powerful radio frequency signals that are also permeating our atmosphere from the clouds to the ground all over the planet. Note the massive radio frequency signature (from ionosphere heaters like HAARP) in the aerosolized cloud cover over the bottom 1/3rd of the image below. This image was taken on May 12th and clearly shows Baja, northern Mexico, central Mexico, parts of TX, were all being subjected to powerful radio frequency transmissions (the ribbing of the aerosol laced cloud formations makes this fact undeniable). In addition to manipulating the atmosphere and the jet stream, the RF transmissions are used to further scatter the toxic particulates that have been sprayed in order to form the most expansive cloud cover possible. Welcome to solar radiation management (SRM). The RF signals are highly detrimental to our health and all life forms.
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Moving on to May 13th, 2015, the satellite image below taken over the Pacific Northwest shows vast areas of wispy aerosol canopy. On a satellite image heavily aerosolized cloud cover looks very similar to smoke from a forest fire. This is due to the fact that both forms of cloud cover are the result of massive particulate saturation in the atmosphere.
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In the image below (also May 13th, 2015), heavy aerosol spraying is most visible over Northern California where the dispersion lines still remain on the image. Much of the “overcast” in the overall image is also aerosol in composition, but the visible dispersions are not detectable as they have already spread out. It is important to remember that the visible horizon to horizon sprayed trails are only a part of the spraying operations. Much of the spraying is far less obvious but still turns the sky white and/or silvery white.
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Click here to see animated loop of the radar image above. Heavy spraying is most visible in the flow of moisture over Northern California and off the coast
of Southern California. The aerosol spraying is much more visible in the 15 second animated loop as compared to the still image.
The final two images below are from a combination satellite/radar map which shows precipitation and cloud cover. The first image is from May 13th, 2015, the second is from May 15th. The brighter the white of the cloud cover, the more heavily aerosolized it is. There is generally heavy spraying associated with any regions of convection, precipitation, and heavy atmospheric moisture (though there are many other applications of spraying as well). Note how much rainless cloud canopy there is over the US, Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico, this is the result of the relentless climate engineering/weather warfare assault.
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A primary purpose of the constant spraying is to create as much aerosolized cloud cover over the planet as possible. Wherever there is moisture, there is almost always heavy spraying. In addition to “solar radiation management”, there are so many more layers to the climate engineering atmospheric aerosol spraying. The geoengineers decide where precipitation will fall and where it won’t, where there will be record drought and where there will be record flooding. They decide how toxic our environment will be and with what elements. They decide the level of contamination in every breath we take and the amount of lethal radio frequency signals we will be exposed. More than any other issue, our immediate future depends on exposing and halting climate engineering, make your voice heard in this battle for life. DW
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