U.S. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners gave presentation on Smart Meter problems in 2011. Why aren’t they telling Americans?

Who do they work for?  Not the public!!!!  This may be old news, but not to most, so it is worth publishing again…..Sandaura

U.S. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners gave presentation on Smart Meter problems in 2011. Why aren’t they telling Americans?

Utility commissioners in the United States belong to NARUC — the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

CPUC Chairman Michael Peevey sits on the board as well as commissioners in other states who have been Smart Meter cheerleaders. State utility commissions have told the public they didn’t know of any problems with Smart Meters.

They have been lying.

Diane Ramthun, a staff attorney with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, went to Asia in 2011  as a representative of NARUC to speak at a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her presentation  “Regulatory Aspects of Smart Metering: United States Experience on Smart Meters” covered many Smart Meter problems. She had already traveled to Sarajevo in 2010 representing the Wisconsin PSC to present on Smart Meters, covering some of the same issues.

Here is her presentation in Georgia, February 14, 2011 on behalf of NARUC.
Regulatory Aspects of Smart Metering: United States Experience

Here is the September 2010 presentation in Sarajevo on behalf of the Wisconsin PSC.
Regulatory Aspects of Smart Metering:US Practice

Bottom line:

  • NARUC has known, at least since early 2011, that Smart Meters pose a wide array of problems. This is very, very serious in view of the continued refusal by both public utilities and these regulatory commissions to address or admit to these issues, and the continuing disinformation by both. This raises several legal issues, including fraud.
  • While the Wisconsin PSC was playing dumb, refusing to grant even an opt-out to its residents, and allowing utilities to disconnect residents for Smart Meter refusal[i], a prominent staff member was lecturing people overseas on the problems with Smart Meters — not once but twice.

From Stop Smart Meters Wisconsin:

If you ask to opt out of a WI smart meter, the utilities and the PSC will say no and hand you the following propaganda.
WI_Utilities_Smart_Meters

Compare the propaganda to this industry document written by a Wisconsin PSC lawyer.

The 2011 paper clearly reveals how utility regulators have known about many smart meter risks, which they call “consumer protection” regulatory issues. Yet, there was never a public disclosure or discussion of these and other risks prior to roll-outs.

PSC and PUC commissioners are authorizing ratepayer money to educate other countries about Smart Meter problems. They aren’t 1) telling the public in their own state and country what they know, 2) responding to public complaints when these problems surface, or 3) halting the roll-out.

Who do they work for? Not the public.

Read full presentation at: http://smartmeterharm.org/2014/10/25/u-s-national-association-of-regulatory-utility-commissioners-presentation-on-smart-meter-problems-2011/

W.E.E.P. NEWSLETTER

W.E.E.P.  EMF News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

16 June 2015

Dr. Oz Alert – Why Cell Phones Could Cause Cancer in Kids

This extract from S6 E143 of TV show Dr. Oz discusses the potential harmful effects of cell phone radiation in kids in this segment subtitled Dr. Oz Alert – Why Cell Phones Could Cause Cancer in Kids.

http://www.c4st.org/news/educate-yourself/dr-oz-alert-why-cell-phones-could-cause-cancer-in-kids.html

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Dr. Christopher Portier, Fmr. Director of the US CDC, calls for invoking the Precautionary Principle for RF-EMF

“Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/dr-chris-portier-fmr-director-of-the-us-cdc-calls-for-invoking-the-precautionary-principle-for-rf-emf/

also

BioEM 2015 Conference (in progress until June 18th)

BioEM2015 in Asilomar, CA, was opened by plenary session entitled “2B or not 2B”, dealing mostly with Precautionary Principle – should it be implemented for RF-EMF exposures.

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/bioem2015-plenary-session-on-precautionary-principle/

Barb

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Beaconsfield residents fight cell tower installation on their street

Over the last few years, hundreds of cell phone towers have been going up across Montreal, but residents tell Global News the City of Beaconsfield doesn’t seem know what’s going on.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2053199/beaconsfield-residents-fight-cell-tower-installation-on-their-street/

Robert

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Planners oppose cell tower on residential property

Residents’ recent opposition to neighborhood cell towers is causing some on the Ramona Community Planning Group to look at them in a new light.

http://www.ramonasentinel.com/news/2015/jun/12/planners-oppose-cell-tower-on-residential-property/

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Wi-Fi is killing me, says woman in Xiamen allergic to electromagnetic waves

“I can’t talk on the phone for more than 10 minutes. My toes and lower parts of my legs turn black when I use a mobile phone for more than 10 minutes,” said Xiao Yue, a Chinese medicine doctor.

http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news39185.html

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Are bees getting dementia? From pesticide to possible cell phone radiation, the causes of bee population decline are an ongoing debate.

Now there’s another thing the buzzy little insect has to fear, dementia.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/06/us/aluminum-bees-dementia-irpt/

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Verizon Is ‘Killing the Copper’ and Is Now Denying It

The New York State Attorney General goes into detail about declines in service quality and the diverting of the construction budgets meant for the utility, now going to pay for Verizon’s wireless rollouts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/verizon-is-killing-the-co_b_7562660.html

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Electrosensitivity caused by chronic nervous system arousal – Dr Roy Fox

Interesting article from 2012, in Quebec-based magazine La Maison du 21e siecle.

https://maisonsaine.ca/sante-et-securite/electrosmog/ehs-royfo.html

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Framingham: Experts warn of wifi effects on children

Dr. Devra Davis, founder of Environmental Health Trust, said children today have toys that radiate energy, from the digital “iPotty” to a plastic teething rattle iPhone case.But unbeknownst to parents, the World Health Organization lists cell phones as a possible carcinogen to humans, Davis said, in the same category as jet fuel, DDT, lead and engine exhaust.“Would you give DDT, lead or engine exhaust to your children to play with?” she asked.

http://framingham.wickedlocal.com/article/20150611/NEWS/150618706

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Even your Wi-Fi can cause cancer

“Adverse effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in … the cause and effect relation between radiation and its health effects.

“Since there is controversy about a rationale for setting standards to avoid adverse health effects, we have recommended that the UNEP convene and fund an independent multi-disciplinary committee to explore the pros and cons of alternatives to current practices

that could lower human exposures to radiofrequency and electromagnetic fields,” Kumar, who teaches at IIT-Mumbai, added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Even-your-Wi-Fi-can-cause-cancer/articleshow/47637002.cms

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Is electromagnetic hypersensitivity real? I The Feed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03kcioDtu1s

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Smart meters vote (for precaution) a slam dunk

There is another aspect of wireless smart meters that also poses grave concerns: their massive rollout, along with the unchecked proliferation of telecommunication towers and WiMAX services, has produced unprecedented levels of radiofrequency (RF) radiation in urban areas.

http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/opinion/307010961.html

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Council Members Prepare For Fight Over Smart Meters

Memphis City Council members are preparing for a big fight over spending $240 million for smart meters.

http://www.localmemphis.com/story/d/story/council-members-prepare-for-fight-over-smart-meter/31292/4bwkkqD15Ei1it1Zc8qjHA

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Electricians talk about smart meters

The traditional mechanical meters would survive a major overvoltage event of fairly long duration…remember they were, electrically, just coils of wire. They may suffer some arc damage but in all likelyhood would continue to work (with reduced accuracy). And further, they had glass covers which wouldn’t melt and were strong enough to contain an arc flash.
Smart meters contain a buttload of electronics on circuit boards with very small (and closely spaced) traces so flashovers and burnouts are very likely even with a relatively minor surge event. Plus the cases and covers are all plastic.
I have one that I can take apart so I will get some pics to add to this thread later.

http://www.electriciantalk.com/f9/stockton-smart-meters-explode-after-truck-causes-power-surge-98801/

Our complaint is that the tabs on the new meters are thinner, about 1/2 the thickness, than the old meters. If the tabs do not have really good spring action left in them, they cook off when people start turning on their heaters in the winter.
Plumbers seem to get lots of stoppage calls on Thanksgiving We get calls when the heaters come on for the first time The AC guys get their calls when its gets into the low 90s here

http://www.electriciantalk.com/f2/smart-meters-46185/

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Former Nokia Technology Chief: Mobile phones wrecked my health

Few people have had such an overload of radiation than me, says Niemelä.  The first symptoms appeared already within a year of his employment at Nokia.

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/former-nokia-technology-chief-mobile-phones-wrecked-my-health/

Note – This is not a new article but it is one well worth circulating.  There are now many people who are continually exposed to wireless radiation from there own devices, smart meters, WiFi hot spots and antennas.  In the future, ‘technology junkies’ and others exposed to high wireless radiation levels, are likely to wonder why there health is deteriorating, this article could help them to understand!

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A Cell Tower in Their Pocket?

Jott’s solution is mesh networking, a cutting-edge form of data plumbing that turns individual smartphones into de facto cell towers. On Jott it’s called AirChat.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2015/06/10/chat-app-jott-teens-mesh-networks/

Cancer, sterility.  Why are these people trying to kill off the next generation?

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Ferrite Chokes

Ferrite chokes can help to stop RF travelling on electrical wiring.  They come in different sizes for various sized wires.

If EHS, you can place a ferrite choke on the computer mouse wire and it will stop most frequencies from getting to your hand.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aferrite%20choke

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TELUS launches free public Wi-Fi across BC and Alberta

TELUS   is working with thousands of businesses, including brands like 7-Eleven, Fountain Tire and Vancity credit union, to provide public Wi-Fi at locations throughout B.C. and Alberta.

TELUS Wi-Fi is also available at many  major sporting and entertainment venues, including  Victoria International Airport.

http://www.victoriabuzz.com/telus-launches-free-public-wi-fi-across-b-c-locations-already-available-in-greater-victoria/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7WrhYehiQk

Children talk about their WiFi health symptoms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvkxO8xLqMQ

Robert

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Israel: Cancer is increasing, oncologists are needed

Only 250 oncologists treat patients in Israel. About 200 oncologists are missing to treat the increasing number of cancer patients.
In Rambam, in 2004 were 9,490 cancer patients, and in 2014 the number was 13,667.  Increase of 44%, says Prof’ Rafi Biar, manager of Rambam hospital. Within one decade, the number of visits in the oncology departments in the hospital increased from 105,000 to 163,000 visits. The result is unsupportable overload on the system. There are not enough beds.
This problem is not only in Rambam, it is felt in other hospitals too. In Shiba hospital, in Tel Hashomer, each year there are 4,500 new cancer patients. In part of the units, like those treating GI tract cancer and melanoma, the number was doubled in the last 4 years with the same number of oncologists.
In Hadassa hospital, increase of cancer is reported too.
In Ichilov hospital, every month thousands of patients are treated, and every night 30 patients are hospitalized.
http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/health/.premium-1.2656553

Iris

MARYLAND-Smart meters raise concerns

THE STAR DEMOCRAT

OPINION

Smart meters raise concerns

Your newspaper continues to admirably present a kaleidoscopic view of columnists’ opinions and these are so needed in our beloved Republic of America. The pros and cons of every issue, both local and national are so needed so readers can study issues thoroughly and then form educated beliefs.

Just so, on the issue of smart meters. Some time back, Delmarva Electric wrote an explanatory column in your paper, one of course describing the positive nature of the new technology. As Choptank Electric begins the changeover too, more information on topics of health effects and privacy intrusions is needed so the public can choose to opt out. Some will undoubtedly choose the new meters.

Orlean Koehle, successor to respected octogenarian head of the conservative political Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlaffly, has authored a vital book of such information, “Just Say No to Big Brother’s Smart Meters” (Small Helm Press Associates, Santa Rosa, CA, 707-539-8393).

Reports of severe health effects after meters’ installation have renewed the overall concern too, about cell phone and cell phone tower radiation and Wi-Fi, an awareness being studied by the international EMF Alliance, and discussed in Paul Hawkins’s film, “Blessed Unrest.” What are the long-term effects to people’s health, the ecosystem, the honeybees, sustainability and genetic material over time?

ELIZABETH CUPPETT-CAVERLY

Preston

Utilities spread “smart meters,” but some homeowners hold out

Pepco smart meter

Published on June 16th, 2015 | by Capital News Service

Utilities spread “smart meters,” but some homeowners hold out

Photo above of a PEPCO smart meter. Courtesy of Pepco Holdings Inc. by Rick GiammariaBy Nate Rabner

Capital News Service

In August 2010, Baltimore Gas and Electric received permission from the Maryland Public Service Commission to overhaul its network of electric and gas meters that perch on the walls of homes and businesses in 10 counties and the city of Baltimore.

Inspired by programs in California and Florida and bolstered by a $200 million federal grant, the utility set a plan in motion to replace customers’ electric and gas meters with a grid of digital “smart meters,” which continually send energy consumption data wirelessly to the utility.

“There were a number of reasons to do it,” said Baltimore Gas and Electric smart grid director Michael Butts. “One is we knew that (smart meters) could improve customer service, and there were programs that we could give to our customers that could help save money.”

Other benefits of a “smart grid” include more accurate monthly bills, quicker response to power outages and less energy use across BGE’s service area, Butts said.

For the most part, the rollout, which is nearing completion, has gone smoothly. BGE alone has changed out more than a million old-style analog or digital meters, replacing spinning dials with digital displays and online charts. Customers can log in to a website to view their power use down to the minute, and meter-readers have been retrained for other positions as radio-frequency signals in the air replace people and trucks sweeping the neighborhoods.

A population of holdouts

But on the other side of the power line is a population of holdouts and their self-appointed advocates: a band of concerned residents who dispute nearly every claim they’ve heard from utilities across the state about the new grid.

The holdouts are a relatively small percentage of customers — about 25,000 from BGE, Pepco and Delmarva Power’s combined customer base of a few million — but they’ve made their voices heard very clearly in government and their communities.

Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, an anti-smart meter advocacy group, sprung up in a quiet northwestern Baltimore suburb where analog meters still spin and many lawns and car bumpers sport red-and-white “Say NO To Smart Meters” signs.

The group’s 1,100 members are the sort of people a video on BGE’s website dismisses as “conspiracy theorists” — but they say they’re protecting Maryland’s citizens from physical and financial harm.

“I initially was very skeptical — you know, there’s a lot of stuff coming out there that’s not well-founded, and I kind of avoided looking into it,” said Jonathan Libber, a retired Environmental Protection Agency lawyer who now serves as president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness. “Finally I started looking into it, I said, ‘Well, this is really bad stuff.’”

Health concerns about smart meters

Libber and analog meter

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Libber said he is concerned that the radio-frequency microwaves smart meters emit could cause a host of health problems, from headaches to insomnia to cancer. It’s a contentious claim, given that microwave ovens, wireless Internet routers and cell phones all produce the same frequency of radiation. and the smart meters are much further away for humans.

But Libber said there hasn’t been enough research to determine how radio-frequency radiation affects humans.

“If this were a new drug, or, you know, a new X-ray machine, it’d have to go through all sorts of testing before it would be used on the population,” he said. “Smart meters kind of fall in the regulatory cracks — it’s not a food it’s not a chemical that’s covered by (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) or (the Environmental Protection Agency) — it’s not a consumer product, so they’ve got a free ride.”

– See more at: http://marylandreporter.com/2015/06/16/utilities-spread-smart-meters-but-some-homeowners-hold-out/#sthash.R0m55ZiZ.dpuf

ARIZONA-State Attorney General’s Office Complicit in ACC Lawlessness

State Attorney General’s Office Complicit in ACC Lawlessness

Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward

Sedona, Arizona ~ June 16, 2015

           Today I spoke with Don Conrad, the head of the Arizona Attorney General’s Criminal Division. I had wanted to set up an appointment to discuss laws broken by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), in particular the ACC’s multiple violations of A.R.S. 40-253 (as outlined in detail on pages 2 through 7 of my appeal here: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000163221.pdf ).

           Those violations are not a matter of opinion. A.R.S. 40-253 specifies the procedure the ACC must follow when dealing with an appeal. In the case of my appeal of last December, the ACC’s multiple violations of A.R.S. 40-253 are part of the public record. In other words, anyone can look up what the law says. Then they can look up the time-line of ACC actions and see that the record is clear – the ACC broke the law repeatedly.

           But in the phone conversation with Don Conrad today, he told me that he had reviewed what I’d sent him and that his position was that the matter was not worth his time or resources to pursue.

           Amazing!

           I report a crime, I provide the evidence, but both the crime and evidence are purposely and willfully overlooked by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AG). You can’t make this stuff up!

           The AG website claims: “The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is dedicated to a system of justice that is inclusive of crime victims and will remain vigilant in striving to provide the most efficient and effective service to the people of Arizona.”

           What a pack of liars! They really should add an asterisk after that sentence, taking the reader to some fine print that says, “Except for ACC crime victims in which case strike the word, “vigilant,” and substitute with “asleep.””

           I tried arguing with Conrad but it (he) was hopeless.

          Does anyone think it would be different if I was reporting a crime done by “ordinary” people and not those in power?            Incidentally, this is the very same AG office that refused to investigate APS for consumer fraud despite me (once again) doing their work for them by providing copious amounts of evidence of APS lying to and misleading the public.

           This is the very same AG office that has done nothing in three months regarding my Open Meeting Law complaint against the ACC despite me (once again) providing the evidence that the ACC was in violation.

           By the way, Conrad is one of two lead investigators at the AG Office of the ongoing ACC corruption scandal. The so-called “investigation” is several months old but to my knowledge search warrants have not even been issued. I think it’s an easy prediction that the so-called “investigation” will be nothing but a whitewash.

           Last December, Harvard University’s Center for Ethics concluded a study entitled Measuring Illegal and Legal Corruption in American States: Some Results from the Corruption in America Survey. Is anyone surprised that Arizona topped the list?

           Just a guess but maybe that’s part of the campaign to make Arizona more attractive to business. (The study is here: http://ethics.harvard.edu/blog/measuring-illegal-and-legal-corruption-american-states-some-results-safra )