AG won’t seek the removal of utility regulator Robert Burns

AG won’t seek the removal of utility regulator Robert Burns
“The Attorney General has failed the Arizona people,” Woodward said Friday. “The conflict-of-interest law that pertains to ACC commissioners is not contingent on Burns’ intent or excuses but whether or not he is conflicted. The record clearly shows that Burns was a registered lobbyist for a telecommunications group whose members have business before the ACC, and that Burns was registered lobbyist both before and after his election. That makes him ineligible to hold office.”

AG won’t seek the removal of utility regulator Robert Burns

, The Republic | azcentral.com 4:38 p.m. MST January 29, 2016
Robert Burns
(Photo: Michael Schennum/The Republic)

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  • The Attorney General’s Office will not seek the removal of regulator Robert Burns
  • Like Susan Bitter Smith, who recently resigned, Burns was a lobbyist when he took office
  • Burns lobbied for the telecommunications industry while campaigning for Corporation Commission
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will not seek the removal of utility regulator Robert Burns for his lobbyist record.
Brnovic ended a months-long investigation with a letter sent to Burns on Friday.
“Our office does not have reason to believe that Commissioner Burns is usurping, intruding into, or unlawfully holding or exercising the office of Corporation Commissioner,” Assistant Attorney General Brunn “Beau” Roysden wrote Friday.
Burns was elected in 2012 and in 2013 began his term on the five-member commission that regulates utilities.
Burns joined a telecommunications trade group, the Digital Arizona Council, to support a bill in the 2012 Legislature. He resigned from the Digital Arizona Council after he took office as a utility regulator in 2013, according to a letter he provided The Arizona Republic, but an affiliated group called Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council continued to list him as a lobbyist.
Late last year, when fellow commissioner Susan Bitter Smith was facing an attorney general’s investigation into her work as a lobbyist for a cable television group, which is not regulated by the commission, commission officials realized Burns was still listed as a lobbyist and attempted to remove that designation.
But that didn’t happen before the designation drew attention, and citizen activist Warren Woodward of Sedona filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office seeking Burns’ removal from office for the conflict of interest.
“I felt like there really was no problem,” Burns said Friday, adding the decision was a relief.
Woodward said that Burns was ineligible to take office because he didn’t resign from the group until after taking office.
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Michael Keeling, an attorney for the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, told the Arizona secretary of state in a Sept. 11 letter that Burns had asked to be removed as a lobbyist before he took office as a commissioner.
The Corporation Commission regulates gas, water, telecommunications and electrical utilities, in addition to other duties. A state law prevents commissioners from serving if they have an interest in entities regulated by the commission.
“Our investigation did not find evidence that Commissioner Burns had a relationship with ATIC that would disqualify him under (Arizona law),” Roysden wrote. “Merely being listed as an authorized lobbyist with the Secretary of State is insufficient to establish a violation (of the law).”
The letter sent to Burns and Woodward said that no evidence was found to contradict Burns’ claim that his registration as a lobbyist for ATIC was “simply an administrative oversight.”
It said Burns “at most” coordinated with ATIC during the 2012 legislative session and that ended with the session in May that year, well before he was elected to the commission.
“The Attorney General has failed the Arizona people,” Woodward said Friday. “The conflict-of-interest law that pertains to ACC commissioners is not contingent on Burns’ intent or excuses but whether or not he is conflicted. The record clearly shows that Burns was a registered lobbyist for a telecommunications group whose members have business before the ACC, and that Burns was registered lobbyist both before and after his election. That makes him ineligible to hold office.”
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Complaint on Corporation Commission regulator’s lobbying amended
The Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit seeking Bitter Smith’s removal for her conflicts, and while she denied she had any conflicts, she resigned from office effective Jan. 4 because she said the case was a distraction.
In an unrelated matter Thursday, Burns filed a notice of investigation with Arizona Public Service Co., directing the electric utility to turn over all financial records of political contributions and lobbying.
APS is widely believed to have contributed to the $3.2 million that independent political groups spent in the 2014 election cycle to help Corporation Commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little win office.
Burns said that such spending, if done anonymously, can harm the reputation of the commissioners. APS rebuffed Burns in an previous request to disclose such spending. It is unclear if the utility will comply with his directive or whether he will need to take action in court over the matter.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/01/29/ag-wont-seek-removal-utility-regulator-robert-burns/79524092/

PA-PUC allows hearing for woman who says Peco smart meter made her sick

PUC allows hearing for woman who says Peco smart meter made her sick

Smart meters on a house in Delaware County. Staff file photo

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday cracked open the door for opponents of the state’s compulsory smart-meter deployment policy, allowing a hearing on a customer’s complaint that the installation of a wireless meter outside her bedroom caused her to get sick.

In a 4-1 vote, the PUC rejected Peco Energy Co.’s petition to prevent an administrative law judge from hearing the health complaints of Susan Kreider, a registered nurse who said she suffered “deleterious health effects” after Peco installed the new meter on her Germantown home in 2013.

The commission has previously declined to hear scores of complaints from smart-meter opponents, who object to the devices on privacy, safety, or health grounds. Utilities say they are required to install the meters to comply with Act 129, a 2008 energy-conservation law that ordered all Pennsylvania utilities to deploy the devices.

Kreider’s complaint was different, the PUC said, because she said she could produce medical documentation showing that the electromagnetic radiation from the meter caused her to get sick. The meter violates the state’s public utility code requiring utilities to provide “safe and reasonable” service, she has maintained.

“To ignore claims relating to the safety of smart meters would be an abdication of our duties and responsibilities under . . . the code,” the PUC said in its order Thursday.

Kreider has said her illness was diagnosed as a vaccine injury, a variant of Guillain-Barre syndrome, that makes her susceptible to the smart meter’s signal. She said she suffered from elevated blood pressure and a loss of sleep.

Her health improved, she has said, after she paid an electrician in 2014 to replace Peco’s smart meter with an old-style analog meter she bought on the Internet for $85. She mailed the uninstalled device back to Craig Adams, Peco’s chief executive.

Kreider, 58, declined to comment Thursday, saying the matter is still under litigation.

Cathy Engel Menendez, Peco’s spokeswoman, declined to comment on Kreider’s case, but said there was no scientific evidence that the technology causes adverse health effects.

“We look forward to continuing to work with all interested parties and coming to a resolution in the near future,” she wrote in an email.

Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer, the PUC’s lone dissenting vote, said Kreider’s case should be dismissed as legally insufficient.

“I agree with Peco that nothing alleged by complainant here is new, novel or necessitating an additional hearing,” Witmer said.

Smart meters allow utilities to establish two-way communication with each customer, giving utilities greater control over their networks and allowing customers to respond to pricing signals from the utilities.

Peco has spent $733 million to install 1.7 million meters, including a wireless communications network linking the devices.

In its request to the PUC to reconsider a September decision allowing Kreider’s hearing, Peco said it feared the PUC was departing from established policy just as the utility completed its five-year smart-meter project.

“Now is not the time to change the rules of the road related to universal installation of this technology,” Peco argued.

The PUC said its Thursday order was narrow, based on Kreider’s specific allegations, and “not intended to create the broad-reaching precedent” that Peco fears.

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AU-Report from the Science and Wireless 2015 event in Australia

Report from the Science and Wireless 2015 event in Australia

This ‘must read’ report analyzing the various presentations from SCIENCE & WIRELESS 2015 was prepared for the Pandora Foundation and for the Kompetenzinitiative by Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc (biochemistry) & Kirsti Leszczynski, PhD (physics). Science and Wireless 2015 was hosted at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on December 8, 2015.
I have commented on the likely outcome of this event before back in October 2015 which I predicted would just be more Procrustean bullshit. (I wish I could predict the winning Tattslotto numbers just as accurately…..)

Don
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Dariusz concludes in his analysis (in part):

Unfortunately, enthusiastic opinion of the Science & Wireless event has vanished. The S&W events organized in 2014 at the Wollongong University and in 2015 at the RMIT have not much to do with the community interaction between scientists, industry and users. S&W events in 2014 and 2015 were just presentations of science by scientists for the benefit of the industry. The real users of wireless technology, some of whom are concerned with possible/probable health risks, were clearly marginalized in 2014 and 2015. The community participants had no presentations to express their views and opinions and the opportunity to voice opinions in the discussion was severely limited by the time constraints. As of now, the Science & Wireless event cannot be called anymore a ‘Community Interaction’ event.

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/report-from-the-science-and-wireless-2015-event-in-australia/

Senator Downing,Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy Retiring

 

Bah Bye, Downing…good riddance!  Price Chopper is hiring Bag boys.  You have been a major disappointment in Berkshire County, MA.  You tout yourself as a green energy proponent, but have no idea what that really means.  Your positions on wind turbines, and smart meter technology proves you are just another lacky working for Corp America.

When we approached you in 2008 for help regarding the noise pollution in Berkshire County caused by the smart meter infrastructure; you washed your hands of the problem sending a letter stating you had no authority to do anything and included a link to nonoise.org.  Wow!

You were the head of the energy committee; pivotal to the roll out of the smart grid technology.  There was and still is public opposition to smart meters.  Halt Smart Meters represented at the State Hearing and a Public Comment session by the DPU.  We presented mountains of evidence scientific evidence and testimonials proving the harm the Pulsed Radio waves are a health hazard.  I personally, testified in front of you, while you sat there distracted by your intern/assistant.  You were actually laughing while I was in the middle of my testimony.  You never asked one question to any of the victims who struggle daily with the high radiation levels in our air.  There was no discussion or dialogue initiated by you.  It was obvious, you couldn’t wait until the 8 hours was over.  Some of us drove hours on one of the hottest days of the year to sit in a court room with high EMF levels to tell the truth about the dangers of this technology you tout as green!!!….If I had it to do over, I would have stopped presentation and ask, “What do you find so funny in the context of this serious issue I am discussing.  The noise pollution, which is in the form of “illegal pure tones” is a crime, not a comedic relief, as it appeared it was for you…..Sandaura

Uploaded on Oct 17, 2011

Clip from State Senator Ben Downing’s first online town hall. He accepted only one question regarding the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (WESRA) which, if passed, will strip control from local communities and municipalities and open the flood gates to a rash of industrial wind turbine developments in Berkshire County. WESRA is a machine custom-built for the wind developers who are receiving huge windfall profits through subsidies and tax credits. The Deval/Downing goal of 2000MW of wind power is only achievable through this legislation. It is important to note that Downing did not directly answer Michelle’s question — he gave a political speech.

 

Environmental Refugees: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) Sufferers

Environmental Refugees: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) Sufferers

EHSBy Catherine J. Frompovich

The State of Maine Public Utility Commission recently received what it thinks is the ultimate verdict in the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court agreed with the PUC that utility companies’ smart meters are safe and not harmful to human health and safety.

Perhaps the judge who rendered that decision ought to reconsider what’s going on regarding EHS, especially at the United Nations and their conference where EHS issues were discussed.

Dr Yael Stein, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, gave an 83 slide presentation titled “Environmental Refugees” wherein Dr Stein pointed out key factors that need to be addressed in the modern age of microwave technology that super saturates humans with EMFs and RFs from cell phones and towers, Wi-Fi, utility companies’ AMI smart meters, smart phones, routers, monitors, etc. and other electronics that can send and receive data, information, voice, photographs, etc.

Dr Stein’s comprehensive presentation was before the UNESCO 10th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law held January 6 to 8, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. [1]

One very prominent classification regarding EHS, pointed out by Dr Stein, is that in Sweden, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) officially is recognized as a functional impairment and not regarded as a disease! Furthermore, there’s a published peer-review paper, “Electrohypersensitivity: state-of-the-art of a functional impairment” [2] wherein Sweden’s position on EHS is discussed. The Abstract for that paper states:

Survey studies show that somewhere between 230,000-290,000 Swedish men and women report a variety of symptoms when being in contact with electromagnetic field (EMF) sources.

Where do U.S. states’ PUCs and utility companies come off with there are no adverse health effects and that EMFs are safe?

Furthermore, the World Health Organization states,

EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever the cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual.

Source: Dr Yael Stein, MD, Slide 67 of 83 / UNESCO 10th Word Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law

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In Slide 68, Dr Stein refers to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and that discrimination against a person with a disability, which a functional impairment as recognized in Sweden also should be included, “is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.” Aren’t there federal and state laws against discrimination against disability individuals [6] in the United States, and why aren’t PUCs and utilities made to abide by them?

EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever the cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual.

Source: Dr Yael Stein, MD, Slide 67 of 83 / UNESCO 10th Word Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law

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In Slide 68, Dr Stein refers to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and that discrimination against a person with a disability, which a functional impairment as recognized in Sweden also should be included, “is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.” Aren’t there federal and state laws against discrimination against disability individuals [6] in the United States, and why aren’t PUCs and utilities made to abide by them?

slide 68

Slide 73 deals with Accessibility, which would apply to an EHS person if he/she cannot live or be in an area contaminated with EMFs from AMI smart meters, Wi-Fi, etc. Consequently, those barriers or obstacles to that person’s accessibility to remain safely without adverse health effects within the home, workplace, etc. need to be eliminated or, as in the case of a personal home, allow a legal opt-out from utilities’ AMI smart meters on their homes.

slide 73Dr Stein emphasizes that EHS is being taken seriously for those who suffer with it. In file 80, he lists what are designated as EHS Refuge Zones or areas, plus support groups, in France, Canada, the UK, and Sweden. How come there’s nothing listed for the USA? Probably because utility companies and PUCs work too closely together to get all the federal funding [3-4] that’s available for creating the smart grid that eventually will lead to the Internet of Things [5].

God help us!

References:

[1] http://en.unesco.org/events/10th-world-conference-bioethics-medical-ethics-and-health-law
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17178584
[3] http://energy.gov/oe/technology-development/smart-grid/recovery-act-smart-grid-investment-grants
[4] https://www.smartgrid.gov/recovery_act/overview/smart_grid_investment_grant_program.html
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things
[6] http://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada

Resource:

SLIDE SHOW – Electrohypersensitive individuals (EHS) in the digital world – a disabled population, deprived of home, work and basic rights, Dr Yael Stein, MD http://www.slideshare.net/YaelStein1/ehs-human-rights

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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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