Court finds smart meters not a health threat, opponents unhappy
Are smart meters bad for you? According to the courts, it’s not.
The battle between pro and anti smart meters has been on for years, ever since these devices have been installed in homes as part of the Advanced Metering Initiative (AMI) by the Central Maine Power (CMP) that aims to help residents reduce energy bills.
Many have claimed that smart meters have affected their health after installation. Cindy deBac, a resident of Scottsdale, AZ, is leading the fight against the installation of smart meters in homes as she claims to have experienced being adversely affected by a smart meter when it was installed in her home back in 2012.
These smart meters emit electromagnetic frequency (EMF) and radio frequency (RF) which is any of the electromagnetic wave frequencies that lie in the range extending from around 3 kHz to 300 GHz used for communications or radar signals. High-power extremely low frequency RF with electric field levels in the low kV/m range have been known to induce an annoying tingling sensation in the body.
The EMF Safety Network, an organization that aims to raise awareness against the effects of EMF and RF on humans and the environment, has a list of the alleged side effects of smart meters. The list includes sleep problems, headaches, fatigue, disorientation, dizziness, eye problems, leg cramps, respiratory problems, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, high blood pressure, to name a few.
With claims to such symptoms related to residential smart meters, how did the court reach its ruling?
In a report (pdf) published in April 2014, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concluded that smart meters pose no harm to people’s health. The report stated that the (RF) emissions from these smart meters comply with duly promulgated federal safety regulations and other RF emission standards, and are therefore safe for use in homes.
Despite the report, Ed Friedman, an opponent of smart meters, asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the hopes that installation of these devices will be halted due to health concerns. Yet in the face of the research data, Friedman’s request may be in vain.
But according to Agnes Gormley, senior counsel at the Public Advocate, the PUC has reviewed a large amount of evidence that debunks claims of smart meters affecting people’s health. CMP states that these smart meters send out a signal for nine seconds or less each day, so the risk or RF exposure is very minimal compared to the gadgets used in homes such as Wi-Fi routers, cordless phones, and even baby monitors.
The court concluded that the smart meter opponents wanted an “impractically high” standard for safety and that the PUC has provided enough evidence to prove that smart meters are not a health threat.
Friedman was not too happy about the decision stating that “The court has miserably failed the people of Maine, instead relying on CMP-supplied evidence.”
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You can listen to the interview on “Boil The Frog” at: http://boilthefrogradio.com/jenny-fry-and-wifi/
Jenny Fry 15, found hanged after developing an allergic reaction to the WiFi at her school. Today her mother, Debra Fry shares the story.
I heard Debra Fry talk on another radio station a while ago and the commentator tried hard to make her cry, she was a real bully. But Debra was awesome and got her point across, I can’t wait to hear her your interview. She is very brave putting herself out there when people are so ruthless. I saw a video about EHS and children by Dr. Erica Blythe where she dedicated her video to the memory of Jennifer Fry.
We have been waiting since Sept for a ruling by the Tribunal on whether we are going to move forward with a hearing on our discrimination complaint. Of course the school board wants it dismissed on the basis it has taken too long. And we can’t get any legal help because even though our case has merit they say they don’t have the funding and the case is going to take too long. So not only has he been denied accommodation but now he has been denied legal representation.
We just got a letter yesterday and they want the two mothers, the School Districts Lawyer and the Tribunal Member to talk on the phone to make some decisions. We wrote back and asked that everything be put in writing. We are being setup for something. We were expecting a yes or no answer.
Meanwhile poor Tyler who is now in middle school where they say there is only 25% wi-fi coverage. They lied! Tyler was so sick by Sept 11. I had to pick him up at school and he had a severe headache and no amount of Tylenol or Advice would relieve the pain. He started vomiting about three hours later and again four hours later. it was finally gone after 8 hours. It’s the same routine each time.
They have now put him in a room downstairs by himself away from all the other kids because they only have two rooms in the school with no Wifi. He has a hardwired computer and the principal checks in on him in the mornings. He doesn’t go out for recess or lunchtime anymore because he can’t find any of his friends! He is 11 years old! This is unbelievable!
If we are refused a hearing we are going viral, anyone interested in the story can contact me. Just waiting to see what happens
EMF Working Group call: Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World
Feb 16, 2016
As wireless technologies, particularly cellphones, become ever more ubiquitous in our culture and communication systems, researchers have been asking the question: what, if any, impact is there from this technology on our health? Research has been conducted concerning wireless technology and cancer, reproductive health, fetal development, children’s health and electromagnetic sensitivities, to name a few areas of concern.
In May of 2015 more then 200 scientists signed an appeal which was submitted to the United Nations, WHO, and UN Member States. These scientists have collectively published over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, part of the EMF spectrum that includes Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity, or Radio Frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications. The International EMF Scientist Appeal calls upon the United Nations, the WHO, UNEP and the UN Member States to:
- address the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods; and
- urge that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) initiate an assessment of alternatives to current exposure standards and practices that could substantially lower human exposures to non-ionizing radiation.
Join this CHE call to hear about the latest emerging research on wireless technologies and health and what this research might mean for public health policy both nationally and internationally.
Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD, Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Family and Community Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Moskowitz is the associate producer of the movie “Mobilize: A Film about Cell Phone Radiation”. His website is a valuable resource for journalists and the public. In the past year, he helped organize the International EMF Scientist Appeal (EMFScientist.org) signed by more than 200 EMF scientists and consulted on the Berkeley cell phone “right to know” ordinance.
The call will be moderated by Antoinette Stein, National Coordinator, CHE EMF Working Group. The call will last one hour and will be recorded for archival purposes. All CHE Partners are invited to join.
“Impacts to Birds and Bats Due to Collisions and Electrocutions from Some Tall Structures in the United States: Wires, Towers, Turbines, and Solar Arrays–State of the Art in Addressing the Problems” by Dr. Al Manville
Dr. Al Manville, retired biologist, US Fish and Wildlife, consultant with Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Solutions, has written a comprehensive paper, “Impacts to Birds and Bats Due to Collisions and Electrocutions from Some Tall Structures in the United States: Wires, Towers, Turbines, and Solar Arrays–State of the Art in Addressing the Problems.” The paper is included in Problematic Wildlife, edited by F.M. Angelici, published by Springer Intern’l, 2016. Here’s a brief excerpt: “Tall structures such as communication towers, power transmission lines, commercial wind turbines, solar power towers and buildings extend into the airspace, in some cases to great heights…some digital television communication towers…can have deleterious direct effects and impacts to flying wildlife, not to mention indirect effects caused by air and facility disturbance from infra-sound noise and lighting, barriers, and fragmented habitats. The overall goal for developers of tall structures and the agencies that regulate them should be to do no harm to protected wildlife species and minimize impacts to their habitats such as the U.S. Interior Department’s ‘smart from the start’ initiative (2011).”
Dr. Manville’s paper is posted for non-commercial use only, with a focus on professional/scientific development.