Citing health concerns, some NC utility customers say no to smart meters

Utilities and regulators around the country are facing opposition to smart meters

Citing health concerns, some NC utility customers say no to smart meters

Duke Energy to propose extra fee to NC customers who refuse to take a smart meter at home

Some believe radio frequencies cause neurological damage, cancer and other serious side effects

Utilities and regulators around the country are facing opposition to smart

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Avoiding WiFi

Andrew McAfee of Raleigh submitted a 45-page filing, noting prominently: “Sent from a cabled computer with the WiFi turned off.”

McAfee is a music professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, plays principal horn with the North Carolina Opera Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and is a former principal horn with the North Carolina Symphony. He said he came down with mood swings, burning skin, heart palpitations and other symptoms when living across the street from a TV transmission tower and cell towers in 2000.

In a constant effort to dodge wireless frequencies, he’s now living in his fourth house in Raleigh and steers clear of public libraries, Starbucks and other WiFi hotspots.

“Your body basically becomes an antenna,” he said from his landline phone last week. “I immediately feel a tingling, burning sensation on my scalp.”

 

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