Opinion: Smart Meters = Bad Idea

Opinion: Smart Meters = Bad Idea

dns_Letter_editor_150_110ComEd is using the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, also known as the “smart grid modernization bill” (written by ComEd lobbyists), and the Illinois Commerce Commission’s interpretation of that bill, as justification for installing 4,000,000 wireless smart meters, despite the fact that government agencies and the military have known for decades that Radio Frequency/microwaves can cause serious health effects.

ComEd will begin installing smart meters in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff in June. The currently used analog meters are to be replaced by new digital meters.

The RF/microwave emissions from smart meters are listed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Class 2B Carcinogen. This the first time in history a known carcinogen has been mandated on ALL homes, schools, and government buildings.

Regarding children and microwave radiation: Children absorb more microwave radiation than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. All ComEd smart meters emit RF/microwave radiation into the home and neighborhood every day.

The dangers associated with smart meters include:

  1. potential of a fire in your home, as noted here
  2. privacy invasion caused by the detailed granular data being collected
  3. health threat from RF/Microwave emissions
  4. providing an opening for a thief to hack into the wireless Smart Meter, switch off the security alarm, and enter the premises.

This article, “Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure”, lays out in stark details the health hazards of wireless electromagnetic radiation exposure.

The following two articles are a must read. They relate how Radio Frequency/microwave radiation, even at low levels, is a health threat. U.S. military reports nearly 60 years ago confirmed the biological effects of exposure to low level Electromagnetic Radiation.

Yet in presentations in front of Village Boards and City Councils, prior to the targeted date of installation, ComEd claims smart meters are perfectly safe, boasting that meter readers will no longer be needed and that estimated bills will be eliminated when meter readers are unable to gain access to meters. Currently posted at the City of Lake Forest website is this article, “Smart Meters offer you more benefits.” However, the website does not mention the risks nor does it give the delay information and phone number.

Aren’t the risks to health, privacy, security, and fires on the property far more important than any perceived financial benefit? An op-out (delay) is available by calling (866) 368-8326 at a charge of $21.53 a month, until 2018 when smart meter installation is mandatory in Illinois.

A ComEd representative has already spoken in front of the Lake Bluff Village Board and the Lake Forest City Council to discuss the Smart Meter Roll-Out Program.

As a way to point out the many misleading statements that the ComEd representative has presented, this CUBFacts Smart Meter information sheet, with facts supplied by ComEd, was edited accordingly in this article.

Nancy J. Thorner
Lake Bluff

Opinion: Smart Meters = Bad Idea


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