Appeals court won’t stop Consumers Energy smart meters

Appeals court won’t stop Consumers Energy smart meters

A 'smart' meter. (Photo by Tony Adamis)
A ‘smart’ meter. (Photo by Tony Adamis)

POSTED: 07/07/16, 1:48 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 WEEKS, 6 DAYS AGO

JACKSON (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters.

The attorney general’s office had challenged the utility’s ability to recover the costs of the so-called smart meters. But in a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says state regulators relied on sufficient evidence supplied by the company.

Judge Peter O’Connell wasn’t swayed. In dissent, he says the Public Service Commission didn’t do enough work, and the appeals court as a result can’t conduct a “meaningful review.”

O’Connell says fellow judges Michael Gadola and Karen Fort Hood didn’t follow the orders of the Michigan Supreme Court in taking a solid look at the case.

In this Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, photo, Thelma Taormina poses next to her old electric meter at her home in Houston. Taormina was involved in a confrontation last summer when a contractor for CenterPoint Energy had refused to leave her property without first installing a smart meter designed to remotely monitor her electricity usage. Nearly 6 million smart meters have been installed in Texas since a state law passed in 2005 authorized the state Public Utilities Commission to develop a smart meter deployment plan. Installation began three years later but opposition has gradually grown as word has spread about potential drawbacks. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)In this Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, photo, Thelma Taormina poses next to her old electric meter at her home in Houston. Taormina was involved in a confrontation last summer when a contractor for CenterPoint Energy had refused to leave her property without first installing a smart meter designed to remotely monitor her electricity usage. Nearly 6 million smart meters have been installed in Texas since a state law passed in 2005 authorized the state Public Utilities Commission to develop a smart meter deployment plan. Installation began three years later but opposition has gradually grown as word has spread about potential drawbacks. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

JACKSON (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters.

The attorney general’s office had challenged the utility’s ability to recover the costs of the so-called smart meters. But in a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says state regulators relied on sufficient evidence supplied by the company.

Judge Peter O’Connell wasn’t swayed. In dissent, he says the Public Service Commission didn’t do enough work, and the appeals court as a result can’t conduct a “meaningful review.”

Smart meters allow utilities, including DTE Energy, to track electricity consumption without sending someone to each home.

Some have objected to smart meters being used due to concerns about potential health risks.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20160707/appeals-court-wont-stop-consumers-energy-smart-meters

 

Smart meter class action lawsuit against BC Hydro denied

Smart meter class action lawsuit against BC Hydro denied

Judge says individual actions better suited to address complaints about controversial program

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2016 4:45 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016 4:45 PM PT

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has refused to certify a class action lawsuit against BC Hydro over the installation of smart meters.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has refused to certify a class action lawsuit against BC Hydro over the installation of smart meters. (CBC)

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected a bid by smart meter opponents to certify a class action lawsuit claiming BC Hydro has installed the controversial devices in violation of personal liberty.

In a 36-page decision, Justice Elaine Adair found there was no way to test key issues raised in the case: whether exposure to smart meters causes biological effects and human harm; and if deciding not to have one on your dwelling is a “fundamental personal choice”.

The judge also found a conflict between the groups of people affected by the outcome of the lawsuit, which was driven by the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters and the Citizens for Safe Technology Society.

“The plaintiffs and those who have supported the CSTS and the coalition believe passionately in their position,” Adair wrote.

“However, for others, that position simply represents the triumph of groundless hysteria over good science and holds the prospect that BC Hydro’s remaining customers will have to pay higher rates. Success for one group would result in failure for the others.”

Privacy, health and economic concerns

The court ruling lays out the history of a program which began in 2010 with the enactment of the provincial Clean Energy Act, requiring BC Hydro to install smart meters by the end of 2012.

The wireless communication devices replaced so called “legacy meters”. But they brought with them a host of concerns about privacy, health and rate increases.

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Among the proposed plaintiffs in the class were several people who claim BC Hydro broke through padlocks to forcibly install smart meters.

Opponents argued that forcing people to have smart meters on their homes was a violation of Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees life, liberty and security of the person.

Among the proposed plaintiffs were a yoga teacher who feared the radio-frequency from the meters would interfere with the energy of her clients and an organic farmer who said that “as long as the jury is out” on biological impacts, she didn’t want one of the devices on her farm.

Two others claimed BC Hydro broke through padlocked barriers to replace their old legacy meters.

In July 2013, the province introduced a program for residential customers to opt out of the smart meter program at a cost. The proposed class action claimed that was also in violation of the notion of personal choice.

‘End of the plaintiffs’ fight?’

BC Hydro argued that alleging the mere possibility of risk is not by itself enough to support a claim of a breach of Charter rights.

In reaching her decision, Adair relied on reports from BC Hydro’s expert Dr. Benjamin Cotts.

He claimed drawing conclusions about the impacts of smart meters on an entire class of people would be virtually impossible because of the millions of different variables ranging from location to thickness of walls and placement of the meters.

In denying the class action, Adair left the door open to the individual plaintiffs to continue with their suits; she noted that Cotts suggested an assessment of the impact of a smart meter on an individual homeowner could be done.

Given the history of the fight against smart meters, the judge wrote, “I am not persuaded that refusing certification would mean the end of the plaintiffs’ fight.”

In a statement, BC Hydro said the company was pleased with the decision, which follows victories on the same issue at the BC Utilities Commission, the B.C. Court of Appeal and the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

“The smart metering program is an essential investment to help us modernize our electricity system,” the corporation said.

“The new meters have improved our ability to manage British Columbia’s electricity system and have helped us meet our customers’ electricity needs by enabling tools that can help save energy and money.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/smart-meter-bc-hydro-1.3678104

Obama Commits $400M to New Wireless 5G Technology; Hillary Bailout?

Mon., Jul. 18, 2016
Obama Commits $400M to New Wireless 5G Technology; Hillary Bailout?
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President Obama, one day after the FCC voted to adopt new 5G wireless technology that is called unsafe by health advocates, committed $400 million to 5G “research.”

Obama said July 15 that the National Science Foundation, funded by $7 billion in government funds, will pledge $50M over the next five years as part of an $85M investment by NSF and private sector companies “to build the testing platforms starting with the 2017 fiscal year.” NSF is also committing $350M over the next seven years that will “take research from the concept phase to real-world testing at scale,” he said.

Health advocates noted that health and environmental considerations were absent from Obama’s statement.

obama, clinton White House photoThey also wonder if politics is involved since Obama has come out in support of Hillary Clinton as President and she has expressed strong support of 5G technology in a position paper.

Her support of 5G has drawn the ire of Wi-Fi health advocates who say she ignores radiation’s health effects.

Her position paper says: “Hillary will accelerate this progress and help foster the evolution to 5G, small cell solutions, and other next-generation systems that can deliver faster wireless connections. Widely deployed 5G networks, and new unlicensed and shared spectrum technologies, are essential platforms that will support the Internet of Things, smart factories, driverless cars, and much more—developments with enormous potential to create jobs and improve people’s lives.”

“Devastating to Health”

“The proposed 5G Spectrum Frontiers is a boon to industry and a devastation to our health,” says Parents for Safe Technology under the headline, “Take action against 5G now!!!”

Joe Esposito of emfsafetynetwork.org says there is a palpable danger from “untested 28GHz radiation blasting from millions of new hidden antennas and tuned-up ‘smart’ meters.”

He describes it as “a corporate free-for-all, with oversight eliminated, total, for-profit surveillance, an ‘internet of everything’ with ‘hundreds of billions of microchippable products,’ everywhere and everything… and eventually, everyone.”

“Our Government and industry,” said Esposito, “have come together for control and profits at huge expense to the public’s health and their physiological existence. Wireless ‘smart’ utility meters represent the same kind of threat. 5G is smart meters on steroids or full warp speed ahead.”

“Electricity was supposed to be inside wires,” he said. “Wireless is simply raw electricity outside of wires being blasted at everyone. The reality of wireless is that everyone is being ‘subtly electrocuted’.”

He asks if the FCC will place 5G small cells without public consent wherever it wants as it has done with cell towers; whether the public will be allowed to sue the owners due to health effects, and whether 5G small cells will be forcibly installed in homes?

Mary Adkins, Rhode Island Director for Citizens for Safe Technology, said in a filing to the FCC that “5G is a death sentence for the millions being crippled by wireless radiation.”

Friedman: “Fox Guards FCC Chicken House”

national science foundationEd Friedman, spokesperson for the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, said the FCC’s action, lacking any stipulations regarding health and safety or environmental impacts, “is in clear violation of the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA review is required for any major federal action affecting the human environment. President Obama must be blamed for appointing Tom Wheeler, director of the former Cellular Telephone Industries Assn., now known as CTIA, as chairman of the FCC and chief fox guarding the hen house.”

Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California at Berkeley, said in an open letter to the FCC that its electro-magnetic radiation standards “were adopted 20 years ago. Many scientists believe they are obsolete because they do not protect the population from established, non-thermal risks from RF radiation exposure. Thus, to ensure public health and safety, the FCC should commission an independent review of the biologic and health research to determine whether the RF standards should be modified before allowing additional spectrum to be used for new commercial applications.”

He also noted that the FCC has yet to act in a proceeding it launched in 2013 to explore whether it should modify its RF exposure standards for the first time since they were adopted in 1996.

“5G Must be Stopped”

“I’m writing to demand that our elected officials and those working on their behalf put a stop to Tom Wheeler’s insane plan to roll out 5G across the country,” said an EMF healthcare advocate. “Mr. Wheeler is apparently unaware or unconcerned that there are literally millions of people in this country whose health has already been devastated by wireless technology,”

Healthcare advocates were quoted by Paul Kirby of Wolters Kluwers who did an extensive analysis of the FCC’s July 14 action for TR Daily, a unit of WK.

Kate Kheel, director, Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, said implementation of 5G “will increase the amount of RF radiation in the environment and result in additional adverse health impacts to the public.”

“Most disturbing,” she said, “was that in light of all the science, and the recent National Toxicology Study results that were just released, not once was health brought up. Money, technical hurdles, etc., but no mention of health. These frequencies require an extremely dense infrastructure, necessitating a small cell tower on nearly every home or lamppost,” she told TRDaily in an e-mail. “Shame of the FCC!!!”

Category: Healthcare PR

 

http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/7260/2016-07-18/obama-commits-400m-new-wireless-5g-technology-hillary-bailout.html

Burr Ridge urges opt-out option for ComEd smart meters

Kevin BeesePioneer Press

James Holderman isn’t taking any chance.

The Burr Ridge resident has a sign over his electric meter informing any subcontractor in the ComEd smart meter program that he has deferred installation and to not put one of the new radio frequency, message transmitting meters on his home. He said his 18-month-old son’s main play area inside the house is just feet away from where the existing meter sits on the outside of his home.

With his son’s new fascination of watching from the play area’s bay window as his dad cuts the grass, Holderman said he does not want his son exposed to the radio-frequency pulses a smart meter would transmit during his 30 minutes of yard maintenance.

The Burr Ridge resident said he has been investigating radio frequency and smart meters ever since ComEd made a March presentation to the Village Board about meter installation in the community.

National Grid Picks Itron for Plan to Deploy Up to 1.3M Smart Meters in Massachusetts

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National Grid Picks Itron for Plan to Deploy Up to 1.3M Smart Meters in Massachusetts

National Grid Picks Itron for Plan to Deploy Up to 1.3M Smart Meters in Massachusetts

Allergic to Wi-Fi?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66HqGj364Y8

Published on Jul 13, 2016

Can you be allergic to Wi-Fi? Chemical electromagnetic-sensitivity expert Dr. Lisa Nagy joins The Doctors to increase awareness about this very real condition.

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The Doctors is an Emmy award-winning daytime talk show hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross.

The Doctors helps you understand the latest health headlines, such as the ice bucket challenge for ALS and the Ebola outbreak; delivers exclusive interviews with celebrities dealing with health issues, such as Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, reality stars Honey Boo Boo and Mama June and activist Chaz Bono; brings you debates about health and safety claims from agricultural company Monsanto and celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy; and shows you the latest gross viral videos and explains how you can avoid an emergency situation. The Doctors also features the News in 2:00 digest of the latest celebrity health news and The Doctors’ Prescription for simple steps to get active, combat stress, eat better and live healthier.

Now in its eighth season, The Doctors celebrity guests have included Academy Award Winners Sally Field, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden, Kathy Bates and Marisa Tomei; reality stars from Teen Mom and The Real Housewives, as well as Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Melissa Rivers, Sharon Osbourne, Tim Gunn and Amber Rose; actors Jessica Alba, Christina Applegate, Julie Bowen, Patricia Heaton, Chevy Chase, Kristin Davis, Lou Ferrigno, Harrison Ford, Grace Gealey, Cedric the Entertainer, Valerie Harper, Debra Messing, Chris O’Donnell, Betty White, Linda Gray, Fran Drescher, Emmy Rossum, Roseanne Barr, Valerie Bertinelli, Suzanne Somers; athletes Magic Johnson, Apolo Ohno and Danica Patrick; musicians Tim McGraw, Justin Bieber, Clint Black, LL Cool J, Nick Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Paula Abdul, Gloria Gaynor, La Toya Jackson, Barry Manilow, Bret Michaels, Gene Simmons and Jordin Sparks; and celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri and Curtis Stone.

Electromagnetic Radiation: A Modern Health Hazard? – Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe – June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation: A Modern Health Hazard? – Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe – June 2016

Published on Jun 29, 2016

Dr. Mallery-Blythe is an experienced medical doctor with a special interest in the effects of electromagnetic fields.

In this seminar she will overview literature highlighting health concerns, and suggest how to minimise risk.

Manmade electromagnetic radiation levels have risen exponentially in less than one generation. Radiofrequency radiation is currently a Group 2b possible human carcinogen, and cancer is but one of many health concerns documented.

There is a mounting scientific debate regarding the safety of existing exposure limits and scope of possible related illness.

Filmed at CNM London on 7th June 2016.

The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) is the UK’s leading training provider in a range of natural therapies. CNM has colleges in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Manchester, as well as across Ireland, South Africa and Finland. CNM offers diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Natural Chef as well as a range of short courses – http://www.naturopathy-uk.com

Special thanks to Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe

An Electronic Silent Spring June Newsletter

An Electronic Silent Spring 
June, 2016 Newsletter from Katie Singer
 
26 days after the NIH’s National Toxicology Program reported that cell phone radiation definitively causes cancer, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding. On June 20, Wheeler said that 5G “is a national priority…. 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells…(that will) open up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized networks.” Mr. Wheeler said that “we” will “stay out of the way of technological development…. Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum… Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future.”
FCC Commissioners will vote on Mr. Wheeler’s proposal on July 14, 2016 without any public input or discussion.
* Meanwhile, in communities like Eugene, Oregon, people are voicing objection to new deployments to their local authorities.
* Canadians are also discovering that they have no say about the location of cell towers.
* Scientists continue to find reason for precautionary regulations. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic finds that text messaging appears to produce a unique brainwave form that can cause epileptic and nonepildptic seizures. This “texting rhythm” was also found in iPad users. Dr. William Tatum, the study’s lead author, noted, “There is now a biological reason why people shouldn’t text and drive–texting can change brain waves.”
* Lloyds’ of London’s “Exclusion 32” states that its insurance companies will not cover damages caused “directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise–and yet:
* legislators push for the elimination of landlines–even while cell phones and VOIPs (voice over Internet protocols such as Magic Jack and Uverse) do not work during power outages. While Californians recently defeated a bill that would have allowed the elimination of landlines by January, 2020, thirteen states have passed such legislation. Yet more states have passed partial legislation to this effect. www.savelandlines.org
 
Because “smart” meters cause cybersecurity risks that could take down our country’s power grid, four senators (including NM’s Martin Heinrich) have proposed the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (SEIA) of 2016, which will restore some analog metering.
*”smart” meters also cause fires.
If you live in New Mexico and have not yet seen “Take Back Your Power,” Josh del Sol’s documentary about “smart” meters, please check it out. The film is available on YouTube or Amazon Prime.
          Please get informed. PNM has proposed installing “smart” meters in its service areas in New Mexico.
The FCC’s Technology Advisory Council has requested public comments about “smart” grid noise pollution (ET Docket No. 16-191); Comment Deadline August 11, 2016.
* Sandra Chianfoni has led reporting of “smart” meter noise. See her testimony in An Electronic Silent Spring and at www.sandaura.wordpress.com.
A few more worthwhile headlines
* Sharon Noble, from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, posts substantive news every day about all things EMR-related. Sign up at www.stopsmartmetersbc.com
* Sugar Grove Station, a whole town in the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is on sale for $1 million. Imagine the possibilities.
Essential Questions Before You Power Up
1. How did the FCC determine that your device is safe?
2. How much energy is needed to manufacture, ship, charge and operate your device (and its required infrastructure)?
3. How are pregnant women, children, people with implants, non-users and wildlife affected by second-hand exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by electronics and their infrastructure?
4. What limits would make your use of electronics healthier?
5. How do you balance technology use with non-electronic time?
Want to read An Electronic Silent Spring?  It presents earlier research and stories that confirm the new research from NIH’s National Toxicology Program. Despite amazon.com claims, the book is in print.
** If you’d like ten or more copies, I can pass on the discount that my publisher extends to me. This translates to a 30 – 35% discount from the cover price ($18), including shipping. To order, please contact me directly: katie  @  katiesinger.  com
Thanks to everyone who uses electronics as safely as possible, reduces their electronics usage and EMR-emmissions.
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          To healthier ecosystems and communities,
          Katie Singer

CANADA – NO SAFE PLACE shattered lives, healthcare set to crash − you can’t fix this fast enough

NO SAFE PLACE
shattered lives, healthcare set to crash − you can’t fix this fast enough

A letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson
by Olga Sheean

Main themes in this document:
Ignored, excluded and incapacitated—citizens forced to flee………………………………………………………3
Evidence of harmful effects: quick facts………………………………………………………………………………………5
Scientific fact versus political spin and misinformation ………………………………………………………………7
Physical effects of EMR…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13
The key symptoms of EHS………………………………………………………………………………………………………..13
Important landmarks on the EMF lifeline…………………………………………………………………………………16
Human rights and human wrongdoings……………………………………………………………………………………17
Questions for you and the government to answer……………………………………………………………………..20
A taste of what’s to come: the real cost of electromagnetic radiation………………………………………….23
Scientists call for more protective measures, given increasing evidence of risk from EMFs……….24
Also sent to:
• Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
• David Eby, MLA
• Hedi Fry, MP
• Elizabeth May, MP
• Joyce Murray, MP
• The David Suzuki Foundation
• Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, PHIRE/Radiation Research Trust
• Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, the Klinghardt Academy
• Elizabeth Kelley, Director, EMFscientist.org
• Dr Joel Moskowitz, Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, saferemr.com
• The Vancouver Sun
• Metro News
• The Globe and Mail
• The Tyee

Dear Mr Robertson,
In 2003, when I worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, the Director General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned because cell phone radiation was making her ill.Along with countless other doctors, researchers and scientists, Brundtland has stated that “research shows deleterious effects” from the use of cell phones and other devices emitting radiation. “This is not an innocent technology,”1 she says. It’s an inconvenient truth that we ignore because we’re so far down the rabbit hole of wireless living.
Your campaign to bombard the city with harmful radiation (benignly referred to as Wi-Fi) clearly demonstrates that you are uninformed about the scientifically proven harmful effects of non-ionizing/non-thermal Wi-Fi and other electromagnetic radiation (EMR). It also shows that, as an elected public servant, you have failed to do your own due diligence. In promoting free Wi-Fi as a positive enhancement to the community, you have led people to believe that there is no danger involved and that they can use their various electronic gadgets to their hearts’ content—with no regard for others (babies, children, transit passengers, neighbours etc) affected by them doing so.
Ignored, excluded and incapacitated: citizens forced to flee
Because of this, I’m being forced to leave Vancouver, where I have happily lived since 1992. I am one of a rapidly growing number of people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), and I can no longer tolerate the radiation bombarding our beaches, community centres, libraries, cafés, schools, doctors’ offices and even hospitals. You might appreciate the irony of someone recovering from brain surgery at VGH for the removal of a life-threatening acoustic neuroma, while being bombarded by the very same radiation known to have caused the tumour in the first place.
I’d prefer not to get another one.

Read full letter at: http://olgasheean.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/NO-SAFE-PLACE-Letter-to-Gregor-Robertson-1.pdf