TAKE ACTION: Stop Smart Meters! Supporters:

Dear Stop Smart Meters! Supporters:

This is a crucial action to take (by this Wed. March 8th), if you have not done so already.

While we have zero expectation that the revolving-door Federal Communications Commission or corrupt government agencies will respect the science and halt 5G wireless development, it is important to get our opposition on the record, to warn regulatory agencies and elected officials that if they try to force 5G antennas on nearly every power pole, they will face determined and organized opposition in many communities.

If the telecom industry and their puppet government insist on forcing 5G on us, despite the serious warnings by medical professionals, then quite frankly they should expect civil resistance. Street-based resistance, especially when documented on video and spread around, will spark further resistance and highlight the growing momentum of our movement and awareness that wireless radiation is a serious health and environmental hazard (not to mention a huge waste of electricity and climate hazard).

This is a fight that we can- and must- win.

ACT NOW:

File a comment with the FCC in response to their docket to preempt local control and accelerate roll out of 5G in your community. Several municipalities were able to obtain an extension so the Deadline for Comments is now March 8, 2017. If you are short on time and want to cut and paste a message for the FCC on 5G, we suggest the language below:

A. The FCC does NOT have our permission to install 5G Microwave Towers in our cities, neighborhoods, and rural communities.

B. The FCC does NOT have our permission to microwave our communities, resulting in environmental and health damage that has been widely documented in peer-reviewed scientific studies.

C. Forcing 5G technology on unsuspecting communities is a violent act, being carried out under the color of officialdom. Resisting these installations is a non-violent act, protective of safety, and the US Constitution.

D. I commit to taking personal action to prevent “5G” antennas being installed in my neighborhood, and to demand safer, wired telecommunications services to our communities.

Follow These Instructions to Make Comments:
1. Click on this link   http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
2. Click on “Submit a Filing” Tab at the top of the page.
3. Click on “Express a Comment” (on top of the page) to just make a comment or “Standard Filing” to attach documents (one of which can be your comment).
4. Simply type in 16-421 into the “Proceedings” Field and make sure it is accurately displayed in the window, a drop down menu will appear choose Docket No: 16-421
Note: Make sure you click ENTER after you type in the Docket number and after you type in your name otherwise you won’t be able to submit your filing.
5. Fill out all required fields and click “Enter” or “Return” before you go to the next field.
6. Once all fields are filled out – click continue screen.
7. Review and submit.
8. Make sure you write down your confirmation # so that you can check on your submission.

Also, it is not too late to call your senators (https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf) and tell them: Vote NO on Mobile Now Act S.19 and Vote NO on Digit Act S.88. You can track the progress of the Senate bills at: S.88 – DIGIT Act (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/88/all-info?r=1) and S.19 – MOBILE NOW Act (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/19/all-info).

More information, background, and studies on 5G are available on our website.

Thanks to you all for standing up for the safety of our communities!

Josh

Josh Hart MSc
Director, Stop Smart Meters!
http://StopSmartMeters.org
PO Box 682 Portola, CA 96122
Toll-Free Hotline: (888) 965-6435

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Rep. Glenn sets second hearing on protecting homeowners from ‘smart meter’ fees

Rep. Glenn sets second hearing on protecting homeowners from ‘smart meter’ fees

Published 10:56 pm, Sunday, March 5, 2017

State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Midland, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, will hold a second hearing Tuesday to take testimony on House Bill 4220 allowing Michigan homeowners to reject the installation of electric utility “smart meters” with no charge.

The hearing is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 in Room 519 of the House Office Building in downtown Lansing.

The first hearing on the bill drew a large crowd on Feb. 21.

“As we could tell from the first hearing, public interest in this legislation is high,” Glenn said. “It’s an issue all over the state.”

The second hearing on the legislation comes soon after the Michigan Public Service Commission rejected a bid by Consumers Energy to raise opt-out fees for the smart meter program.

Consumers Energy and DTE Energy now charge residents nearly $70 up front and nearly $10 a month afterwards to opt out of programs involving advanced electricity meters installed outside residential customers’ homes. The new meters are replacing older analog models.

Glenn’s bill would ban utilities from charging homeowners fees if they don’t want smart meters.

Many homeowners reject the new technology, with reasons varying from health to privacy concerns to property rights.

“No matter the reason, a private property owner should never be forced by a monopoly to install this technology,” Glenn said. “Homeowners should be free to choose.”

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Rep-Glenn-sets-second-hearing-on-protecting-10979234.php

 

 

State kept secret guidelines on safe cell phone use

State kept secret guidelines on safe cell phone use

Updated 8:45 am, Friday, March 3, 2017

Pam Patino, left, and Beatriz Israde, right, first year students  at University of California, Berkeley takes a picture of flowers using their cell phones on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Photo: Natasha Dangond, The Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — For years, state health officials kept secret a set of guidelines meant to inform the public about the risks associated with cell phone use and the best practices to avoid potential harm.

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health released the guidelines, which advise cell phone users to keep the devices away from their bodies, keep calls short and to use the speaker phone on lengthy calls. The guidelines were released only after a Sacramento Superior Court judge indicated she would order them to be disclosed, and after The Chronicle told the state it was publishing a news story about the case.

The health department’s lawyers had argued in court that the guidelines were never formally approved by the agency and that releasing them to the public would cause unnecessary panic.

The two-page suggestions, which have been written and revised over the past seven years, are based on studies “that suggest that long-term cell phone use may increase the risk of brain cancer and other health problems,” according to the document, which includes a stamp saying it is a “draft and not for public release.”

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“This could have perhaps saved some lives if it had been published by the department seven years ago,” said Joel Moskowitz, a public health researcher at UC Berkeley, who sued the public health department last year after his requests for the guidelines were repeatedly denied in 2014.

The guidelines detail the effect of electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, put out by cell phones. Everything from watches to X-ray machines generate different levels of EMFs. Cell phones, according to the guidelines, release about the same relatively weak EMFs as microwave ovens, but because they are used more frequently and kept close to the body, they can “affect nearby cells and tissues.”

“EMFs can pass deeper into a child’s brain than an adult’s,” the guidelines say. “The brain is still developing through the teen years, which may make children and teens more sensitive to EMF exposure.”

The guidelines suggest limiting cell phone use by children and teens to “texting, important calls and emergencies.” Pregnant women are also at risk for increased exposure, the document says. It says people can lower their exposure by using speaker phone or a headset and not sleeping with the device or carrying it in a pocket unless it is turned off.

The guidelines are relatively similar to those released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in 2015.

Moskowitz said the public deserves to know if the guidelines were withheld for political reasons or due to industry interference.

“It’s disconcerting it has taken so long to issue this,” he said. “And still, they are making it clear this isn’t their official position.”

The California public health department said in a statement Thursday that it stopped working on the guidelines because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued national guidance on the same subject in 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “more research is needed before we know if using cell phones cause health effects.”

Attorney Lisa Tillman, a deputy attorney general at the state Department of Justice who represented the public health department in the case, said the state agency is not required to warn the public of health risks that have not been proven.

“We don’t want to disseminate information about something that hasn’t been established as a health hazard,” Tillman said at the court hearing in Sacramento last Friday.

But at the hearing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang said the department — which is charged with protecting the public health — has an obligation to inform the public of its findings. Chang said she found it “pretty astounding” that a public health department would argue that it doesn’t have to release public health information gathered by its own scientists.

While Chang issued a tentative ruling last week indicating she would order the document released, she had 90 days to make a final ruling.

Environmental health experts like Dr. Devra Davis, a Wyoming epidemiologist and toxicologist, have argued for years that there needs to be more public awareness about the potential dangers of cell phone radiation.

Cell phones carry warnings, but they are often hard to find. For example, the iPhone has a legal disclaimer regarding radio frequency exposure that says the device should be carried “at least 5 mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.” That warning is buried in the settings of each cell phone. Davis’ group, Environmental Health Trust, has a website called showthefineprint.org that helps users find the warnings on their cell phones and urges manufacturers to put the information where users can find it.

But, warning labels about potential health impacts of cell phones have been strongly opposed by the wireless industry. After Berkeley adopted a city ordinance in 2015 requiring cell phone retailers to warn customers about potential health impacts, an industry group, CTIA-The Wireless Association, sought a court order barring the disclosure.

Last year, a federal judge ruled in favor of the city ordinance, which tells customers that carrying switched-on phones too close to their bodies might expose them to radiation levels higher than recommended by federal guidelines.

In 2013, CTIA used the courts to block San Francisco from requiring retailers to tell customers that their cell phones could expose them to dangerous, possibly cancer-causing radiation. The city dropped its ordinance after a federal appeals court barred its enforcement.

A CTIA spokesman said the guidelines released Thursday by the public health department “appear to be contradicted by the consensus of the scientific community.” The Chronicle shared the guidelines with the spokesman, who declined to be named in the story. CTIA said numerous organizations and health experts have shown no known health risk to radiation emitted from cell phones.

“This may be why the state itself described the document as a ‘work in progress’ that is ‘subject to revisions,’” the spokesman wrote.

Moskowitz said at least 10 peer-reviewed studies have looked at the long-term use of cell phones and that many of those found an increased risk of brain tumors. He said other studies have found links between sperm damage in men when they keep their cell phones in their pockets near their testis as well as reproductive health effects in women.

The World Health Organization says the electromagnetic fields produced by cell phones are possibly cancer-causing, but notes that “to date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”

Moskowitz said the public health department’s research is particularly important because children are using cell phones at far younger ages. He said he was pleasantly surprised to see the health department cover the impact of cell phone radiation on children in its guidelines.

“Their exposure over a lifetime will be much greater than the generations studied previously,” he said.

Claudia Polsky, director of the Environmental Law Clinic at UC Berkeley, who is representing Moskowitz in the case, said the public health department’s arguments for not releasing the document were irresponsible given the health impacts of sitting on such critical information. Polsky was unhappy the health department released the guidelines with a disclaimer across the document indicating it’s a draft and not for public release when the judge is likely to rule that the guidelines were “not a draft, and must be publicly released.”

“The agency has jumped the gun and stamped new lettering in huge dark letters across the face of the document so as to make it virtually illegible,” Polsky said.

Melody Gutierrez is a San Francisco Chronicle staff

writer. Email: mgutierrez@sfchronicle.com

Twitter: @MelodyGutierrez

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Judge-may-order-release-of-state-health-report-on-10973430.php?cmpid=fb-desktop