Dangers of Wireless Radiation Addressed in five Mass. Bills

Dangers of Wireless Radiation Addressed in five Mass. Bills

Fri., Apr. 7, 2017

By r

Massachusetts legislators have introduced five bills this session to address public exposure to wireless radiation.

Scientific literature has proven that exposure to wireless radiation is responsible for numerous medical symptoms  and conditions,” said Lisa Lavine Nagy, M.D., government liaison for the Academy of Environmental Medicine.

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A landmark study by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has proven that DNA damage as well as brain and heart tumors develop in mice exposed to cell phone radiation, she said. Other studies report lowered sperm count in men as well as damage to the fetal brain when a pregnant woman uses the cell phone.

Dr. Martha Herbert, specialist in pediatric neurology and a leading autism researcher at Harvard has observed links between wireless radiation exposure and autism.

An “Autism Innovations & GLobal Impace Conference,” with “all the latest research on all aspects of detection, intervention and treatment,” will take place April 28-29 at the Els Center of Excellence, Jupiter, Fla. www.elsforautismglobalconf.org. It was announced in a full page ad in the April 2, New York Times.

Golfer Ernie Els, twice U.S. Open champion, and his wife Liezl started supporting autism research in 2008 when it was discovered that their five-year-old son, Ben, was afflicted.

Autism Speaks, based at 1 E. 33rd st., New York, the principal non-profit in the autism area, with a $50 million+ budget, does not acknowledge a connection between radiation and autism. One in 66 children now has the condition, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The science documenting negative health effects of smart meters and Wi –Fi is also emerging, said a statement by Cecelia Doucette, radiation health activist.

“Many people are already experiencing radiation related symptoms in schools, homes, and workplaces,” she said. “Effects can include insomnia, headaches, fast heartbeat, dysautonomia, anxiety, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), tingling, nausea, skin rashes, cognitive impairment, depression, and behavioral issues. Non-industry funded scientists indicate children and fetuses are especially vulnerable.

Doucette quoted Dr. Nagy as saying, “We must apply the precautionary principle and protect the public from potential harm with safe practices. These practices should be based on new data as well as the health experiences of people worldwide who are using these technologies.”

Tobacco’s Negatives Ignored for Decades

As happened in the case of tobacco, EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are all too slowly being recognized as having negative health impacts, said Doucette. “The science on EMFs has existed for decades, and other countries have already established more protective radiation exposure limits. Many physicians in the United States are seeing patients every day with electrical intolerance induced by overexposure in their environment.”

The five Massachusetts bills were called the first steps in taking action and educating the public on responsible use of today’s technology:

  • S.1268 Resolve creating a special commission to examine the health impacts of electromagnetic fields will look at non-industry-funded science and recommend public protections. Sponsored by Senator Karen E. Spilka and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. Co-sponsored by Jack Lewis, James B. Eldridge, Kevin J. Kuros, and Bruce E. Tarr.
  • S.1864 An Act relative to utilities, smart meters, and ratepayers’ rights gives utility customers the no-fee choice of retaining non-wireless radiation-emitting water, gas and electrical meters and refusing installation of “smart” utility meters. Sponsored by Senator Michael O. Moore and referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Co-sponsored by Diana DiZoglio, David Paul Linsky, Linda Dean Campbell, Kate Hogan, Jack Lewis, Marjorie C. Decker, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, and Jennifer L. Flanagan.
  • S.107 An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications requires manufacturer warnings be prominently displayed on product packaging of wireless radiation-emitting devices. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Co-sponsored by Timothy R. Whelan and Sarah K. Peake.
  • S.108 An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children requires specific language be included on product packaging, as modeled by an ordinance unanimously passed in Berkeley, California. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Co-sponsored by Timothy R. Whelan.
  • H.2030 An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education requires the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish wireless technology standards to protect the health and safety of public school students and staff. Sponsored by Representative Carolyn C. Dykema and referred to the Joint Committee on Education. Co-sponsored by Jack Lewis, Michael O. Moore, and Angelo J. Puppolo.

Background links:

The U.S. National Toxicology Program released the first set of peer-reviewed findings from the $25M multi-year NIEHS study on the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones. More findings are expected later this year.

The findings of DNA damage, brain tumors and heart tumors align with similar findings in epidemiological studies, and thousands of other laboratory studies done on wireless radiation throughout the world showing biological effects. The same type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and tower antennas is used to operate all of today’s wireless devices and routers, and carries the same risks.

The following provide additional information for the bills as well as facts to clarify common misinformation about wireless technology:

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What Your Electric Company Doesn’t Want You to Know – Smart Meters EXPOSED!!

What Your Electric Company Doesn’t Want You to Know – Smart Meters EXPOSED!!

Heard about Smart Meters and how great they are supposed to be? Think again. The Electric Companies say that Smart Meters will save you money and that they are safe. But there's more to the story than meets the eye. Find out the real truth here.

We’ve had to go against the norm many times in our quest for better health. I’ve gone sugar free, gluten freestopped eating foods my breastfeeding son was allergic to, and have tried all kinds of natural treatments in order to avoid antibiotics and other meds when dealing with conditions such as sinus issues and ear infections.

Now I’m not getting a smart meter.

Why not?

If it’s “smart”, it must be a good thing, right?

Well, when I was younger, I was called smart in school. Most of the time it was a compliment.  Well, sometimes it wasn’t but my mom told me those kids were jealous. It didn’t feel like it but in hindsight I think she was right.

Anyways, in most cases you’d like to be the smart kid in class.

And when people say “You look smart” they mean you look nice.

(I guess folks say “sweet” and such these days…..but that’s beside the point.)

So how about a Smart Meter?

Must be a good thing.

Think again.

I got a notice in my mailbox about 3 weeks ago stating:

YOUR UPGRADED METER IS COMING.

ENERGY THAT WORKS SMARTER FOR YOU.

THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO MICHIGAN.

and another letter than said something like (this one I must have thrown out):

Congratulations! Smart Meters will be coming to your neighborhood in the near future.

I guess that’s supposed to make me feel good about this Smart Meter coming to my house.  But I am not.

I’d heard about smart meters, but I didn’t know much about them so I started to poke around.

It’s not typical for me to be excited about some technology thingamabob being added to my home  without my knowing anything about it.

I didn’t like what I found.

Now let me tell you the truth.  (Not that I typically–or ever–lie to you all or anything.)

I read A LOT.  And I talked to a bunch of folks on the phone.

And I spent a lot of time emailing experts on Smart Meters and EMFs (one who wrote a post that I will share here soon).

I read articles on both sides of the topic and I even called my electric company several times.

Today’s post is the result of my having digested all of these conversations and emails.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that–

I DON’T WANT A SMART METER ON MY HOME.

And neither should you.

First of all, let’s talk about what a Smart Meter (NOT a good name for this thing, by the way) is:

What is a Smart Meter?

A Smart Meter (also called AMI or AMR) is a type of meter designed to eliminate meter readers (can you say “more unemployment”?).  It’s a fairly expensive piece of wireless machinery that send information about your energy use (how much you are using at different times of the day) to your utility company.

They relay data about your energy

Proponents of these meters say that they will be used to show consumers how much energy they use at certain times of day and that they will help them budget their energy use (and therefore money) better.

Opponents say there are many risks involved.

After doing literally tens of hours of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that:

I DO NOT WANT A SMART METER ON MY HOME!!

Here’s why.

7 Reasons You DON’T Want a Smart Meter

1.  Health

There are sooo many health problems with these smart meters.

Basically we’re talking about the same effects of EMFs (electromagnetic fields).

Now we all know that EMFs have been in the news a lot and that there is a lot of evidence mounting about the health risks of such radiation from microwaves, cell phones, WIFI, and the like.

In case you haven’t seen some of this, or aren’t convinced of it, following are some health conditions that are reported to be as a result of EMF exposure (Source)

  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and blood pressure increases
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration, memory or learning problems
  • Dangerous increases in blood-sugar levels
  • Strange sensations in the body—including buzzing, shooting pains
  • Anxiety and/or an anxious feeling in the body that is inexplicable
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptomsScientists have shown that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by smart meters and digital meters:
  • disrupt the blood-brain barrier, contributing to diseases like dementia and Parkinson’s
  • disrupt nerve transmission, causing attention-related problems, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle pain
  • disrupt cell reproduction and damage DNA, causing cancer and rapid aging
  • disrupt the redox balance through oxidant/nitrosative stress

And here’s a biggie.

CANCER.

The World Health Organization (WHO) as classified the radiation that comes from Smart Meters as a potential carcinogen, in the same class as DDT and lead.  Source. Now, I am not always in agreement with the WHO, but in this case I am listening.

And besides, even if you think that the FCC has protected you enough with their limits on human exposure to microwave radiation, Smart Meters have been known to exceed the FCC limits.

There’s been a lot of debate out there about whether or not this type of radiation (RF, or radio frequency waves) causes cancer or not, but some of the studies coming out are quite compelling.  This recent one from Sweden being one of them.

I think of it like this.  Years ago:

–  the government and tobacco companies (of course) told us that cigarettes didn’t cause cancer.  We know better now.

– the government told us that fluoride should be in our drinking water. We know better now.

– we were told that RoundUp would evaporate and not cause harm.  We know better now.

I think these EMFs are a big deal and we are just starting to see the damage.

If you REALLY want to read some downright frightening and well-done research about EMF radiation and health problems, the BioInitiative Report will keep you busy for awhile.

For me, this is all a HUGE deal, considering that the Smart Meter would be right by my sons’ bedroom.

Nice, huh?

2.  Privacy

The data collected from Smart Meters is detailed.

And it’s worth money.

Think about it.

Data is ALWAYS worth money. Companies pay BIG money for information on your buying habits, for your email address, and more.

Technically, according to one of the Smart Meter experts I talked with, Smart Meters could track what TV shows you watch, and potentially what food you eat, if your refrigerator is equipped with “Smart” technology. The fridge could scan your Ben and Jerry’s and potentially report this to healthcare corporations.  Time to start making your own Homemade Ice Cream folks :)!

YIKES!

These are the potential privacy concerns regarding Smart Meters (Source):

Identity Theft
Determine Personal Behavior Patterns
Determine Specific Appliances Used
Perform Real-Time Surveillance
Reveal Activities Through Residual Data
Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.)
Provide Accidental Invasions
Activity Censorship
Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data
Profiling
Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment

n California, the sharing of this type of data is already going on.

transparency reports filed by the California utilities companies and obtained by the ACLU of California show that a significant amount of data about the energy use of Californians is also ending up in the hands of third parties.  In 2012, a single California utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric, disclosed the smart meter energy records of over 4,000 of its customers.

Interestingly enough, there is a BIG movement in California against Smart Meters.  Marin County has criminalized the installation of Smart Meters.  Oh, how I wish my hubby could get a job there!

Now, THAT’S smart.

Yes, modern conveniences can help with some things, but are we trading our freedom for convenience?

We really need to count the cost.

3.  Fire Risk

There have been hundreds of fires caused by Smart Meters.

You can see some of the horrible photos and information here, here, and here.

I have not been able to find a source of analog meters causing fires, and here is a quote from Mindy Spatt of TURN (The Utility Reform Network)

Comparing analog to the new meters, she added, “In the collective memory of TURN, we have not seen similar incidents with analog meters.”

In fact, if you do an internet search of “fires caused by analog meters”, all that shows up is report after report of Smart Meter fires.

And Get THIS!

Most (if not all) Smart Meters are NOT UL Certified.

Now, how smart is that?

Which begs the question – if your house causes fire due to one of these meters, will your homeowners insurance pay for it since the device is not UL certified?  I called my homeowners’ insurance company to find out.

They told me that in my case, my insurance would NOT be cancelled, but that if a fire were to be caused by the meter, they would go after the utility company for reimbursement.

They did advise, however, that every insurance company is different, so you should check with your homeowners’ carrier to find out their stance on this issue.

4.  Lack of Energy Savings

These so-called Smart Meters are supposed to save us money.

Well, none of this savings has been proven, and in fact, there are some pretty important people saying that they think the savings simply aren’t going to happen. (Source.)

– It costs too much, and we’re not sure what good it will do. – John Rowe, CEO of Illinois utility ComEd.
– “[Smart meter] deployment . . . allows utilities to lower operating costs while increasing revenues. – Frost & Sullivan
– No net economic benefit to ratepayers.” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
(yea for my home state!)
– Smart-meter conversion represents little more than a boondoggle that is being foisted on consumers by the politically influential companies that make the hardware and software that are required for the smart-meter conversion. – Consumers Digest

In this poll, about 1/3 of the people who had Smart Meters installed had an increase in energy costs, and one quarter had them double, triple, or more.

Hmmm…doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

5.  Personal Safety

Think about it – if this data tells what electricity you are or aren’t using, couldn’t hackers get this information and know whether or not you are home or whether your kids are home alone?

No thanks.

6.  Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations

Our Constitution has been shredded recently by many government officials and courts.

Should we let it go even further?

So now we have utility companies forcing this technology on us that:

1.  Is a health risk
2.  Is a violation of privacy
3.  Is a fire hazard
4.  Costs too much
5.  Has no real benefit
6.  Potentially puts our personal safety at risk

Can you think of anything else that a corporation or government entity forces you to put on your house?

And you need to pay money if you don’t want it?

This huge list of violations will really get you thinking.

7.  Exorbitant Cost

Check in your area how much money your utility want to charge you for not getting a Smart Meter.

Our charges in Michigan were really high and our Attorney General pressured the utilities to reduce their fees, which they did.

Now, our utility wants about $69 to opt out of the Smart Meter program, plus $9.72 a month.

Forever.

Come on.

About $120 a year for something I don’t want, that:
– puts my family at risk for health issues
– is a fire hazard
– violates my privacy

– doesn’t seem to really save any money (in other words, it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do)
– puts our personal safety at risk
– violates the Constitution plus legal and human rights issues
– has overpriced fees associated with not taking it

Sounds familiar.

Conclusion

Whatever it is, it isn’t right and I don’t want it.

Next, I’ll share with you what happened when I called our local electric company and told them that I didn’t want their “Smart Meter”.

Seriously, I think I’ll call it a “Dumb Meter” or “Invasive Meter” or “Cancer Causing Big Brother Technology Doohickey”.

That last one has a good ring to it, dontcha think :)?

So now the questions are:

1.  I don’t want a Smart Meter.  What should I do next?

2.  I have a Smart Meter already. What can/should I do?

I am going to tackle all of these questions, including:
– sharing with you what happened to me when I contacted my local electric utility and told them I didn’t want a Smart Meter
– what I have done about Smart Meters coming to my neighborhood

I hope you all will help get the word out. Even if you have a Smart Meter installed, it’s not too late.

I’ll have more ways you can get involved in future posts so make sure to sign up for email delivery of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/smart-meters-emf-smart-meter-fires-smart-meter-dangers/

 

 

 

 

SEDONA-APS speaks on rates & meters

APS speaks on rates & meters

The city of Sedona will soon draft a letter bound for the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding proposed fees for those who have opted out of smart meters.

The wording in the letter has not been determined but it may indicate the Sedona City Council’s desire to see fees as low as possible “or some other language that neither validates the proposed fee nor prescribes a specific alternative,” City Manager Just Clifton said last week.

The decision to send a letter came during the March 29 council meeting in which the focus was on the rate case filed by Arizona Public Service.

In February, after months of negotiating, APS and a group of 40 stakeholders from throughout the state reached an agreement in regard to the company’s first proposed rate hike in five years.
The agreement, which will go before the ACC for approval this summer, includes not only the rate hike but solar power agreements and fees for those who choose to use an analog meter as opposed to the APS-preferred smart meter.

Under the agreement, the typical monthly bill for residential customers would increase 4.5 percent, or about $6 per month. APS originally had requested a revenue increase of 7.96 percent, or about $11 per month.

The proposed demand charges will now be optional, as opposed to the mandatory demand charges that APS originally asked for in its application. In addition, under the agreement APS would refund to customers $15 million of surplus energy efficiency program funds over the first year that new rates are in effect.

The city of Sedona was one of the 40 stakeholders that intervened on behalf of its residents. It did so only in regard to the proposed rate hike but fees for those residents who opted out of having their analog meters replaced with a smart meter.

Under the proposed agreement, those who now choose to replace their smart meter with an analog will be charged a one-time conversion fee of $50. Those who have already done so will not be charged that fee. However, those who do have analog meters will be charged a $5 monthly meter-reading fee. Originally, APS had requested a $15 monthly fee.

Under the agreement, APS would not begin another request for a comprehensive review of its rates before June 1, 2019, meaning three years between rate reviews.

During the council meeting, 16 residents spoke, with most expressing concern about potential health issues related to smart meters while others did address the proposed fees.

“I have actually timed how long it took the meter reader to read my [analog] meter and it’s less than one minute,” Paul Gazda said. “That comes out to $300 per hour to do an unskilled labor job of inserting a device into my meter and pulling it out. Would any of you pay $300 an hour for someone to come to your home to perform an unskilled labor job? I think $5 a month can’t be justified.”

Those with health concerns questioned why they should be penalized with a monthly fee simply because they chose not to have a device they feel is harmful.

APS spokeswoman Barbara Lockwood said the company understands and appreciates the concerns some have in regard to smart meters, which is why it supported the opt-out provision and included it in its original proposal. However, she said she couldn’t comment on any the of data shared by residents at the meeting.

Lockwood spent about an hour answering questions from council regarding several topics. Some of the smart meter information she shared included:

  • In the proposed agreement, APS’ 150,000 business customers must switch to smart meters.
  • Those who have solar will have two smart meters — one to monitor use and the other to monitor output.
  • Solar customers cannot opt out of smart meters.
  • In contrast to what has been widely reported in the past, 20 percent of Sedona residents have opted out of smart meters, not 40 percent.
  • Of APS’ 1.2 million customers, approximately 15,000 opted out of smart meters statewide, or about 1.25 percent.
  • If the ACC approves the rate case, the increase and fees could begin in July of this year.
  • Those analog customers whose meters are determined to no longer be functioning properly will have them replaced with a non-transmitting digital meter. This type of meter is similar to a smart meter in that it collects usage data but it has no modem and therefore can’t transmit that information. It must be done manually, thus requiring the $5 monthly opt-out meter reader fee.

“We do believe, generally, with all of the research that we have seen and looked at extensively that smart meters appropriately meet all the guidelines that are established,” Lockwood said.

http://www.redrocknews.com/news/88888895-county-news/53710-aps-speaks-on-rates-meters

Western Canada-Smart meters found to overbill

Times Colonist

Smart meters found to overbill

TIMES COLONIST

APRIL 6, 2017 07:41 Am

I noticed after our conversion to a smart meter that despite increasingly aggressive conservation measures, my monthly bill kept going up.

Recently, I read that a team from the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has published a paper demonstrating gross overbillings by smart energy meters, ranging from -32 per cent to +582 per cent of actual power consumption. This is estimated to affect millions of smart meters worldwide.

The inaccuracies were determined to be more pronounced when customers used dimmer switches and LED bulbs, which are energy-reduction efforts we have undertaken. Yet B.C. Hydro offers no statement on this study.

Peter Scott

Metchosin

– See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/letters/smart-meters-found-to-overbill-1.14308342#sthash.A7RrGmeh.dpuf

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