Letter: Speak out against new smart meters

Letter: Speak out against new smart meters

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The Iowa Utility Board is coming to Marshalltown and Ames to hear public opinion about smart meter issues today, June 26.

Fairfield has spoken up against the dangers of smart or digital meters – for excessive radiation and resultant health problems, fires, explosions, hacking and cyber security so strongly that Alliant has chosen to roll-out out the rest of the state first and plans to delay Fairfield.

If we achieve the resolution we are working towards, we will not be participants in this dangerous program. If you come and speak at these meetings you may be able to protect your area also.

The most commonly reported ill health affects are headache, sleep disturbance, difficulty in concentration, memory disturbance, fatigue, depression, irritability, dizziness, malaise, tinnitus, burning and flushed skin, digestive disturbance, tremor and cardiac irregularities.

The recent public opinion meeting was successful, over 300 community members from Fairfield showed up and about 75 spoke.  Each covered a different topic about the dangers of the proposed smart meter rollout and objecting to the tariff for an alternative meter.

Alliant, the Office of Consumer Advocacy and the Iowa Utility Board were there to give their overview of purpose and record it all into the case record.

This recent meeting delivered the message that many here oppose smart or digital meters and want to keep analog meters.  Analog meters work quite well, last a long time and are inexpensive to purchase and maintain for 30 to 50 years.

New meters may need to be replaced every five to six years and cost much more with no perceivable benefit to the consumer, yet costs will be transferred to the consumer.  The analogs are doing the job without RF radiation pulsing every few seconds 24/7, without risks above.

You have the power to make a difference and your voice counts!  Thank you for taking action to protect the health and well being of your family and generations to come.

Three action steps below that you can take throughout Iowa to express your right to choose and inform Alliant of your opinion now.

These are the channels to officially communicate with Alliant so the information goes into the case record to affect the decisions of Alliant moving forward.  This is your chance to say NO to unwanted, expensive smart or digital meters being put on your own home.

1)  Go to https://www.iub.iowa.gov/complaint.  File your complaint about smart meters.  If you’ve already gotten a smart meter, you can complain and state that you want your analog meter back as you never asked for this.  You may also want to state you don’t want to pay a tariff for the right to keep your equipment.

2)  Go to https://www.iub.iowa.gov scroll down to “Public Comment Meetings for Alliant Energy Gas Rate Case” and click on electronic form filing.  This will open the form to enter your information and objection to the tariff for alternative meters and press send.

3) Please attend these public opinion meetings and speak out:

– Marshalltown, IA: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., in the Orpheum Theatre, 220 East Main Street, Marshalltown, Iowa.

– Ames, IA: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in the Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clarke Avenue, Ames, Iowa.