Letter: Not too late to stop ‘smart meters’

Letter: Not too late to stop ‘smart meters’

  • Updated 

For several years now, power companies across the country have been removing citizens’ perfectly good electric meters and installing “smart meters.” People have had concerns about this — regarding both financial and health issues.

I recently learned that only 35 percent of Pacific Power’s “Smart Meters” have been installed. This is important partly because earlier this month the Public Utilities Commission reversed its onerous $137 fee for those opting out of said meters, which presents an interesting situation for those who would have opted out, but who could not afford to pay the $137. More immediately, the 65 percent of Pacific Power customers who have not yet had the meters come to their towns need to quickly learn of the reversal of this fee — so that they can make an informed decision about whether to accept the meters or not.

Please, Corvallisites! Tell your friends and family who have Pacific Power and who have not yet had the meters installed that there is no longer a whopping $137 fee for them to consider in making their decision.

The $36 monthly fee still exists for choosing to keep one’s original meter. If you would like to write to the Public Utilities Commission with your concerns about the $36 monthly fee for opting out or if you did not opt out because of the $137 fee and would like to do so now, please write to:

https://www.gazettetimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-not-too-late-to-stop-smart-meters/article_12045505-0675-598f-9408-837bb396edc6.html

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We’re pleased to let you know about some very important developments that are relevant to our health and wellbeing.

The first of these is the chance to have your say about a new guideline that’s being developed (by ICNIRP) that will determine how much electromagnetic radiation (EMR) we can be exposed to – more on that later.

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Contact Congress Now Regarding HR2 Stop Wireless in Rural America

Contact Congress Now Regarding HR2
– Stop Wireless in Rural America –
Call the Leaders of the Joint Conference Committee Today to Stop Wireless Broadband Deployment in Rural America
H.R.2  is a Farm Bill that has passed both the Senate and the House. Next Wednesday, September 5th it will be reviewed by a Joint Conference Committee of both the House and the Senate to work out differences before forwarding it to the President.
We want to ask for wired DSL and fiber optics connection to the home, not undependable and unhealthy wireless in rural communities. WE WANT THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS TAKEN OUT OF THE FARM BILL:
House Joint Conference Committee
Wed, Sep 05, 2018
9:30 AM – SR-325
As listed on the agenda: Meeting of conferees on H.R.2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023.
Most Importantly, Please Call and/or
Email the Following Chairmen and
Ranking Members.
 
Ask that internet connections remain wired through fiber optics, landlines or ethernet to the home which is a much safer, faster and more cybersecure than wireless communication.
Agriculture Committee Chairmen & Ranking Members:
Chairman
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas – 202-224-4774
Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas – 202-225-3605
Chief of Staff – Mark.Williams@mail.house.gov
Ranking Members
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan – 202-224-4822
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota – 202-225-2165
Chief of Staff – Allison.Myhre@mail.house.gov
(We have listed the staff emails for the 4 ranking members of the Agricultural Committee – access by clicking on their names)
You can also contact the rest of the committee attendees.
There are 56 attendees in total, listed below.
Their telephone numbers and staff emails are listed in the
Password: 1620771415
Click HERE for instructions on how to use the Directory
Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas – See contact info above
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky – 202-224-2541
Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas – (202) 224-4843
Senator John Hoeven, R-North Dakota – (202) 224-2551 Chief of Staff: Ryan Bernstein email: Ryan_Bernstein@Hoeven.Senate.Gov
Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa – (202) 224-3254
Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan – See contact info above
Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont – (202) 224-4242
Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio- (202) 224-2315
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota – (202) 224-2043
House Republican Conferees
House Agriculture Committee Conferees:
Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) – See contact info above
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
Frank Lucas (OK-03)
Mike Rogers (AL-03)
Austin Scott (GA-08)
Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Ted Yoho (FL-03)
David Rouzer (NC-07)
Roger Marshall (KS-01)
Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
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RF Health and Safety Research 2018 Science Summary

FOR THE PUBLIC RECORD
Presented to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners
August 22, 2018
RF Health and Safety Research
2018 Science Summary
By Ed Kellogg, Ph.D.*

A Short Historical Overview
Beginning in the 1940’s, the biological effects of Radio Frequency (RF) microwave radiation became a concern after radar workers reported harmful effects, which included headaches, internal bleeding, heart conditions, brain tumors, and cataracts. Military scientists promoted the theory that since microwave radiation does not have enough energy to cause ionization (like X-rays do), only exposures that caused significant heating could have biological effects, and that safety tests for non-thermal (no heating) RF exposure levels seemed unnecessary.1 While many scientists accepted this idea, by 1996 enough evidence had accumulated to the contrary that in setting their maximum exposure standard, the FCC made it clear that this only applied only to the thermal effects of higher RF exposures. As Dr. Andrew Marino (a respected scientist with over 40 years’ experience in the area of EMF research) testified in his capacity as an expert witness to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: “. . . the FCC defines an emission level as ‘safe’ if it doesn’t result in adverse biological effects caused by cooking or heating of the exposed subject.
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Nowhere does the FCC say that smart meters are safe with regard to physiological changes caused by physical processes other than cooking or heating.” (p 44)2 In 1996 the FCC basically rubber-stamped the U.S. military standard set during the Cold War, when radar served a vital role in national defense, and when the health and long-term well-being of civilians from RF exposure did not seem a consideration. In contrast, many other countries—such as China, Russia, Italy, France, and Switzerland—have set maximum RF exposure limits one hundred to one thousand times less than the FCC “safe” level, which in 2018 has become the highest in the world.3 Other countries lowered their maximum RF exposure levels because they took into account thousands of research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals that demonstrated that low-level microwave exposures had biological effects and could cause harm.4 Not surprisingly, given the severe financial consequences of updating the FCC safety standard downward to bring it into alignment with current scientific research, RF dependent technological industries, just as the tobacco industry did before them, have done their best to muddy the science, obscure the facts, and prevent regulatory change. But this task has become increasingly difficult over the past five years, now that large-scale studies have clearly demonstrated harmful effects of microwave exposures well below the 1996 FCC safety limit. Recent Landmark Radio Frequency Microwave Studies In 2016 the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the results of a long term, large scale, $25 million-dollar study5 that clearly demonstrated that RF exposures—at frequencies emitted by devices such as cell phones and smart meters—caused both cancer and DNA breaks in animals at levels below the FCC’s “safe” exposure limit. In 2018, a panel of government appointed experts who reviewed these results concluded that the studies showed clear evidence of carcinogenic activity.6 Also in 2018 Italy’s Ramazzini Institute published a similar large-scale multimillion dollar study that replicated the NTP results with regard to cancer and DNA breaks, but at much lower levels of RF exposure.7 The Ramazzini study concluded: “The RI findings on far field exposure to RFR are consistent with and reinforce the results of the NTP study on near field exposure, as both reported an increase in the incidence of tumors of the brain and heart
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in RFR-exposed Sprague-Dawley rats. These tumors are of the same histotype of those observed in some epidemiological studies on cell phone users. These experimental studies provide sufficient evidence to call for the re-evaluation of IARC conclusions regarding the carcinogenic potential of RFR in humans.”
Other important replicated effects, observed in many different laboratories at very low levels of RF exposure,4 include neurological damage in animals such as leakage of the blood brain barrier.8,9 Unfortunately, research has clearly established that children absorb far more RF radiation than adults, especially in the brain, making them much more vulnerable to harm.10 And obvious problems resulting from this harm may not show up immediately, but as with tobacco smoking, may take decades to appear.
As the authors of a 2012 review of RF blood brain barrier studies observed, “… neuronal damage may not have immediately demonstrable consequences, even if repeated. It may, however, in the long run, result in reduced brain reserve capacity that might be unveiled by other later neuronal disease or even the wear and tear of ageing. We can not exclude that after some decades of (often), daily use, a whole generation of users, may suffer negative effects such as autoimmune and neuro-degenerative diseases maybe already in their middle age.” (p 45) 9
However, we may not need to wait decades to see effects.
Neurological problems from RF exposure may have already shown up in two of the most vulnerable groups: In school age children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an alarming and increasing prevalence of autism.11 In teenagers, depression and suicides have increased, an increase that correlates with how much time teenagers spend with RF emitting devices such as cell phones and computers. 12
And according to the CDC even in the general population, suicide has recently increased at an alarming rate—rising over 25% across the United States from 1999 to 2016, with more than half of these suicides having no known mental health condition.13 And while correlation does not prove causation, these problems have increased roughly in synch with modern society’s exponentially increasing exposure to RF radiation, and make sense with respect to the neurological damage shown to occur in animals exposed to RF at these levels.4-9
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Smart Meter Radio Frequency Microwave Emissions The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) and Pacific Power claim that smart meters cannot cause harm because the average microwave radiation emitted by them falls below the 1996 FCC maximum “safe” exposure limit. As we have documented here, decades of solid scientific research demonstrating low-level RF biological effects below that limit makes it clear that the FCC safety limit guarantees no such thing. How much RF do smart meters send out? According to Michael Dougherty, Chief Operating Officer of Oregon Public Utility Commission, the “smart meters Pacific Power is using are well within the Radio Frequency (RF) exposure limits established by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Pacific Power’s smart meters will transmit on average about 60 milliseconds every 15 minutes, which comes to about 60 seconds per day. The RF emissions of Pacific Power’s meter is about 1.6 percent of the maximum permissible exposure as determined by the FCC.”14 For the record, even 1.6% of the FCC limit exceeds or greatly exceeds the safe RF exposure limits in many other countries, such as China, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria.3
According to the Silver Spring Networks Whitepaper on Radio Frequency Emissions,15 provided by Pacific Power, the average power output of wireless laptops and smart meters seem about the same. However, while laptop emissions seem roughly continuous, smart meters send out intermittent, very short, high energy pulses about 1000 times stronger than the average RF power of a WIFI laptop.15,16
And while recent scientific research shows that even the low-level WIFI emitted from laptops has harmful effects,17 other research indicates that exposure to pulsed RF will have a potentially greater, and more biologically disruptive, effect. From Dr. Marino’s testimony before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: “Based on previous studies regarding how human beings and animals detect man-made electromagnetic energy, we expected that pulsed energy would be more effective than non-pulsed energy in producing symptomatic responses,18 and that was what we observed and reported in the provocation study. Smart meters emit pulsed energy.” (p 25)2
And since the RF power unit of a smart meter has twice the wattage of a cell phone,19 and can easily send signals 45 miles or more, comparing its
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emissions to the RF from a WIFI laptop, which can barely send a signal a hundred feet or so, bends the truth well past the breaking point.
Furthermore, when one actually goes to the source of the information used by Silver Springs and Pacific Power to reference their claims on smart meter RF output, the California Council on Science and Technology 2011 Report, “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency Smart Meters”,20 it becomes clear that they grossly misrepresent the data. Pacific Power compares for example, the maximum RF output of a cell phone held to the ear, to the output of a smart meter on a 50% duty cycle from 35 feet away.20,31 But according to the report itself, if one compares the instantaneous RF power density of a WIFI Router at 3 feet to that of a smart meter on a 50% duty cycle at the same distance, a smart meter sends out 20 to 100 times as much RF. (Fig. 1, p 6)
And as far as the FCC safety limit goes, even the OPUC’s 1.6% estimate grossly understates the potential worst-case RF output for smart meters, which from 1 foot away range from a minimum of 3% of the FCC “safe” exposure limit to maximum of 60%, depending on the duty cycle. (Fig. 5, p 20) And it bears repeating that the FCC “safe” exposure level for RF far exceeds the RF safety standards of many other countries by one hundred to one thousand times.3
Worse, both the OPUC and Pacific Power deliberately underestimate the impact of smart meters even more in another way, because they base their exposure estimates on an idealized best-case scenario for the RF output of a single model smart meter under unrealistic and idealized conditions.19,21 In actual operation, smart meters compete with one another as a group when sending transmissions, using a “frequency hopping radio signals dynamic,” and in crowded locations such as cities or apartment complexes on average will need to send signals many times, not just once, before they make it through.19
Furthermore, because smart meters operate on a mesh network, meters that cannot contact Pacific Power’s collector because of blockage, interference, or distance, pass their data (via frequency hopping and packets) on to a neighboring smart meter.22,23 This process continues until the data finally reaches a “downstream” meter that can contact and send this mass of data to PP’s collector, and will transmit many times more often than a smart meter sending only its own data.
So how many RF transmissions, and for how long, do smart meters actually broadcast each day? Pacific Power basically makes the same claims about
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smart meters that PG&E used to, that they only transmit a few times a day, until a court order forced PG&E to disclose the truth.24 According to Table 2-1 in this document, as an average, smart meters did not transmit short high intensity RF bursts a mere 6 times a day as PG&E claimed, but because of the mesh network component, about 10,000 times a day.
And some smart meters actually send out many times more transmissions than that. In fact, one out of a thousand of those “downstream” smart meters which serve as final transmission points sends out over 190,000 transmissions a day, 875 seconds a day, 20 times the average.
But even this still does not describe a worst-case scenario. Bedrooms in some apartment complexes have not one, but a bank of as many as ten smart meters mounted outside a wall close to where residents sleep, all of them sending short but very intense RF signals several times a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And some of these bedrooms have children in them, who absorb far more RF radiation than adults, especially in the brain, making them much more vulnerable to harm.10
On another front, as presently designed, when transmitting smart meters will also introduce RF frequencies throughout the electrical wiring of a house, creating High-Frequency Voltage Transients (HVFT)—popularly known as “dirty electricity” (DE).19 Although in a few epidemiological studies people have reported harmful effects from exposures to HVFT, scientific research has yet to confirm this, not because of the absence of such effects, but because of the absence of any controlled experimental studies, or funding for such studies, looking into the effects of DE at all.25
The OPUC has a duty to insure the safety of smart meters not just for a best-case RF exposure scenario, or for an “average” scenario, but for worst case scenarios, something it has clearly failed to do. This becomes especially important, now that we know that the microwave frequencies emitted by smart meters can cause cancer and DNA breaks,6-7 and because no one has
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yet specifically looked into the biological effects of the intermittent, very short, high energy RF pulses emitted by smart meters,2 which research indicates may have much stronger and more disruptive effects than non-pulsed EMF.18 By failing to insure the safety of these devices the OPUC has in effect approved the use of human beings, especially low-income human beings who cannot afford the opt out fees, as guinea pigs.
Who Can We Trust?
In a letter responding to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Megan Decker, Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission wrote: “Regarding safety, the PUC has relied on numerous reports and findings from industry leaders that show that smart meter frequency (RF) technology is very safe.”26—which exactly sums up the problem. To get accurate information about the dangers of tobacco smoking, one would not ask the tobacco industry. Nor would one reasonably expect to obtain truthful information about the contribution of fossil fuels to climate change from the petroleum industry, the dangers of drugs from the pharmaceutical industry, and so on.
Historically, each of these industries has deliberately and repeatedly done their best to mislead and intentionally deceive the public and influence government policy for the sake of profit, despite the cost to human health. If recent corporate history has taught us anything, it should have taught us that we cannot rely on getting accurate and unbiased information about potential health and safety problems for a product from an industry that makes a profit by selling it. Instead, one must bring in the testimony of qualified, independent scientific experts who have no history of industry ties or other conflicts of interest. And this, by its own admission, the Oregon PUC has failed to do.
Furthermore, although corporate interests would have us believe otherwise, “absence of evidence” (no studies funded or published specifically on smart meter safety), and “evidence of absence” (published studies demonstrating the absence of a harmful effect of smart meters), do not seem the same thing.
Utility companies and smart meter manufacturers make the claim of safety not because of controlled scientific studies demonstrating the safety of smart meters—none at present exist2—but because the average (not maximum) RF output of smart meters falls below an outdated 1996 FCC RF exposure limit based on a disproven theory.1,27,28 And it seems important to note that
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in 2018 the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which allowed testimony from independent scientific experts in the field (such as Dr. Paul Dart of Eugene Oregon,29) came to a very different decision than the Oregon PUC: The New Mexico PRC rejected a proposed installation of smart meters, concluding that “The Plan presented in the Application does not provide a net public benefit and it does not promote the public interest.” 30
On its website, Pacific Power falsely claims that “These radio waves have been proven to be safe and aren’t associated with any negative health effects, according to the FCC, the Electric Power Research Institute and the World Health Organization.”31
None of the organizations cited by Pacific Power—despite having a very strong industry bias in their expert panels32—have ever made the claim that “radio waves have been proven to be safe.” For example, let’s look at what WHO actually does say on its website, in a statement made in 2006:
“Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields. However, some gaps in knowledge about biological effects exist and need further research.”33
Rather than strongly affirming the safety of low-level EMF, in this statement WHO’s panel of experts simply state that it could neither confirm—nor deny—the safety or harmfulness of exposure to low level electromagnetic fields. In essence, one can sum up this carefully spun policy statement as “At this time we don’t know, and we admit the need for further research.” And as we have documented here, compelling scientific research has appeared since WHO made that statement in 2006 demonstrating that low-level RF can cause harm.4-9
If one cannot rely on industry sources or the FCC as credible authorities on the issue of the potential adverse health effects of low level RF exposure, who can one trust? I’d look to The BioInitiative Group, an experienced group of independent scientists, who meticulously compiled a database of the biological effects of very low-level EMF and RF exposures, and who published “The BioInitiative 2012 Report” as well as a number of updates.27 Its authors include three former presidents and five full members of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation, and a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency.
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A short excerpt from the conclusions of that report: “Bioeffects are clearly established and occur at very low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation. Bioeffects can occur in the first few minutes at levels associated with cell and cordless phone use. Bioeffects can also occur from just minutes of exposure to mobile phone masts (cell towers), WI-FI, and wireless utility ‘smart’ meters that produce whole-body exposure. Chronic base station level exposures can result in illness.” With respect to safety, given the potential for harm, a new drug has to undergo a rigorous set of controlled scientific studies and tests before making it to market. Unfortunately, although RF exposure also clearly has the potential to harm, safety testing has only begun to take place on the wide variety and frequencies of microwave radiation saturating the modern environment. And each year new and also untested kinds of microwaves—like the RF emitted by smart meters, and soon 5G—get added to the mix. Given the now established fact that low-level microwave exposures do have biological effects, and can cause harm in animals4-9,27, it makes sense that one should approach the public roll out of any RF emitting device including the smart meter with a certain degree of caution, beginning with the funding of a wide range of safety studies, before exposing the public to this kind of potential risk.
Instead, the situation has become almost unbelievably bizarre.
In 2016, in his Expert Testimony before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Dr. Andrew Marino described the situation with respect to the smart meter roll out by the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) as follows:
“PECO is intentionally exposing human subjects to the electromagnetic energy from smart meters, which is something that cannot be done by any research institution in the United States without first securing permission and consent within the context of federal laws. The upshot is a Kafkaesque situation in which bona fide investigators cannot study the risks of smart-meter electromagnetic energy unless they follow stringent rules, especially the rule involving consent, and yet PECO can involuntarily expose human subjects in the absence of any oversight whatsoever.” (p 34)2
The same, of course, applies to the current roll-out of smart meters by Pacific Power here in Oregon and in Northern California.
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Bottom Line
When pressed, even industry scientists will admit that there exists a great deal of scientific research on both sides of the issue of whether low-level RF radiation causes harm—with industry funded scientists mostly on one side, and industry independent scientists on the other, but with all research done by credentialed, respected scientists.33,34
In most situations like this, where legitimate scientific controversy exists over a potential environmental hazard, the precautionary principle would have come into play many years ago. It hasn’t. Instead of the government requiring industry to demonstrate the safety of smart meters through peer reviewed research studies, customers suffering ill effects with scant resources and no scientific expertise find themselves forced to go to court to try to prove that smart meters can cause harm.2
The fact that low level microwave exposures can cause DNA breakage and cancer in animals4-7 does not actually seem the most important point. Instead, one must understand that the simple fact that low levels of microwave exposures have biological effects opens the proverbial can of worms, with respect to all the safety studies the microwave industry has NOT done for RF radiation potentially causing OTHER diseases than cancer, while exponentially increasing human exposure to microwaves in a wide variety of new and untested frequencies and devices year after year.
As the BioInitiative Group pointed out:
“The business-as-usual deployment of new wireless technologies is likely to be risky and harder to change if society does not make some educated decisions about limits soon. Research must continue to define what levels of RF related to new wireless technologies are acceptable; but more research should not prevent or delay substantive changes today that might save money, lives and societal disruption tomorrow.” (p 22)34
With respect to involuntary exposure to a potential environmental hazard such as the microwave emissions of smart meters, until compelling scientific research exists establishing their safety—and not just doubt about their ability to harm—one would expect that at minimum governments genuinely concerned about protecting the health and safety of its citizens should at least give them the freedom to choose without penalty whether to opt-out or to opt-in, just as they can for cell phones and other RF emitting devices.
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About the Author: Dr. Ed Kellogg earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University with research focusing on superoxide reactivity and the role that free radicals play in the aging process. Later at U.C. Berkeley he directed the program at the Air Ion Laboratory, publishing EMF research in the J. Bioelectricity, the International Journal of Biometeorology, and the J. Gerontology. His scientific work has appeared in other peer reviewed journals including Nature, the J. Neurochemistry, the J. Biological Chemistry, Photochemistry and Photobiology, and Toxicology Letters.
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24. Before the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California, Pacific Gas and Electric company’s response to Administrative Law Judge’s October 18, 2011 Ruling directing it to file clarifying Radio Frequency Information. See Table 2-1. http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/efile/RESP/149398.pdf
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26. As stated by Megan Decker, Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission, in a letter to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in response to their concerns dated July 18, 2018.

http://www.freedom2sayno2smartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/OPUC-Response-to-JCBC.pdf
27. BioInitiative 2012: A Rationale for Biologically-based Exposure Standards for Low-Intensity Electromagnetic Radiation.
http://www.bioinitiative.org/
28. Biological Effects from RF Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure, based on the BioInitiative 2012 Report, and the Implications for Smart Meters and Smart Appliances by R.M. Powell, Ph.D.
https://skyvisionsolutions.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/powell-report-bioinitiative-report-2012-applied-to-smart-meters-and-smart-appliances_june_11_2013.pdf
29. Before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Case 15-00312-UT, Rebuttal-Testimony of Paul Dart, M.D., dated July 21, 2016.
http://www.freedom2sayno2smartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Rebuttal-Testimony-of-Paul-Dart-M.D.-1.pdf
30. Before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Case 15-00312-UT, Recommended Decision, dated March 19, 2018.
https://smartmeterharm.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/new-mexico-prc-3-19-18-15-00312-ut-recommended-decision.pdf
31. How Safe Are Smart Meters? 8/7/2018 version.
https://www.pacificpower.net/ya/smart-meters/safe-and-secure.html
32. For example, see: World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health — a hard nut to crack (Review). Hardell, L., Int J Oncol. Vol. 51(2): pp 405–413, Aug. 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504984/
33. What are electromagnetic fields? Summary of health effects, Conclusions from scientific research. World Health Organization.
http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index1.html
34. Key Scientific Evidence and Public Health Policy Recommendations. BioInitiative Group. http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec24_2007_Key_Scientific_Studies.pdf

Doing my best to help awaken humanity while trying to survive the EMF WIFI frequencies that will kill me

Published on Aug 21, 2018
Health Update & THANK YOU’s! Doing my best to help awaken humanity while trying to survive the EMF WIFI frequencies that will kill me if I don’t take further action to avoid them. Thank You to everyone who has helped me survive up to this point. I do have a plan to relocate to an even more secure SAFE ZONE in October if all goes as god designs. My life is changing so rapidly, my soul is compelling me to go in another direction and start focusing more on God and the changes that are coming. Thank You and God Bless You ~pj

Condolences Senator McCain’s Family-Cell Phones Can Cause Glioblastoma Brain Tumors-Time To Warn & Prevent

Condolences Senator McCain’s Family-Cell Phones Can Cause Glioblastoma Brain Tumors-Time To Warn & Prevent

Our Deepest Condolences To Senator McCain’s Family.  Recent Study From England Shows More Than A Doubling of Glioblastomas In The Areas Of The Brain That Receive The Most Cell Phone Radiation.  The Italian Supreme Court Has Already Ruled That Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Brain Tumors.  In the US, Brain Tumors are the #1 Cancer for Children 15-19yrs.  

The World Leading Researcher In Brain Cancer and Cell Phone Radiation Professor and Oncologist Lennart Hardell MD PhD Can Prove that Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Brain Tumors and He Insists People Must Be Warned and Protected (LennartHardell).  Lennart Hardell MD PHD and Leading Cancer Epidemiologist Anthony Miller MD, FRCP, FRCP(C), FFPH Along with 207 Medical Doctors and Scientists Expert in Wireless Radiation Health Effects Insist We Reduce Our Overall Exposure to Wireless RF Radiation by Stopping The Roll Out of 5G Wireless Technology Which Will Very Significantly Increase Our Exposure By Forcing A Cell Tower Transmitter Every 2-10 homes (www.5Gappeal.eu).

Unfortunately, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of brain tumors in the 3 areas of the brain which receive the most cell phone radiation: Temporal Lobe, Cerebellum, and Frontal Lobe. Most people do not know that Senator McCain was reported to have 2 cell towers on his property adding to his exposure from his cell phone.  The recent $25 million US NTP Study showed an increase in brain tumors and DNA Damage from whole body cell phone radiation exposure non-thermally below current FCC safety guidelines.  

Long time advisor to World Health Organization, Anthony Miller MD, FRCP, FRCP(C), FFPH, explains “Cell phone radiation can clearly cause brain tumors.  With the epidemiological studies of humans and the recent findings of the US National Toxicology Program study and Ramazzini Institute Study, we have enough evidence to classify wireless Radiofrequency radiation as a Class 1 Human Carcinogen like cigarette smoke and Asbestos.  Therefore, we really need to warn our citizens and reduce overall exposure, especially for children who absorb twice the amount of cell phone radiation.  I am joined by my colleagues in demanding a moratorium on the roll out of new 5G wireless technology which will very significantly increase everyone’s exposure to this radiation until adequate safety testing is done and exposure safety standards are established.”

Kevin Mottus

Outreach Director

CA Brain Tumor Association

Email: Kevin.calibta@gmail.com

Phone: 310-479-0299

Associate professor: Wireless radiation – the biggest full-scale biomedical experiment ever done on Earth

Associate professor: Wireless radiation – the biggest full-scale biomedical experiment ever done on Earth

SMART METERS AND DIRTY ELECTRICITY

Dirty Electricity

It’s Not Just Wireless That’s Causing Health Problems

 

For information on a filter that reduces dirty electricity by 90% and has been a godsend for many people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, call the director of the Smart Meter Education Network, Linda Kurtz, at 769-4241 (area code 734). A phone call is best, as you can discuss your individual situation with Linda, but you can also email her at SmartMeterEducationNetwork@gmail.com.This filter mitigates dirty electricity from smart meters, solar systems, PLC analog meters (power line over cable), TWACs, generators, and inverters.

DTE’s so-called opt-out meter is just a smart meter with the wireless turned off. It will hurt you nearly as much as the smart meter because of the “dirty electricity” generated by the meter. If you wish to avoid the health (and privacy) problems associated with smart meters, then you must keep your analog meter.

Turning off the radiofrequency will not solve the health (or the privacy) problems associated with DTE and Consumers Energy smart meters.  Digital meters—whether or not “smart”—cause dirty electricity to flow through your home’s wiring. The problem is what is called the “switched mode power supply.” Switched mode power supplies are used to run the digital meter (whether a smart meter or DTE’s radio-off opt-out meter). In order for a smart meter to be powered, the 240 volts coming off the power line to the meter must be stepped down to 4–10 volts.  A switched mode power supply is the device used to step down the voltage from 240 volts to 4-10 volts. This generates an enormous amount of what is commonly known as “dirty electricity” and referred to by electricians and electrical engineers as “voltage transients,” “voltage harmonics,” “line noise,” and “power quality issues.”

Dirty electricity is a spiky, pulsed, highly variable electrical current that rides through all the circuitry of a building.  It has devastating health effects. Many people are already experiencing those effects, which include high blood pressure, tinnitus, insomnia, and cognitive difficulties. The Nevada Consumer Protection Bureau reached an agreement with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to allow individuals to keep their analog meters in part because of health problems associated with the switched mode power suppliesPrevention Magazinereports on the hazards of dirty electricity.

line noise, dirty electricity, voltage, transient, harmonic, power, windmill, 60hzPeople who have had their smart meter’s wireless turned off are experiencing the same health problems as people with smart meters, just to a slightly lesser degree (click here to read their personal testimony and here for another story). Our cells cannot handle a highly variable current, and build up a sugar coating around themselves, which means it’s harder for nutrients to get in and wastes to get out. In addition, these electromagnetic currents cause the bonds holding DNA together to break, increasing the risk of cancer. Think of a jackhammer going off and on every day, 24/7. That is what the cells in your body experience. Even though you can’t feel it, it’s still hurting you. Brain cancers take 10 years to develop, and few people feel the cancer. In addition to all that, the electromagnetic frequencies knock calcium ions off the cell membrane, causing a host of effects.

DTE’s so-called opt-out meter is just a smart meter with the wireless turned off. It will hurt you nearly as much as the smart meter. Many older-style digital meter do not seem to create the dirty electricity problems that smart meters and so-called opt-out meters do. The reason is this: the older-style digital meters do not measure electricity in the fine-grained  manner that the new meters do. These meters are constantly active, recording data and making computations at up to millisecond intervals. This means  they are cycling—on-off, on-off—constantly. It is this on-off cycling that is part of what creates the spiky dirty electricity.  These new meters have what’s called a chopper circuit—the name is illustrative of what we’ve just been talking about—which rapidly switches the voltage on and off. In so doing, it creates ultra-high frequencies, and very sharp, fast  transient voltage spikes, up to 70,000 volts/second. Part of the reason some people hear their smart meter making sounds is that the ultra-high frequencies they generate can be picked up by some human ears.

The magnetic field generated is a huge part of the problem. The current running through your house is an electromagnetic current. When the electric current runs through the wiring, it generates a magnetic field at right angles to the electric current.  This means that you are surrounded in every dimension by an electromagnetic current—it’s like being at the center of a hurricane, with the wiring on all the walls, the ceiling lights, and the wires running through the basement completely encapsulating you.

Broadband over powerline (BPL) and wind turbines cause the same dirty electricity problems.

See the following links for more information on switched mode power supplies:

See these links for pictures and more information on dirty electricity and/or switched mode power supplies.

Your privacy is still invaded. The radio-off opt-out meter still collects the same fine-grained usage data as a smart meter. The only thing that has been turned off is the radio-transmitter. None of the data-collection software has been turned off.

http://www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com/dirty-electricity-and-smart-meters.php

CDC Finds Brain, Liver And Thyroid Cancers Increasing Among US Children 2001-2014

CDC Finds Brain, Liver And Thyroid Cancers Increasing Among US Children 2001-2014

The CDC presented new findings of increasing rates of brain cancer, renal cancer, hepatic (liver) cancer, and thyroid cancer among individuals under 20 years old in the USA after analyzing 2001–2014  US National Cancer statistics tumor data from 48 states (covering 98% of the US population).

These findings of increased nervous system rates were presented at the 2018 American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference in May, 2018 and also at the 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 16–19, 2018.

Rates of brain, renal, hepatic, and thyroid cancers increased… US CDC 2018).

See selected excerpts from the 2018 CDC presentations below (including PDF). 

 2018 American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference
“INCIDENCE RATES AND TRENDS OF PEDIATRIC CANCER — UNITED STATES, 2001–2014”
David Siegel, Jun Li, S. Jane Henley, Reda Wilson, Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, Eric Tai, Elizabeth Van Dyne
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
“increased for non-Hodgkin lymphomas except Burkitt lymphoma,  central nervous system neoplasms, renal tumors , hepatic tumors , and thyroid carcinomas…”
“Results: We identified 196,200 cases of pediatric cancer during 2001–2014. The overall cancer incidence rate was 173.0 per 1 million; incidence rates were highest for leukemia (45.6), brain tumors (30.8), and lymphoma (26.0). Rates were highest among males, aged 0–4 years, nonHispanic whites, the Northeast US Census region, the top 25% of counties by economic status, and metropolitan counties. The overall pediatric cancer incidence rate increased (AAPC=0.7, 95% CI, 0.5–0.8) during 2001–2014 and contained no joinpoints.
Rates increased in each stratum of sex, age, race/ethnicity (except non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native), region, economic status, and rural/urban classification. Rates were stable for most individual cancer types, but increased for non-Hodgkin lymphomas except Burkitt lymphoma (ICCC group II(b), AAPC=1.2, 95% CI, 0.4–2.0), central nervous system neoplasms (group III, AAPC=0.4, 95% 260 CI, 0.1–0.8), renal tumors (group VI, AAPC=0.6, 95% CI, 0.1–1.1), hepatic tumors (group VII, AAPC=2.5, 95% CI, 1.0–4.0), and thyroid carcinomas (group XI(b), AAPC=4.8, 95% CI, 4.2– 5.5). Rates of malignant melanoma decreased (group XI(d), AAPC=-2.6, 95% CI, -4.7– -0.4). “

EHT Note: “Central Nervous System Neoplasms”  can include tumors of the brain, spinal cord, or meninges of the brain.

67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 16–19, 2018
“Incidence Rates and Trends of Pediatric Cancer — United States, 2001–2014”
David Siegel, J. Li, S.J. Henley, R. Wilson, N. Buchanan Lunsford, E. Tai, E.A. Van Dyne
Read the Abstract from the Conference on page 108 https://www.cdc.gov/eis/downloads/eis-conference-2018-508.pdf#page=120

“The overall pediatric cancer incidence rate increased (AAPC=0.7, 95% CI, 0.5–0.8) during 2001–2014 and contained no joinpoints. Rates increased across sex, age, race/ethnicity, region, economic status, and rural/urban status.”

“Rates of brain, renal, hepatic, and thyroid cancers increased, and rates of melanoma decreased.”

“Conclusions: This study documents increased rates of pediatric cancer during 2001–2014. Increased overall rates of brain and hepatic cancer and decreased rates of melanoma are novel findings using data since 2010. Next steps in addressing changing rates could include investigation of diagnostic and reporting standards, host biologic factors, or environmental exposures.”

https://ehtrust.org/cdc-finds-brain-liver-and-thyroid-cancers-increasing-among-us-children-2001-2014/

Push smart meter deadline to 2023 urges Citizens Advice

Push smart meter deadline to 2023 urges Citizens Advice

 

Image: British Gas.

The smart meter roll-out should be extended to 2023 to address a number of issues that have emerged for consumers, according to Citizens Advice.

The consumer watchdog went public late last week on the issue, with director of energy Victoria MacGregor appearing on morning television to call on the government to extend the installation programme by three years.

She revealed that 3,000 people had contacted Citizens Advice over 2017 to report issues with their meters, most notably around the use of first generation SMETS1 meters that lose their smart functionality when consumers switch supplier.

The charity group also claimed that consumers were suffering from aggressive sales practices from suppliers trying to get smart meters installed, problems with installations, and customers having to submit their meter readings manually despite having a smart meter installed.

“We’re worried about how the rollout is going,” MacGregor said, adding that the deadline for installations should be extended to give time for these issues to be resolved.

“We really want the smart meter roll-out to work because we think, ultimately, smart meters are going to bring great benefits to consumers.

“It’s vital the government gets this right,” she added.

The most recent figures from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) up to the end of March show that just over 10 million smart meters have been installed in UK homes, with little more than a million non-domestic meters in place.

This leaves around 42 million remaining with less than two years until the existing 2020 deadline.

Citizens Advice claims consumer confidence in the rollout will “continue to be undermined” if this is not extended, which would also allow time for a new cost benefit analysis to scrutinise the rollout on behalf of consumers.

The most recent analysis was published in 2016 and Citizens Advice claims the government needs to publish updated information to reflect that changing rollout and associated costs.

The smart meter roll-out has faced significant criticism for months owing to its slow progress, most recently by shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead and Conservative backbencher James Heappey agreeing that the programme showed all the signs of a car crash.

A number of big suppliers have faced disciplinary action for late delivery, most recently Npower which was fined £2.4 million after it failed to install advanced meters for some electricity business customers.

Despite these issues, BEIS has remained steadfast in its 2020 commitment with energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry releasing a statement to counter Citizens’ Advice campaign.

“The rollout is making good progress. Pushing back the rollout would only delay millions of households from enjoying the substantial benefits of moving to a smart energy system,” she said.

https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/push-smart-meter-deadline-to-2023-urges-citizens-advice