Some WNC residents have concerns about installation, safety of Duke’s smart meters

Some WNC residents have concerns about installation, safety of Duke’s smart meters

WNC residents could have a new smart utility meter installed at their home, and not know it.

Over the last four months, News 13 has been investigating Duke Energy’s new smart meters.

The power provider is halfway through installing the meters, and some customers say they weren’t notified when the new meter was going in, or able to ask questions before it was installed.

“I just think if their name is on the letterhead, they’re kind of responsible to make sure that their customers are happy, ” said Henderson County resident Karin Rose.

Monday night at 11 p.m., we’ll look into what Dduke plans to do about the issue, and how you can get your questions answered.

Some Black Mountain residents have concerns over the safety of those smart meters.

Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology held a meeting Saturday to express concerns about “wireless radiation” from the radio-frequency technology.

Duke Energy says the r-f levels are similar to those of cell phones and home satellite dishes.

At the meeting, everyone signed a petition that will be sent to Duke and local lawmakers.




Wind turbines make waves: Why some residents near wind turbines become ill


Wind turbines make waves: Why some residents near wind turbines become ill.

January 5, 2012.  With growing concern about climate change, the carbon budget, depletion of fossil fuels, air pollution from dirty coal, radiation from nuclear power plants, and the need for a secure energy supply, more attention and funding are being diverted to renewable energy. Among the various types of renewable energy, wind has received a lot of attention, in part, due to opposition from communities earmarked for wind turbines and from communities that have experienced wind turbines firsthand.

Some people who live near wind turbines report difficulty sleeping and various symptoms of ill health and attribute these problems to noise and shadow flicker—two elements they can perceive. Indeed the U.S. National Research Council (Risser et al., 2007) identify noise and shadow flicker as the two key impacts of wind turbines on human health and well-being.

However, it is much more complicated then that.  In addition to noise and shadow flicker, infra-sound (low frequency vibrations that we cannot hear), dirty electricity, and ground current can all contribute to ill health near wind turbines.  Since sensitivity to sound vibrations and electromagnetic waves varies from person to person, not everyone in the same home responds the same way.

With a growing interest in renewable forms of energy, the technology has to be not only energy efficient but also human friendly.

A paper on wind turbines by Magda Havas and David Colling’s  has just been published.   Abstract is below.  For a copy of the paper click here.

The NTP studies clearly show that non-ionizing radiation can cause cancers and other adverse health effects

November 2018
“We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real,”
-John Bucher PhD, U.S. NIH National Toxicology Program
“Clear Evidence Of Cancer” Concludes the U.S. National Toxicology Program $25M Studies
Statement By Ronald Melnick PhD, NIH Scientist Led NTP Design
“The NTP studies clearly show that non-ionizing radiation can cause cancers and other adverse health effects,” Dr. Melnick issues statement and video on NTP & FDA.
Scientists Call for New Wireless Guidelines in Major Appeal
A new appeal signed by over 140 scientists calls for EMF guidelines created without conflicts of interest and industry ties.
Smithsonian Magazine: The Deadly Donora Smog: Have We Forgotten”
The 1948 Donora smog was called the “worst air pollution disaster in history,” yet are we repeating history?
Environmental Research Journal Special Issue on Wireless Radiation And Health
The peer-reviewed Environmental Research journal published by Elsevier has published more than a dozen EMF articles.
Updates on 5G: Big Wins in Montgomery County, Maryland and Burlington, Massachusetts
Verizon withdraws small cell applications and 5G Bill pulled from the table in MD after citizens organize.
Rats Developed Rare Heart Tumor, Cancer Link Was Once Thought Impossible
“The assumption has always been that RF radiation could not cause cancer…Now we know that was wrong.” Read Microwave News coverage of the NTP.
Washington DC is Ground Zero for the Race to 5G, but is the American Public Fully Informed?
Read Dr. Davis’ Thrive Global article on how a PC World journalist was fired after reporting on “The Problem with 5G.” Then his article was removed from the internet.
Doctors Testify about 5G Health Effects to Michigan Legislatures
Sharon Goldberg MD and Paul Heroux PhD speak on the science linking electromagnatic radiation to cardiac problems, cancer, and bacterial growth.
TR Daily News: NTP Elevates Cell Phone Cancer Association
American Academy of Pediatrics, EHT scientists and Dr. Moskowitz are featured in TR Daily’s coverage of the NTP final reports.
Washington DC: Public Hearing on 5G Rollout After Strong Opposition
Save the date: DC Council 5G hearing in November. Watch testimony from the October hearing on the hazards of 5G.
One High School’s Safety Tips on Cell Radiation & Cyberbullying
“Airplane Mode is your new best friend because it stops the mobile emitting EMR” says the Castle Hill recommendations.
Increase Radiation Limits? Flawed Science Makes For Bad Policy
The EPA proposal will increase ionizing radiation exposure, increasing risk. Read Dr. Davis opinion piece in Thrive Global.
“Clear Evidence that RF Radiation is a Multi‑site Carcinogen”
Hardell and Carlberg publish expert commentary on the US NTP study findings of increased cancers.
EHTs One Minute Public Service Announcement

Red Springs officials not sold on smart meters

Red Springs officials not sold on smart meters

By: David Bradley – Staff writer

RED SPRINGS — Town leaders are having second thoughts about the purchase of smart meters.

During a regular meeting of the Red Springs Board of Commissioners, board members learned that the meters bought in October 2017 have created budgetary problems for the town.

The meters measure home use of water and electricity, and were designed to save money for Red Springs. But, an average of 108 work orders per month are coming into the town Finance Department for requests to re-read meters and adjust bills, and some customers are having issues every month, said Heather Hunt, finance director.

The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved budget amendment to address financial issues caused by water leaks, faulty meter signaling and incorrect readings.

Commissioner Duron Burney made it clear that he did not vote for the meters.

“I didn’t feel like we were ready,” Burney said. “It wasn’t sustainable to take on the debt. It’s like putting new wine into old wineskins.”

Red Springs was fixing light poles and power lines, but the task wasn’t completed.

“The job was never finished,” Burney said. “They did the job halfway, but why not finish the process, then do the meters?”

Mayor Edward Henderson made it clear Tuesday that the problems must be corrected.

“This is the town’s error, not the consumers’,” Henderson said. “We’ve got to make it right.”

Commissioner Caroline Sumpter said the town is not using the system the way it could be. The system is designed to be able to read, in 15-minute increments, the amount of power or water being used in residences. A smart phone should be able to see this data, she said.

“We need to utilize the system to full,” Sumpter said. “We need training in the front and back end, and the nuances. I want it done before Christmas.”

“How do you keep getting misread meters?” Burney said. “Doing this month in and month out. Someone’s not doing their job.”

In other business, the commissioners:

— Approved a request for an additional $40,000 to assist with cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Florence, for a total of $200,000. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the town.

— Approved the engineering contract for the $7 million expansion of the water plant. The design phase is expected to be complete in August 2019.

— Approved and sent to the Planning Committee a request for annexation for 25 acres of land near West Side Baptist Church to be used as a sports complex. The construction is estimated to cost between $2 million and $3 million. The request would allow city water and sewer to be hooked up to the center, and for the police and fire departments to respond to problems there.

— Approved a conditional-use permit that would allow the establishment of a cemetery on 1.1 acres of land off Old Lowery Road. The cemetery would contain 720 grave sites.

David Bradley

Staff writer

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