Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin

Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin

FEBRUARY 2019 — Volume 39

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QUOTES OF THE MONTH

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul”

– Edward Abbey

“If reason fails, try force”

– Violet Crawley, the Dowager                                                                                             Countess, Downton Abbey


CONTENTS:1. URGENT, IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION ON U.S. FEDERAL 5G POLICY

2. Push Your City or County to Develop a Robust Telecommunications Ordinance!

3. “Close to 200 Marin County Residents” Speak Out Against 5G Deployment Tuesday

4. 10 Actions to Stop 5G: Stop Fretting and Get Out in Your Community!

5. EMF Meters: Your Eyes and Ears into the World of Electrosmog

6. Are You Still Unsure About Whether Wireless is Harmful?

7. We Support and Advise Communities Taking Direct Action Against Unsafe Technology!


1.  URGENT, IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION ON U.S. FEDERAL 5G POLICY Your financial support, legal action, and political pressure are needed to counter the wireless industry/ Federal Communications Commission in DC– also volunteers needed for legal action where federal disability rights are being violated by small cell deployment- you could go up against the FCC and the industry and win! Questions are now being asked in Senate 5G hearings about the safety of 5G. Click here to watch a video of this week’s hearing on “Winning the Race to 5G.” Our Town Our Choice is a great grassroots website about defending your community from 5G. Get Involved Today, as decisions are being made NOW:http://ourtownourchoice.org/


2. Push Your City or County to Develop a Robust Telecommunications Ordinance! One of the more potent tools to regulate new cell towers (large or small) is the right of local governments to develop a strong telecommunications ordinance. Our local group, Plumas Residents for Safer (Wired) Telecommunications, has held a number of events and outreach activities, packed commission and board hearings and recently wrote a letter to our local board of supervisors criticizing the draft telecom ordinance and proposing changes. These changes are needed in light of the failure of wireless networks to provide evacuation notices in the Paradise fire, and the fatalities and injuries that resulted from that failure. Feel free to adapt the letter to your local area, and let us know if you want to get involved in defending the Lost Sierra from inappropriate wireless expansion! https://stopsmartmeters.org/2019/01/23/plumas-residents-for-safer-wired-telecommunications-letter-to-plumas-county-board-of-supervisors/


3. “Close to 200 Marin County Residents” Speak to Board of Supes Against 5G Deployment on Tuesday – the rebellion is clearly spreading as more people become aware of the new threat to their homes and communities from CPMRA’s (Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas)  https://www.marinij.com/2019/02/06/marin-supervisors-urged-to-reject-5g/


4. 10 Actions to Stop 5G: Stop Fretting over Your Keyboard and Get Out in Your Community! Toolkit created by our friends at the Center for Electrosmog Prevention in San Diego County: http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-5g-action-plan/10-actions-to-help-stop-5g/ Also, important coverage of the risks of, and resistance to 5G: http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/category/public-health-alert/health-alerts-5g-small-wireless-cells/


5. EMF Meters: Your Eyes and Ears into the World of Electrosmog—Learn how Personal Electrosmog Meters are helping win the campaign for public awareness of EMF Risks. https://stopsmartmeters.org/2018/11/23/emf-meters-are-your-eyes-and-ears-on-the-world-of-electrosmog/

The EMFields Acoustimeter is a solid, reliable, and precise radio frequency meter that is great for public outreach on the hazards of wireless technology. For those on a tighter budget, the Trifield TF2 measures RF, Magnetic, and E-Fields. Don’t give your hard-earned money to Amazon or other retailers busy thickening the electrosmog. Spend it in our store and benefit a grassroots health and safety organization! http://stopsmartmeters.org/store


6. Are You Still Unsure About Whether Wireless is Harmful?– Or perhaps you know someone who is?  There is a lot of misinformation out there, but the SaferEMR website from Joel Moskowitz, Director of Berkeley’s Center for Family and Community Health clears up the confusion, provides direct links to the science and sets the stage for action. See http://saferemr.com


7. We Support and Advise Communities Taking Direct Action Against Unsafe Technology! Check out our page on why direct action delivers the goods where years of “just asking nicely” often fails, leaving our communities vulnerable: http://stopsmartmeters.org/direct-action/


Follow us on Twitter: For the latest campaign updates and links to breaking news stories, follow us on Twitter! We are @stopsmeters Our latest tweets also appear on the right hand column of our website.


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Final Word:

“We are flying blind here on health and safety”

– U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaking at a Senate hearing this week on “Winning the Race to 5G”

Health effects of 5G and wireless were mentioned in Senate Commerce Committee Meeting on 5G.

Hi All,
On February 6, for the first time health effects of 5G and wireless were mentioned in Senate Commerce Committee Meeting on 5G. The Senate Commerce Committee is the Committee entrusted in overseeing the FCC.

I was there with less than a handful of us on July 14, 2016 when the FCC announced 5G. The same week we started our efforts to educate Congress about 5G and wireless health effects. Whenever a 5G meeting/hearing was held, we were trying to get the members of the Committee to ask even just one question about the health effects. Yesterday, February 6, two and a half years later, it finally happened.

I got a call from Paul Mcgavin, who attended the Senate Commerce Committee meeting and he was excited to tell me that Senator Blumenthal made a comment about the health effects.

In the hearing titled Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States Senator Blumenthal  asked, “are there health and safety implicationsAre there any safety implications?” to the millions of the small cells that are likely to be located “close to homes, schools work places and closer and closer to the ground” . 

He mentioned  the letter that he had sent to the FCC in December, 2018 asking Commissioner Carr from the FCC to cite him the research on which the FCC relied upon to guarantee the public that 5G is safe. While we still do not have a copy of the FCC’s response, apparently according to Blumenthal, Commissioner Carr “Essentially has failed to do so” and said he referred him to the FDAIn regard to the FDA website Blumenthal said: “if you go to the FDA website, pretty unsatisfactory, there is basically a cursory and superficial citations” and mocked the statement on its website saying that the FDA encourages industry to conduct research and it was on cell phones not 5G. Then he said: “I believe the American people deserve to know what the health effects are.”

Blumenthal also said: “We are flying blind here on health and safety”. That is though inaccurate.  We know that the harms of non-thermal levels of RF/Microwave radiation are proven. We have more than ample scientific evidence and unfortunately also the Human Evidence in epidemic scales as states in the 5G Appeal. We are flying blind to a definite greater disaster.

To watch the video of the hearing PRESS HERE. Blumenthal starts at 2:04:00

Since the FCC and the FDA didn’t provide answers he followed the FDA recommendation and asked industry – panelists “how much money has the industry provided for independent research on biological effects? Shouldn’t we scientifically ascertain the health effects? ” One of the panelists replied, “we rely on the expert agencies. There are no industry backed studies underway.  This new infrastructure is designed to be low powered, low interference.”    

So the FDA relies on industry and industry relies on the FDA…how long will this mockery of the American people will continue?

Senator Wicker (R-MISS) who is the new Chairman of the Committee (replaced Sen. Thune (R-SD)) summarized the hearing by mentioning the need to protect privacy but in response to Blumenthal’s comments on health Wicker read a quote from the National Cancer Institute,saying the research shows there is no consistent evidence that non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation increases cancer risk. I wonder why he didn’t mention the Government’s own study, the NTP study the biggest and most expensive study on this issue which found CLEAR EVIDENCE of cancer and DNA damage.

Interestingly, the FCC did not appear in front of the Committee only industry was there. It is unusual. Considering the bad media the FCC has been getting following the House Commerce Committee accusing the FCC of Colluding with Industry and considering the municipalities lawsuit could it be that the Senate Commerce Committee (or industry which likely was involved in arranging this hearing) thought the FCC presence will contaminate the efforts to push 5G?

Now we will have to see who will be the next member of the Committee who will do the right thing and speak the truth.

KEEP WORKING, CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

The content of this email can be find on We Are The Evidence’s website, ready to be posted.

Dafna

Dafna TachoverManaging Director
Attorney (NY, Israel), MBA
Phone: (845) 377 0211

Iowa Utilities Board: Alliant can’t charge opt-out fee for smart meters at this time

Iowa Utilities Board: Alliant can’t charge opt-out fee for smart meters at this time

A bank of smart meters, one for each unit, is installed at Monroe Place in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

A bank of smart meters, one for each unit, is installed at Monroe Place in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

 

Last year, Wendy Hartman opted out of Alliant Energy’s growing network of smart meters — knowing she could see increased charges on her utility bill as a result.

However, a Wednesday ruling by the Iowa Utilities Board denied Alliant’s proposal to implement an extra charge for residential customers who opt out of the utility company’s advanced meter infrastructure. The ruling marks a victory for those opposed to smart meters — at least for now.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” said Hartman, who has lived in Cedar Rapids for more than 20 years. “I’m really appreciative of the people in the community who spoke up with their dissatisfaction with the meters.”

On Wednesday, the Iowa Utilities Board rejected Alliant’s proposed electric and natural gas tariffs, which included charging an extra $15 per month if customers choose to stick with their existing meter.

However, the board ruled Wednesday that tariffs must allow residential customers the ability to opt out of advanced metering infrastructure — free of charge, at this time. Meter-reading costs are part of customers’ base rates, the board notes.

An opt-out option will not be available for non-residential customers or those involved in an optional, non-standard rate.

What’s more, the ruling directs Alliant to allow an area-wide opt-out option.

Alliant Spokesman Justin Foss said the ruling likely won’t affect a large number of customers, as 99.7 percent of Alliant’s Iowa customers have been accepting of smart meters.

He added that the ruling does not prohibit the utility from charging those who opt out entirely.

“Historically, regulated utilities are required to charge the customers for the costs that they cause,” Foss said. “This order does not say we cannot charge, but it must go through the rate case process. There could be a charge in the future.”

The Wednesday statement from the Iowa Utilities Board reiterates that it “does not preclude Alliant from seeking a customer charge or fee for its opt-out tariff as part of future rate cases.”

As of December, Alliant had deployed smart meters on about 335,000 of its roughly 500,000 meters in Iowa. The utility switched its roughly 470,000 Wisconsin customers to smart meters about a decade ago.

The meters send data back to the company, allowing it to better detect power outages so energy can be restored more quickly and provide more accurate information to customers in their energy bills.

Alliant officials have said smart meters provide a cost savings, as they do not need to be read manually every month.

With that in mind, the utility proposed in its tariffs fees for those wishing to stick with their existing meters, which have become non-standard equipment.

Opponents of smart meters — some of whom have raised concerns of security, privacy and public health — have argued that participation in advanced meter infrastructure should be optional and opting out shouldn’t come with added costs.

Meanwhile in the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Jeff Shipley, R-Fairfield, has pushed a bill that would provide statewide protections for area residents opposed to smart meters.

Shipley said he was happy to see Wednesday’s ruling, noting that he is not anti-utility but instead wants to see an atmosphere that is fair for both the utilities and the customers.

“I was very impressed with the Iowa Utilities Board, and to me this proves, in a sense, that the system works,” he said. “Concerned citizens can stand toe to toe with billion-dollar corporations and win. They can have their voices heard.”

Shipley said the ruling might force a few minor updates to his bill, but he still plans to push for statewide rules on smart meters.

The bill would prevent a utility company from charging a customers extra fees for opting out of smart meters or providing discounts to customers who choose smart meters.

l Comments: (319) 398-8309; mitchell.schmidt@thegazette.com

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/alliant-energy-cedar-rapids-iowa-utilities-board-smart-meters-20190206