BJP leader seeks UP Power minister’s interference against corruption by electricity department


BJP leader seeks UP Power minister's interference against corruption by electricity department

BJP leader seeks UP Power minister’s interference against corruption by electricity department

Bajpai in his letter called for the intervention of the power minister to stop the alleged corruption.

Lucknow: Former president of BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit, Laxmikant Bajpai on Thursday wrote to the state’s power minister Shrikant Sharma flagging the alleged corruption in the electricity meter reading and purported delay in correcting the faulty meters by the employees of electricity department.

In his letter Bajpai stated that there were reports of discrepancies in electricity bills of users. “In ‘smart meter‘ the bill amount is inflated 2.5 times as compared to the reading on the electronic meter,” he said.

Bajpai alleged that electricity department officials deliberately delay correcting the faulty meter and demand bribes from the user to do so.

“It is essential to inspect the meters but there is corruption going on in the guise of this exercise and it cannot be overlooked,” he said in the letter.



Tin foil wrapped around BC Hydro meter to prevent pain

Tin foil wrapped around BC Hydro meter to prevent pain

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Smart meters could mean higher water bills



Smart meters could mean higher water bills

STRASBURG — Water bills could get higher for some residents in coming months, and Town officials plan to hold a public hearing this fall to discuss the matter.

At a meeting on Thursday, members of the town’s Infrastructure Committee discussed a project that will replace water meters around town with smart water meters.

The new meters will better account for how much water a home or business is using, said Jay McKinley, director of public works. But that could also mean that people with meters that are 10 years old and haven’t been accurately measuring water use could see higher bills.

McKinley anticipates residents might see a 5-10% increase in their bills, as a result.

Still, the rate could be less than some residents have been seeing with intermittent spiking, said Committee member and Town Councilman John Massoud.

“The spiking is awful,” he commented, saying he’s heard complaints from residents who have encountered spikes. “The water bills are too high.”

The smart meter system should even out bills, McKinley said. Essentially, he said, the town will be able to bill by the gallon, which eliminates a spike caused when a household moves into a higher range of water use.

More accurate bills also mean the town can “recapture” lost revenue caused by slow meters, helping the town pay for the smart meter system over several years.

The project will cost around $1 million, Town Manager Wyatt Pearson estimated, but he said the town could potentially pay off the investment in about five years.

McKinley said customers will be able to view their water use on a customer portal online.

“Once you see the customer portal and the features, it’s pretty impressive,” McKinley said.

Massoud stressed the need for a public hearing to inform residents on how their water bills might change. He said the public hearing will likely take place at a Town Council work session in late October or early November, and that the town will advertise the date to give residents enough notice.

Town Council’s next work session will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at 174 E. King St.

Attending the meeting were Town Manager Wyatt Pearson, Director of Public Works Jay McKinley and Infrastructure Committee members John Massoud, Ken Cherrix, Jocelyn Vena and Kim Bishop.

French court rules against Linky for health reasons

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French court rules against Linky for health reasons

The Linky meters have been controversial since they were first rolled out in 2015

A French court has ordered the removal of the controversial Linky electricity smart meters from 13 homes, for medical reasons.

The tribunal de grande instance (TGI or the civil court) of Tours considered the case of 121 “anti-Linky” complainants, and threw out 108 of the claims. The remaining 13 were accepted, with the court conceding a possible link between their medical complaints and their Linky smart meters.

One included a seven-year-old child living in Tours, who was – the court said – in “a state of chronic fatigue” and having “difficulty sleeping”, as proven in a medical note, “which could be linked to the Linky meter”.

The court demanded that in the case of these 13 individuals, the Linky meter be removed, and the households be delivered electricity without the device.

Lawyer for the complainants, Arnaud Durand, said that he would push for compensation for “the people who will not be able to live at home”.

In June 2017, medical safety agency L’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (Anses) concluded that the meters could be linked to some “health doubts” – including the possible consequences of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

These have not yet been resolved, according to Me Durand.

He is now hoping to bring more cases against the installation of the Linky meter throughout France.

The country has already seen 22 cases brought to court, including in Rennes, Toulouse, and Bordeaux. Most claims were thrown out, except for a few complainants who cited “electro-sensitivity” to the meters.

The Linky was first rolled out by electricity distribution network company Enedis in 2015. The meters enable electricity use to be measured remotely, so users are charged without a need for a manual reading by the homeowner or an engineer.

Homeowners are also expected to save up to €50 per year on their bills.

But the meters have been controversial since the beginning, with critics stating concernsover the alleged health risks, fire risks, and the transmission of individuals’ data to a private company. Some have also said that the design and manufacturing process breaks competition and monopoly laws.

More than 700 communes have come out against the Linky so far.

In February this year, a court ruled that a village had the right to say no to them, and residents of the town of Blagnac (Occitanie) were given legal permission to refuse for Enedis to collect any information from their Linky, or for an engineer to enter their property.

Yet, there are set to be 34 million Linky meters across France by 2021. They are legally required to have replaced 80% of the previous mechanical meter stock by 2020 – in line with a European Commission directive stating that all member states must change to at least 80% smart meters by this date.

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Free Public Event Guest Speaker-Olle Johansson, one of the world’s foremost EMF health experts and longtime outspoken opponent of smart meters

Dear Stop Smart Meters! Supporters,

By way of an update to what we e-mailed you on July 13th, Stop Smart Meters! will NOT be exhibiting at the 3-day EMF Conference (EMFC) in Scotts Valley, CA because we have been banned by the organizers. More details about this turn-of-events to come. 

Instead, we are very happy to be co-sponsoring a unique FREE EMF event in Santa Cruz, CA on Sept. 9th with a very special guest speaker.

Stop Smart Meters! was founded nearly 10 years ago in Santa Cruz County and it is with great pleasure that we will be returning to our hometown to co-host a not-to-be-missed event featuring Olle Johansson, one of the world’s foremost EMF health experts and longtime outspoken opponent of smart meters visiting from Sweden. This is a rare opportunity and we encourage you to attend.

Please join Stop Smart Meters and EMF Aware Santa Cruz for this FREE public event. Please spread the word using the following link or the flyer below:

What: EMF’s and Health—Where Do We Stand? With Olle Johansson.

Where: Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA.

When: September 9th 10am-12:30pm (doors 9:30am)

Cost: FREE (but donations to Olle’s work gratefully accepted)

Stop Smart Meters! will have an info table there and will be selling EMF meters from our store at a discount, along with books, DVD’s, and other outreach materials. Wi-fi will be switched off, and attendees are asked to not apply chemicals or fragrances and leave all devices outside the venue.

If you can provide a fragrance-free, wireless-off ride from downtown Oakland and back after having lunch following the event, please contact

We are very grateful to Olle Johansson for making time in his busy schedule to speak at our event. He is in the country to headline the 3-day EMFC being held in Scotts Valley. If you can afford to attend the EMFC (and many of you e-mailed after our initial e-mail in July to say you cannot), many of the speakers are fantastic and leaders in their fields. If you can, go and engage, but be sure to think critically about information that is provided. Either way, be sure to join us for our alternate free event in Santa Cruz Monday morning.

We will be posting soon to our website and sending a subsequent email regarding the EMFC, and the circumstances of our ejection from the event. Regardless…..Hope to see you in Santa Cruz to help us welcome EMF health superstar Olle Johansson on Sept. 9th!


Op-ed: A view of City Council’s upcoming hearing on 5G cell antennas

Op-ed: A view of City Council’s upcoming hearing on 5G cell antennas

By Mark Graham

Guest opinion

Elk Grove residents have until Aug. 28 to make their voices heard, to minimize the damage that the assault of Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRAs) is going to do to our health, our aesthetics, and our house values.

On Aug. 28 at 6 p.m., the Elk Grove City Council will hold a hearing and vote on a proposed amendment to the Elk Grove Municipal Code and a so-called master licensing agreement between the city and AT&T/Cingular.  These documents together would enable the city to issue permits for 4G and 5G cell antennas on light poles on city streets.

The purpose of 5G is to sell more data.  With 5G you get your data faster – and also your health effects.

The new cell antennas, which they call, “small cells,” would be closer to our homes, lower to the ground, and more powerful than current towers and antennas.  It is 24/7 involuntary exposure on city streets and in our homes!  The 92 existing 4G towers and antennas will have to dramatically increase their output power to make the 5G system work.

Both the federal government and wireless industry know that long-term exposure to non-ionizing pulsed, modulated, microwave Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) is dangerous.  Thousands of studies have found significant harm from EMR from 2G, 3G and 4G cell antennas, phones and towers.  We are also exposed to EMR from smart utility meters, Wi-Fi, baby monitors, and GPS.  Neither the government nor the industry has researched the health effects of exposure to 5G EMR – nor do they plan to.

Federal law says the city cannot regulate the placement, construction or modification of a cell antenna on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emission.  The same federal law preserves local zoning authority in all other ways.

The city has the power to regulate cell antennas on the basis of its zoning authority and/or aesthetics.  The proposed code amendment does that in five different ways.  It would prohibit cell antennas in front of a front yard of a home or within 500 feet of another cell antenna.  A permit is required for each cell antenna.  The city’s zoning administrator has discretionary authority to grant or deny a permit application.  Finally, cell antennas will only be allowed on existing light poles.  Thank you city staff, for proposing these!

In addition, the city should do the following: keep cell antennas out of residential neighborhoods, require 1,500-feet minimum spacing between any two antennas (or even 1,000 feet), regulate the operation of cell antennas by limiting their output to 150 microwatts per square meter where people are, require all equipment that can be placed underground to be placed there if technically feasible, require more detailed information on the application, group permit applications by neighborhood or voting precinct and notify residents by mail, provide location and configuration preferences for cell antennas, and require applicants to pay the city to hire an independent expert to advise the city on policy and technical matters.

Write to the City Council care of City Clerk Jason Lindgren at  Speak up!

Mark Graham is an Elk Grove activist and leads Keep Cell Antennas Away From Our Elk Grove Homes.

Proximity and power are the issues with wireless device radiation

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Proximity and power are the issues with wireless device radiation


Several recent letters have addressed the issue of the health effects of exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation.

Cell phones and any WiFi-connected smart devices in your home receive and transmit data using RF energy. Consumer Reports says that all research carried out to date has been mixed, with no definitive proof that cell-phone radiation harms human health, but also unable to completely clear it of any potential risk. If you are concerned about the potential danger of RF radiation, what should you do?

Two factors that you should pay attention to are the power emitted, and the distance of the device from your body.

The intensity of radiation falls off rapidly with distance so keep devices as far away from your body as possible. Here are approximate numbers for the power emitted by common devices in units of microwatts/square cm. Cell phone at ear: 1000-5000. If you are in an area that has poor reception, your cell phone will send out power at the high end of this range. Microwave oven at 1 ft distance 200-800. Smart meter at 3 ft distance 20. WiFi router at 3 ft, 0.2-1. It is clear that cell phones emit by far the most radiation. Everything else other than your microwave oven is negligible by comparison.

Joel Moskowitz at UC Berkeley offers the following advice regarding cell phones: Use your speakerphone, text, or use a wired headset. Limit your conversations. Don’t carry your cell phone next to your body unless it is turned off or in airplane mode. Keep the phone away from your head and reproductive organs. Do not keep a cell phone near your bed when on. Use a wired landline whenever possible. Discourage use of wireless devices by children and have them use hard wired devices whenever possible.

Thomas Engel


Annette Huenke

Multi-degreed scientist, Dr. Devra Davis, states unequivocally that it is the PULSE, not the power, that determines the biological harm caused by EMR. (She is not alone.) Her CV is here — The Environmental Health Trust website’s ‘Science’ tab links to volumes of research about this issue.

You say “Consumer Reports says that all research carried out to date has been mixed, with no definitive proof that cell-phone radiation harms human health, but also unable to completely clear it of any potential risk.” It makes sense that it would be very inconvenient for CR to acknowledge the well-established evidence of the mechanisms of biological harm from EMF, as electronics are a significant portion of their reportage. I was a subscriber for decades until recently, and noticed for years how carefully they tiptoed around that elephant in the room.

It’s very curious that you’ve turned to them for guidelines on RF, Tom, while dismissing out-of-hand the research of Henry Lai, Martin Pall and other bona fide scientists, such as those behind the BioInitiative Report.

For any readers of online comments who would like to hear from true experts on this matter, you may wish to dip in to this week’s free 5G Summit:

I hope that you’ll watch the interview with Dr. Davis, Tom, and take up your argument about power with her. I have no doubt she’ll be open to a debate. And don’t miss Dr. Paul Héroux — he gets into the chemistry, and touches on the effect of the pulse.


We must address risks of wireless technology


We must address risks of wireless technology

On behalf of Centerville Concerned Citizens I am responding to your Aug. 2 Cheers & Jeers editorial “Cell tower hysteria persists on the Cape.”

Like you, I never gave a second thought to the potential harms of wireless technology. In fact, I used to run wireless campaigns for the Ashland public schools – until an electrical engineer tipped me off there could be risks.

First, I found studies indicating no harm – but those were funded by industry, so I dug a little deeper.

I was astounded to discover the report “Mobile Telecommunications and Health,” published in 2000 based on a study commissioned by the German parent company of T-Mobile, indicating:

• Gene toxicity.

• DNA damage.

• Central nervous system impairments to the blood brain barrier, neurotransmitters and cognitive function.

• Immune system damage.

• Impairment of stress hormones and melatonin.

• Cancers including the brain, blood, central nervous system, eyes, breasts, testicles, uterus, skin and more.

• Infertility and miscarriage.

• Sleep disturbances, headaches, exhaustion, lack of concentration, irritability, anxiety, stress, skin abnormalities, cardiovascular issues and more.

Unclassified U.S. military studies had reported the same from decades before.

A 2018 paper summarizes more recent studies too: “5G: Great Risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them” was written by Martin Pall, a retired professor of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University.

Our own government, via the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s $30 million cellphone study, in November determined there is “clear evidence” of cancer and DNA damage from high exposure to radiofrequency radiation.

Dr. Anthony Miller, a longtime senior adviser to the World Health Organization, published a 2018 paper stating we now have the conclusive evidence to reclassify all wireless radiofrequency radiation, previously labeled as probably carcinogenic, to Group 1 status: a known human carcinogen.

I thought surely someone must have our backs on this. Then Harvard published “Captured Agency: How the FCC is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates,” detailing the revolving door between industry and Federal Communications Commission personnel, Big Tobacco tactics to suppress evidence of harm in the media, and doubt created among consumers.

Most of our municipalities therefore have no understanding that wireless is toxic, so our towns unwittingly permit antennas in public access ways, on water towers in neighborhoods and, yes, in church steeples too.

The industry is also installing utility “smart” meters that pulse toxic radiation into our homes 24/7.

The insurance giant Lloyd’s of London and others already recognize wireless radiation as a leading risk and put exclusions in their policies. That means the industry is not typically insured for damages, so it passes that liability on to our towns.

The industry has also succeeded in installing hazardous mesh Wi-Fi systems in our schools through its 21st Century Classroom “one-to-one” campaign, with the goal of putting a laptop or other electronic device in the hands of an untapped market – our children.

In my personal conversations with school nurses, they have reported an increase in headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, irregular heartbeats, skin abnormalities, cognitive impairment, behavior issues, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation since the Wi-Fi systems went in. These are classic microwave sickness symptoms – and all wireless signals operate in the microwave segment of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Nellie Bowles of The New York Times reported in 2018 that Silicon Valley executives send their children to schools with no technology, and have their nannies sign contracts prohibiting any kind of screens near their children.

College kids approach me saying they can’t sleep – which makes sense, since they’ve never been taught to put their personal devices in airplane mode at night. Plus, the dorms have Wi-Fi routers pulsing 24/7, and industry targets college campuses for cell towers.

The message is not “no technology,” but rather “safe technology.”

New Hampshire and Oregon just passed laws to protect the public, and several bills are pending in Massachusetts too.

The Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is preparing to release fact sheets on the health effects of electromagnetic fields.

Officials from all towns should read the policy paper “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” – the road map to safe, sustainable infrastructure instead of toxic cell towers.

I urge readers to look at the documents in my research repository (search Cece Doucette, understanding EMFs) and YouTube presentations, watch the award-winning film “Generation Zapped,” or take the quick half-hour course from the international nonprofit organization Wireless Education, available at

The Cape deserves a plan for safe, responsible technology instead of more wireless infrastructure.

Cecelia “Cece” Doucette of Ashland is a technology safety educator and activist.

5G Crisis Awareness and Accountability Summit

5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit

Day 1: The Science of 5G Health Effects (Part 1)
August 26, 2019

Day 2: The Deeper Story of the 5G Agenda
August 27, 2019

Day 3: Solutions for Health and Home
August 28, 2019

Day 4: How the System Has Failed Us
August 29, 2019

Day 5: Changemaking 101
August 30, 2019

Day 6: The Science of 5G Health Effects (Part 2)
August 31, 2019

Day 7: Next Steps: Direct Actions to Solve 5G
September 1, 2019

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BC Human Rights tribunal dismisses complaint against BC Hydro smart meters

What the utilities, State and Federal agencies are negligent of is conspiring to hide the truth about the smart grid technology.  It is important for everyone’s health to avoid exposure to smart meters.  But, even if you don’t have a so called smart meter on your home.  The dirty electricity is still on infrastructure and is riding on the wires into your homes, offices, schools, private and public buildings, 24/7 uninterrupted by power outages.  This includes the illegal violations of “pure tone” noise radiating in our air, as well as riding on the grid wires into your homes 24/7.  The utilities and officials are essentially destroying innocent lives and aiding in the cover up by inferring these victims are imagining the biological impact of this harmful pollution.  This is a Human Rights Crime and until there those who are willing to stand up and not allow this to happen; we can throw this on the pile of environmental issues impacting our health and our kid’s future…SANDAURA

BC Human Rights tribunal dismisses complaint against BC Hydro smart meters

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A B.C. woman said a smart meter installed at her house was activating her electromagnetic radiation sensitivity,

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The BC Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint against BC Hydro that the company’s smart meters were making a woman sick.

The woman said the smart meter installed at her house was activating her electromagnetic radiation sensitivity, giving her facial burning, muscle aches, heart palpitations, insomnia and a plugged left ear, among other symptoms.

She said when she went to the Interior and off the grid, those symptoms vanish.

She said she tried wrapping the meter in aluminum foil, but her symptoms persisted.

READ MORE: Fire guts Mission home after BC Hydro smart meter installed

She said she hasn’t been able to sleep since the meter was installed and that BC Hydro is discriminating against her on the basis of disability.

In response, BC Hydro says the woman’s meter has its radio turned off, meaning it doesn’t transmit, emit or receive radio waves and it has an insignificant level of radiation.

The tribunal member said she had no reasonable prospect of proving the smart meter was connected to her symptoms and has dismissed her complaint.

BC Human Rights tribunal dismisses complaint against BC Hydro smart meters

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