South Central Power deploys new PLC and smart metering system


South Central Power deploys new PLC and smart metering system

South Central Power

South Central Power’s team has decided to upgrade to a next-generation advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution.

The team opted to upgrade to the Sensus AMI solution, powered by FlexNet communication network, a robust system that would enable the team to collect, deliver, manage and analyse meter data remotely in near-real-time over a secure two-way communication network.

South Central Power will use the system for distribution automation, automating their distribution system to give them greater visibility and control to greatly improve overall customer satisfaction.

“Not only does Sensus have a great reputation in the industry, but they know what they are talking about and have proven solutions,” said Allison Saffle, vice president of member services. “Working with the team has been a seamless process.”

In phase one, South Central Power is deploying 25,000 stratus electricity meters which allow the co-op to pinpoint an outage without waiting for a customer to call them. With improved outage response time and accurate usage data, the team is confident this investment will have a tangible impact on their members’ overall experience.

“Having a handle on usage data will provide better rate structures,” said Saffle. “This will improve operations and allow us to offer more benefits to members in the future.”

South Central Power provides electricity to more than 118,000 customers within 24 counties in central and southern Ohio, including parts of the Columbus metro-area.

While residents appreciate the scenery offered amid the region’s rolling hills, traveling the hilly terrain to read meters was labour intensive and South Central Power turned to the available option at the time, Power Line Carrier (PLC).

After years of successfully capturing billing reads, their aging system became hard to maintain and prevented them from keeping pace with the benefits available in newer communication systems.

“We struggled to work efficiently on our existing system,” said South Central Power’s Vice President of Engineering and Operations Tom Musick. “Because the system was older, parts were no longer available when they needed to be replaced.”

The legacy PLC system required a lot of electrical switching from substation to substation, which often resulted in reduced meter reading capability. The cooperative also relied on customer calls to understand when outages occurred, rarely getting a full picture of the outage until they sent a technician to investigate.

“We identified a need for communication devices in the field that could work with other smart devices and applications,” said South Central Power director of utility services Nathan Whitacre. “Essentially, we were looking for a platform to allow us to grow with the changing times.”

The entire deployment is expected to be completed in less than three years.


There’s a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it


    • 14 NOV 18

    There’s a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it

    By Ronald Melnick, Opinion Contributor, The Hill, Nov 13, 2018


    A recent study by the National Toxicology Program/National Institutes of Health (NTP/NIH) shows clear evidence of a causal link between cancer and exposure to wireless cell phone signals. Results from the $30 million NTP studies demonstrated that cell phone radiation caused Schwann cell cancers of the heart and brain gliomas in rats, as well as DNA damage in the brain.

    In NIH’s news release, NTP senior scientist John Bucher said, “We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real and the external experts agreed.” But, amazingly, the FDA says it disagrees with this carefully conducted, peer-reviewed study’s finding of clear evidence of carcinogenicity.

    According to Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “these findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage,” adding that “we believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

    While expressing this opinion, Dr. Shuren neglects to note that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, classified radio-frequency radiation from wireless devices as a “possible human carcinogen” based largely on findings of increased risks of gliomas and Schwann cell tumors in the brain near the ear in humans after long term use of cellphones. Thus, the same tumor types are elevated in both animals and humans exposed to cell phone radiation.

    This FDA’s position is quite unusual because it was this agency that nominated cell phone radiation emitted from wireless communication devices to the NTP for toxicity and carcinogenicity studies in experimental animals so as to “provide the basis to assess the risk to human health.”

    At that time, the FDA reasoned that “existing exposure guidelines are based on protection from acute injury from thermal effects of RFR [radiofrequency radiation] exposure and may not be protective against any non-thermal effects of chronic exposure.” By adopting this new position and ignoring the NTP’s results, the FDA is clearly shirking its responsibility of assessing the impact on human health of radio-frequency radiation.

    Simply claiming that conclusions about human risk cannot be drawn from animal studies runs counter to standard practices of evaluating human cancer risks by public health agencies including the U.S. EPA, NTP, IARC and even the FDA. Every chemical known to cause cancer in humans is also carcinogenic in animals when adequately tested.

    The NTP studies were conducted to test the widely-held assumption that cell phone radiofrequency radiation could not cause cancers or other adverse health effects (other than by tissue heating) because this type of radiation (non-ionizing) did not have sufficient energy to break chemical bonds. The NTP findings that cell phone radiation caused cancers in the heart and brain, DNA damage in brain cells, heart muscle disease and reduced birth weights clearly demonstrate that the assumption that non-ionizing radiation cannot cause cancer or other health effects is wrong.

    Exposure levels in the brains of rats in the NTP study were similar to or only slightly higher than the FCC’s limit for maximum permissible exposure to local tissue exposures from cell phones held next to the head. This point is most important because, when an individual uses a cell phone, body tissues located nearest to the cell phone antenna receive much higher exposures than parts of the body that are located distant from the antenna.

    The selection of the highest exposure levels in the NTP studies was based on the same criterion used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish exposure guidelines for radio-frequency radiation. Misleading statements by Dr. Shuren about the utility of the NTP studies for evaluating human cancer risk were debunked in my previous publication.

    The FDA needs to fulfill the intent of their nomination to the NTP and conduct a quantitative risk assessment so that the FCC can develop health-protective exposure standards. For example, what is the level of exposure associated with cancer risk of one per thousand or one per million people?

    Also, health concerns for children may be greater than that for adults due to increased penetration of cell phone radiation within the brains of children. Simply ignoring the cancer data from the NTP studies is not in the interest of public health. Because of the widespread use of cell phones among the general public, even a small increase in cancer risk would have a serious public health impact.

    An important lesson that should be learned from the NTP studies is that we can no longer assume that any current or future wireless technology, including 5G, is safe without adequate testing.

    Ronald Melnick, PhD was a senior toxicologist and director of special programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health. Melnick led the design of the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Rodents.

Utility emailed woman about problems one day before fire

PULGA, Calif. (AP) — A day before a deadly blaze destroyed a California town, the giant utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. got in touch with Betsy Ann Cowley, saying they needed access to her property because their power lines were causing sparks.

The cause of the fire that killed at least 42 people is still under investigation. What is known is that it started Thursday near Cowley’s property in the tiny town of Pulga, incinerated the neighboring town of Paradise and killed dozens of people.

On Monday, fire investigators declared the area surrounding power lines on Cowley’s property, in an oak-filled canyon, a crime scene. Security guards would not let PG&E inspectors pass.

Cowley said she was on vacation last Wednesday when she got a surprise email from PG&E. Details of that exchange, described to The Associated Press, combined with the utility’s track record in California wildfire history has again brought the company under scrutiny.

The email said that crews needed to come to her property to work on the high-power lines, Cowley said. PG&E told her “they were having problems with sparks,” she said. They visited her property but she said she wasn’t there Wednesday and was not aware of their findings.

Cowley was back at the property Monday and expressed gratitude at finding most of the 65 structures on it still standing, just a few hundred feet from the crime scene where investigators worked to determine what had happened to spark the massive fire.

The former landscaper bought Pulga, an abandoned and decrepit historic gold prospecting town, in 2015 and embarked on a project that transformed it into a picturesque private destination. She cleared overgrown brush, patched up buildings and added new ones. With Bay Area artists and architects, she recreated a town, complete with a stage and school house. And then, a year ago, she opened for business, renting out Pulga for corporate retreats.

As she reached the site of her own home, she raised her hand to her cheek.

“It’s gone,” she said. ‘That’s where all my stuff was, but it’s not there anymore.”

She paused and picked up a mug that somehow had survived the inferno. “It’s OK,” Cowley told herself quietly. “It’s OK.”

PG&E declined to discuss the email it sent Cowley with AP, saying it has provided an “initial electric incident report” with state regulators and will fully cooperate with any investigations.

Publicly, PG&E has said it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the massive fire, minutes before the blaze broke out.

In its Friday filing to the state Public Utilities Commission, it said it had detected an outage on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze. It said a subsequent aerial inspection detected damage to a transmission tower on the line.

The area where CalFire says the blaze started, and where PG&E says sparks were detected on Cowley’s property is roughly the same, according to an AP reporter at the site.

The utility, which has been criticized and sued in a number of other large and deadly fires across California, had announced before the blaze started that it might shut down power in nine counties, including Butte County where Pulga and Paradise are, because of extreme fire danger. But it never did.

Later Thursday, PG&E said it had decided against a power cut because weather conditions did not warrant one.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Redwood City Democrat and longtime critic of the utility, called the report of troubles on PG&E’s lines in the area extremely worrisome.

“If PG&E is found responsible for burning down the state again, at some point we have to say enough is enough and we have to ask should this company be allowed to do business in California?” Hill said. “These fires take a spark, and at least in the last few years fires have been caused by negligent behavior by PG&E. We need to see how we can hold them responsible, or look at alternative way of doing business.”

California utility regulators are working with CalFire staff on their own, separate investigation into whether PG&E complied with state rules and regulations in areas that were torched in the fire.

The California Public Utilities Commission will be evaluating PG&E’s maintenance of their facilities, vegetation management and emergency preparedness and response, said commission spokeswoman Terrie Prosper.

This is not the first time PG&E’s management practices have come under question in the drought-stricken state.

In 2014, regulators ordered the state’s investor-owned utilities to set priorities for inspecting and removing dead and sick trees near their power lines, warning that “climate change has facilitated and exacerbated numerous wildfires” that have damaged and threatened their facilities.

But after a wildfire killed two people, destroyed 475 homes and scorched 70,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills the following year, homeowners and their attorneys questioned whether PG&E had done enough to clear dry trees flanking its power lines. In 2016, Cal Fire ultimately found PG&E was responsible for that fire, after tree maintenance by PG&E and its contractors led to a tree falling on a power line.

Investigators have determined that PG&E equipment started several of the 2017 wildfires in Northern California wine country that killed 44 people. The company says it expects to pay more than $2.5 billion.


Burke reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker also contributed from San Francisco.


7 Things Every Health Practitioner Needs to Know About EMFs

7 Things Every Health Practitioner Needs to Know About EMFs

Author Nick Pineault is the creator of Electrosmog Rx, a research-based, 100% independent 5-week online course to help health practitioners and enthusiasts identify EMF sensitivity, provide solutions to reduce exposure, and add a strong base of EMF knowledge as an essential toolkit in healing recommendations, programs or protocols. More info here.

Despite the increasing reports of people who report feeling symptoms of “electro-sensitivity” from cell phones, wifi routers, Bluetooth devices and other sources of microwave radiation, mainstream medicine continues to bury its head in the sand and ignore the issue.

On the other hand, most of the top functional medicine practitioners in the world — include Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Zach Bush, Dr. Dan Pompa, Dr. Ben Lynch and Dr. Tom O’Bryan each claim that “EMF removal is essential for proper healing”.

Who’s right?

Fact #1: Our EMF Safety Standards Are Based On Heating Effects, NOT Biological Effects

The 1996 EMF safety standards that are supposed to protect each and every of your patients/clients are based on the false premise that the only way that EMFs can hurt our biology is by causing overheating.

This myth is completely unscientific, considering the fact that publicly-available research published by the NASA in 1970,[1] the US Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) in 1971,[2] the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 1976[3] and countless others show that EMFs can and do cause damage through non-thermalmechanisms.

In other words, our current safety standards are based on a false premise, and therefore do not protect anyone against the harm caused by microwave radiation.

Fact #2: Your Patients Are Exposed to EMF Levels 1,000000000000000000 (Quintillion) Times Higher Than In the 1920s

This graphic originally created by EMF engineer and activist Alasdair Philips from the advocacy group Powerwatch UK shows how much our “Electrosmog” exposure has increased in a few decades, and especially in the last 2 decades.[4]

EMF wireless graph daily exposure

The amount of new cell phone towers and wifi hotspots that have been installed just in the last 15 years is also nothing short of staggering.

Cell towers increase (EMF / wireless)

These new sources of microwave radiation are filling our planet with more and more electro-pollution, again, based on the false premise that they are completely safe.

Fact #3: A Few Days Ago, The NTP Study Has Shown That EMFs Are A Class 1 “Definite” Carcinogen — Next To Tobacco & Asbestos

Just a few days ago, the $25 US NTP study has published their conclusions after running one of the most important and costly studies around cell phones and cancer ever conceived.

Their initial goal: proving without the shadow of a doubt that cell phones are safe.

What they found: the opposite; rats and mice exposed to cellphone radiation have shown “Clear Evidence” of an increase in multiple tumor types.[5]

Ron Melnick, former staff scientist at the NTP who’s now retired, explained that:

“The NTP has now shown what no one believed was possible before the project started. The assumption has always been that RF radiation could not cause cancer. Now we know that was wrong.

If the NTP study was to be considered as part of a future re-classification of EMFs by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), EMFs would likely become a Class 1 “Definite” carcinogen next to tobacco and asbestos. It might take years before this decision is taken though, considering the huge industry pressure and controversy around the topic.

Fact #4: Your Patients Are Being Exposed to EMF Levels Worse Than Rats in the NTP Study

A lot of critics of the NTP claim that the radiation levels rats were exposed with (1.5, 3 and 6 W/kg) are way higher than what most cell phone users are being exposed to — and try to discredit the studies’ findings for this very reason.

Technically speaking, they are right. In the US, cell phones cannot be legally sold unless they have an “SAR” (specific absorption rate) of 1.6 W/kg or less.

The problem? This SAR is measured at a distance of 5 to 15 millimeters from the dummy head used in test facilities.

The bigger problem? When tested ON the body (no separation), French advocacy group Alert Phonegate[6]revealed that 90% of all cell phones miserably fail the safety testing, and that certain phones go over 20 W/kg, which is over 9 times the FCC safety limits.[7]

SAR phonegate: cell phone EMF radiation

Fact #5: 35% of Your Patients Suffer From EMF-Related Symptoms, But All Are Affected

According to the most conservative estimates of independent EMF researchers, at least 35% of the population suffers from “mild to moderate” symptoms of electro sensitivity, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, hearing disruptions, skin problems and cardiovascular issues.[8]

This corroborates the clinical observations of the top functional medicine practitioners like Dr. Dan Pompa, who recently shared with me that “50% of all his clients are very sensitive to EMFs”.[9]

It’s important that on a cellular, all of us are affected by EMFs — even if we might not feel any symptoms from this exposure.

The work of Dr. Martin Pall[10] from the Washington State University has shown that EMFs trigger calcium release inside the cells, leading to a slew of downstream biological effects including opening of the blood-brain barrier, oxidative stress, single and double DNA strand breaks, and many more.

Fact #6: EMF Science is Polluted By A Strong Industry Bias

Pretty unsurprisingly, the trillions-of-dollars-strong Telecom industry is using the exact same playbook that has been used in the past by Big Tobacco — polluting the current available science with “no effect” studies in order to manufacture doubt.

In a 2007 review, researchers revealed that studies funded by the Telecoms might be up to 10 times more likely to find no biological effect, which represents a bias 2.5 times worse than Big Pharma…[11]

The industry seems to be unable to control the endless flow of studies which have come out in the last 2 decades alone though — and which do show biological effects.

The nonprofit group “Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association” (ORSAA) looked at 2399 peer-reviewed papers published since the year 2000. Of those, 61% of those showed biological effects, while 26% did not.[12]

ORSAA has also confirmed that study databases on radiofrequency EMFs “are seeded with industry sponsored ‘no effect’ studies raising the question of reliability and trustworthiness of a large section of papers.”

Fact #7: Things Are Going To Get Worse [Before They Get Better], And You Need To Learn More About EMFs Now, Not Later.

The advent of the 5G networks will demand the installation of millions of additional “small cell” antennas in the US alone — installed every 3 to 12 home is residential areas, and on every traffic light pole in downtown areas.

This technology is being rolled out, once again, based on the false premise that non-heating biological effects do not exist, a myth that has been dispelled for more than half a century, if not more.

As a practitioner it has become critical for you to learn how to add EMFs to your practice, which includes:

  • Add EMFs to your patient intakes
  • Identify the worst sources of EMF exposure
  • Assess EMF sensitivity and identify suspected EMF-related symptoms
  • Understand the strong synergies between EMFs and heavy metals, mold, chemicals and infections such as Lyme
  • Reduce or remove sources of EMFs, consider referring the patient to a Building Biologist or Geovital consultant for an EMF home survey
  • Support patient’s recovery with the right “EMF-buffering” supplements, foods and lifestyle interventions

Investigative Health Journalist and GreenMedInfo collaborator Nick Pineault has teamed up with some of the best minds in healing including Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, building biologists, independent scientists and many other collaborators to create “Electrosmog Rx”, the world’s 1st EMF course for health practitioners.

It is heavily discounted until November 14th at the following link:

Electrosmog Rx EMF course - Nick Pineault (cell phones, wireless)






[9] Personal communication, November 4th 2018.





Despite threats of legal action from the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the County says that they plan to move forward with the ordinance due to ‘public outcry and hours of public testimony.’

Posted: Nov. 9, 2018 2:27 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2018 4:00 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County has every intention of moving forward with a new ordinance aimed at mitigating opt-out fees for Pacific Power’s smart meters, according to a statement released on Friday.

Just days ago, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) threatened to take “appropriate legal action” against the county if they persisted with the ordinance.

“The PUC is again taking the side of Pacific Power and not our citizens,” said Commissioner Simon Hare. “We are more than willing to listen and work with the PUC. We remain dedicated to ensuring that Josephine County citizens have the right to consumer choice, even when dealing with utility providers.”

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners said that they adopted the ordinance to “protect citizens of Josephine County from arbitrary and excessive charges by providing consumer choice.”

Nevertheless, Pacific Power customers are indeed presented with a choice — they may accept smart meter installation and see their rates stay relatively flat (public opinion has varied widely on whether customers have seen their usage rates rise, fall, or remain unchanged following installation), or persist in keeping the old, hand-read meters and pay a monthly fee. That fee is currently set at $36.

Smart meters have already been rolled out and installed throughout Oregon.

The County says that their “carefully crafted” ordinance goes into effect on January 29 of 2019. However, they also say that “consumers will be required to pay all portions of their electricity bills unless otherwise notified by PacifiCorp.”

As that date looms and Pacific Power attempts to finish their installation of the new devices, disagreement over the ordinance between Josephine County and the PUC seems destined for litigation.

“It is unfortunate that, after the county acted to protect citizens from suffering economic hardship, the Public Utility Commission is apparently choosing to respond by suing the county,” said Wally Hicks, Josephine County legal counsel.

The Portland Business Journal reports that Portland General Electric (PGE) rolled out smart meters for their customers several years ago, receiving relatively little pushback at the time. It also costs more to opt-out for PGE customers — $45 per month compared to Pacific Power’s $36.

Pacific Power has said that Josephine County is alone in adopting an ordinance flouting smart meter installation.



Jeff Chiacchieri

The signs and symptoms associated with RF exposures reveal that the general population increasingly experience symptoms as are noted in microwave sickness/EHS. This is clearly a dose-response relationship directly related to density and an array of frequencies. The scientific peer-reviewed literature demonstrating the correlation between exposure to EMF / RF and thousands of health problems means the evidence is irrefutable. So its not a stretch to say its on track to eventually manifest in all members of the population with enough exposure and 5G deployment density is on schedule to seal that fate. While everyone protesting smart meters and 5G focuses on the FCC that is clearly a “captured agency” nobody is looking at the who, what and why, directly behind the FCC. That is explained here in detail
Paul Goff

Smart meters do not only radiate microwaves. They themselves emit and cause household wiring to emit energy in the kilohertz range. This has been proven, and I mean proven and accepted as fact by IEEE and other scientific organizations. These kilohertz radiations cause physical harm, nerve transmission damage for example, and several actual very bothersome health or well being problems. This has been proven as well. This is why those that will profit greatly from smart meter use keep the dialog about microwaves. It will be found out that these meters have caused much damage to people and the companies involved with their use will be fined millions of dollars. However they will have made billions of dollars in profits.
Fred A. Hilkey

Nice , The County has a budget issue and they want to waste money trying to fight a battle that they will not win . They have no legal ground to stand on . Oh , and lets not mention all the people who are so afraid of the smart meters yet will hold a cell phone to the side of their head half the dang day . More radiation and radio waves come out of a smart PHONE than a smart meter but you can’t talk or text on a smart meter .
Willnot Censor

Uninformed! Smart Meters are computers on your home they control! Surveillance voilation of 4th Amendment! Opt Out Fees are illegal and extortion! No one forces a cell phone on you. Do you support the Right to Choose? Wake up! Kudos for JoCo to stand up for their people!
Kurt Engstrom

Will not Censor the only thing the computer does is read the usage and transmit the information to the power company. It does not control anything in the house or snope on the residents.

Households with solar panels risk being overcharged by smart meters

The Telegraph

Households with solar panels risk being overcharged by smart meters

Solar panels on the roof of homes in Devon – but could homeowners be overcharged?

Households with solar panels risk being overcharged on their energy bills if they have a smart meter fitted, it can be revealed.

Some have seen their energy bills more than treble after smart meters have been installed. This is because, while the two devices are capable of working together, energy firms say they are unable to access correct information about excess energy being generated by people’s solar panels.

It means nearly a million households in Britain with solar panels on their homes could face billing chaos or being excluded from the Government’s roll out of smart meters.

Two of Britain’s biggest energy companies, EON and NPower, are refusing to install smart meters in people’s homes if they have solar panels.

Meanwhile other firms, including British Gas, are fitting smart meters into homes with solar panels, But this has resulted in billing issues for some customers, who have ended up having their smart meters removed.

Smart meters | Help the Telegraph investigate

Have you had problems with smart meters and solar panels? Have your bills increased? Email

The Daily Telegraph can also reveal that energy firms are working with Government to develop an urgent fix to make the two energy saving “green” schemes function together without penalizing consumers.

It is just the latest in a string of technical woes affecting the £11bn rollout of smart meters to every home in Britain by 2020.

One British Gas customer paying £17 a month for his energy bills said he saw his payments treble to £44 after getting a smart meter fitted.

He complained and the meter was eventually removed and replaced with digital meter, after which he says his bills returned to normal.


Smart Meter with Radio-Off! Why’s it still broadcasting BC Hydro?

Smart Meter with Radio-Off! Why’s it still broadcasting BC Hydro?

According to the person who made this video, the meter is said to be off, but the readings show otherwise.  Anyone else with the same findings?

“Is your Choice of a BC Hydro Smart Meter with Microwave Transmitter Radio-off, that you are paying extra for each and every month, sneakily broadcasting and actually still on, without them telling you? . My neighbour just got theirs after being told they had to surrender their analogue meter and guess what, the SmartMeter-Off, is actually broadcasting around the clock – perhaps not as frequently as the regular smart meter, but this one is definitively ON, not off!”

Petition: Stop Mobile Towers Staining our World Heritage Landscapes:

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    NOVEMBER 8, 2018

    Petition: Stop Mobile Towers Staining our World Heritage Landscapes:

    From Melissa Hallett

    Stop Mobile Towers Staining our World Heritage Landscapes: Wollumbin (Mt Warning), Border Ranges, Nightcap Range, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay & surrounding Hinterlands.

    To all on the EMFacts list:

    I have been working on behalf of our regional community residents regarding our concerns for the saturation of mobile phone towers being proposed within our World Heritage parks and the surrounding landscapes ; of the Northern rivers, NSW.

    Our World heritage region between the majestic Wollumbin (Mt warning) the Border Ranges and across to the Nightcap & McPherson range, spreads also out over the Queensland border into the lamington ranges and way back across to Byron Bay and more.

    “These rainforests hold half of Australia’s plant species” (National Geographic).

    These regions have existing ongoing cultural and ceremonial significant heritage for the Bundjalung Nation.

    Many of these mobile phone towers are being placed in environmentally sensitive areas within the caldera of these magnificent places, imposing on the corridors that connect and enable wildlife that seek out food, breeding migration and pollination between these places which are of complex and ancient biodiversity.

    We want to stop these massive towers going up. They are staining the very integrity of these landscapes.

    We have also gained the support from the “ International Society of Doctors for Environment “ a professional organisation  made up of Professors/Doctors/Scientists and Researchers representing 26 countries.They support this petition for government to take action regarding the ‘exposure’ of EMR on environment and communities based on the “Medical evidence – and the Precautionary Principle”.

    There is an urgent need for relevant biodiversity studies to be conducted in these world heritage areas before towers blanket these pristine areas with potentially wildlife damaging radio frequency radiation.

    We would greatly appreciate you and your readers consider signing our petition and assist us by circulating this petition to greatly help to get many signatories before lodging it to the federal senate:

    We only have a small window period at this point in time before the next elections, and before the final placements of 11 towers that will be placed ‘within’ one of our World Heritage rainforest parks of Mt Nardi and many other towers proposed that would saturate this environmentally sensitive region,staining the very integrity of these landscapes – We do have options for Fiber optic in this region as all homes and dwellings have existing landlines.

    Please also find here, the government ‘oz towers‘ website that shows you the list of the many towers proposed for our regions & others ,simply type in 2480 postcode for this region or 2482 for the other valley’s that include Byron Bay & Mullumbimby on the other side of Nightcap range etc. It is quite overwhelming.

    Please note many of us are worried regarding the effects that may occur from long term 24 Hr all year round exposure of EMR on the pollinators and wildlife based on the reports from International research. That may in turn also have an effect on the rain forests and
    food production in this environmentally sensitive region.

    There have also been matters of concern raised by the spokesperson from the Bundjalung Nation here,Mickey Ryan, regarding possible breaches taking place under the Aboriginal Heritage and Biodiversity Act ; by these telcos,which is of great concern to all of
    us. Of course we also hope that our concerns for possible health impacts will be proven
    wrong. However until certain reports are completed and then substantiated we simply do not know what long term effects may take place with this type of ‘experimental communications into the future.

    We believe that the legal term of the “medical evidence – and the precautionary principle” should be applied when regarding using this ‘style of experimental communications on the public and environment, by our communication / Health and environment ministers.

    Kind regards,
    Melissa Hallett
    Lillian Rock.2480

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.




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