The plan has also been roundly criticized by physician’s organizations, community groups, and local governments. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine strongly urged the CPUC in a letter last week to abandon the wireless smart meter program in CA, citing peer-reviewed studies indicating large risks to public health. “Many modern studies show metabolic and genomic damage from RF and ELF exposures below the level of intensity that heats tissues. The FCC guidelines are therefore inadequate for use in establishing public health standards. … These effects accumulate over time.”
Because the system’s wireless mesh network intentionally repeats signals from neighboring meters–and radiation along with it–many people are being sickened not only by smart meters on their own properties but also on those of their neighbors. Residents of multi-unit dwellings that have banks of 20 or more meters on a single exterior wall are disproportionately affected.
Such residents are particularly furious about the plan they say entirely neglects their right to health. “Our situation is not helped at all by the option to ‘opt out.’ If PG&E were to let us opt out and agreed to take away the smart meter for our apartment, we would still have 42 of them left under our edroom,” said East Bay resident Tom Rossi.
Nearly fifty local governments in California have formally objected to the smart meter deployments. A report issued last week by the Santa Cruz County Health Department found that radiation from smart meters poses serious health risks and that these risks are largely being ignored by those state and federal agencies responsible for oversight. “Evidence is accumulating on the results of exposure to RF at non-thermal levels, including increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier, harmful effects on sperm, [and] double strand breaks in DNA.”
Many elected officials recently signed a petition to the CPUC, demanding that no fees be charged to customers who opt out of smart meters. It states: “The decision…does not protect the health or safety of all residents and imposes a prejudicial financial burden on ratepayers who chose to opt out of the program.” This petition has already been signed unanimously by all members of the Boards of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, Marin County and Lake County, as well as the Mayors and all members of the City Councils of Ross, Fairfax and Sebastopol.
Local governments and communities throughout California and across the country continue to assert their rights to reject smart meter mesh networks within their jurisdictions.
When: This Wednesday Feb. 1st 9am
Where: 505 Van Ness Ave (at McAllister in Civic Center. Parking available
at Civic Center underground lot at Polk and McAllister, one block away.
What: CA Public Utilities Business Meeting. Commissioners will vote on
smart meter opt out policy. Members of the public have the right to speak
for 1-2 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.
Those opposing the extortionate opt out fees will be available for interview.