Working to counter the growing cancer of smart meters in Oklahoma: Class action lawsuit forming

legalThe law firm of Powers at Law LLC, Stop Smart Meters in Oklahoma, and residents in Oklahoma are teaming up to “counter the growing cancer of smart meters in Oklahoma”.

They seek to raise awareness of the smart meter problem and want to connect with people who are opposed to smart meters.  They are preparing for a class action lawsuit.   Please see their letter here: Oklahoma smart meter class action lawsuit

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This is not a tree

This is not a Tree is one man’s journey to understand the new grid of cell towers, and cell sites that have sprung up all around us. “This is not a tree” questions the notion that cell phones in our pocket, up to our head, wifi at home, work, schools, and cell towers are perfectly safe.

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CDC recommends caution on cell phones, then removes the warning

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

In response to questions about cell phone radiation and cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a FAQ about Cell Phones and Your Health,

On August 13, 2014 Dr. Joel Moskowitz reported the CDC called for caution on cell phones stating, “Along with many organizations worldwide, we recommend caution in cell phone use.” (see screen shot of original page)

Dr.Louis Slesin of Microwave News also reported on the recommendation.  The statement  was a significant step in acknowledging the health threat of wireless radiation from cell and cordless phones, (and by extension other wireless devices such as baby monitors; wi-fi routers; computers; and smart meters.)

A week after Dr. Moskowitz reported on the FAQ, the CDC removed and substantially changed the language. 

Can using a cell phone cause cancer?
August 13: There is no scientific evidence that provides a definite answer to that question. Along with many organizations worldwide, we recommend caution in cell phone use. More research is needed before we know for sure if using cell phones causes cancer.

August 20:  There is no scientific evidence that provides a definite answer to that question. Some organizations recommend caution in cell phone use. More research is needed before we know if using cell phones causes health effects.

Two other sections were also changed to dumb down the language:

Should people stop using cell phones?
August 13: “Scientific studies are ongoing. Someday cellphones may be found to cause health problems we are not aware of at this time. However it is also important to consider the benefits of cell phones. They can be valuable in an urgent or emergency situation – and even save lives.”

August 20: “At this time we do not have the science to link health problems to cell phone use. Scientific studies are underway to determine whether cell phone use may cause health effects. It is also important to consider the benefits of cell phones. Their use can be valuable in an urgent or emergency situation – and even save lives.”

Do cell phones cause health problems in children?
August 13: “It’s too soon to know for sure. Children who use cell phones – and continue to use them as they get older – are likely to be around RF for many years. If RF does cause health problems, kids who use cell phones may have a higher chance of developing these problems in the future.”

August 20: “It’s not known if cell phone use by children can cause health problems.”

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Alice Hamilton imageI started to wonder if there might be evidence for the recommended caution by the CDC, so I searched their website and found a 2012 Alice Hamilton Award (see Exposure and Risk category/ honorable mention) that went to this study: “Risk of brain tumours in relation to estimated RF dose from mobile phones: results from five Interphone countries”

The award description language is strong on the association between cell phone radiation and cancer, especially compared to the CDC FAQ.  For example:  “…a significant dose-response was found with gliomas for phone use of more than 7 years.”;  “…RF emissions from cell phones could be a causal factor in brain cancer.”; “In addition to providing evidence for cell phone carcinogenesis, the findings of these two papers also help identify preventive measures.”

So why did the CDC take back their public health warning? Dr. Moskowitz comments, “Knowing how much administrative oversight CDC typically provides its media relations unit, we doubt that the CDC’s new policy statements were simply a mistake.”

Dr. Louis Slesin writes, “CDC decided it had overstepped —or, more likely, someone held its feet to the fire.” 

More on this story at: microwavenews.com See also: Say What CDC Flip Flops on Cell Phone Danger

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Stop cell towers on 73 public schools in Prince George’s County

Parents and residents in Prince George’s County Maryland have started a campaign “Safe Schools for Prince George’s County” to stop the construction of cell towers on 73 school grounds citing safety, property devaluation, lack of community notice, zoning issues, and health issues from wireless radiation exposure.  Several cell towers are moving forward despite community opposition.

Many parents had no idea of these plans for their child’s school. Residents near schools were also not notified. Parents are rightly concerned about their children’s health.

Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School
“EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.”

The Coalition is calling for a cancellation of all cell-tower contracts.

SENTINEL_2014-05-22_Duncan_No_BrainerSign their petition: Stop Cell Towers on Prince George’s County Schools

Visit their website for more information: http://www.SafeSchoolsPG.org

Contact them to donate or help out: safeschoolspg@gmail.com

 

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Chicago utility peddles free ice cream to children to promote smart meters

smartmeter Ice-cream_2A Chicago utility is scooping real low to promote smart meters by driving a red ice cream truck passing out free ice cream cones to children and families.  They must be hoping for easy access to deploy their cancer causing fire starters.  Beware of the armed guard. Wheaton smartmetersweet truck armed ComEd

  • Stop Smart Meters list of flavors:
  • Vanilla Grid
  • Chocolate Implanted Chip
  • No-Privacy Pistachio
  • Smart Metered Mint
  • Surveillance Sherbert
  • Radiating Raspberry
  • Cancer Peppermint Stick
  • Burning House Brownie Fudge
  • Bugged Blueberry
  • Controlled Creamy Caramel
  • An assortment of Intelligence Gathering Ice Cream bar

Read more: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2014/08/04/com-eds-smart-ice-cream-flavors-revealed/

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We agree with San Bruno: Remove CPUC President Peevey

Recently the City of San Bruno released emails showing the illegal relationship between The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

The City of San Bruno demanded the immediate removal of CPUC President Michael Peevey and substantial penalties against PG&E after it was exposed that top CPUC and PG&E staff engaged in repeated and illegal private conversations in the ongoing CPUC penalty proceeding related to the deadly 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

“Today’s disclosure demonstrates an ongoing, illicit and illegal relationship between the CPUC and PG&E,” said Mayor Jim Ruane, who released more than 7,000 pages of documents received after San Bruno filed a Public Records Act lawsuit against the CPUC.

ralphBased on our experience with PG&E smart meters and our work at the CPUC, we know this unethical, illicit relationship first hand.  The case against “Ralph Florea” aka Bill Devereaux, the head of PG&E’s smart meter department (who spied on us; circulated private emails to corporate PG&E, the CPUC and others; and sent a spy to photograph our protest) revealed the CPUC and PG&E were discussing our work via emails and held private meetings while our smart meter proceeding was still open.

Emails exchanged between PG&E’s EMF program manager and the CPUC illustrate collusion.  PG&E did not file mandatory exparte legal paperwork. The attached document is redacted by PG&E but you can see the emails are between PG&E and the CPUC.  They are discussing the EMF Safety Network, a conference call, and a letter from the FCC.  See attached: 096SmartMeterInquiry

PG&E created a TAP (Technology Advisory Panel) on smart meters that included members of the CPUC Energy Division, CPUC Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and others, and held meetings at PG&E, but the public was not invited to attend. See one meeting example here: 093SmartMeterInquiry

PG&E trained the CPUC Consumers Affairs Branch (CAB) how to respond to smart meter complaints.  When people called to complain to PG&E about smart meters, then called the CPUC they got the same answer which left customers feeling frustrated and intimidated. See page 281-282

PG&E “Increased frequency of meetings with CAB staff. In addition to regular monthly meetings, met more on as needed basis as Smart Meter concerns began to increase, so CAB staff could provide more accurate and timely responses to customers (2010)”. “PG&E upgraded their phone system to give CAB priority call queue, and provided CAB a Smart Meter Overview to educate and support CAB.”

The EMF Safety Network received many complaints about the CPUC’s response to complaints.  We sent a freedom of information request and asked them “Who tells the Consumer Affairs Branch, and the public advisors office what to tell people who call with complaints about Smart Meters?  Who, or what authority instructs these two divisions on how to respond to ratepayers?

The CPUC attorney responded with: “Phil Enis, a Program Manager with the Commission’s Consumer Service and Information Division, advises the Consumer Affairs Branch regarding responses to customers with complaints about Smart Meters.  Karen Miller, the Public Advisor, also of the Commission’s Consumer Service and Information Division, advises the Public Advisor’s Office staff regarding responses to customers with complaints about Smart Meters.”

No mention of PG&E’s intimate involvement instructing CAB how to respond to Smart Meter complaints.

Thousands of smart meter complaints and the CPUC has never investigated the health risks of pulsed radiation smart meters. Not once has the issue of smart meter safety been addressed in evidentiary hearings.

The CPUC rubber stamped PG&E’s safety claims, based on a declaration from one PG&E employee.

President Michael R. PeeveyAt the core of the debacle is President Michael Peevey who has been the Commissioner for all the major smart meter proceedings. Remember the reassurances the CPUC gave about how the opt-out proceeding would be completed over a year ago?  Nothing has happened in the proceeding since January of 2013.  The CPUC has filed five delays since last December.

The CPUC is promoting smart meters, they are not regulating the utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service.

This casual culture is also evidenced by CFEE meetings where CPUC Commissioners and utility representatives meet.  At this meeting Commissioners Nancy Ryan, President Peevey and PG&E’s Bottorff are present. See CFEE participant list. It’s business as usual that former Commissioner Loretta Lynch says is illegal and should not be happening.

  • We support the demands by the City of San Bruno to establish a culture that prioritizes “safety first” at the CPUC.
  • We support the immediate removal of Michael Peevey.
  • We support immediate legislation requiring the removal of any and all CPUC employees who have previously been employed by utilities.
  • We condemn the CPUC for repeated delays in the current smart meter proceedings where fees for opting out are being challenged on the basis of safety and medical needs.
  • We demand the CPUC hold evidentiary hearings on smart meter safety.
PG&E's smart pig Peevey

PG&E’s smart pig Peevey

A cultural change focused on safety first should be the CPUC’s highest priority.  Join San Bruno residents and others and demand the removal of CPUC President Peevey, sign here:  Gas Pipeline Safety

Tell Governor Brown to remove Michael Peevey too:  http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

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