May 19, 2013 As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters According to the NY TIMES in October , the City Council of Brady Texas voted unanimously to purchase smart electric meters for the city-owned electric utility. Smart meter resistance advocates helped to recall the mayor and defeat election of two council members. “Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property.”
Australian government ordered to compensate worker with electromagnetic hypersensitivity “…The Tribunal found that Dr Alexander McDonald suffered a workplace injury when his alleged sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) from office equipment, was made worse after the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) required him to trial the use of specially designed office equipment – such as a computer enclosed in a faraday cage – in a number of attempts to allow him to work in an modern office environment.” “In this case the perceptions, if any, of Dr McDonald are that the disorder (and therefore the ailment) from which he suffers is caused by exposure to EMF and that the aggravation of the disorder was caused by his exposure to EMF during the trials carried out by his employer,” Mr JW. Constance ruled.
“For these reasons I determine that Dr McDonald has suffered an aggravation of an ailment that was contributed to, to a significant degree, by his employment by CSIRO.”
I Was a Paid Internet Shill: How Shadowy Groups Manipulate Internet Opinion and Debate “…This is my confession… Shills exist. They are real.” This confession by a paid insider illustrates that industry hires people to write comments on articles online to try to appear as if what the industry is promoting is what common people believe.
Union leaders oppose MLGW’s smart meter expansion See this great short video clip which hits important points about the risk of fire, higher utility bills and meter readers as the safety team. MLGW stands for Memphis Light, Gas and Water, in Tennesee. “Meter readers are turning in 13,000 tickets a year of things they’re finding out in the field. Smart Meters will never find those things.”
FOX 5 Investigates: Smart meters spark controversy “I was walking to the seventh tee, when the pro came up and said,‘Jump in the car. We just got a call. Your house is on fire,” Michael Capetto said. He lives in Upper Makefield, near Philadelphia, where the utility PECO this past summer reported at least 15 smart meters caught fire or got so hot, the meters melted. Similar fires have been reported in other states too.”…”..the meter sizzling inside the casing like a piece of bacon”
5/2013 My family recently moved into a new home which has 4 smart meters, we had wifi also initially. I began feeling ill: symptoms included a sensation of electricity coursing through my body, headaches, my blood pressure soared, the sensation of my brain feeling like it was being squeezed, and a sensation of burning on my skin and eyes. I could not find relief anywhere in my home. The symptoms of my three sons are less than my own and more vague: headache, “feeling sick upon waking”, feeling a jolt type feeling sometimes.
I have purchased an RF meter but, even after much reading, still don’t understand the subject very well. I do know that my meter indicated that there are strong fields all over my home and very strong pulse points in four corners of my home from the smart meters. There is literally no place in my house that does not show high RF levels. I can’t escape from this feeling anywhere in my home and I even experience it where ever wifi is being used and even just near people using cell phones and near cell towers.
The effects that I feel from this exposure take a long to to subside even when I go to my father in laws where the meter shows no high levels of RF. I feel much, much better there but still have burning sensations on a much lower level. I have only been away from my home for about 12 hours now and can feel the symptoms greatly reduced.
I am afraid I am being caused permanent damage and most importantly that my young sons may be receiving damage from this exposure. They are only 7,7 (twins), and 10 years old. I am turning to you all for help because I am certain that I will not receive much help from the authorities. My own family cannot understand what is happening to me and to, I fear, my children. I am not crazy or imagining my symptoms. I hold a MA in Social Work, have a BA in psychology, have been employed in a professional setting for many years prior to the birth of my children. – Anon, Indiana, U.S.
May 2013 Illinois Governor Vetoes Smart Grid According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn stated, “We cannot allow big utilities to take over and run roughshod over families and businesses,” He then stamped the veto with so much gusto that he sent a pen on the table tumbling to the floor. “We’re not going to let the utilities run Illinois.”
May 3, 2013 Peevey’s Priority: Senate Hearing or Napa Winery? “The embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission recently ignored the call to answer tough questions by state senators in Sacramento and instead decided to attend a conference at an exclusive Napa resort and a reception at an upscale winery in St. Helena, both of which were captured on hidden camera by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit.”
4/29/2013 I am a 31 year old Female and I reside in Plantation, FL. I would say I started to notice major health concerns since the FPL Smart meter was put beside our bedroom window and it did me in. It gradually kept giving me headaches. Also, I have permanent retainers from wearing braces, behind my bottom and top teeth. Anytime a wi-fi or cell signal passes me I get a metal taste in my mouth. My Smart Meter peak occurred when I was in a deep sleep around 6:00am and was awaken to massive pressure in my head. It felt like my brain was on fire and it wanted to explode all at the same time. I woke up frantically screaming . I was holding my head and I had my husband scared. I hurried out of the bedroom still holding my head.
We were up all morning trying to figure out what it was. I felt as if my brain had burned. I knew it was from the Smart Meter because I was feeling it a little more each day. I called to have the Smart meter removed. For the rest of the week I felt the left side of my head and face numb. I couldn’t speak properly or concentrate. Since then I have not been the same. I have a very difficult time concentrating. The newest thing that is occurring is that I feel my skin burning. I feel the top of my head burning as well.
Since the whole Smart meter incident we have removed our home wi-fi and we put our cell phones on airplane mode. What is killing me though is that our entire community not only has Smart Meters but our association just made a deal with AT&T and every house has U-verse. Each house has a wireless modem which transmits wi-fi and television. Even though we had our wi-fi turned off from the modem we also had the company run all the cable lines through the attic to the rooms for television. Our houses are so close together that our house gets both of our neighbors signals from each side. – Florida resident
4/24/2013 Pepco lied, just like PG&E
4/22/2013 San Diego Earth Day Fair
Electromagnetic hypersensitive Finns: Symptoms, perceived sources and treatments, a questionnaire study. Hagström M, Auranen J, Ekman R.
Opinion: Cell Phone Health Risk? Security concerns during the Cold War may have led to the generation of misinformation on the physiological effects of microwave radiation from mobile phones.- Allan H. Frey, The Scientist, September 25, 2012
Cell Phone Carriers & the FCC: Cozy & Colluding An Industry Insider Speaks Out ”The carriers and the FCC have an extremely cozy relationship,” said the engineer. “Whenever there’s a problem, someone in the FCC’s RF safety office warns the carrier and the company then puts the ‘fire’ out.”
3/30/2013 Smart Meter protest at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village California on March 20th 2013. Executives for all the major companies promoting smart grid and smart meter technology gather for a three day conference. Liz Barris leads the charge at this protest and holds nothing back.
President’s Cancer Panel: Environmentally caused cancers are ‘grossly underestimated’ and ‘needlessly devastate American lives.’ — Environmental Health News
“Two Children May Have Died for You to Have Your Mobile Phone” “It’s possible that two children died so that you could have that mobile phone,” says Jean-Bertin, a 34-year-old Congolese activist who wants to end the “absolute silence” around the crimes committed in his country to exploit strategic raw materials like coltan.
Your Phone vs. Your Heart NY Times: “CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere else?”
Family with young children forced to live in the cold and without power for refusing a LADWP Smart Meter
2013/ I am the proud parent of six, of the six children we have four children who are under the age of six. In July of last year the LADWP placed on our home a RF meter, the RF meter was placed on the back of our home which is directly located about 25 to 30 feet away from the LADWP power pole that is located on our property. In July of last year our children started to exhibit health symptoms and health signs that alarmed myself and my husband. The children began to have fevers out of no where, essentially their bodies were boiling and their fevers would go from 101 to 104 and sometimes to 105. My husband is a Clinical Partner at Cedar Sinai Hospital in the ICU so he is versed in the area of taking care of patients in extreme health decline, but he was not prepared to handle the weekly and monthly bouts that our smaller children began to have. Our children also began to have problems with the inability to control their bodily fluids, our five year old began peeing and pooping herself, our four year began to display the same problems, soon many of the smaller children were all displaying these symptoms and concerns. The children became depressed, and essentially we began to realize that our children were not the children who we cared for prior to the RF meter being placed on our property. We were the only family in our area to have this new meter so we do not have a frame of reference in our community to measure the health side effects against. Please help us, we are good honest people who have suffered for the past few months trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together.
3/23/2013 West Kelowna man claims Smart Meters are killing him “…an Okanagan man claims the meters may be interfering with an important medical device – his pacemaker. Jerry Smith, 70, of West Kelowna is partially paralyzed as a result of the 10 strokes he’s had since last August….”
Woman Shocked in Shower by Stray Voltage Wins $4 Million Lawsuit Simona Wilson, 34, a single mother of three boys, has suffered from major medical problems as a result of “stray voltage” from a nearby substation.
3/21/2013 FCC chairman announces resignation – The Washington Post “Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and friend of the president, announced his resignation Friday.
He will be leaving the FCC after a mixed tenure that has disappointed some of the consumer groups that were his earliest supporters, but that also sketched a plan to bring Americans more access to broadband Internet for years ahead.”…
This 173-page report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” by activist Nina Beety has extensive referenced information about many of the problems and risks of the Smart Meter program, with information from state, national, and international resources. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.
Catastrophic’ cyberattack could hit utilities like PG&E “…the California Public Utilities Commission is considering rules to bolster cybersecurity protections. The agency, which held the forum Sample attended, warned in a recent report that utilities are becoming increasingly vulnerable as their networks add smart meters and other computerized gear…”"…All it would take to cause havoc is a $60 smartphone application, which an attacker could use to wirelessly communicate with one of the key computerized systems that utilities depend on to control their operations, according to a study by security firm Pike Research.
Currently, “many attacks simply cannot be defended,” it concluded. “Utility cybersecurity is in a state of near chaos.”
Israeli scientists find possible link between cellphone use, thyroid cancer Findings are ‘first evidence of changes in thyroid cells in response to electromagnetic radiation’ says researcher, ‘but drawing sweeping conclusions … is still far off.’
Belgium: Cell phone sales and advertising ban to protect children There will no longer be advertising specifically targeting children younger than 14 years of age. Sellers will be obliged to inform their customers of the “specific absorption rate” of mobile phones, that is, the level of radiation of the device. The sale of mobile phones specifically designed for young children up to age 7 will be banned in Belgium.
1/28/2013 PG&E doesn’t care, a kid’s perspective
Examiner: Something is still wrong with the smart meters Writer Norman Lambe outlines his concerns regarding smart meters and gas explosions. “A glitch in the construction of the meters soon became apparent to the installers, and created a situation in which arcing could take place creating a spark, and if a natural gas leak existed anywhere in the vicinity serious problems could result, as witnessed to by the San
Bruno explosion.” He calls for a federal probe on the possible connection between Smart Meters and gas explosions stating, ” I believe it is time for a federal probe into finding out once and for all the responsibility for the natural gas explosions taking place to
determine if the smart meters are responsible.”
11/20/2012 New Page Added: EMF Safety Network Legal Work
11/17/2012 Smart Meter Infrastructure
11/15/2012 DONATE page updated
11/14/2012 TAKE ACTION page has been updated
11/14/2012 CPUC Evidentiary Hearings
SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping cell phone in bra may lead to breast cancer KTVU News
The Perils of Texting While Parenting: (Wall Street Journal) Are too many parents distracted by mobile devices when they should be watching their kids? A recent rise in injuries, reversing the longstanding trend, has doctors worried that the answer is yes.
10/09/2012 CPUC smart meter opt out testimony
10/06/2012 Take Back Your Power!
10/3/2012 “Smart” Water Meter or NO water!
10/02/2012 Allan Frey Opinion: Cell Phone Health Risk? The Scientist
Smart Meter, Dumb Idea? Wall Street Journal online
Fairfield Iowa water department proposed to halt implementation of smart water meters and to reimburse citizens for opt-out fees for the smart water meters.
From The Ecologist: Is your smartphone damaging your health?
9/19/2012 Georgia Family reports Smart Meter fire. (See video available here)
9/12/2012 Separating Industry Fiction from Facts
Michigan PSC Orders All Utilities to Offer Smart Meter Opt Out!
8/29/2012 KPFA interview – Smart Meter Lawsuit
8/26/2012 Toxic lightbulbs/ busting the green myth
8/25/2012 Woman wants electric company to replace TV (Texas) ” Long blames the installation of a smart meter at her house for shorting out her flat screen and causing her microwave to act up. She also said her radio now broadcasts more static than music. “I left the house (to run some errands) and when I came back, nothing was working,” …It appears an electrical surge fried the TV set and might be responsible for putting the microwave on the fritz. At least, that’s what Long said her electrician told her.”
8/23/2012 Houston Smart Meter Fire (KHOU news- video)
8/22/2012 PG&E “Ralph” Investigation
Home owner blames smart meter installation for destructive fire (Global TV BC News)
All Your Records Are Belong to U.S. “Twice in the last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that the government can access records about you held by third parties without getting a warrant. It’s a nice illustration of the broad and deep reach of the “third party doctrine.”
8/10/2012 O Accountability, Where Art Thou?
8/4/2012 Melted Smart Meter
Sandi Maurer interview on KSRO (note: mis-statement 177,000 on PG&E delay list)
7/12/2012 Court sides with smart-meter foes on health issues PORTLAND — The Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health and safety issues related to Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of smart meters and should now do so, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
7/3/2012 We are suing the CPUC!
Donate NOW! page has been updated.
TAKE ACTION page has been updated.
6/20/2012 Residential fire erupts one day after a Smart Meter was installed. Fire Investigators looking into the cause. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280
6/17/2012 Dr. Devra Davis, “Cell Phone Dangers”
Download stop tower flyer/ Occidental, sign petition attend: August 7- Santa Rosa
6/12/2012 Ashland drops smart meter opt-out fee
Smart meters are ‘massive surveillance’ tech – privacy supremo/ The European Data Protection Supervisor has warned that smart meters are a significant privacy threat and wants limits on the retention and use of customer data before it’s too late.
6/6/2012 Ojai CA bans Smart Meters, Smart Meter page updated
6/2/2012 NEW Resource: Reference List for Wireless Health Impacts
5/04/2012 NEWS: Electrical pollution: Are we being poisoned? Fueled in part by studies that show children exposed to heavy levels of electromagnetic fields have a greater chance of developing leukemia, several countries in the European Union have established strict safety thresholds – limits far below what’s commonplace in the United States. Houston KRIV TV, Texas.
5/03/2012 Call for Smart Meter Declarations
TAKE ACTION page updated
4/25/2012 PG&E’s spying may cost them
4/18/2012 Is the electrical grid the next Titanic?
Take Action page updated.
04/12/12 Industry insiders: insufficient security controls for smart meters Homeland Security News
April 11, 2012 FBI: Smart Meter Hacks Likely to Spread- series of attacks cost Utility hundreds of millions of dollars.
April 5,2012 PG&E smart meter assessment report
We Are EMR Guinea Pigs, video by Jerry day- discusses smart grid surveillance, privacy invasion and poses that saturating the environment with electromagnetic radiation is mass murder. “Electromagnetic radiation dismantles you from the inside out.”
3/28/2012 Dear Ms. Burt
3/24/2012 “That’s right. Your refrigerator is a snitch and your television is watching you back. Where on earth do I get these crazy, paranoid ideas? Why from the news, of course, and from the Director of the CIA himself, David Petraeus. No folks, I’m not making it up. Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ the art of spying – allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering, or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.” Goodman Green- Brasscheck Watch the video!
The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says net-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ surveillance. “Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus…The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.”
3/17/2012 SMUD shenanigans
3/16/2012 Start at 53:30 on video-listen to SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) plotting to discourage smart meter opt by leveraging extortion fees!
3/15/2012 Florida report: State Fire Marshal working with St. Lucie Fire District to review smart meter safety on Treasure Coast
Smart Meter Fires and Explosions page has been updated
3/14/2012 Smart meter video Australia
3/11/2012 Smart Meter health complaints and complaints updated
3/1/2012 Knesset (Israel) backs bill requiring cell phones to bear health hazard warning The labels will read ‘Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.’ A bill requiring all cellphones sold in Israel to bear a health-hazard warning label passed its first of three readings into law on Wednesday.
From Norman Lambe (LA Home and Business Insurance Examiner). “For myself, as an adjuster, I believe the Smart Meters are a real a threat to the safety of your home, business and property. I have personally worked two large homeowner fires in which the Smart Meters were determined as responsible. Also, they have been responsible for several small fires in which appliances and computers have been destroyed.”
“THE state’s electrical union fears someone will have to die before safety concerns about controversial smart meters are addressed…The Electrical Trades Union has repeated demands to suspend the rollout until power companies commit to mounting all meters on flame-resistant boards.”
ETU secretary Dean Mighell said about half a dozen more damaged meters had “exploded” since last week in Hadfield, Coburg and Pascoe Vale. About 1700 homes in the Pascoe Vale area had been affected by power surges, he said. Power supplier Jemena has replaced six smart meters around Pascoe Vale that failed during a power surge in early January. Spokesman Scott Parker said a further 55 would be replaced by next Wednesday as a precaution.”
2/23/2012 Palo Alto, CA the center of California’s High Tech Silicon Valley, Rejects Smart Meters.
2/20/2011 Shady smart meter cop-out
2/4/2012 Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has again defended the roll-out of smart meters, amid concerns they are causing a growing number of house fires.
Would you give your child the keys to the car or a shot of whiskey just because she really wanted it? Why iPads and iPhones are Not Kids’ Toys
On October 22nd of 2011, my life changed forever. I was sitting writing a letter to my daughter, and I began to get stinging, shooting pains in my jaw and ear area…(More)
For over a year my parents have been waiting to have their smart meter replaced with an analog meter for health reasons. PGE has been unresponsive and neglected my parents health and their request to have the smart meter removed. (More)
UK: Smart meters for energy to be voluntary/ Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.
1/23/2012 EMF Health damage from sick apartment Living with magnetic fields from bad wiring under the floor, swollen feet and ankles, rotting toe nails and gaping leg sores…
1/14/2012 Could Internet Addiction Disrupt Brain’s Connections? “A small Chinese study suggests that the brains of teenagers who are seemingly addicted to the Internet have abnormal “white matter,” the biological insulation that surrounds the wiring between neurons.”
1/6/2011 New study posted: Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: Fact or fiction?
Stephen J. Genuisa,a Christopher T. Lipp,b http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=609
Dr. David Carpenter and Josh Hart talk with Dr. Gary Null on NY radio about wireless health risks (brain cancer and leukemia) from smart meters. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/progressive-commentary-hour/
12/21/2011 Smart Meter SCAM
12/19/2011 PG&E supports analog meter option
12/16/2011 PG&E backs down
Explosion during SmartMeter installation leaves Florida utility sub contractor with 2nd and third degree burns from arcing.
12/15/2011PG&E cuts power for Smart Meter refusal
12/14/2011 New Troubles With Smart Meters PG&E cuts power after mother restored analog to protect children suffering headaches and bloody noses. KSBW News
12/10/2011 “Smart Meters should be banned”
12/08/09 Angry customers return smart meters
12/06/2011 Melted smart meter at heart of SF house fire
12/04/2011Replacing your smart meter
11/30/2011 Nevada News investigates public complaints with Smart Meters, including cost, privacy and health. Smart Meter News
11/28/2011 Industry safety assurances unwise
11/27/2011 Scientists warn solar flares could disrupt power grid: “…the entire power grid could get zapped, which could cause trillions of dollars of damage.”
11/26/2011 Wifi computer study: significant decrease in progressive sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation.
11/22/2011 Opt out OUTRAGE!
11/21/2011 I am writing in regards to Smart Meters that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Over the past 6-7 months I have recently developed Tinnitus, Migraines and Blurred sensitive vision. (More)
11/19/2011 Dr Andrew Goldsworthy on WI-FI in Schools
11/16/2011 Smart meter foes file to put issue to voters Naperville Illinois
11/15/2011 As you may have noticed I have coined the term S&Ms for Smart Meters , because the (S)adistic electric companies are installing these monsters and it could only be (M)asochists who would want to Opt-In to have them installed. (More)
11/14/2011 I do not have a SmartMeter on my house and most of my neighbors don’t. But as the meters have increased nearby the ringing in our ears is near constant here and sometimes intolerable. (More)
11/11/2011 Smart Meter Critics Say Devices Are Not Smart Or Safe NBC News Los Angeles
11/09/2011 I was switched on to a Smart Meter without my consent. ( a notice was sent out only) Since that time, I’ve had issues with severe anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, headaches, buzzing and ringing in my ears…(More)
11/08/2011 Since the smart meters were installed, I have difficulty breathing, have headaches which I never had, sleep problems, balance problems…(More)
I am having serious health issues since the meter was installed. And, not prior. My home has become toxic. (More)
11/07/2011 CEO Brian Stein, “I am EMF sensitive”
In Australia, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade launched an official investigation into fires, linked to Smart Meters. (More)
11/6/2011 My family and I have been experiencing negative health effects since the smart meter was installed. (More)
11/3/2011 PG&E’s Big Confession
11/1/2011 Disconnect video trailer: http://vimeo.com/31336824
Ever since the Smart Meter has been installed in my house I have suffered insomnia, constant headaches and… (More)
10/31/2011 Family forced to move after suffering health problems,Smart Meter refugees, since neighbors meter installed (Australia)
10/25/2011 In May of 2010 they installed a RF Smart Meter. Between then and June 2011, I had made four trips to an ER for heart palpitations, tinnitus, extreme fatigue with mental confusion and inability to sleep. (More)
10/20/2011 Stop Funding Harmful Smart Meter Electrosmog
10/18/2011 My desk is on the other side of the wall from the smart meter.
I am 42 and in excellent health. However, since this was put on our home without any permission I have had severe headaches and my right eye is twitching now uncontrollably. (More)
10/14/2011 From January 2011 regarding Smart Meter skyrocketing bills: “We eventually had to move because we couldn’t pay the utility bills,” she says. “Now I have a $9,000 bill on my credit report.” Rage Against the Machine
10/12/2011 I have very disturbing symptoms after living for a year and a half sandwiched between 30 gas smart meters on one side and 30 electric smart meters on the other side. (More)
10/09/2011 Tampering defined
Empowering Choices post updated
9/29/2011 Smart meter leaves owners dumbfounded After an attempted smart meter installation went bad, a British Columbia Canada home was left with no power, and the utility company told them they had to hire an electrician to fix the problem. “It is really upsetting,” Rieke told The Richmond Review. “They’re trying to tell you you’re at fault, that it’s a fire hazard and that you’re responsible.” More
Edison installed a new smart meter yesterday. I did not sleep last night. There is something going on in my head and body. I have ringing in my ears at a very high pitch. (More)
9/22/2011 Peevey OKs Analogs!
9/17/2011 I have had severe headaches since a Smart Meter was installed on my house. When I leave to visit my Mom in a place where there are no Smart Meters, my headaches subside. As soon as I come home, the headaches return. (More)
9/16/2011 The Solvang City Council voted to send a letter to the CPUC asking for a Smart Meter no cost opt out.
This is becoming such a critical issue all over the globe, including my soon-to-be “former home” of 23 years: the city of Burbank, CA. I am being forced to leave the city that I have loved living in, where I have friends and family and community ties. The place that I thought of as a safe and friendly haven.
I began to experience severe health affects within 5 hours of the installation of 4 GE Trilliant smart meters on my small apartment complex on 7/28/2011. (More)
9/12/2011 Australia Power scandal exposed An explosive investigation into the massive mistakes being made with power bills reveals serious flaws that affect nearly every electricity user.
Since PG&E put in their ‘smartmeter’ (oxymoron), I wake up with a headache every day and I am always tired no matter how much sleep I get. I have been depressed, lethargic and forgetful. I have so much trouble thinking clearly, it interferes with my daily functioning. (More)
9/10/2011 More Smart Meter Snake Oil- Glendale News Opinion “Does anyone with a shred of common sense need another energy consuming gadget to advise them that when they lower temperatures or activate air conditioners, power use will either decline or rise in use? We should be working with what we have — our brain.”
9/08/2011 “From Dec 2010 to April 2011 four ‘smart meters’ were installed within 20 feet of our bed. Since that time we’ve experienced headaches, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations and insomnia, ONLY when we sleep in our bed in this house.” (more)
Diane Nagby commented on the article (SDG&E: Few Have Health Complaints About Smart Meters): “It is clear there was no concern for the health or well-being of the general public prior to rolling out the smart meter. Auto companies are required to do recalls on automobiles when it is determined there is the slightest defect that may be a safety issue to consumers. Why are the utility companies not being held to the same standard of care as the auto industry? (More)
9/07/2011 Mast-Victims.Org an online community where people “living under the threat of masts and antennas can record their case histories and share their thoughts online.” posted on Electrical Sensitivity
9/04/2011 Palo Alto CA, Power surge, raises questions about Smart Meters, “a good example of how sometimes the old way is the good way”.
8/30/2011 I have made three prior telephone requests advising SDGE of the serious side effects concerning my health since the installation of the smart meter device at my home. Three different individuals came out to my house on three separate occasions, all armed with the same propaganda, the same zero concern for my health or the safety of my home. (more)
I currently have a 4 bedroom house that I can only use two bedrooms of due to the radiation being emitted from your smart meters. (more)
8/29/2011 I have spent the past 22 days living out of my car, finding shelter at various friends’ homes in the evening. The temperatures in Southern California have been in the high 90s and over. I am exhausted, frightened, and do not know where to turn. (more)
Recently I tried to spend the night in a neighborhood that had Smart Meters, in a home that was on the delay list and did not have one. After 8 hours, I was so ill I had to drive out of there at 2:30 in the morning (more)
8/25/2011 Driven Out by Power Line (PLC) Signals (more)
8/24/2011 Fridge blows after smart meter installed
8/23/2011Locking ring cut by SCE
8/22/2011 Man disputes $11,857 bill from PG&E “It may be the biggest PG&E bill in Kern County. A business owner contacted 17 News after PG&E sent him a bill for nearly $12,000 for a piece of farm equipment that hasn’t been running on any electricity for the past three months…” “PG&E can cover up some things with the homeowners. It might be $50 or $75. That stuffs easy,” Paul said. “They can justify the rate changes, but it’s obvious that there’s something wrong with that SmartMeter.”
“This is the aftermath of one of those new smart meters not being properly installed. (more)
Action Line: Remodeler finds SmartMeter interference with circuit breakers (more)
Power cuts, by remote: TVs, air conditioners and fridges could be switched off remotely by power companies during peak times under plans to rein in households’ demand for electricity.
8/18/2011 My name is Diane Nagby and I and my pets are also a victim of the Smart Meter. Dizziness, ringing in my ears, insomnia, nausea, rapid heart beat. I had none of these problems prior to the installation of the Smart Meter. (more)
8/17/2011 “Wow. I just had a hugely unpleasant encounter with a couple of guys from PG&E who wanted to install a smart meter at my house…” (more)
8/16/2011 The next scene in smart meter wars: Hacking? SF Chronicle
8/15/2011 Surge in electric hostility
8/14/2011 Our addiction to technology trumps caffeine, chocolate and alcohol – latimes.com
8/12/2011 New handout- Dumb Meters are Costing us!
Could Hackers Break into Your Electric Meter? | Solar at Home, Scientific American Blog Network
8/11/2011 Maine Utility Removed Smart Meter From Home because it interfered with the security system-Restoring the analog took 5 minutes
Santa Barbara City Council votes to send letter to CPUC asking for more research on health impacts. Smart Meters Hit City Hall
8/06/2011 Dirty Meters
8/2/2011 NEW! CA flyer: Restore the Analog Utility Meters
NEW! PG&E flyer: Avoid PG&E Smart Meters for Free!
Prenatal Exposure to Weak Magnetic Fields Leads to Childhood Asthma First Prospective EMF Epidemiological Study Ever Done
More Q and A with PG&E (this document includes PG&E’s responses regarding how often meters transmit RF, in 2-20 millisecond pulses, 45 seconds a day – (a second is 1000 milliseconds)
http://www.concienciaradio.com/nosmartmeters/ Spanish site (under construction)
7/29/2011 People vs. PG$E
7/25/2011 Contact 13: The Bottom Line on SmartMeters Nevada News
Protecting children from mobile radiation Kevin S O’Neill, Neurosurgeon
7/16/2011 Oh, Say Can You See
7/15/2011 Smart Meters: Switch and Fry?
Frankly when the electrical shocks in my body began at random I didn’t connect the dots to a smart Meter issue. (more)
7/14/2011 Not-So-Smart Meter Leaving Grandmother, Children in the Heat Houston Texas
7/12/2011 NEW! Wireless Utility Meter Survey
7/11/2011 On Dec. 31st, 2010, approx. 22 smart meters were installed in our building. They are directly under our apartment. On Jan. 26, 2011, my husband, while sleeping, suffered a tonic clonic seizure. (more)
7/09/2011 Harmful Radio Waves- The Invisible Health Threat Of Wireless SmartMeters by Kate Bernier
7/08/2011 NEWS Study downplaying cellphone risks funded by manufacturers
7/07/2011 Smart Meter Fires and Explosions Page has been updated, new comments added: (more)
7/06/2011 Appling Family Blames House Fire On Georgia Power Meter- News Video (more)
Smart Meters Generate Heavy Protest as Santa Barbara County Supervisors Hear from Public Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors votes to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission requesting a free opt-out option for local customers.
Smart Meter Smack Down Utility Companies Blistered from All Sides over Eco-Friendly Energy Meters
San Jose Mercury News editorial: PUC president must resign
7/05/2011 PG&E recently installed ‘smart’ meters in my neighborhood. They do not tell you when they will come, but warn you to shut off things like computers that might be damaged when power is restored. When I arrived home, I only had power in my kitchen. The PGE repairman said that installation of smart meters was frying many meter receiver boxes. (more)
NEW! 2010 Complaints from California Public Utilities Commission 2010_PGE_Smart_Meter_Complaints
7/03/2011 Smart Meter Surveillance
Wired but tired: is modern life draining your energy? The Ecologist
“This is a health issue,” Pauline Holeton said. “I’m sensitive to electromagnetic fields. I got a smart meter put on my house in November and got it taken out in January. I told them I would take a chainsaw and rip it off if they didn’t come out and get it. I now have the old analog meter.” Michigan News story
7/02/2011 One Person Cited, Another Arrested At Smartmeter Protest KTVU News
“Smart” Meters Exposed: Monterrey Green party meeting, video in four parts with Josh Hart and Nina Beety
6/28/2011 Smart Meter Arcing Hazard
CAPITOLA, CA: Protesters Ready To Fight Installation Of Smart Meters KTVU
Capitola Tries to Stop Smart Meters (KSBW TV video)
After a Smart Meter was installed in this Florida woman’s home she said the meter “caught fire and fried my beautiful new kitchen” – over $31,000 in damages to many of her home appliances. The Florida power company refuses to take the blame. See this video: Help Me Howard, FPL Smartmeter
6/19/2011 Danger in the Air?
Women’s Health Alert It’s not just cell phones that cause cancer Nan Fuchs, PhD
6/17/2011 After having a smart meter installed on our home, with out any one ever asking if we wanted one or not, I have terrible headaches every single day. (more)
6/15/2011 Empowering choices
I am so sick & dying from the smart meters. I was sick before I moved here & became way worse. Several hospital trips and two hospital stays. (more)
6/7/2011 In Houston Texas, “Local 2 investigates Smart Meter fires” reports they looked into homeowners complaints of Smart Meter fires and found some people are left with no electricity and major damage to their homes, including burnt out appliances after a Smart Meter has been installed by the utility. See Video.
6/5/2011 I have recently moved to a place with a smart meter.
Since I have moved I have experienced, headaches, agitation, dizziness, upset, acid reflux, and ringing at certain periods. (more)
6/3/2011 I suffer from EMF sensitivity and although my husband and I were able to prevent PG&E from installing a smart meter (oxymoron) at our home, we are already feeling the ill effects from our neighbors’ “SM” which was installed within 10 feet of our house. (more)
I am EMF sensitive, use to live under cell phone tower, had to run away from it. Now the worse nightmare had come true again, the smart meter just right out side and in our living space, in the front, on the back yard and everywhere around us. (more)
6/2/2011 The smart meter was installed in my neighborhood about a week ago, after it was installed my dogs started going crazy. I have not had a good night sleep since. (more)
6/1/2011 I have been living with a smart meter for only 3 weeks and have been suffering nausea, anxiety, depression and a low grade head ache. (more)
Smart Meter Fire and explosions page has been updated, including Some blame ‘smart’ meter for Portland restaurant fire
5/31/2011 SmartMeters: Who has the power?
cannot explain nor rationalize what I have experienced in the past few months since PG&E installed a smart meter at my residence. Since February 2012 I have had experienced the following: (more)
Cell Phones and Smart Meters- SF Gate
News: Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says- NY Times.com
5/30/2011 Woozy from wifi? ‘Electrosensitive’ say modern life makes them ill Today Show
While my landlord and housemate and I have temporarily succeeded in preventing PG&E from removing our analog electric meter in favor of a wireless smart meter, my next door neighbor’s landlord thought it would be a fabulous idea to have one installed. (more)
I have been trying to figure out why my daughter and I have had such intense headaches and now I know. I want my Smart Meter removed. (more)
I have been experiencing ringing in my ears at home for the last 5-6 days. I read an article last night about these smart meters causing tinnitus and I realized the ringing began the same time the meter was installed. (more)
5/28/2011 Opponents of PG&E ‘smart meters’ stand firm- LA TIMES
5/27/2011 I have been disabled by electrosensitivity for about 5 years, but not to RF, just to ELF (power lines, motors, etc — magnetic fields). But since June of 2010 the area I have been in was thoroughly smart metered, so they have been all around me but not on the house I spend the most time in because we put up No Smart Meter signs. (more)
5/25/2011 Researchers Say New Studies Confirm Cell Phone Hazards, “Stunning proof” ignored in North America, scientists say- Consumer Affairs.com
5/24/2011 Who pays for the Smart Grid?
5/23/2011 NEWS Cell Phone Towers: The 3 am Alarm Clock- Townsend Letter
5/22/2011 Smart Meter Opt-In Left Out
5//20/2011 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment
From the summary: “While electrical and electromagnetic fields in certain frequency bands have fully beneficial effects which are applied in medicine, other non-ionising frequencies, be they sourced from extremely low frequencies, power lines or certain high frequency waves used in the fields of radar, telecommunications and mobile telephony, appear to have more or less potentially harmful, non-thermal, biological effects on plants, insects and animals, as well as the human body when exposed to levels that are below the official threshold values.”
A year ago I developed trigeminal neurolgia along with dizziness and weakness. Now I have peripheral neuropathy which includes burning, tingling and numbness. After reading the article in the LA Times about Smart Meters I called SCE to find out when they installed them here. They said May of 2010, a year ago, which coincides with my neuropathy. (more)
About a month after PG&E installed the smartmeters, my husband and I both started getting headaches, some so severe that sometimes I was getting blurred vision. We both had very loud piercing sounds in our ears. (more)
5/16/2011 I’m already electrically sensitive. I immediately feel very sick when I try to use a cell phone (and have for years). I feel dizzy in a home that has WiFi and also in banks, airports and places with a lot of radiation. Given this, I do not want (and will vehemently fight the installation of) a smartmeter. (more)
5/11/2011 I am going to take on PG&E starting tomorrow for damaging my health due to the installation of 4 smart meters right outside my bedroom window, and since then my health has been continuously deteriorating. (more)
5/10/2011 Cell Phone Radiation? Text, Don’t Talk, advises FCC- Forbes
5/9/2011 Commentary by Dr. Louis Slesin of Microwave News on “protection devices’: Scams Galore
5/3/2011 Radiation Research Trust EHS TEST
4/29/2011 Smart Meters, Shame on you Grandpa
4/27/2011 Call PG&E to skip Smart Meters
4/23/2011 Smart Meters: unregulated, unsafe…
I am (was) a very healthy individual, and have all the past medical information to prove it. In the last year I have been suffering illness that I feel is direclty related to the Smart Meter on my home. (more)
Since December I have been experiencing a terrible condition called Tinnitus. I hear sound in my head 24/7 which at times has left me unable to work or sleep and coincides with the installation of new smart meters on my home. (more)
4/16/2011 Smart Meters interfere with town radios Canada
4/12/2011 19. 3 PG&E Smart Meters Explode at Santa Rosa Mall
According to the incident report from the Santa Rosa Fire Department on April 7, firefighters found the electrical room at the Santa Rosa Mall “charged with smoke” and “upon investigation found 3 PG&E meters that had blown off the electrical panel causing damage to the interior wiring of the electrical panel. A fire was still smoldering..”
4/8/2011 Smart meter made me sick every day. (more)
*NEW* Flyer Smart Meters: Beyond the Greenwash
4/7/2011 Though I never was electrically sensitive before, an extreme exposure to Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) from just one of PG&E’s digital SmartMeters, (from 10/31/09 to 3/3/10), left me as an electrically sensitive person. Along the way, the experience of dealing with PG&E to take the SmartMeter out was truly creepy. (more)
4/5/2011 I have developed nodules on my thyroid , dizzy spells, difficulty swallowing, and petite seizures, since the smart meters were put in.(more)
Since the December 4, 2010 installation of PGE Smart Meter in my apartment building, I have been a Smart Meter refugee. December 30th I fled my apartment with severe symptoms and only the clothes on my back to Marin General ER. (more)
We just discovered that the smart meter had been installed here without our permission, which coincided with our physical problems. We are so upset about this that we are now considering legal options, at the very least to cover the cost of our medical expenses.(more)
I woke up this morning to a SMUD employee knocking on my door letting me know they were installing smart meters in the neighborhood he replaced my old meter and went on his way. After he left I noticed my scalp tingling and it just wouldn’
t stop the unit was place on my wall outside my Kitchen I was sitting in the living room most of the morning. Not only did my scalp tingle but I felt a little dizzy. (more)
3/28/2011 Levitt and Glendinning: The Problems with Smart Grids: Dumb and Dangerous
Victoria State, Australia, Plug Pulled on Smart Meter Plan
3/27/2011 16. Smart Meter Explodes in Oregon, comment from Stop Smart Meters.org
t know that I had a smart meter until it blew up on 08/12/2010! I am an Oregon PG&E customer, now victim. I want to know if anyone else has seen a smart meter blow up. It threw flames out and black smoke was in the air for hours. more
17. El Cerrito Smart Meter Catches Fire El Cerrito CA Fire Dept Report
Smart Meter was reported to catch fire and was still sparking when the fire crew arrived. more
3/23/2011 Do Smart Meters interfere with Alarms?
Smart Meters Not So Smart- Critics Say Chicago TV
3/14/2011 Editorial: Smart Meters should be customer choice
3/13/2011 Public Policy and Those Pesky Smart Meters by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law
3/5/2011 City of Seaside Bans Smart Meters
About two months ago, after sitting in my living room for several hours, I took my pulse; it was wildly irregular, skipping a beat every 3-7 beats. (more)
3/2/2011 Jerusalem Radiation Effect Must be Checked before 4G System is OK’ed
“The Health and Environmental Protection ministries told the Communications Ministry on Sunday that they will oppose the expansion of cellular phone infrastructure to accommodate “fourth-generation”
(4G) devices, at least until any health effects from the radiation are examined in depth.”
The following letter is from a prominent doctor in Napa:
“I have a patient who is being injured from the SmartMeter. She has a history of Cardiomyopathy from infection and was doing well until the SmartMeter went in last fall…(more)
2/23/2011 The Flaw in Obama’s Wireless Plan (Business Week)
2/13/2011 Smart Meter Shock: electrical hazards found in 3500 homes (Australia)
2/12/2011 They installed our Smart Meter about 3 months ago and I have been extremely sick from the day it was installed. My husband who never has headaches, now has one 24 hrs. a day. (more)
2/09/2011 Green America: Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?
Suspend the Smart Meter rollout now (Victoria, Australia)
2/8//2011 URGENT!! HEART CONDITION- SMART METERS MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY!!! A bank of Smart Meters, that emit radiation 24 hours a day, were installed on the wall of my home, and I have been severely affected with heart palpitations, non-stop ringing in the ears, shortness of breath, insomnia, and sleep interruption, and more. (more)
New Gloucester Sending PUC letter About Smart Meters (4th city in Maine)
2/4/2011 For the past few months, I’ve been having more problems than ever, including difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headaches, and a level of ‘brain fog’
that I have never experienced previously. I did not correlate this to SmartMeters, because…(more)
Are Smart Meters a Smart Idea? Some people say they create health problems, reports Channel 4, San Diego
1/30/2011 I am extremely sensitive to EMF and RF signals since 2005 when a neighbor had 2 cell towers installed about 400′
from our home. We moved from that house and I got better as long as I am not in any contact with any signals. Then we got our SM installed about 9 weeks ago and I have been extremely ill every since. (more)
Two weeks ago they installed smart meters on our row of townhouses. A few days later i felt dizzy; this changed to heart beat very strong – occasional racing –
and now ringing in ears and pressure in chest as well. (more)
I have six smart meters right outside my bedroom and kitchen since they were put in i have been having headache’
s ringing in my ears and nausea. (more)
Wyoming residents intimidated Residents blast smart meters
1/21/11 Smart Meter Petition Humboldt County
1/16/2011 PUC- Smart Grid Tab- Unreasonable (Colorado)
BREAKING NEWS: Grandmother Arrested During PG&E Smart Meter Protest
1/10/09 New York Times Health Concerns over Smart Electric Meters Gain traction in Calif
Smart meters were installed at my house about a year ago and soon after I experienced ringing/buzzing in my ears that keeps me awake at night. (more)
1/09/2010 Commentary by David Wientjes Smart to Worry about Smart Meters
1/89/10 BREAKING NEWS! 47,000 ‘Smart’ Meters pulled in Texas
1/06/2011 Tea Party Group Decries SmartMeters
1/05/2011EMF SAFETY NETWORK FILES SMART METER APPEAL FOR REHEARING AT UTILITIES COMMISSION
NEW YORK TIMES:Calif. County Criminalizes Smart Meter Installations
Smart Meters Could be Abandoned (Victoria Australia)
1/04/2011 Smart Meters can violate FCC RF guidelines: Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters
Town rejected 4.3 million Federal grant money Smart Meters Turned down in Westerville ,Ohio
12/30/2010 Commentary by Judy Vick: Legal Challenge to Smart Meters
Electrical Box Protector IDEAS
12/27/2010 Smart Meter news: Smart Meter protestors Rap About Issue
12/20/2010 Since the “smart” meter installation I’
ve been suffering from headaches, losing sleep, and hearing high pitched ringing..(more)
12/19/2010 I have been in the ER overnight three times this week, with unexplained sickness. I have had a CT Scan of the brain, Stress Test, CTA, EKGs, Ultra Sounds, Blood work and still no definite answer. (more)
“One month ago I moved into a house that has a smart meter installed on the same side of the house as my bedroom. I have been having sleep problems including insomnia, nightmares and restless sleep. I am epileptic and sleep deprivation is very dangerous for me. (more)
12/16/2010 State of Maine Utility CMP Supervisor admits finding Smart Meter fire hazards Media report
Russ Farwell, a CMP unit supervisor, said the technicians are actually discovering more possible fire hazards than the company anticipated, and informing customers of dangers they otherwise would not have known existed. He said, so far, they have discovered 70 to 80 electrical issues in the Portland area. “I didn’t think they’d find that many,”
“Farwell said recently a customer’
s television was destroyed during a meter replacement because the man allegedly did not come to the door when a technician knocked and then left the television on during the meter change.
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12/11/2010 Smart Meter Health Impacts Testimonial
TOP Story: PG&E customers from 6 California counties protested at Wellington, the Smart Meter deployment yard and the PG&E office where they risked arrest. See and hear the action, frustration, resistance, FCC violation evidence, conversations with police and the PG&E management: Scenes From a Shut Down
12/ 08/2010 ” My husband has brain cancer attributed to the radiation from his cell phone. Shortly after installation of the smart meters on our home I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I never had the symptoms prior to the installation of the smart meters- fatigue, depression, joint pain, heart racing, and weight gain…(more)
12/2010 NEWS Study links cellphones to child misbehavior
12/07/21010 “I have been having headaches, heart palpitations, horrible ringing in my ears, dizziness and some nausea, and a burning of my facial skin for 8 months, since PG&E installed a Smart Meter at my house. (more)
12/02/2010 Smart Meter media reports: Consumers push for hearings on health effects of Smart Meters
11/29/2010 “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” SF Nov. 18 2010 Conference videos
11/28/2010Fairfax Begins Abatement Against PG&E
11/27/2010 EON Videos: Wounded By Wireless
Wellington Watch- SMeterMan Flees Bolinas
Smart Meter Revolt in the State of Maine: Smart Meter Safety
Smart Meter Primer by Sierra Salin
11/24/2010 PG&E’S Smart Meter Program Takes More Hits
11/20/2010 Smart Meter Media Reports:
11/18/2010 Smart Meter Media reports CPUC Division Pushes for Smart Meter Health Probe
11/16/ 2010 Smart Meter PD final comments 15-Nov-10
Smart Meter health Impacts- comments
Smart Meter destroying my sleep. (more)
We recently had our smart meters installed, three of which our on our wall, for the three units on our lot. I have a super healthy routine and was drastically improving my health and wellness. I am Vegan, non smoker, non drinker, I record all of my food intake, exercise avidly and slept regularly from 10 pm until 7am. I began to get unexplainable huge rashes on my face. My doctor freaked out and couldn’
t believe the photos and ordered labs immediately, he was sure I had Lupus or Rheumatory Athritis. He sent me to a Rheumatologist ASAP, It then started with the aches and pains, the super dry lips and a loud squealing in my right ear. Even my teeth hurt. (more)
11/11/2010 Smart Meter Media Reports
11/7/2010 Safety tips and videos 16:9 News Investigation: Wi-Fi
Last year I lived in Livermore CA. The meters were changed in Livermore last year. It wasn’
t until I just saw a news story where I have now put 2 and 2 together. Starting in Oct. 09 I have been experiencing terrible ringing in the ears. (more)
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR A HEALTH RISK FROM MOBILE PHONE BASE STATIONS by
Vini G. Khurana, Lennart Hardell, Joris Everaert, Alicja Bortkiewicz, Michael Carlberg, Mikko Ahonen
Human populations are increasingly exposed to microwave/radiofrequency (RF) emissions from wireless communication technology, including mobile phones and their base stations. By searching PubMed, we identified a total of 10 epidemiological studies that assessed for putative health effects of mobile phone base stations. Seven of these studies explored the association between base station proximity and neurobehavioral effects and three investigated cancer. We found that eight of the 10 studies reported increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances < 500 meters from base stations. None of the studies reported exposure above accepted international guidelines, suggesting that current guidelines may be inadequate in protecting the health of human populations. We believe that comprehensive epidemiological studies of long term mobile phone base station exposure are urgently required to more definitively understand its health impact. Key words: base stations; electromagnetic field (EMF); epidemiology; health effects; mobile phone; radiofrequency (RF); electromagnetic radiation.
Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays
B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai
Abstract: The siting of cellular phone base stations and other cellular infrastructure such as roof-mounted antenna arrays, especially in residential neighborhoods, is a contentious subject in land-use regulation. Local resistance from nearby residents and landowners is often based on fears of adverse health effects despite reassurances from telecommunications service providers that international exposure standards will be followed. Both anecdotal reports and some epidemiology studies have found headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, decreased libido, increased rates of suicide, concentration problems, dizziness, memory changes, increased risk of cancer, tremors, and other neurophysiological effects in populations near base stations. The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures. While specific epidemiological research in this area is sparse and contradictory, and such exposures are difficult to quantify given the increasing background levels of RFR from myriad personal consumer products, some research does exist to warrant caution in infrastructure siting. Further epidemiology research that takes total ambient RFR exposures into consideration is warranted. Symptoms reported today may be classic microwave sickness, first described in 1978. Nonionizing electromagnetic fields are among the fastest growing forms of environmental pollution. Some extrapolations can be made from research other than epidemiology regarding biological effects from exposures at levels far below current exposure guidelines.
Safety Tips/Electrical Sensitivity Forced to Disconnect –
Electrohypersensitive fugitives e book by Gunilla Ladberg
I live in San Diego in a small apartment building with 3 apartments. SDGE installed 3 Smart Meters on 9/29/10 and I have been sick as a dog ever since, even to the point of missing work. The Meters are located below my apartment, just below my bathroom wall (I am on the second floor). Using my Entech Meter I tested the outlet in my bathroom and the signal was so distorted I could pick up a radio signal! (more)
Several new media reports:
Critics Voice Concerns about new electric meters (activists in the State of Maine oppose Smart Meters for health reasons)
In July 2010, SDG&E installed Smart Meters in my condo complex. I own a townhouse that is situated in clusters: 8 units per cluster. Therefore 16 Smart Meters were installed in the utilites shed outside my kitchen/bedroom walls, ten feet away. (more)
Sign the “ Moratorium on Wireless Smartmeters in the State of California” petition
Safety Tips/ Electrical Sensitivity
Change how to donate:
Smart Meter Media Reports
Moved, and new page: Smart Meter Media Reports
Moratorium Banning SmartMeters in SCC passed (Santa Cruz County, article includes ordinance pdf)
EMF Global Websites: Raleigh ElectroSensitivity SupporT REST
Regarding the question – any issues with appliances after the Smart Meter install. Within a few days of installation I had the following occur:
Air Conditioning compressor unit failed – = $3500
Laptop computer started running warm and then failed = $1800 new workstation
TV failed – replaced with new energy star thin plasma – = replaced for $2500
Bose surround system failed – replaced for $399 under Bose customer service plan.
Circuit card failed on heater / blower system stopped – = $500
I have checked around the city of Brentwood CA and know of 9 other air conditioning units that failed within days of the install of Smart Meters.
I have lived in my home for over 25 years. I have a propane stove, heater and water heater. I have never EVER had a bill over $250 and that is with a jacuzzi on during winter months! Since the new “smart meter” has been installed my bills have been almost $600 a month! I cannot afford to keep doing this! I do not even use the heater and my grandbabies are COLD! This is ridiculous! Someone please tell me what I can do???!!!
9/11/2010 Action Alert
Are Smart Meters Smart?
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..What is happening in America is happening in my state of Queensland.
We had solar panels put onto the roof of our home, and then the power company came along and installed smart metres in our mains power box. There are three mains power boxes, so therefore there are three smart metres transmitting 24/7. My health has deterioated so much, that I feel that I can’t last.
Our state government has just gone ahead and made it mandatory even though the first state to install them, Victoria, is now finding real serious problems.
All I know is that we have 120 units in our complex, which means in a four acre block we have 120 smart metres.
I have also found that the radiation from these smart metres are also being piggybacked into our home via the electrical wiring and causing further torment.
Smart Meter Health impacts- comments
I choose not to have a cell phone, computer, or use other wireless devices in my home. I’m not interested in having “smart” appliances there either. I avoid exposure to cell phone towers and public places that are “hot spots” for wireless use. This is because I experience headaches, a sensation of pressure in my head, increased heart rate, a sensation of dizziness, and other disturbing symptoms when I am around wireless frequency emissions. Regardless of what others may think, the symptoms are experienced by me, and I DO NOT want to have any wireless devices ON my home, where I cannot get away from them. I have owned this home for 25 years, and plan to stay there. I demand an opt-out option, and refuse to have a Smart Meter on my home.
Intro from EMF consultant Dan Mattson: I have a client who appears to have electrohypersensitivity (EHS). I did a radio-frequency monitoring at her home in the summer of 2008, and at that time her trigger was traced to the wi-fi access point in her dsl modem, which was located in an area where she spent a lot of her time. She didn’t want wi-fi, so she used the wired option, not realizing that the wi-fi feature in her dsl modem was turned on and active by factory default. When she found out and called the phone company, they turned it off remotely. Then her symptoms subsided and she went on to get her life under control. In the fall of 2008, smart meters came to her neighborhood and her symptoms returned and were worse. In a letter to State Senator Dean Florez she wrote:
I have lived in my home in San Leandro since November 2003, and have had two smart meters on my home (1 on gas, 1 on electric meters) since October 2008; and they are throughout my neighborhood since about that same time. I/we are now surrounded by a mesh network of pulsing extremely low emf (ELEMF). I recently had the signals measured by a local technician and can provide a detailed report of his findings. Contrary to what PG&E has told me that these meters emit below the acceptable tolerable range, it’s the ELEMF that can interact with our body’s pulsing ELEMF & interfere with cellular communication. I believe I am having ill affects due to this technology being used, and am currently being examined by my doctor for symptoms of vertigo, the sound of my blood pulsing through my ears all the time while I’m at home, hyper-arousal/ADHD leading to inability to focus or relax, interrupted sleep, pressure in my head between my ears, increased headaches; and less frequently, heart-racing anxiety, nausea, and shakes. I take really good care of myself, and do not believe that this noticeable decline in my health is due to me getting older.
I truly feel like I am in a microwave and slowly being cooked. Even my previously healthy houseplants have either died or have big brown spots, like burns. These strange effects have been occurring now for over a year, and it’s finally beginning to make sense. Thank you for your leadership on this issue.
I have video interviews with two others who report similar symptoms occurring soon after they were exposed to smart meters.
Amy C., San Leandro
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After our house in Half Moon Bay got SmartMeters, we could no longer listen to AM radio.
The signals are swamped by loud rasping pulses of noise. I located the source of the strongest RFI (Radio Frequency Interference): the circuit breaker panel, where all the house wiring is concentrated. SmartMeters must use the wiring as a transmitting antenna.
I contacted PG&E on its website. No response. So, I sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission: no response.
Our local station on AM 1710 is hooked up to emergency services and first responders to provide emergency warnings and instructions to residents here on the coast. That function is obviously being severely compromised now.
As a retired electronics engineer, I have to say PG&E either did inadequate product testing before rolling out its new product or it just can’t see the bigger picture. At some point in the future, the energy-saving benefits of SmartMeters may — or may not — be realized. However, in the meantime, we are all suffering from the operation of the law of unintended consequences.
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Smart Meter Health impacts-comments
Smart Meters and Smart Regulation by Steven Weissman UC Berkeley Law
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Smart Meter PROTEST AT THE CPUC Saturday AUGUST 28 1 pm 505 Van Ness Ave. SF
CHE EMF Call in /Interview with Cindy Sage : “Wireless SmartMeters: What are the health, personal safety, wireless security and excessive billing issues all about and what can consumers do now? ” Wed Aug 25 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern For more information and to RSVP click here
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ARLINGTON – Smart meter installations are being blamed for two house fires in Arlington this week.The problem isn’t the meters themselves, but instead what’
s happening to electrical wiring.
The first fire happened Monday on Brook Hill Lane and the second happened Tuesday on Grants Parkway. Arlington fire investigator Morkita Anthony found that when the old meters were pulled out, the main electric feeds to the houses were accidentally pulled as well.
“What it’s doing is making contact somehow with the electric box or the wiring inside and causing a short, which is causing a fire,”