On November 4, 2010, I filed a complaint with the FCC, and yesterday received the following response.
You are receiving this email in response to your inquiry to the FCC.
Dear Ms. Maurer,
Thank you for contacting the Federal Communications Commission.
This letter is in response to your complaint, 10-C00258888, filed with the FCC.
PG&E’s SmartMeter program is part of a statewide effort driven by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to upgrade California’s energy infrastructure with automated metering technology. This technology will enable new programs that help California energy customers use less energy and save money.
The SmartMeter system uses programmable solid-state meter technology that provides two-way communication between the meter at your home or business and the utility, using secure wireless network technology records hourly meter reads and periodically transmits the reads via a dedicated radio frequency (RF) network back to PG&E.
Please reference PG&E’s web site concerning questions about potential health effects related to radio frequency (RF) emissions from the meters,http://www.pge.com/myhome/edusafety/systemworks/rf/.
The California Council on Science and Technology released a preliminary study entitled “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters”. You may view this study at: http://www.ccst.us/publications/2011/2011smartA.pdf.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits for radio transmitters of all types, including SmartMeters. The FCC standard provides a currently accepted factor of safety against known thermally induced health impacts of smart meters and other electronic devices in the same range of RF emissions. Exposure levels from smart meters are well below the thresholds for such effects.
There is no evidence that additional standards are needed to protect the public from smart meters.
For questions concerning this study, you may wish to contact the California Council on Science and Technology, 1130 K Street, Suite 280, Sacramento, California 95814. Phone: (916) 492 0996. E-mail: email@example.com
Thank you for your inquiry.
Consumer Advocate and Mediation Specialist
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Representative Number : TSR22
“PG&E is deploying radio frequency radiation (RF) smart
meters throughout its service territory in California. PG&E
claims there are no health impacts and states they are safe
because they comply with FCC Safety Standards. PG&E has
not provided realistic RF specifications like the peak RF power
at one foot. We need accurate RF emissions information for
their Smart Meters.
“People are reporting health impacts from RF smart meters,
including sleep problems, headaches, anxiety, tinnitus, ear pain
and more. There are people who are EHS and immune
compromised and this is a huge threat to their homes and
health. See stories here:
“Since the FCC is the jurisdictional body that regulates RF
emissions we call on you to impose an immediate moratorium
on PG&E Smart Meters.”