LADWP project manager guarantees “smart” meters are optional!
Last week at a Woodland Hills City Council meeting, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) presented information about their Smart Meter deployment plans, while environmental consultant Cindy Sage, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, presented information warning of the deployment risks.
Marcelo Di Paolo, manager of the LADWP Smart Grid project said they received a $60 million dollar federal grant and that the research institutes of USC, UCLA and Cal Tech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) doubled the project funding for a total of $120 million dollars. Hmmm… what does a Jet Propulsion Lab have to do with smart meters?
Di Paolo stated this is a demonstration project and would be in three areas around UCLA, USC, and Chatsworth. LADWP is planning to deploy 52,000 Itron smart meters. Hmmm, 52,000 meters is a demonstration project?
He also said the meters only transmit 3 times a day! Hmmm….Haven’t we heard that before? PG&E used to say their meters only transmitted 6 times a day. Then they admitted up to 190,000 times a day, per meter.
Di Paolo also said that the project is “purely a volunteer optional program” and that the community can “pick and actually choose whether or not to participate.”
In stark contrast to Di Paolo’s optimism was Cindy Sage who warned about the evidence for health problems from the pulsed radiation Smart Meters emit. She stated, “Those wireless impacts are biologically very similar to the impacts you would have from a cell tower.” She wisely urged them to learn from the mistakes the Investor Owned Utilities have made. She asks, “Is this a smart business model, to provide a device for energy conservation…if there are going to be unintended consequences in terms of health impacts for people?”
Di Paolo said the deployment would start in a couple weeks, but two LADWP customers said they already had Smart Meters on their home, that they were sick from the exposure and that when they complained, LADWP refused to remove it!
Meanwhile, although the manager claims LADWP sent out letters stating at the bottom of the letter that participation was voluntary, nowhere in the Smart Grid L.A. Letter does it say the meters are optional. At the end of the meeting Di Paolo guaranteed the meters were optional and provided his direct line for people to call: 213-367-1388.
Deploying Smart Meters at a time when multitudes of people worldwide are complaining about the health and safety impacts is beyond super dumb, and reckless endangerment of innocent lives. Our children are the most vulnerable. Chronic exposure to pulsed radiation is harming everyone’s health.
Thanks to Ecological Options Network for providing the videos of the event. Here’s Part 2 of the meeting: