Smart Meter Can, USA & Lawsuit info! July 29/13
The smart-grid health risk?
Lawsuit claims utilities negligent, deceitful about smart meters
By Shane Cohn 07/25/2013
Headaches, heart attacks, cancer, loss of sleep?
A lawsuit has been filed against SC Edison and PG&E, alleging that smart meters are causing neurological harm and other adverse health effects.
A total of 16 plaintiffs, spanning from Santa Barbara County to Orange County, have joined the suit, filed by attorneys David Kyle and Paul Overett, that claims the utilities withheld important safety information associated with the use of the newly installed smart meters and the radio frequency radiation they emit.
The utilities are being charged with negligence, fraud and deceit, product liability and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Also named in the suit are smart-meter manufacturers and installation companies.
“The goal of this suit is to raise awareness about health effects from wireless devices and the infrastructure,” said Liz Barris, lead plaintiff in the suit. Barris said she, like many others, is electrosensitive and has bouts of nausea and headaches when exposed to certain wireless devices and wi-fi, smart meters included.
More than a year ago, SCE began installing smart meters as part of a nationwide plan by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a smart grid. Efficiency in electricity transmission was the primary reasons for the DOE wanting to upgrade the electrical grid, and SCE officials said customers would be better informed about their specific energy use, resulting in the ability to use less energy, especially during peak hours. Smart meters work by using radio frequency radiation to communicate energy usage information to the power company.
For seven months, Barris slept in her car while she fought with Edison about getting the meter removed from her apartment. Attempts to sleep in her apartment led to her experiencing severe heart arrhythmia, which she believes is directly linked to smart-meter radiation. She said Edison offered to replace the smart meter with an analog meter, but for the price of $4,000 a year. Smart meter skeptics like Barris have also suggested that the data collection process of the meters is an invasion of privacy, tracking things like home occupation and security system presence.
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:53:35 -0700
1) A comment from a California group member who read about the BC Hydro focus groups:
The fact that BC Hydro people were behind a mirror watching the whole is pretty sick. We really are lab rats to them.
And this is interesting:
Then, as the clock ticked toward the end of the session, the mood changed. Davis asked what would it take to make them accept a smart meter? Would they be willing to pay to keep their old meter?
"We were all facts, figures and documents; no amount of spin was going to work on us," one of the panelists told a reporter after the meeting. "It was just about getting us to agree at the end to take a smart meter."
It reminds me of when we bought a new car in 2004. We must have spent 2 or 3 hours in a negotiating room with a couple people trying to wear us down. It got to a point where I got so fed up I was literally getting up to leave, then they backed down and finally caved into what they had advertised all along!
This comment is good. I'll remember it for here.
Hydro keeps throwing out (up) this 60,000 number of people who have said no to smart meters as if that's it, we are a small minority that just needs to be swayed. What they actually do realize is that we are the vocal group, the group that took some time to register our non-compliance. Behind this 60,000 strong group are many, many more homeowners who were tricked, lied to, and overwhelmed by Hydro's speed of roll out. Homeowners who didn't bother to complain because they figured 'what's the use', or homeowners who didn't know they could just say no.
I think it's just one more of Hydro's lies, designed to continually misinform the public and to vilify the registered holdouts.
2) Many of you will have heard of Barrie Trower, retired British military intelligence scientist, a physicist and specialist in microwaves. He had a career in MI5, when RF and microwaves were used as weapons. Mr. Trower is available to come to BC the week of Sept 30, and is willing to give 2 presentations (perhaps more but that is all I asked him to do). Take a look at his youtubes and you will see he is very interesting and his material is vital for every one to hear. Some are here http://www.localssupportinglocals.ca/videos/barrie-trower-independant-scientist-explains-wifi-cell-towers-smart-meters
There is time to organize these meetings, which would hopefully attract people outside our group -- many people just learning about RF. Ideally there would be one on the Island (Victoria?) and one on the mainland (Vancuver area?). But this takes organization and lots of planning. I can't do it. I know there are some excellent organizers and planners in this group. Please, come forward if you can take this on. There is a group in Portland fighting wifi in schools that is willing to share expenses and Barrie has agreed to speak there the following week. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested in heading this up. Once someone(s) have offered to organize this, I'm sure there will be requests for people to help. Please think about how you could get involved. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in our province.
3) Another lawsuit in the US.
4) THE HUM… Several of our members have complained of hearing a hum that no one else can hear, that seemed to begin after smart meters were installed on their home or near their home. This is a phenomenon reported around the world and, in many cases, is associated with wireless technology. Just so you know you're not alone if you hear it.
5) Re. water meters in Port Moody, from a member. We need more info. about plans for water meters across the province. These can be very dangerous devices and no one is being told. I've asked this person to go to City Hall or the city's website to get more info. It should be readily available and we need models and brands to determine how they operate.
"The City of Port Moody is putting in place a possible smart meter installation for water metering on all new buildings. I was not able to get anymore info then that. The interface is there but nothing has been made public."
The city is refusing to provide any information. I hope people will go to Council meetings and demand this information. Write to the local newspapers letting people know what is happening behind closed doors. Is someone making money off this??
6) Getting some good coverage announcing our class action. Please add comments.
Lawsuit launched against BC Hydro over smart meters - Vancouver Sun - July 27, 2013:
7) One of our members in Prince George has started a Avaaz petition. Please sign and circulate to everyone you think would like to express their concerns with the smart meter program, and Bill Bennett's "options". Getting into Facebook, twitter, etc. could get this going. If they started a revolution in Egypt, why can't we get the smart meter program stopped?
I just created a new petition and I hope you can sign -- it's called: Smart Meters are bad for us!! 100% increase billing, ElectroMagneticRadiation,invasion of privacy
This issue is very important to me, and together we can do something about it!
Read more about it and sign it here:
Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved -- please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on.
Thanks so much,
Smart Meter class action lawsuit demands right of free choice for all B.C.
Citizens for Safe Technology Society, in conjunction with the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, has today filed a class action lawsuit charging that BC Hydro's smart meter program is infringing upon our civil rights. The action asserts that no government agency has the right to intrude upon our right to live in our homes, safe and free from unwanted intrusion.
This class action lawsuit demands the same recognition of rights of free choice to every BC Hydro customer, without extortive fees, coercion or conditions designed to intimidate.
This class action is open to every BC Hydro customer.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric - Two news videos and transcript for "Smart Meter Sickness" report
OKLAHOMA CITY --
NewsChannel 4 is learning more about nationwide fears involving smart meters and allegations that they can negatively affect your health. According to a group that tracks complaints against smart meters, so far, three states instituted moratoriums on them.
In other states, class action lawsuits were filed and at one time, in California, 47 municipal jurisdictions had demanded a halt to installations of the meters.
The following states have either banned smart meters, have pending legislation against them, or have offered customers the opportunity to opt out. Some for health concerns, others over privacy issues: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont. . . .
Subject: Update 2013-07-24 BCUC's decision re. Fortis -- THERE MUST BE AN OPT OUT FOR EVERYONE!!!
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:29:05 -0700
1) US Senators warn that the electrical grid is extremely vulnerable to attack and security efforts must be increased. This means our grid is in the same state and more money (lots of it) will be needed to meet required cybersecurity standards, which will need ongoing upgrading. Any new standard is seen as a challenge to hackers -- as we all know. This means lots of money, over and over again, spent to maintain cybersecurity. We cannot afford this!!
2) The BC Utilities Commission has agreed to allow Fortis to have an electrical smart program on the condition there is an opt out allowed. Similar to Bennett's the opt out would be to take a "digital meter", really a smart meter with the transmitter turned off. And there would be a fee. This is a major hit defeat for Fortis, whose initial application was for 100% mandatory participation, and for power to be turned off for those who refused. Fortis has until Nov. to provide an opt out plan. In the meantime people in the Fortis area are organizing -- preparing to fight these extortion fees for something that doesn't do anything. BCUC, Fortis and Hydro say that having the digital without the main transmitter will still provide benefits. What are these benefits? Hydro said the benefits to having a wireless smart meter are 1) immediate access to data by Hydro; 2) notice of power outage a couple of minutes sooner than otherwise; 3) reduced power theft. 4) no meter reader. None of these will be possible with the transmitter disabled, so what are the benefits? The only one I can think of is that these things will be on our home so that when they want they can activate the transmitter and complete the grid. Remember, the transmitter can be activated remotely.
3) Many US states are banning wireless meters, many have lawsuits against "dangerous" meters. It is likely more will as people begin to realize that their health problems could be the result of exposure to RF 24/7 without relief.
4) The newspapers all over the province are writing about Mr. Bennett's "compromise", which we all know is nothing but a "straw man". Nothing to it at all. But look at this article. Mr. Bennett drags out that old lie -- no more analogs are being made. Not so, Mr. Bennett. The Hialeah Company in Florida never stopped making analog meters and probably won't for a very long time because so many US states and hopefully Canadian provinces are discovering the problems with smeters, one of which is that there is no way the meters will ever stop costing money and there are no benefits from which to recover the costs!
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US Neptune Smart meters!
1) In parts of the US people are receiving Neptune smart meters for measuring water consumption. Attached are links to specifications. Under the link re. RF emissions it is admitted, as if it's good, that the emissions during signalling, which supposedly occurs "only" 4 times a day (just like ITRON's electrical meters) with short (100 milliseconds long) spikes ("only 1/3 of the allowed maximum") of 200 microwatts per square centimeter!! These could very well communicate with one of the 8 transmitters in the Cisco 1000 collectors. Imagine the level of radiation to which we will be exposed!!
2) A Wisconsin state representative clearly outlines the privacy dangers of "stupid" meters and the vulnerability of the grid.
When installed in a home using compatible appliances, they can track home occupation, security system presence and settings, schedule habits of residents, temperature, computer usage, value of electronic devices, etc. The list of potential data collection and subsequent vulnerabilities is almost endless.