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The NH Against Smart Meters website is a grassroots project put together by the concerned citizens of the NH Coalition Against Smart Meters here in New Hampshire. Our efforts are in direct response to the “mandatory” installation of so-called smart meters on our homes and businesses in New Hampshire.

STAND UP to PROTECT YOUR HEALTH and YOUR ENVIRONMENT
IN YOUR HOME, NEIGHBORHOOD and COMMUNITY


BE PART of PROTECTING NH CITIZENS AGAINST  RADIATION
and SAFETY & PRIVACY VIOLATIONS


PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of CHOICE
AGAINST UTILITY “MANDATED” SMART METERS

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An Overview of the Situation:

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is mandating new wireless electric “Smart Meters” to be installed on all member residences.

The electromagnetic fields created by these meters increase the radiation levels in and around our homes and neighborhoods.

A large body of scientific evidence indicates that the new Smart Meter radiation disrupts human health and development; children are especially vulnerable.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now listed smart meter radiation as a possible carcinogenic (along with DDT)

It also has environmental impacts adversely affecting trees, plants, vegetation, and wild life.

Wireless meters installed on homes are untested for that use and do not meet federal electrical codes for safety by UL or CE certification.

In other states much higher electrical costs occur based on measured  Time of Use (TOU)  during the peak price daytime hours.

Wireless meters invade your privacy and security by collecting your Time Of Use data signatures specific to each electrical device or appliance in the home.  This can easily be intercepted and used by those who would cause harm to persons or property.

In light of the above health, safety, privacy, and security issues,  we uphold our basic rights to protect our families, and communities by rejection of the wireless Smart  Meter, with CHOICE to retain or replace hard-wired analog meters that do not have the above negative effects.

The Concerns:

According to Center for Safer Wireless:

Privacy Concerns

During the second phase of smart grid implementation, homes will have a home area network (HAN), which transmits electric usage information. New appliances will be equipped with “smart” chips designed to record and transmit when you began using the appliance, how long, and when you stopped using it.  This information will be communicated via the Home Area Network using microwave radiation to the smart meter. The smart meter will communicate the data to your neighbor’s smart meter and so on in a microwave radiation spider web until it reaches a collector meter. The collection meter transmits all of the neighborhood usage data so that it eventually reaches the utility.
According to a February 2012 Congressional Research Service Report, the Department of Energy reported that by matching data with known appliance load signatures, smart meters will be able to reveal people’s daily schedules, their appliances and electronic equipment, and whether they use certain types of medical equipment. [2] Utilities will have the data to discern the behavior of occupants in their home over a period of time. This mandatory device on our homes will track more private information than a GPS affixed to a criminal’s car, even though the US Supreme Court Case recently determined that a warrant was needed in the GPS case.  The Electronic Privacy Information Center cites a list of potential privacy consequences of Smart Grid Systems including, identity theft, activity censorship, profiling, tracking behavior of renters/leasers, and real-time surveillance.

Health Concerns

Smart meters have caused health problems throughout the US.  In May 2011, the World Health Organization determined that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted from wireless devices are a class 2B possible human carcinogen, in the same class as lead, DDT, and chloroform.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless smart meters based on the current medical literature.  People across the United States with AMI smart meters on their homes are reporting ringing in the ears, insomnia, strong headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, memory loss, anxiety and pain which began occurring after smart meters were installed. For someone who has electrosensitivity, smart meters contribute to the adverse health effects of this condition.
Since smart meters are a new technology, there is no scientific literature about the health risks of these devices.  But in a memo about smart meters from Poki Stewart Namkung, M.D. Health Officer at the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Namkung stated, “evidence is accumulating on the results of exposure to RF at non-thermal levels including increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier in the head (Eberhardt 2008), harmful effects on sperm, double strand breaks in DNA which could lead to cancer genesis (Phillips, 2011), stress gene activation indicating an exposure to a toxin (Blank, 2011), and alterations in brain glucose metabolism (Volkow, 2011).”

Wireless smart meters are capable of interfering with implanted medical devices. According to Gary R. Olhoeft, SBEE and SMEE (MIT) and Ph.D. (Physics, University of Toronto), and current Professor of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines, smart meters can interfere with sensitive medical implants such as deep brain stimulators for Parkinson’s disease and pacemakers. He has experienced this type of interference and set up his home to minimize RF exposure. During a Black Hat security conference in August 2011, a security researcher who has diabetes demonstrated on stage how a third party can transmit wireless commands to remotely disable his insulin pump. The pump accepted and followed commands from any wireless source.

Security Concerns

On the CNN program CyberAttack broadcast in 2010, the show revealed threats from hacking and terrorism to the smart grid. These concerns are also documented by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.  Former CIA Director James Woolsey accounted the wireless security threat at http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4260978/jim_woolsey_grid_security_is_afterthought/
In the May 2012, US government agencies will be authorized to operate drones for surveillance. Any wireless communications, including smart meters, are vulnerable to monitoring by drones.   Moreover, in the fall of 2015, privately operated drones will be authorized by the United States government to operate.

Exceeding FCC Guidelines

In a report issued by Sage and Associates on January 1, 2011, under certain computer modeling testing situations, multiple smart meters’ RF emissions may exceed Federal Communications Commission guidelines.   The possible FCC violations were determined based on both time-averaged and peak power limits  According to the report, “FCC compliance violations are likely to occur under normal conditions of installation and operation of smart meters and collector meters in California.  Violations of FCC safety limits for uncontrolled public access are identified at distances within 6” of the meter.  Exposure to the face is possible at this distance, in violation of the time-weighted average safety limits.”

List of Organizations and Legal Initiatives Opposing Smart Meters Across the United States

People across the United States don’t want smart meters on their homes. Review this list to see if there is an organization opposed to smart meters in your state. Here’s a list as of May 29, 2012 of actions taken across the United States to oppose mandatory smart meters.

What You Can Do

If you do not have a transmitting wireless smart meter on your home and do not want one for health or privacy reasons, you should notify your local utility and Public Service Commission or Public Utility Commission using this suggested letter. Refer to the US Energy Policy Act of 2005which indicates utilities should ask for a customer’s permission before installing a smart meter. There are no laws at the federal level stating that smart meters are mandatory. Fiber optic networks are faster, more secure, and pose no health concerns. Fiber optic communications is a safer alternative to wireless smart meters.

While the state of Maine already has a smart meter opt-out program approved by the Maine Public Service Commission, citizens are opposed to paying an additional fee to retain their analog meters.  Ed Friedman filed a complaint, and the Maine Supreme Court ruled that the Maine Public Service Commission must reconsider health and safety concerns.  His brief, supplemental information and appendix may help you in standing up to the roll out of wireless smart meters.
Purchase anti-smart meter buttons and t-shirts to raise awareness.

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Josh del Sol August 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Great site, I’ve added it to our global directory page: http://thepowerfilm.org/taking-action/usa/

Feel free to link to us if you like. peace!

Josh del Sol
Producer, Take Back Your Power
http://www.ThePowerFilm.org

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nosmartmeter August 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thank you, Josh! We have linked to your page :)

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