Grafton County Commissioner’s Position Statement Against Smart Meter Installations

09/07/2012

For Immediate Press Release

Grafton County Commissoners’ Position Statement
Against Smart Meter Installations

 From Meeting Minutes, August 7, 2012:  In regard to the smart meters and the discontinuance of electric service, which was discussed at the July 24th meeting, Commissioner Ahern said that for clarity what was actually stated was that the New Hampshire Electrical Coop has asked that when a customer signs on to their service, the customer must agree to have new equipment installed. If the customer will not allow this equipment to be installed then there is a possibility that the customer’s electrical service could be discontinued. He said he has had a chance to rethink his position in this matter.  He now feels that he could vote and made the following motion:

Commissioner Ahern moved to have the Grafton County Commissioners advise and suggest to the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative that they discontinue the program of mandatory installation of any “so called” smart meters and that if any Coop member wants to have them installed it would be by an “opt in” procedure. Because of the potential health implications of these meters being installed and because they are not UL approved, for these and other reasons, it is not in the best interest of the people of Grafton County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Burton.

DISCUSSION: Commissioner Cryans said he can not vote on this because he does not have enough information.
When the vote was taken Commissioners Ahern and Burton were in favor while Commissioner Cryans was opposed.

(emphasis ours)

NOTE FROM THE COALITION: You are strongly encouraged  to take the press releases and other resources from this website  to your County Commissioners, Senators and Representatives requesting their leadership support as part of your Coalition Member action.  You can make a difference!

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National Day of Action Against Smart Meters Oct 4, 2012

09/06/2012

From the Newly Formed Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition

A CALL TO ACTION:

National Day of Action Against Smart Meters: October 4, 2012

The Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition- a newly formed national coalition seeking protection from and elimination of electromagnetic radiation hazards and cybersecurity threats- is calling for a National Day of Action October 4th Against “Smart” Meters being deployed by utility companies. A wave of demonstrations around the country will be held during the culmination of ” GridWeek” a ”smart” grid conference in Washington, DC – October 2-4, 2012.

The Coalition- comprised of wireless radiation safety experts, advocates, individuals, and organizations, will be a voice at the U.S. national level for the public’s health, safety, privacy, freedom from surveillance, and for the natural environment from the many adverse effects of wireless radiation products and infrastructures.

The Coalition will collaborate to plan programs and events that address the adverse effects of radiofrequency/microwave radiation from a variety of sources such as Wi-Fi, cordless and cell phones, ‘smart’ meters and their grid, laptops, tablets, ereaders, baby monitors, and infrastructure antennas. We welcome other organizations and individuals to join us (see below).

The GridWeek conference in Washington DC is the ‘must-attend gathering’ for the smart grid industry and will include global electric-industry representatives, government officials and vendors at the Washington, DC Convention Center. The industry has a problem though. Public opposition to the smart grid is growing after widespread reports of privacy violations, house fires, and health effects followed smart meter installations in California and elsewhere. Now the public and elected officials want answers!

We call on anyone outraged by the various problems with smart meters to join us in front of the Convention Center and send the powerful message: “Stop Smart Meters NOW!”

We understand many of you won’t be able to travel to Washington, DC. Instead, we encourage you to participate by planning a ‘smart’ meter opposition event on October 4 in your area and location of choice. Please contact us for assistance. The more groups that participate, the more effective we’ll be. At this point, the following organizations will demonstrate:

Organization Location

Center for Safer Wireless- Washington, DC Convention Center
Maryland Smart Meter Awareness- Washington, DC Convention Center
Naperville Smart Meter Awareness- Naperville, IL
Stop Smart Meters! -California
Maine Smart Meter Safety Coalition- Maine
Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health and Safety -Santa Fe, NM
Florida Coalition for Health Against Smart Meters -Florida
W4AR- Lansing, MI

We want loads of groups to join in so we can show how strong our movement is across America!

To join the coalition and/or to host an event in your area, please send an email to Evelyn Savarin at evsavarin@yahoo.com. We’ll send a sample press release for you to distribute to your local media, or you can draft your own. For those who come to Washington, DC, we highly encourage you to schedule a meeting in advance with staff of your congressional representatives to discuss, among other things, the Cellphone Right to Know Bill. In order to make your trip as productive as possible, let us know what else you would like to do to highlight our shared cause. Advocates of like mind in the DC area will open their homes; so if you want to take advantage of this, let the Coalition know soon. Low-EMR spaces are limited. Send an email to info@centerforsaferwireless.org if you plan to travel to Washington, DC. We’ll combine our talents to let everyone know that the ‘smart’ grid is a dumb idea. Let’s work together in our field to raise awareness, make a bigger impact, and get some great press.

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Immediate Caution Regarding Smart Meter Installation

09/05/2012

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for
Immediate Caution regarding Smart Meter Installation

Wichita, KS- The American Academy of Environmental Medicine today released its position
paper on electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) health effects calling for
immediate caution regarding smart meter installations. Citing several peer-reviewed scientific
studies, the AAEM concludes that “significant harmful biological effects occur from non-thermal
RF exposure” showing causality. The AAEM also expresses concern regarding significant, but
poorly understood quantum field effects of EMF and RF fields on human health.
“More independent research is needed to assess the safety of ‘Smart Meter’ technology,” said
Dr. Amy Dean, board certified internist and President-Elect of the AAEM. “Patients are
reporting to physicians the development of symptoms and adverse health effects after ‘Smart
Meters’ are installed on their homes. Immediate action is necessary to protect the public’s
health.”

Dr. William J. Rea, past president of AAEM says, “Technological advances must be assessed
for harmful effects in order to protect society from the ravages of end-stage disease like
cancer, heart disease, brain dysfunction, respiratory distress, and fibromyalgia. EMF and
wireless technology are the latest innovations to challenge the physician whose goal is to help
patients and prevent disease.” Rae, a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and environmental
physician adds, “A more thorough review of technological options to achieve society’s
worthwhile communications objectives must be conducted to protect human health.”

The AAEM calls for:
~ Immediate caution regarding “Smart Meter” installation due to potentially harmful RF
exposure
~ Accommodation for health considerations regarding EMF and RF exposure, including
exposure to wireless “Smart Meter” technology
~Independent studies to further understand health effects from EMF and RF exposure
~ Use of safer technology, including for “Smart Meters”, such as hard-wiring, fiber optics
or other non-harmful methods of data transmission
~ Independent studies to further understand the health effects from EMF and RF
exposures
~ Recognition that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a growing problem worldwide
~ Consideration and independent research regarding the quantum effects of EMF and RF
on human health
~ Understanding and control of this electrical environmental bombardment for the
protection of society

The AAEM’s position paper on electromagnetic and radiofrequency fields can be found at:

http://aaemonline.org/emf_rf_position.html

AAEM is an international association of physicians and other professionals dedicated to
addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health. More information is available at
www.aaemonline.org.
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About AAEM: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and
is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical
aspects of humans and their environment. The Academy is interested in expanding the
knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their environment, as these may be
demonstrated to be reflected in their total health. The AAEM provides research and education
in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological
and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.

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Utility Companies Have Legal Assistance and Protection- Where is the Consumer Protection??

09/04/2012

Look at this! This company, AEGIS, helps protect utility companies who are faced with an EMF lawsuit. Hmm, must be nice to be a utility company…where is the CONSUMER PROTECTION???

“Information and assistance services to  AEGIS members, policyholders, and electric utiities faced with EMF litigation..

http://www.aegislink.com/portal/products_services/claims/litigation_services/emf.do

EMF Litigation Service

– Select a Litigation Service — Electric Litigation Service EMF Litigation Service Employment Practices Litigation Service Gas Litigation Service Cyber Risk Litigation Service Climate Change Litigation Service Litigation Cost Control Service EMF Electric Litigation Service

As part of AEGIS’ goal to anticipate the needs of its Members, and to better serve its Members in the area of risk management services regarding electric and magnetic fields (EMF), AEGIS has sponsored the development of this litigation service.

EMF litigation involves complex scientific, medical and legal issues which are specific to the EMF controversy. AEGIS sponsors a litigation information and assistance service for its Members and policyholders who are in EMF litigation or are imminently threatened by such litigation. While the service was created for AEGIS Members and policyholders, it may also be made available to electric utilities which are neither AEGIS Members nor policyholders, but are faced with EMF litigation.

The EMF litigation service helps avoid duplication of effort by individual utilities and provides access to key information in the quickest and most cost-effective manner possible. This has been achieved by centralizing EMF scientific and legal information, and by building on the EMF experience and knowledge accumulated to date. The purposes of this service are to ensure that AEGIS Members, policyholders and others have ready access to the information and resources needed for EMF litigation, and to reduce the costs of such litigation.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE

The service includes computerized EMF science and litigation databases supported by hardcopy libraries of materials useful in litigation These science and litigation databases have been developed by outside counsel. The science database includes over 20,000 references and is continually updated as new information becomes available. The litigation database is a computer directory and hardcopy library of legal motions, pleadings, testimony, exhibits, and other documents from previous and pending EMF cases. These documents can save utilities and in-house or outside counsel time and money when preparing for EMF litigation by building upon the successful approaches in prior cases, and by reducing the need to “reinvent the wheel.”

This service is sponsored by AEGIS and is available through outside counsel. The databases and libraries themselves are the work product of outside counsel and will remain in the possession of outside counsel. They will not be available for downloading by users of the service.

INTENDED USE OF SERVICE

This service is intended to support AEGIS Members and policyholders by providing specialized risk management tools and services for EMF litigation. It will help utilities identify and interpret relevant scientific and legal issues that may appear in lawsuits. It is meant to provide an organized structure through which utilities and their counsel can quickly get the expertise and knowledge they need.

SERVICE WILL NOT PROVIDE

This service is not a general EMF information service. It is not meant to replace the legal counsel that is presently serving the utility. Nor is its purpose to sell or otherwise distribute the databases, or provide unauthorized access to copyrighted information. It is not intended to be used as a resource for AEGIS Members or others who may want background material on EMF matters for general purposes.

SERVICE USERS

To use this service, parties must be in active EMF litigation or anticipate such litigation in the immediate future. All Members of AEGIS are eligible. Other utilities also may be eligible to use this service.

PROTOCOL FOR UTILIZING THE SERVICE

When a utility is engaged in or threatened by an EMF lawsuit, the following protocol should be followed to utilize this service:

AEGIS is contacted. The purpose of this contact is to evaluate several circumstances including the utility’s status as a Member and/or policyholder, relationship to the electric utility industry and the status of pending litigation or the nature of anticipated litigation.

The appropriate persons to contact are:

Jeffrey J. Schupack
Vice President Senior Counsel
AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc.
1 Meadowlands Plaza
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

AEGIS approves the use of the service and notifies the company and outside counsel of its decision. At this point, the utility will have access to the service.

The utility representative and/or its legal counsel (either in-house or outside) contacts outside counsel, to obtain the desired information and/or other services. At this time, the utility will enter into an attorney-client relationship with outside counsel to maintain the attorney-client privilege, the joint defense privilege, and/or the attorney work product protection. Individual utilities, of course, will decide the scope/nature of the services or database information to be provided by outside counsel as well as the terms/scope of the attorney-client relationship within which such services and/or information will be provided.

Outside counsel will provide an introductory consultation session for the qualified utility to familiarize it with the types of EMF information and assistance that are available. The initial consultation will be used to address the immediate needs of counsel and the utility and provide them with tools to begin development of their strategy. There is no cost to the utility for this introductory consultation session.

Beyond the introductory consultation session, outside counsel will invoice individual utilities directly for fees and expenses to provide any additional requested services and/or database information.

SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS ABOUT THE SERVICE

AEGIS sponsors this service to meet the demand for EMF risk management products and services enabling its Members to achieve the lowest long-term cost of risk.

This is strictly a litigation service, and is not a general EMF information or EMF database access service.

This service is for those electric utilities which are in active EMF litigation or which are imminently threatened with such litigation.

The purpose is to provide ready access to needed EMF scientific and litigation information, and to reduce litigation costs by centralizing EMF litigation resources.

The service is not just available to AEGIS Members and policyholders. Other utilities involved in EMF litigation can request access to this service by contacting AEGIS.

This service is being sponsored by AEGIS for the benefit of the electric utility industry. The concept has been endorsed by a number of EMF counsel who regularly represent electric utilities in EMF litigation.

Communications with outside counsel regarding the database will be made within the context of the attorney-client relationship so that confidentiality will be preserved.”

 

Isn’t that infuriating???

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The Dark Side of Smart Meters

08/18/2012

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Smart Meters Controversy Across The Country

08/18/2012

Smart meters program expands amid international protests

by Jaie Avila

SAN ANTONIO — Is it friendly technology to help you save energy or an intrusive, surveillance device designed to spy on you and control your power usage? No matter how you view smart meters, we are all getting them installed on our homes soon.

An international battle over smart meters has reached San Antonio. In Washington D.C., protesters demonstrated outside a utility that installed smart meters. In California, activists claim smart meters release harmful levels of radiation, and some have confronted crews installing them. In British Columbia, homeowners lock up their old energy meters to keep them from being replaced.

In a recent documentary film, one of the British Columbia homeowners looks at the camera and implores, “Say no to smart meters, because they are going worldwide unless we stand up and stop it.”

What’s all the concern about? Smart meters look a lot like your current meter, except they have wireless technology that lets them measure your power usage and send that information back to CPS Energy. That eliminates the need for meter readers. CPS Energy also says smart meters will help them pinpoint and fix outages faster. But the greatest benefit will be to customers who can monitor their usage online.

“We’re looking to leverage technology similar to your mobile phone, to enable customers to have improved control and access to information about their own usage”, explained Elaina Ball, CPS Energy’s Vice President of Technical Services & Energy Solutions.

About 40,000 homes in San Antonio currently have smart meters as part of a pilot project, and the rest of us will have them phased in starting later this year.

However, up the road in San Marcos, energy customers like Justin Padgett have had smart meters for more than two years now. Padgett feels the meters violate his right to privacy because they’re a form of electronic surveillance.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.woai.com/content/troubleshooters/story/Smart-meters-program-expands-amid-international/YCNctnS8z0OGqgwkBT7Uxg.cspx

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Cyber Expert on Smart Grid- Massive Vulnerability- Who’s Accountable?

08/18/2012

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What are the Health Symptoms Experienced with Smart Meter Exposure?

08/18/2012

From Smart Meter Help.com:

Common Health Symptoms Associated with SmartMeters

Many people who experience health symptoms which may be caused by SmartMeters do not initially connect the dots and realize that SmartMeters may be the culprit. But after a few months of experiencing strange symptoms, many people finally realize that their symptoms are aggravated when they are in an area where SmartMeters have been installed (their home, work, or into the community). The wireless SmartMeter transmissions seem to be what causes these symptoms.

View the EMF Safety Network Wireless Utility Meter Safety Impacts Survey

It seems that 5%-10% of the populations may immediately experience mild to severe symptoms within days of the SmartMeter installations.

List of Common Symptoms:

  • Sleep Problems: Sleep disorders are the most common symptom reported. This includes insomnia or the inability to go into deep sleep. Many people report that their sleep problems began the night the SmartMeters were installed in their neighborhood.
  • Headaches: Many people experience mild to severe headaches when they are in the presence of SmartMeters. Mn ay people have reported that as soon as they left their home on vacation, their headaches vanish. But upon returning to their home or SmartMeter installed area, the headaches come back immediately.
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Increased stress and agitation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tingling sensations thought the body
  • Difficulty breathing or heaviness in the chest and lungs

There are many other symptoms that have been reported, but the above list are the most common. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see if their onset began around the same time SmartMeters were installed in your area.

Please fill out the form on www.smartmeterhelp.com and make sure to send complaint letters to NHEC and PUC here in New Hampshire.

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Submit Your Smart Meter Complaint

08/18/2012

There is an online form where you can submit your smart meter complaint to be compiled with other complaints around the country to help affect legislation against smart meters.

If you have experienced any health concerns or symptoms, please fill this form out!

http://smartmeterhelp.com/

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Maine Sides with Smart Meter Foes on Health Issues

08/16/2012

Maine regulators have been ordered to reconsider smart meter related safety concerns by the state’s highest court, which ruled the Public Utilities Commission didn’t adequately address health concerns before approving Central Maine Power’s smart meter program.

The issue, according to a report in the Bangor Daily News, is whether regulators bypassed their legal mandate to ensure the delivery of safe and reasonable utility services when they approved CMP’s smart meter program. PUC lawyers had argued earlier that regulators didn’t need to consider safety issues that had already been addressed by federal agencies and that those with health worries could take advantage of the opt-out provision.
Read more here:

http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/Technologies_Metering/Maine-court-sides-with-smart-meter-foes-on-health-issue-4963.html

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