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Thu Sep 2 2010Health Questions Loom Over CPUC Release of 'Smart' Meter Report
Thu Sep 2 2010City and County Ordinances Challenge PG&E’s Undemocratic Assault on Ratepayers
On September 2nd, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is expected to release the report of an investigation into widespread accusations that PG&E’s so-called 'smart' meters are inaccurate and routinely overcharge customers. Aside from concerns about accuracy, there is growing alarm from citizens over health risks from the new meters and this has led 20 cities and counties throughout California to demand a halt to smart meter installation.
Despite PG&E’s claims that Smart Meters are safe, no pilot program or independent study has ever taken place to evaluate the acute and long-term health, safety and environmental impacts from multiple meters, or the wireless infrastructure and mesh network in which the meters operate. Scientific studies linking wireless radiation to brain tumors and other adverse health impacts have led to local laws being passed in Fairfax and Watsonville that ban smart meters completely. Short-term health impacts include headaches, sleep problems, dizziness, heart palpitations and stress.
"The installation of smart meters should be halted due to the associated health and environmental risks to our communities” said Stephany Aguilar, Council Member for the City of Scotts Valley. “My being electrically sensitive reinforces my belief that people have a right to be safe in the homes. It is also imperative that we be provided an accurate accounting of our energy usage.”
Read more | PG&E Abandons Smart Meter Facility Following Protests in Santa Cruz County | previous coverage: Protests Halt PG&E's 'Smart' Meters for 3rd Day in a Row