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Wed Mar 9 2011 (Updated 03/12/11)
32 Local Governments Now Oppose Smart Meters After Health Complaints
Wed Mar 9 2011 (Updated 03/12/11)
City Of Seaside, Lake And SLO Counties Say No To Smart Meters
On March 3rd, the Seaside City Council voted unanimously to outlaw PG&E's wireless smart meter installation within city limits. The city in Monterey County becomes the 30th local government in the state to oppose the wireless meter deployment. On March 8th, Lake and San Luis Obispo Counties joined the list, calling upon the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to stop installing wireless meters until more is known about short and long term health impacts and potential privacy violations. Lake County is the 10th local government to pass an ordinance specifically criminalizing meter installation.

The San Luis Obispo board of supervisors’ statement reads in part, "The complaints are too numerous and the issues potentially too significant and far reaching to ignore."

The CPUC is under mounting pressure from local governments and the public to place a moratorium on the meters, which have been widely reported to cause headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears- even memory loss and heart palpitations among susceptible individuals. Residents from all over California will attend the CPUC meeting on Thursday, March 10th starting at 9am at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.

Read more | Stop Smart Meters | previous coverage: City of Monterey 29th Local Government in CA to Demand Smart Meter Halt
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