Should DC PEPCO Customers be allowed to choose what PEPCO puts on their House or in their basement?

Should occupants of apartment and condo buildings be exposed to banks of meters next to their sleeping and living areas?

How much "biologically disruptive" non-ionizing RF radiation can a person absorb before they get sick? Are banks of wireless "smart" meters violating FCC Standards? Some links to consider:

Napervillesmartmeterawareness.org (Stamford, Connecticut Home Fire Results in 5 Deaths and Questions)

Santa Cruz Health Agency Report on Health Risks of Smart Meters

Philadelphia area homeowner describes house fire and says one "smart" meter is enough for him, PECO temporarily suspends "smart" meters after fires and over-heating

mfsafetynetwork.org (Fire Captain Finds Hazardous Power Surges after "smart" Meters installed)

Maine Supreme Court rules PUC Neglected Safety and Health review of smart meters

Wired.com: Smart Meter Causes Dumb Fire: A General Electric smart meter after it burst into flames at a home in Illinois 

How do "smart" meters communicate: Watch a DC PEPCO "smart" meter being measured transmitting virtually nonstop

Health Experts from 20 Countries Caution about Smart Meter Risks

Living Nightmare: How SDGE smart meters led to my headaches, sleeping ills and hearing loss

arylandsmartmeterawareness.org (Maryland Del. Glen Glass Opposes Smart Meters)

DC PEPCO Customers Right to Choice Petition

Forbes.com: Not So Smart Meters overbilling Californians (1,600 Landis & Gyr Meters charged for Phatom Power when they got too hot)

FCC Violations Ignored - Cindy Sage on CCST Report 

Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emisisons from Smart Meters, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, January 1, 2011

Cindy Sage Responds to EPRI's Critique

Appendix C Other Sources of Information on sensitivity of the eyes and testes In the most recent proposed revisions of RF safety standards, the IEEE SC4 committee (2001) deliberated at length over the problem of peak power limits and non-uniform RF exposure with respect to the eye and testes.

Natural Society: Wireless "smart" meters causing sleep trouble headaches heart problems (January 7, 2013)

Hirsch Chart illustrating radiation exposure of SmartMeters relative to other devices

Smart meters radiation exposure up to 160 times more than cell phones

Misleading Comparisons Are Made to Cell Phones

CCST’s report makes misleading comparisons of RF exposures from cell phone use and from smart meters, an apparent effort to minimize public health concern. If the FCC had thought smart meters would be held to the head in normal operation, they would have required smart meters to be tested for SAR compliance, not power density. These are not the same, and to compare them is wrong.

Cell phones produce a high, localized RF exposure at the head. They are presumed to be used within 20 centimeters (8”) of the body. Smart meters, like cell towers, create whole-body exposure rather than localized exposure in most circumstances, and specific FCC compliance depends on keeping a 20 cm or greater distance from the meter. Cell phone use is voluntary; smart meter exposure is involuntary. Cell phone use is sporadic or intermittent, but smart meter exposure estimates are ‘all over the map’. There is great uncertainty on this point, and as such, the outcome cannot be known; therefore, no assertion of safety or compliance can be given.


Bank of 32 PEPCO wireless "smart" meters in a utility closet in a condo building in NW Washington, DC. The living room of a condo is on the other side of the wall that the meters are on. The owner of the condo is suffering stabbing headaches, heart palpitations and sleep disturbances. He is very concerned and has bought an RF radiation measuring device and reports the meters are broadcasting all the time. Picture taken 2/4/13. PEPCO visited the meters on 2/6/13 and agrees they are broadcasting all the time but does not seem to have a clue as to what to do about it, says the owner. Experts are concerned the meters are damaging his health.

Does PEPCO have a legal duty to immediately replace these meters with traditional analog (dial) meters or non-transmitting "smart" meters hooked up to an ethernet or phone connection?  Are these meters violating FCC Standards? The City Council law authorizing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) mentions two way communicating devices. PEPCO, on their own, decided to use wireless meters. Neither the City Council nor the Public Service Commission forced PEPCO to use wireless meters.

More importantly though, does the Energy Policy Act of 2005 require that customers opt-in. http://www.scribd.com/doc/86039282/KIUC-Pro-Se-Complaint

On July 16, 2002 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote: "The FCC's (Federal Communication Commission's) exposure guideline is considered protective of effects arising from a thermal mechanism but not from all possible mechanisms. Therefore, the generalization by many that the guidelines protect human beings from harm by any or all mechanisms is not justified." 



The World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans

Conflict of Interest at the World Health Organization – Leading Expert Anders Ahlbom Linked to the Telecom Industry

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has removed Anders Ahlbom of the Karolinska Institute from its panel of experts which is set to evaluate the cancer risks posed by mobile phones. The committee will meet in Lyon, France, for a week beginning this coming Tuesday, May 24. In an e-mail sent out earlier today, Ahlbom wrote, “IARC has excluded me from the RF Working Group because of ‘possible perception of conflict of interest’.”

IARC moved quickly after learning that Ahlbom is a director of his brother’s consulting firm, Gunnar Ahlbom AB. The company, which is based in Brussels, was established to help clients on telecom issues, with an emphasis on environmental and energy regulations.

"Smart Meters Radiation Exposure Up to 160 Times More Than Cell Phones" (Hirsch); Richard Tell & Associates Report debunked; funded by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

"Daniel Hirsch, California radiation expert and UCSD instructor, criticizes the industry-influenced CCST report that incorrectly minimized smart meter risks, based on the widely distributed  industry-generated Tell Associates report. CCST is a partner with US DOE (US Dept. of Energy), funder and promoter of smart meters. In the following analysis, Hirsch informs us that one smart meter can provide up to the full body radiation exposure of 160 cell phones; in an interview (video), Hirsch provides the average exposure, equivalent to the full body exposure from 100 cell phones. This completely debunks the Tell Associates report, which was paid for by Pacific Gas & Electric." 




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