In addition to the health risks, there are other good reasons to say no to "smart meters." My mom wrote a letter about this for the people in our neighborhood, so I'll share it here.
Regarding Smart Meters
(by Jan Harris)
Because my daughter has various environmental illnesses and is has to be careful about electro-magnetic frequencies, I've studied a lot about the "smart meters" over the past two years.
Here is some information you might want to know.
REASONS TO REFUSE THE SMART METER -
Many people are now negatively affected by electromagnetic fields because there is so much exposure to them in our environment today (ie: cell phone towers, wifi, power lines, etc).
Like cell phones, Smart Meters produce pulsed Radio Frequency (RF) radiation, but at much higher levels and on an almost continuous 24/7 basis.
RF has been labeled a possible class 2B carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) by the World Health Organization on the same scale as lead and diesel fuel.
Smart Meters contain 100 times more RF exposure than a cell phone, says a UC (Univ. of CA) nuclear expert. (YIKES!)
Adverse health effects for many people have been widely reported to the CPUC after installation of their Smart Meter.
Symptoms reported include headaches, inability to sleep, nausea, vertigo, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations, skin rashes, etc. Some people have even had to move to another state (to 'dead zones' where there are few EMF's) after installation of "smart meters," in order to recover from the excessive radiation and subsequent damage to their health.
The power company states that your electric bill will go down. However, in both TX and CA after the meters were installed, electricity rates went up.
3. LOSS OF PRIVACY:
Because the "smart meter" works through “standard internet protocol,” it is possible that your information could be hacked. Also, the company will have records of your "life patterns"--when you get up, when you go to bed, time spent watching TV, when you're gone for the week-end, etc.
4. LOSS OF CONTROL:
Because the meter gives the company the ability to monitor your electricity usage, it also gives them the power to control that usage as well. At any given time, they can remotely reduce the electricity to turn off your heating/AC, etc
Eleven California counties and 44 cities and 18 British Columbian Councils have placed a moratorium on further installations, I think we too should err on the side of caution.
WEB SITES WITH GOOD INFORMATION:
Thank you Mom for sharing those facts with us. The bottom line is that there is NO benefit from "smart meters" for the customers. There are only health risks and loss of personal freedom.
In FL we can "opt out" of having a "smart meter" installed, but with an added fee to our monthly electric bill. (However I believe the deadline for this "opt out" is the end of March, so if you live in FL take action quickly!) I'm thankful for this option, however the reality is that if everyone else in our neighborhood has a "smart meter" installed, the combined radiation will still be overwhelming. That's why it's SO important that each of us first takes action to avoid having a "smart meter" installed (if possible), but also that we share this information so that more people can be protected from the harmful effects.
(For more details about the dangers of EMF's and how to minimize your exposure, you can read my blog post about it here.)
So what can you do? This website lists some action steps you can take. Also, feel free to forward this post or any of the above websites about "smart meters" to others. Let's do our part in protecting our health, and continue to trust God to do His part in sustaining us in this toxic world.