Massachusetts Residents Oppose Ongoing Rollout of the Wireless Digital Meters by NStar, National Grid & Local

Massachusetts Residents Oppose Ongoing Rollout of the Wireless Digital Meters
  by NStar, National Grid & Local Utilities...Increasing Evidence of Health
                           Effects and House Fires

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Oct. 2, 2012

BOSTON, Oct.2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Amid conflicting information being
provided to the public by NStar, National Grid and most municipal electric and
gas companies, residents across Massachusetts are growing more concerned about
the continued installation of microwave radio transmitting digital meters in
their communities. Part of the Smart Grid, these new electric
meters,similar to the new water and gas meters that are being deployed,
communicate over strong wireless networks and rely on added wireless antennae
and transmitters in local areas, increasing the ambient radiation levels in
communities and residential neighborhoods. The meters, sometimes referred to
as "smart meters" depending on their radio transmitter(s), use ongoing pulsed
radio frequencies to relay information to utility employees in trucks or to
fixed receiver boxes. Part of a brand new wireless system, these devices
replace the previous digital (and analog meters) that were rolled out as early
as 2001. In some cases, older digital models are being upgraded with new
stronger radio transmitters, most without customer knowledge or notification.

Dangerous Health Consequences

Increasing bodies of evidence show harmful health effects to many residents of
the exposure to the pulsed radiation these wireless, frequency hopping meters
use to transmit customer usage back to the utility companies. In several
states, many residents have reported feeling ill and several have been forced
to leave their homes.

"Patients are reporting to physicians the development of symptoms and adverse
health effects after new wireless digital meters are installed on their
homes," says Dr. Amy Dean, President Elect of the American Academy of
Environmental Medicine. This nationally recognized physician's group has
issued 3 warnings to regulators about these meters sometimes referred to as
'Smart Meters' due to their ability to communicate usage at least once per
day back to the utility companies remotely and their easy & invisible
upgradability to two way communicating devices. 

More and more people are complaining of constant ringing in the ears,
headaches, agitation, heart palpitations, lethargy and disrupted sleep, all
symptoms of chronic exposure to radio frequency, after wireless utility meters
have been installed. "Immediate action is necessary to protect the public's
health. Our research shows that chronic RF and EMF exposure can be very
harmful," continued Dr. Dean. Indeed one researcher found that the level of
ambient microwave radiation levels in homes with these meter s installed were
magnified by 100,000 times.* The World Health Organization has also
classified this type of radiation as "possibly cancer causing" upgrading it
from the previous "non cancer causing" status. The meters have also caused a
spate of fires on homes throughout the US leading to investigations and legal

The Mesh Network + Smart Meters =A Net of Radiation Around Neighborhoods and

The meters are part of the Smart Grid program and regardless of the spotty
presence of meter readers in vehicles, they rely on dense networks of
distributed wireless cellular and Wi-Fi antennae and sometimes collection
meters on utility poles to communicate data & to "ping" each other to maintain
a live connection. In some configurations, meters "talk" to each other
frequently as information passes through them to the energy companies'
substations or headquarters. This type of "mesh network" envelops
neighborhoods and residents in ongoing radiation. Coupled with the actual
meter location on resident's homes – often less than 5 feet from a kitchen
table or on a bedroom wall - the network is making numerous residents around
the country and the world ill. Some experts say the number is now in the

Initially, customers were told the meters only signaled a few times a day for
less than 45 seconds. But admissions by utility companies in the last year
show that meters can be transmitting & signaling between 9600 and 190,000
times a day, keeping the connection live and performing maintenance. Many
signal every 8 – 15 seconds, emitting radiation into the home each time.
Sometimes additional antennae are added to the meters for increased strength
without customer knowledge, and radiation they emit reflects and is amplified
when it hits metal or concrete surfaces, greatly magnifying the intensity.
They cannot be turned off and have been known to interfere with wireless
security systems, pace makers, insulin pumps, cordless phones and other
wireless devices in the home. They have also caused several fires in
Pennsylvania, Chicago and California.

Local Utility Companies Give Vague & Inconsistent Answers on the New Meters

Heavily disconcerting to local residents is the fact that the utility
companies – NStar in particular – are not giving consistent answers about
their meter program, evidently trying to stave off opposition to anything
"Smart" given the push back in other states. Trying to render this new meter
program as harmless, the utilities are misleading the public about the very
real dangers of a grid which uses a dense fabric of wireless radio frequency

At any given time, a resident can be told by NStar Customer Service and their
Meter Program management team that "We don't have those meters"; "Only
California has those meters"; "We have an 'AMR' (Automated Meter Reading'
System) not an 'AMI' (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system"; "Our meters
aren't like that"; "We have many different programs and meters out there
changing all the time"; "We don't have true smart meters." Regardless of
these statements, ALL of these meters use wireless/microwave technology and
are signaling and emitting radiation around the clock.

Numerous New Wireless Meters Appearing All Over State

Numerous new meters by vendors such as GE, Itron, Centron (an Itron brand)
have suddenly appeared all over the state without customer knowledge. Many
with FCC ID registration numbers on them, indicating a wirelessly transmitting
radio is inside usually made by Silver Spring Networks, a company that faced
a giant recall of smart water meters a couple of years ago by failing to
recertify their meters for UL safety. As well is the sudden presence of
collection meters in neighborhoods and numerous new wireless antennae and
transformers on utility poles, all in line with infrastructure for the smart
meter and smart energy programs.

Similarly, National Grid is using falsehoods to gain access to and upgrade
resident gas meters to wireless smart meters by claiming the existence of
legal requirements to change meters every few years.

As with the smart water meters that were installed in some towns, all of these
residential meters are intended to provide the utility companies with updated
customer usage so that they can raise rates during peak hours and in some
cased interrupt service, something they refer to as "load management".
However studies quoted in Smart Grid News indicate that less than 1% of
residents are enamored with these solutions or have any interest in watching
their usage and are more concerned with health impacts, safety, and privacy
issues. Given the immense Federal stimulus money that most utility companies
– Bay state companies included – received in 2009 – they are now trying other
means to force residents to accept the meters.

Dirty Electricity and RF on the Power Lines Coming Into Homes Also Harmful

Another health hazard of the digital meter deployment is the transmission of
high frequency signals (900 MHz and above) over the existing power lines which
exists in parts of the network and can be heard by some residents who describe
it as a very low hum which never stops. Such radio frequency "leaking" off
the lines goes into the air outside as well as inside the home. The meters
also frequently switch the incoming electrical current, a well-known
biological hazard as it creates electrical transients, known as dirty
electricity. All of these components create an extremely unhealthy
environment in which people live, work, play and sleep. Dr.William J. Rea, a
former thoracic surgeon and a long time researcher on the effects of EMFs on
the human body, 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."


  oPeter Sierck, Baubiologist, Industrial Hygienist and Principal of
    Environmental Testing & Technology, Inc.

SOURCE American Academy of Environmental Medicine

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