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PG&E BEGINS REMOVING ‘SMART’ METERS DUE TO HEALTH EFFECTS

Widening Call for Immediate Return of Analogs; Disconnection of “Mesh” Wireless Network

 SANTA CRUZ, CA.—Just as PG&E enters the final phase of its deployment of wireless “smart” meters in California, the largest of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) has reversed course, quietly beginning to replace the ‘smart’ meters of those reporting health impacts with the old trusty analog version.  Consumer rights and health groups immediately seized on the news, demanding that millions of Californians unhappy with their new wireless meters get their analogs returned immediately at no cost.

 ‘Smart’ meters are new wireless utility meters being installed as part of the “smart” grid initiative, spearheaded by technology firms and backed by the Obama administration and the Department of Energy.  Promises ranging from lower utility bills to enhanced renewable generation capacity have failed to materialize, with widespread reports of higher bills, privacy violations, fires and explosions, and commonly reported health impacts such as headaches, nausea, tinnitus, and heart problems associated with powerful wireless transmissions.   Widely disparate political groups- from members of the Green Party to the Tea Party and Occupy protesters have attacked the program, and dozens of grassroots organizations have sprouted up over the past several months to fight what they call an undemocratic, unconstitutional and dangerous assault on people in their own homes and neighborhoods.  Dozens of people have been detained or arrested for peaceful civil disobedience and even simply speaking out against deployments.

In California, more than 47 cities and counties have demanded a halt to halt installation, and a dozen local governments have passed laws prohibiting the controversial technology. The ‘smart’ meter issue has further angered a public already seething at the utilities over repeated gas explosions, safety breaches at nuclear reactors, and an increasingly extortionate rate structure.  Word of California’s ‘smart’ meter nightmare has spread across the country and around the world, prompting some utilities to place smart meter plans on hold, and recently Nevada’s PUC to call for investigations into the health effects and other smart meter problems.

Now in a dramatic turnaround that could signal the beginning of a widespread recall of wireless ‘smart’ meters, on October 28th PG&E re-installed a classic spinning disc analog meter on the home of Santa Cruz, CA resident Caitlin Phillips, who had been suffering headaches and other symptoms from her ‘smart’ meter.   The move comes in response to verbal directives from the California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey, who recently told members of the public that the utility “will provide for you to go back to the analog meter if that’s your choice.”  The CPUC has been slow to respond to thousands of ordinary citizens reporting health effects from the new meters.

 When a Wellington Energy installer (contracted with PG&E) came to install a smart meter at her home, Caitlin asked the installer to get off her property and not install, because of what a neighbor had told her about possible health damage and privacy violations.   “When I returned home later, I discovered a smart meter on my house.   That night I awoke to severe anxiety, headache, and buzzing in my teeth, and realized the new smart meter was on the other side of the wall from my bed.”  Caitlin reported her experience to PG&E and the CPUC, who both declined to rectify the situation.  When the symptoms persisted, Caitlin sought the assistance of the Scotts Valley based group Stop Smart Meters! who provided an analog meter and referred her to a professional who could help her remove her ‘smart’ meter.  As soon as the analog was installed, Caitlin’s symptoms disappeared.

 Frustrated and outraged about her treatment by the utility and the PUC, Caitlin travelled to San Francisco to speak at a commission meeting on Oct. 20th.   About a week later, PG&E crews were at her house replacing her temporary analog meter with a brand new official PG&E analog meter.  This is believed to be the first time PG&E have willingly replaced an analog meter on the home of someone suffering from health effects.

 An “opt-out” proceeding overseen by an Administrative Law Judge is underway at the CA Public Utilities Commission, yet those suffering (in some cases severe) health impacts have been stuck in limbo as utilities refuse to remove the harmful meters upon request- until now.

 “There are hundreds of thousands- if not millions- of people suffering in their homes from forced ‘smart’ meter radiation,” said Joshua Hart, Director of the grassroots organization Stop Smart Meters!  “The utilities and PUC’s must respond promptly to all requests that analogs be returned.  The alternative is that people will increasingly turn to independent professionals to remove unwanted ‘smart’ meters from their homes, a reasonable action we assert is within our legal rights. Protecting your family’s health is not tampering.”

 PG&E and other utilities have also been responding to health complaints by replacing wireless ‘smart’ meters with digital meters that are “wireless-ready.”  These digital meters have been associated with health problems from “dirty electricity” frequencies that pass into a home via the electrical wiring.  These “trojan horse” meters have been roundly rejected by those who report continuing health impacts after installation. Susan Brinchman, Director of San Diego based Center for Electrosmog Prevention. said “At this point, the burden of responsibility is on the utilities to demonstrate that any new meter they want to install on our homes is safe.  Communities have the right to retain analog meters at no extra charge.  Period.”

A city in France just opted to tune down antennas to 0.6V/m

Dear All,

A city in France, Varades, just opted to tune down antennas to 0.6V/m

The City Council of Varades, in Loire Atlantique, France, voted  
unanimously on September, the 6th, Maximum Exposition Limit to 0.6V/m  
on all parish territory.

The Mayor, Dominique TREMBLAY, and the  Municipal Council, aware of  
the urgent necessity of protecting human health, decided to conform to  
the prescription released by the Council of Europe published in May  
2011.

This decision encompasses implementation of autonomous measuring means  
to control levels of exposure.

A contrasted studies, such as the protocol put in place in the COMOP  
studies (Comité Opérationnel - state-supervised Operational Commity)  
can also be put in practice.

National Association Robin des Toits, in coordination with the City,  
will help throughout the process with assistance for organization and  
in taking concrete steps to apply this limit.

Another City Council decided of a moratory over installation of new  
mobile phone masts over its parrish territory.

Mrs Dominique VOYNET, Mayor of the City of Montreuil, France, through  
a letter sent August 2nd 2011, informs telecom operators of the City  
Council's decision, on the basis of precautionary principle, to  
"oppose systematically each new request of installation permit of  
telephone masts, and to suspend any new installation or modification  
over the existing fleet of equipment."

One conclusion is clear :

What one City Council does, every other City Council can do just the  
same.

Robin des Toits asks each member and correspondant to transmit the  
voted text and the letter of the Mayor of Montreuil to their elected  
officials to encourage them to follow these examples of responsability  
and political courage, and hence have a chance to underline that  
protection of the individual health is fully a part of their duties.

We all gather to address our support and congratulations to the City  
Council of VARADES, to their elected officials, and their Mayor.

Let's give this event a large audience.

Please spread the word and write to the address below to thank these  
people for their courage, and copy the message to all other City  
Councils.

Mairie de VARADES182 rue du Maréchal Foch - 44370 VARADES - France
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Etienne CENDRIER
Spokesman for
ROBIN DES TOITS
Correspondance : 12 rue Lucien Sampaix  75010 Paris
Tél. : 33 1 43 55 96 08
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http://www.robindestoits.org

'Wi-fi refugees' shelter in West Virginia mountains

There are five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide and advances in wireless technology make it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of mobile devices. But while most Americans seem to embrace continuous connectivity, some believe it's making them physically ill.

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Cancer Risk For Mobile Phones

Monday September 26th 2011

Western Morning News

The boss of one of the Westcountry's leading food companies has called for more research into claims that mobile phones could cause cancer.

Brian Stein says early research is increasingly indicating the danger of excessive mobile phone use and Wi-Fi networks to some users, especially children.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified radiation emitted by mobile phones as a possible cancer risk, with a similar threat to lead and the banned pesticide DDT.

And the European Commission also issued a warning saying that individuals should be protected from low-frequency radiation emitted by cell phones, masts and Wi-Fi systems.

Mr Stein, 62, said: "Much more research is needed.

"Meanwhile people should be protected from this potential hazard in public places, schools and their homes."

Mr Stein, the chief group executive of Samworth Brothers, a partner company of Tamar Foods and Ginsters in Callington, South East Cornwall, began suffering the effects of low-frequency radiation six years ago when he experienced pain using his mobile phone.

"I began gettign weird sensations in my ear if I went near a computer or TV, any electrical equipment with a microchip" he said.

"I took the view that I was a freak and kept quiet, but it was difficult because I couldn't frive a modern car with computers on board."

Mr Stein's research eventually led him to the diagnosis that he is electro-sensitive, a condition he shares with several thousand people in the UK.

Electro sensitivity is caused by the thousands of magnetic fields that surround us, from mobile and cordless phones to other wireless devices, including car sat-nav kits. The symptons include sleep problems, headaches, tinnitus and earache, chest pains, loss of memory, poor concentration and depression.

Fellow sufferer and top DJ Steve Miller, who lives near Falmouth, says he has had to cancel lucrative gigs around the world due to the condition, including sets this year at Glastonbury and Ibiza.

Mr Miller, known to fans of club music as Afterlife, gets headaches and dizziness near Wi-Fi signals and now carries a detector grading the danger levels from one to five.

He said: "A Wi-Fi signal between one and two causes me to feel depressed and irritable, but between three and five gives me a splitting headache followed by dizziness and slight nausea. If I walk down the main street these days I feel light-headed and can't stop or go into any of the shops so have decided to give that part of town a wide berth."

According to Mr Stein, who spoke at the annual conference of support group Electrosensitivity UK on Saturday, the issue is taken more seriously in Europe and other parts of the world.

In May the European Parliamentary Assembly issued a report which recommended the use of Wi-Fi be restricted in public places and schools. It urged a precautionary approach and a revision of the current thresholds in order not to repeat past mistakes made with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.

The decleration that low-level radiation is a cancer risk was based on evidence in published studies that intensive use of mobile phones might lead to an increased risk of glioma, a malignant form of brain cancer.

Luxembourg Socialist MEP Jean Huss said the resolution "delivered a clear wake-up call" that EU member states should take precautionary measures.

The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA), while acknowledging the previous international studies, has stopped short of admitting that low-level radiation causes cancer.

An HPA spokesman said there was "no clear scientific evidence" of a cancer risk at levels below international guidlines, but admitted that "the possibility remains".

"Given the possibility of long term cancer effects, excessive use of mobile phones by children should be discouraged," the spokesman added.

"Exposures from Wi-Fi are much less than from mobile phones, and well within international guidelines, so there is no reason why schools and others should not continue to use the technology."

Mr Stein said he was not calling for a ban on mobile phones or Wi-Fi networks, but that sensible precautions are taken, including the siting of mobile phone masts.

"In many European countries Wi-Fi is banned from schools. Children can still access wireless, but it is hard-wired into their classrooms, so they are not exposed to radiation."

"When we officially recognise that electromagnetic fields do cause cancer, then we may find a solution."