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Smart Meter Opt-Out Update 7/26/12

People are reporting glitches in the SDG&E opt-out program, available since May 9, 2012.

Smart meter opt-outs are available, after at least three years of many thousands of health and safety complaints filed with the California Public Utilities Commission and a drawn out battle with both the utilities and the CPUC. Smart meters are the "new" SDG&E pulsed microwave RF (radiofrequency) radiation-emitting wireless digital meters that you likely have on your property, for both gas and electric. Opt-outs are the ability to force SDG&E to remove the meters. Glitches in the opt-out, available since May 9th, 2012, are the following, from reports we have received:

1. The opt-out isn't free, utilities are allowed to charge for the privilege of having a non-radiation emitting analog meter. $75 to enroll in the program and $10 a month for the meter reader; ($10 and $5 for CARE customers).

2. Many customers who wanted opt-outs can't afford the opt-out or aren't willing to pay. Some feel it is comparable to extortion. Note: CPUC approved the fees and directed the utilities to charge them. Utilities requested to charge higher fees, though, before that permission was obtained.

3. Many disabled customers and those with medical conditions that must avoid RF radiation don't feel it is fair, just, or legal to have to pay. In fact, they feel that it violates discrimination laws.This is being fought out at the CPUC, with multiple Parties to the opt-out proceeding, in its second phase, filing legal briefs on the topic of whether the fees violate Americans with Disabilities Act and Public Utility Code Section 453. Learn more at: Opening Briefs on Discrimination Laws & Opt-out Fees at CPUC

4. Many non-disabled customers and those who are in good health say they don't feel they should have to pay to remain healthy. 

5. Most people know nothing about smart meters or the medical or safety risks. To learn more go to www.electrosmogprevention.org.

6. We have learned from a secondary source that less than 1,000 people have opted out in San Diego Gas & Electric's service area. This is out of 1.4 million customers.

7. We have been told that people with inaccessible analog meters are no longer being allowed to send in self-reading cards, that they are being told they must be home for the meter reader under the "new program". (We know of no such arrangement in the smart meter opt-out program language, however.) Since this is inconvenient for these people, we are told they are getting upset and may have to get a smart meter. That's one way to make them want it.

8. The CPUC refuses to discuss health as an issue with smart meters. They waived the environmental testing normally required. No matter how many people are sick, CPUC, loaded with past utility employees and administrators, ignores the health issue, calling it "outside the scope" of each smart meter proceeding. The state of CA, including the legislators and governor, have done nothing to help.  This is corruption at its worst.

9. La Mesa's Center for Electrosmog Prevention and other organizations throughout the state are Parties to the second phase of the opt-out and are fighting the fees as well as requesting that entire communities be allowed to opt-out, including apartments, condos, cities, or counties. We know of numerous people stuck in multi-family housing with banks of many smart meters right by their homes, sick, and trying to raise the funds to pay for their neighbors to opt-out. This is appalling.

SDG&E isn't done exposing the public to radiation, not by a long shot. In fact, they told the San Diego Union Tribune in March (2012) that SDG&E plans on turning on the SECOND radio inside the smart meters, a "Zigbee", in late 2012 or early 2013. The frequency of that radio is 2.4 GigaHertz (GHz), which is nearly identical to the microwave oven frequency of 2.45 GHz (except this will not be shielded). We have only been irradiated thus far with the first radio, which is set at a frequency very close to that of a cell phone (915 MegaHertz). Both frequencies are associated with health and biological effects. The emissions (from the signals) are like a constant rapid strobe, up to thousands of times per day, every second or two.


The Center for Electrosmog Prevention and other organizations have called for a halt to the turning on of the second radio, for public safety reasons. These requests have been ignored by the state and SDG&E. This is like waiting for a train to come as we are tied to the track. No one has any idea (except those of us already sick from "radio one", how this will impact the community, healthwise. We know it can't be an improvement, that is certain.

On July 12, 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine issued its third warning about smart meters and RF radiation in the past six months. This latest warning concerns those with medical conditions and disabilities.

REFUSE TO BE IRRADIATED.

We ask that the general public help us take action. Demand that the Zigbee radios not be turned on. Opt-out today, fee or not, if you can. Smart Meter Opt-out Forms & Fliers. We are working to see that it is refunded. File complaints with the CPUC, US Dept. of Justice, US Dept of Energy, and the utilities. Take legal action. Learn more at www.electrosmogprevention.org and take a look at the Media section of this article for more on the fees, discrimination rights, the Zigbee frequency, and more.

DON'T BE SILENT ON THIS ISSUE! LET US HEAR FROM YOU BELOW IN COMMENTS AND ALSO YOU MAY WRITE AT info@electrosmogprevention.org.

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Recent reports[1][2] from 40 independent experts Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine decry the use of smart meters for everyone, as a very serious public health risk, directly related to the development or exacerbation of medical conditions and/or disabilities. The AAEM recommends that smart meters should not be placed in locations (homes or businesses) that could affect persons who are disabled or with a wide variety of medical conditions such as, but not limited to:

• Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis),

• Neurological conditions (Headaches, depression, sleep disruption, fatigue, dizziness, tremors, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased memory, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, visual disruption),

• Fetal abnormalities and pregnancy,

• Genetic defects and cancer, and

• Liver disease and genitourinary disease.

• Neurological conditions such as paresthesias, somnolence, cephalgia, dizziness, unconsciousness, depression

• Musculoskeletal effects including pain, muscle tightness, spasm, fibrillation

• Heart disease and vascular effects including arrhythmia, tachycardia, flushing, edema

• Pulmonary conditions including chest tightness, dyspnea, decreased pulmonary function

• Gastrointestinal conditions including nausea, belching

• Ocular (burning)

• Oral (pressure in ears, tooth pain)

• Dermal (itching, burning, pain)

• Autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia).

(and more)...

[1] http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/usa-smart-meter-news/smart-meters-correcting-the-gross-misinformation/

[2] http://aaemonline.org/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf

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Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
91944
director@electrosmogprevention.org

www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/
Southern Californians Against Smart Meters
American Coalition Against Smart Meters www.causes.com/acasm No2SmartMeters@Twitter.com

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Shalamee August 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I just moved to Chattanooga and discovered that I am living in smart meter land. I am emf sensitive and have already begun feeling horrible. Please give me guidance in how to address this with the electric company and protect myself from this misery. I am renting and unable to move again in the near future so I must stand up for myself and find a solution. Your thoughts and assistance would be greatly appreciated.
JennR August 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
My daughter, has been suffering from nightmares & migraines for almost 2 years. I strongly believe these are a result of the meters, as i have been suffering from headaches & insomnia as well. I live in a condo complex & our living room exterior wall holds at least 9 meters. I feel as if my only option is to move, however we own & cannot afford to sell at this time. What should i do??? Like Shalamee above, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Susan Brinchman August 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I know of people who are organizing their condo associations and residents to encourage all to "opt-out". One single mother is working extra hours, paying for herself and 8 others to opt-out for the year, to protect her daughter's health, who is 7 and suffers from RF radiation exposures. This is deplorable, reminiscent of the Nazi's as they bore down over the years on the Jewish people, finally herding them into cattle cars to their death. Our organization, CEP, is still working on the issue legally with the (corrupted) CPUC, fighting the fees legally and to allow communities such as condo associations to be allowed to opt-out. Only when large groups of people, cities and counties really raise heck about these meters in Southern CA, will we see an end to this outrage.
Chris August 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
The vile CPUC and the utilities have put mini cell towers on our homes and have absolutely no testing or proof that it is safe for everyone. In fact, they are very aware of the fact that many people could suffer tremendously from these dangerous dumb meters. They don't care about the harm they do because it is all about money. What kind of unholy power must an industry have that would allow it to EXPERIMENT on the public to see how much harm actually occurs just so they can make more money? People need to wake up. It is too late after your child is sick or a family member dies from this toxic exposure. You need to remember that know one "feels" cancers growing until the final stages and then it is too late. We have alternatives that have worked well for many years. The utilities all testified that smart meters are NOT necessary for a smart grid. So why keep poisoning people? These are the powers and principalities that the Bible warns us we must fight against. Utilities that do harm in order to serve their god of money. Evil can only prosper when good people remain silent.
Susan Brinchman August 22, 2012 at 03:43 AM
What I recommend is to read How to File an Accommodation Letter / Discrimination Complaint Associated with RF Radiation from Smart Meters http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/take-action-against-smart-meters-ca/file-a-discrimination-complaint-with-us-doj/ and write the utility and your state PUC, request to opt-out based on your medical condition and/or disability, hopefully with a letter signed by your physician. On the same page cited above, see the following links: Take the American Academy of Environmental Physicians (AAEM) position statement and letter to CPUC about smart meters to your physician or health care provider. AAEM: Advise Immediate Caution Smart Meters (April, 2012); AAEM Calls for Smart Meter Moratorium (Jan. 2012). Also: Austrian Medical Association Calls for Smart Meter Halt (Jan. 2012) International Experts’ Perspective on the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) If you are in an apt building nearby a bank of smart meters, move away from them. Tell the landlord what is happening, in writing, is what I would do, and request a distant apt. If this does not work, you may have to make some hard choices. Staying in the exposure meant, for me, that my heart is now impacted and I am now reacting very strongly to WIFI, which is being installed in public places everywhere.

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