READER’S EDITORIAL: STAND UP AGAINST SMART METERS APRIL 5

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By Susan Brinchman
 

Director and Founder, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--What can be done to gain an opt-out from smart meters here in San Diego and Orange Counties? The CPUC is dragging its heels in "granting permission" for one in our region. They may do so by June, our attorney learned recently. That is not good enough. It is not set and it is not definite. Why? Well, for one thing, few people in our county know about the smart meter problem due to lack of media coverage and no activism that is newsworthy here such as protests; even fewer have taken steps to show the CPUC we want an opt-out.
 
They are less impressed by letters than by seeing people show up at events and meetings and speaking out in public, protesting. That is what earned an opt-out in Northern California, along with the many municipalities whose citizens insisted take a stand for health. We have not done that adequately here and so, have no opt-out yet. But we do have an opportunity shortly. CPUC is rarely here, but they will be on April 5.
 
The CA Public Utilities Commission will hold two sessions here in San Diego, on April 5, 2012, at the Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road. at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. This would be a good opportunity to educate the public about the smart meter issues, by passing out fliers, and speaking about smart meter problems and the need for an opt-out NOW, in addition to the outrageous plan by SDGE to require its customers (us) to pay for their culpability in causing the fires in our county in 2007. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings and helping to pass out fliers, please contact me. We need to mobilize to alert the public and demand an opt-out NOW.
 
From the Reader. March 8th, by Don Bauder:
 
"The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold two sessions April 5 to let the San Diego public comment on San Diego Gas & Electric's plan to force customers to pay for uninsured costs from the 2007 fires, in which the utility was found negligible. (SDG&E also wants such indemnity for future fires.) Many San Diegans argue that shareholders should pick up that tab, particularly since Sempra, SDG&E's parent, is enjoying huge profits and stock gain, just upped its dividend considerably, and SDG&E rates are already the highest, or among the highest, in the nation.
…SDG&E will make a 15-minute presentation at the start of each session. Ramona's Mussey Grade Road Alliance filed for the public hearing in January."
 
For more information, see flyer:  Smart Meter Public Health Alert with Opt-Out Info for SDG&E Customers http://www.scribd.com/doc/83836459/Smart-Meter-Flyer-CEP-March-3-2012
 
The views in this editorial reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East County Magazine.  To submit an editorial, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.
 

 

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CPUC Judge Issues Preliminary Smart Meter Opt-Out Order to SDG&E

March 15, 2012

Finally, a CPUC administrative judge, Amy Yip-Kikugawa, issued a preliminary order to SDG&E to provide analog meters to those who request them - but at a cost. $75 to changeout the meters and $10 a month for the meter readers. This is the cost of avoiding SDG&E's risky pulsed radiation-emitting "smart" utility meters.

The opt-out plan will not solve the problems for those surrounded by multiple meters, such as  a field of dangerous microwave rf radiation that is 15,000 times normal, as measured in one home in the County that is subjected to 7 electric and 6 gas smart meters nearby. But it will help to get two of them off (the gas and electric meters), as closer proximity = higher emissions = higher exposure.

The order hasn't been finalized and approved yet by CPUC commissioners, which will take at least a month, so it can't take effect yet. To read the order, go to http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/cyberdocs/WebQuickstart.asp?DOC_ID=E56702. Write the Judge Kikugawa about your thoughts at ayk@cpuc.ca.gov.

We still need to let our state officials, local officials, and the state regulatory commissioners and judge know that we want ALL these rf-emitting meters removed and we don't want to pay for it. SDG&E should have stopped the program initially, when health complaints poured in. They should not have deployed environmentally untested devices. Industry tests and reports don't count, the minimization of the radiation has been proven false. One smart meter = 160 cell phones on continuously, according to Daniel Hirsch, independent radiation expert, UC Santa Cruz. Think about that on your bedroom wall! Keep your kids and yourselves away from these meters, by 20+ feet if possible.

Sign up for the smart meter opt-out, I advise. Get all your neighbors to do it, too. It is a given that the fees paid will be legally challenged and may be returned.  Forcing us to pay for removal of radiation-emitting meters is just plain wrong ... but how much would you pay to stay healthy or protect your kids? I know I am very tired of the headaches and sleeping in the living room as the master bedroom is unusable with a smart meter on it. This shameful chapter in SDG&E's history should be met with legal accountability. Until then, opt-out and demand that the wireless smart grid infrastructure be removed.

Go to the CPUC meeting above. This is not yet a done deal. Your input can help. Help print and hand out these fliers there and to everyone you know, electronically and in person, at church, sporting events, school, family gatherings, neighborhoods and in front of stores, informing the public about smart meter dangers and how to sign up for an opt-out. http://www.scribd.com/doc/83836459/Smart-Meter-Flyer-CEP-March-3-2012

CONTACT SDG&E NOW TO
 
BE PLACED ON SMART METER OPT-OUT LIST!TELL THEM YOU WANT AN ANALOG METER ONLY.

1-(800)-411-7343 or (bestway) email info@sdge.com so you have proof that you requested this.

Susan Brinchman

Smart Meter Health Problems And Cancer

SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

1. SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes)
http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

2. SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. 
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes)
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=39461

3. The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Calls for Halt To Smart Meters in Homes and Schools.
http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/halt-smart-...

4. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless Smart Meters (& some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B CARCINOGEN LIST.
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

5. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

6. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST SMART METERS.
 2-page Press Release
http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

7. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed

(1) Human Cell Damage

(2) DNA Chain Breaks

(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier

from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.
http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

8. INSURANCE COMPANIES won’t insure smart meter liability due to biological damage seen by scientists they hired. 
 TV Video (3 minutes)
http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382

Smart Meter Radiation

SMART METER RADIATION ALERT

PG$E, Northern California's Utility Monopoly, recently admitted (FORCED BY A JUDGE) that each electric smart meter transmits radiation 10's of thousands of times, up to 190,000 times each day.

This corrects previous false statements repeated often by utility companies across the country.