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California County Criminalizes SmartMeter Installations
Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of “smart” electric meters.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance (pdf) yesterday that deems the installation of smart meters a public nuisance in some areas.
The law applies to unincorporated Marin, home to about 70,000 of the county’s 260,000 residents. In addition to electromagnetic health risks, the board cited concerns about meters being used to collect information about residents’ activities, impacts on aesthetics and potential damage to amateur radio networks. Read more of the article here. The official government document can be found here.
The Clean Energy Act of May 2010 mandates that BC Hydro replace every conventional electric meter with a “SmartMeter” by 2012. Each household/apartment must have a meter. SmartMeters allow BC Hydro to monitor electrical use in detail, control energy supply to “Smart” appliances and implement time-of-use pricing. Customers will get real-time feedback of energy usage.
Section 17 specificies that installation can be done “without the consent of the owner.” Appeals to the BC Utilities Commision will be useless, since the Act removes the requirement of BCUC approval.
A Mayor’s Warning
“……the ambient electromagnetic and radio wave fields that will come as a result of having these things at every house running constantly is an unforeseen health risk. For people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, it’s going to be a living nightmare” Read more here.
Sage Associates Environmental Consultants – Briefing Letter on Electric Utility Smart Meters. Read the briefing here.
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