The following is excerpted from the website of the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, a group of fellow citizens in Maine battling many of the same things we are battling including large corporations who are usurping our rights and using taxpayer money to do this, along with politicians in their pocket.
This website, a production of the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, seeks to inform and educate residents about Central Maine Power’s smart meter program, which comprises involuntary installation of a wireless network of meters, routers and nodes that emit non-ionizing radio wave frequency — currently under investigation by the World Health Organization as a possible carcinogen.
President Obama’s Cancer Panel last year urged caution with, and recommended limited exposure to, this same wireless technology. CMP’s plan makes that impossible.
This technology has also been shown to put people’s security and privacy at risk, and to interfere with critical care equipment such as pacemakers, and wireless pumps for insulin and pain medication.
Safer technology exists to achieve the same results; other states and their utilities have used hard-wired cables and two-way transmitters to achieve the same result.
Smart Meters – Forced Exposure to Strong Bursts of Wireless Radiofrequency Radiation
- If you don’t want a smart meter installed, tell them so!
- Be as specific as you like about your reasons:
- You don’t want forced exposure to any new sources of radiofrequency radiation
- You don’t want potential fire hazards
- You don’t want potential interference with other wireless devices, including medical equipment
- You don’t want the privacy/security risks
Central Maine Power:
Click “contact us” at bottom of page
Portland Press Herald
Go to the “Opinion/letters to the editor” tab
Some key facts:
- Smart meters are radiation-emitting devices that have never been tested for health or safety.
- Smart meters are part of a mesh network — a web of signals. Each home’s meter transmits back and forth, to and from all other meters in the area, exposing us to radiofrequency waves while compiling data; the data gets transmitted to repeaters and extenders and base stations, all of which emit radiofrequency radiation that is currently under international investigation as a possible carcinogen.
- No agency has mandated these meters be wireless. Safer technology exists (and is in use elsewhere) to hard-wire the meters, thereby eliminating health, safety and security risks.
- The President’s Cancer Panel last year identified wireless radiation as a possible carcinogen. The panel urged more research and, in the meantime, urged people to limit their wireless exposure. CMP’s forced installation makes that impossible.
- FCC standards only cover acute exposure, protecting from death by electrocution. These standards were set in 1985 for microwave ovens. There are no safety standards for non-thermal (non-heating of tissue) health effects — and it’s the non-thermal health effects we’re concerned about with the smart meter networks.
- People have reported everything from dizziness to nausea to heart palpitations to insomnia in areas where smart meters and related wireless equipment have been installed.
- Hundreds of studies link wireless radiofrequency radiation to a host of health issues including DNA breaks, memory loss and various forms of cancer.
- Other states and municipalities have rejected or halted smart meter installation due not only to health concerns, but also to problems with overbilling, privacy/security, electronic interference and electrical fires.
- Other states offer, or are considering offering, opt-out waivers for people who choose not to expose their families to these layered bursts of radiation. CMP is offering us no choice at this point.
The Smart Meter Safety Coalition seeks to inform and educate residents about Central Maine Power’s smart meter program, which comprises the involuntary installation of a wireless network of meters, routers and nodes that emit non-ionizing radio wave frequency — currently under investigation by the World Health Organization as a possible carcinogen.
The Smart Meter Safety Coalition was spearheaded by Elisa Boxer-Cook, an environmental health advocate, educator, Emmy-award winning journalist, and recognized leader in the effort to protect the health and safety of children and their families.
Her research into dangerous chemicals encountered in everyday consumer products has made Boxer-Cook a valuable resource. Boxer-Cook has testified before state legislative committees on seven issues relating to safer chemical policy, including bills to help schools adopt green cleaning practices, banning a class of particularly toxic flame retardants in favor of safer alternatives and fighting for stricter pesticide notification laws.
Boxer-Cook was recognized with the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Environmental Award for helping to pass the Kids Safe Products Act, an ongoing law to phase out toxic chemicals from children’s products in Maine, and for which she testified at several hearings at which chemical companies tried unsuccessfully to overturn the law. In presenting the award, NRCM Executive Director Brownie Carson said of Boxer-Cook, “She is setting an example for people everywhere.”
Boxer-Cook has been invited to join several environmental health-related boards and committees, including the Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter. She is on their newly formed Toxics Advisory Committee, whose goal is raising awareness among pediatricians and pediatric nurses about the links between chemicals and children’s health.
In August 2010, Boxer-Cook testified before Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection in support of a bill that would ban bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in certain plastics, in children’s products.
Boxer-Cook is also frequently asked to speak at conferences and on panels about environmental health and safer-chemical policy and toxics reform.
In November 2010, Boxer-Cook was named a finalist in Health Child Healthy World’s national Mom on a Mission ...
Contact Elisa Boxer-Cook at 207-885-5556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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