Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated May 1, 2017

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public for downloading and printing. This 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources.

Investigation and admissions by the industry since 2012 continue to substantiate these serious problems, providing a searing indictment on regulatory and legislative officials who have failed to halt Smart Meter deployments.

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Electrical engineer testifies to Iowa Utility Board in challenge to Alliant (IPL) Smart Meter roll-out and Sensus non-compliance to FCC Class B Specs (VIDEO)

Engineer Bill Bathgate testified to the Iowa Utility Board on December 5, 2018. His testimony is on video #6 and starts at 1:43:40

He makes reference to these exhibits:

Exhibit 51
Exhibit 215
Exhibit 216

From Fairfield Safe Meters:

Iowa Utility Board Hearing Videos:

Fairfield challenges Alliant Energy (IPL).

Fairfield took on Alliant Energy (IPL is the parent company) November 5 and 6, and December 5, 2018. These videos give a very interesting inside look at Alliant’s plans for the smart meter rollout and why we are fighting so hard to stop it. There are many riveting cross examinations by Fairfield’s lawyers. Click here to watch


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Iowa: Residents testify in state capitol this week against Alliant Smart Meter roll-out

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From the Fairfield Ledger

Fairfield residents head to Des Moines to testify on smart meters

December 3, 2018

Several Fairfield residents will travel to Des Moines this week to provide testimony on smart meters before the Iowa Utilities Board.

Alliant Energy – Interstate Power and Light Company plans to swap out its analog and digital meters in favor of “smart” meters that transmit usage data via radio frequency.

Witnesses both for and against the move have testified before the Iowa Utilities Board, the administrative body that will decide whether to allow Alliant Energy to make the change. At the conclusion of the most recent hearing Nov. 5-6, not all of the remaining witnesses were called to testify. The eight remaining witnesses will testify at the board’s next meeting Wednesday.

One of the eight witnesses will be a representative from Alliant Energy. The other seven oppose smart meters, and will ask the board to deny Alliant Energy’s request.

Many of those seven people are from Fairfield. Jonathan Lipman, director of The Institute for Maharishi Vastu Architecture, will talk about smart meters’ effect on the value of Vastu homes.

“There is $200 million worth of Vastu houses in Iowa,” he said. “One central element in Maharishi Vastu Architecture is taking precautions to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Smart meters create electromagnetic radiation.”

Lipman said there is reason to believe that “dirty electricity,” a term for unusable electromagnetic energy created by electric devices, can be dangerous to humans. He cited the case of teachers who developed cancer at La Quinta Middle School in California. In that case, the device producing the dirty electricity was not a smart meter but a 12,000 volt transformer in the school’s basement.

Physician Sam Milham and electronic engineer Lloyd Morgan published a report in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in 2008 where they concluded that cancer rates at the school were “unusually high and strongly associated with exposure to high frequency voltage transients.”

However, that conclusion has met some resistance. A state of California study of La Quinta Middle School published in 2015 examined cancer rates in the school from 2006-2012, and found them to be average, and not elevated as Milham and Morgan had argued.

Lipman said that his main argument to the board will be economic.

“I want the board to know that the sale value of [Vastu] homes will be harmed if smart meters are mounted on them,” he said.

Lipman and all other six witnesses against smart meters have already submitted their written testimony to the board. They will spend Wednesday answering questions under cross-examination from attorneys representing Alliant Energy. The witness testifying on behalf of Alliant Energy will be cross-examined by Fairfield attorney Jay Marcus.

Marcus said the issue boils down to whether utility customers “have the right to be as careful as we want.”

“As we can see from the objections filed, people from all over the state have these [safety] concerns,” he said.

Marcus said he expects the IUB will not make its decision on Alliant Energy’s request until late January, considering the thousands of pages of testimony it must review.

Fairfield resident Emily Kelly will testify against smart meters. Kelly said she will testify about two distinct issues, one that affects her as a landlord and the other that affects her as a solar power customer.

One of the rules Alliant Energy is asking for would require smart meters to be installed on homes when its owner changes. This means that even people who requested and received an opt-out from smart meters could not promise that opt-out to the new owner of the house.

“That will make homes harder to sell,” Kelly said.

Kelly is particularly worried about this part because she owns rental properties in town. She’s concerned that when one tenant moves out, she’ll have to get a smart meter on the property, unless she wants to put the meter in her name and bill the tenant herself.

“This particular requirement feels draconian,” she said. “It would damage our real estate market greatly.”

The solar angle on smart meters is that solar customers have been told they cannot opt out of smart meters. Kelly doesn’t understand this, since the solar industry relied on analog meters before digital meters came along.

Kelly mentioned that a portion of the Iowa Public Utility’s code states that utilities cannot discriminate against renewable sources of energy in their rates or their services, and she feels this is discrimination.

“We’re not being treated the same as everyone else,” she said

Fairfield resident Kathy Matara said her testimony to the board will be about freedom of choice and why it’s important. She said she doesn’t understand how leaving the analog meters in place costs Alliant money.

“Buying smart meters costs money,” she said.

Matara said there is a petition at Thymely Solutions for those who wish to keep their analog meter. People interested in signing it are asked to write down their address and account number. Thus far, Alliant Energy has maintained that it will not allow customers to keep their analog meters, though Matara said she hopes the utility will bend on that point.

Alliant Energy has stated that its reasons for preferring smart meters include eliminating the need for meter readers, and faster notification of power outages.

The other four witnesses who will testify against smart meters are Leonard Goldman, Bill Bathgate *, Ken Walton and Tim Schoechle **

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* Engineer Bill Bathgate

** Timothy Schoechle PhD, author of Getting Smarter about the Smart Grid  in collaboration with the  National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy

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Oregon county bans Smart Meter opt-out fees; state utility commission takes legal action


Josephine County Commissioners adopt Smart Meter ordinance

By Emma Balkenbush
October 31, 2018

VIDEO at link below

The Josephine County Utility Regulation Ordinance is meant to stop public utility companies like Pacific Power from charging a monthly fee to those who want to opt out of smart meters.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Board of Commissioners adopted ordinance 2018-006 Wednesday. You can click here  to read the ordinance in full.

The Josephine County Utility Regulation Ordinance is meant to stop public utility companies like Pacific Power from charging a monthly fee to those who want to opt out of smart meters.

Chairman of the Board Dan DeYoung said there was a lot of concern about whether or not people had options when Pacific Power transitioned to smart meters.

“We felt as a board that there were no other choices given,” DeYoung said.

The ordinance would require utility companies to provide alternative methods of reporting for customers who don’t want the smart meters.

It would require the utility company to remove a smart meter that a customer already has installed and replace it with a non-radio frequency meter within 30 days after receiving the demand.

Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President of Pacific Power, said the company cannot comply with the ordinance because that would put it out of compliance with the Public Utility Commission.

“I think by developing an ordinance, which is a local law that may or may not be legal with how the state regulates utilities, that will create more confusion and so it will be difficult to see exactly where we go from here,” Bolton said.

The legislation is one-of-a-kind. Bolton said Josephine County is the only one adopting an ordinance like this one. Continue reading

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Retired NIH scientist: FDA downplaying clear evidence of cellphone-cancer link

From The Hill 
November 13, 2018

There’s a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying it

By Ronald Melnick, opinion contributor
The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill

A recent study by the National Toxicology Program/National Institutes of Health (NTP/NIH) shows clear evidence of a causal link between cancer and exposure to wireless cell phone signals. Results from the $30 million NTP studies demonstrated that cell phone radiation caused Schwann cell cancers of the heart and brain gliomas in rats, as well as DNA damage in the brain.

In NIH’s news release, NTP senior scientist John Bucher said, “We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real and the external experts agreed.” But, amazingly, the FDA says it disagrees with this carefully conducted, peer-reviewed study’s finding of clear evidence of carcinogenicity.

According to Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “these findings should not be applied to human cell phone usage,” adding that “we believe the existing safety limits for cell phones remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”

While expressing this opinion, Dr. Shuren neglects to note that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, classified radio-frequency radiation from wireless devices as a “possible human carcinogen” based largely on findings of increased risks of gliomas and Schwann cell tumors in the brain near the ear in humans after long term use of cellphones. Thus, the same tumor types are elevated in both animals and humans exposed to cell phone radiation. 

This FDA’s position is quite unusual because it was this agency that nominated cell phone radiation emitted from wireless communication devices to the NTP for toxicity and carcinogenicity studies in experimental animals so as to “provide the basis to assess the risk to human health.” 

At that time, the FDA reasoned that “existing exposure guidelines are based on protection from acute injury from thermal effects of RFR [radiofrequency radiation] exposure and may not be protective against any non-thermal effects of chronic exposure.” By adopting this new position and ignoring the NTP’s results, the FDA is clearly shirking its responsibility of assessing the impact on human health of radio-frequency radiation. 

Simply claiming that conclusions about human risk cannot be drawn from animal studies runs counter to standard practices of evaluating human cancer risks by public health agencies including the U.S. EPA, NTP, IARC and even the FDA. Every chemical known to cause cancer in humans is also carcinogenic in animals when adequately tested.

The NTP studies were conducted to test the widely-held assumption that cell phone radiofrequency radiation could not cause cancers or other adverse health effects (other than by tissue heating) because this type of radiation (non-ionizing) did not have sufficient energy to break chemical bonds. The NTP findings that cell phone radiation caused cancers in the heart and brain, DNA damage in brain cells, heart muscle disease and reduced birth weights clearly demonstrate that the assumption that non-ionizing radiation cannot cause cancer or other health effects is wrong. 

Exposure levels in the brains of rats in the NTP study were similar to or only slightly higher than the FCC’s limit for maximum permissible exposure to local tissue exposures from cell phones held next to the head. This point is most important because, when an individual uses a cell phone, body tissues located nearest to the cell phone antenna receive much higher exposures than parts of the body that are located distant from the antenna.

The selection of the highest exposure levels in the NTP studies was based on the same criterion used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish exposure guidelines for radio-frequency radiation. Misleading statements by Dr. Shuren about the utility of the NTP studies for evaluating human cancer risk were debunked in my previous publication

The FDA needs to fulfill the intent of their nomination to the NTP and conduct a quantitative risk assessment so that the FCC can develop health-protective exposure standards. For example, what is the level of exposure associated with cancer risk of one per thousand or one per million people?

Also, health concerns for children may be greater than that for adults due to increased penetration of cell phone radiation within the brains of children. Simply ignoring the cancer data from the NTP studies is not in the interest of public health. Because of the widespread use of cell phones among the general public, even a small increase in cancer risk would have a serious public health impact.

An important lesson that should be learned from the NTP studies is that we can no longer assume that any current or future wireless technology, including 5G, is safe without adequate testing.

Ronald Melnick PhD, is an independent consultant and was a senior toxicologist and director of special programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health. Melnick led the design of the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Rodents.

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5G “epidemic” to hit Sacramento, also Los Angeles, Houston, Indianapolis

By Nina Beety
October 25, 2018

Officials may say it was a bad flu with strange features that hit Sacramento residents, and that vaccines could not prevent it. They may even blame foreign actors. But the real and very simple explanation will be that Verizon’s 5G roll-out in California’s capitol has severe public health repercussions, just as predicted by international scientists and physicians. These reactions to 5th generation pulsed microwave radiation frequencies will also be experienced in Los Angeles, Houston, and Indianapolis. They are all test subjects in the first large-scale 5G experiments on U.S. populations without full disclosure or express consent.

Pogo said, “We have met the enemy…” This 5G experiment is being conducted by the FCC, the wireless industry and the city of Sacramento, despite California Department of Public Health and the National Institutes of Health research showing present exposures are fraught with risk. State legislators exempted fire stations from 4G/5G “small cell” infrastructure last year in Senate Bill 649 due to the health effects, and granted ADA accommodation at hearings for those disabled by electromagnetic sensitivities. City officials are ignoring the huge public costs from this dense roll-out, despite ample evidence.

All living beings are electromagnetic beings, with delicate EMF signals regulating bodily systems. International independent research and reports predict new or worsened health problems likely for the public, their pets, animals, wildlife, and insects, including:

abnormal heart rhythms, cardiac arrest, fainting, strokes, cancers and tumors, seizures, headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, nosebleeds and ear bleeding, insomnia and sleep abnormalities, rashes, burns, or other skin reactions, eye problems, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, ear, eye, or heart pain, edema, hearing ringing or buzzing, memory and concentration problems, high blood pressure, difficulty regulating blood sugar, spontaneous abortions, higher than normal rates of birth defects, mental health problems including depression, anxiety, agitation, and suicidal thoughts, muscle weakness and loss of energy (due to mitochondrial dysfunction), paralysis, joint pain, urinary urgency, and electromagnetic sensitivity (intolerance to microwave or EMF emissions — recognized by the U.S. Access Board in 2002).

These reactions are correlated to microwave radiation exposure — cell towers, Wi-Fi, wireless Smart Meters, and wireless devices. The NIH National Toxicology Program research released and peer-reviewed this year further corroborates that this radiation is a carcinogen.

Invisible reactions found by researchers include: breaches in the blood-brain barrier, DNA damage, sperm damage, red blood cell clumping, oxidative stress, free radical production, and interference with voltage-gated calcium channels which are fundamental to health.

Environmental impacts to insects, including bees, and to trees, plants, and birds are clearly demonstrated in the scientific literature. Also, chitin, the major component of the outer covering of insects, may be severely damaged by microwave radiation. Bees, butterflies and other insects also have chitin in their wings. 5G could cause insect populations to vanish.

Severe unintended economic costs from a 5G roll-out due to health and environmental effects will include increased disability, stresses on health, social service, and welfare programs, loss in tourism, agricultural impacts, in addition to property devaluation and job loss from 5G automation. This roll-out will likely cost Sacramento millions of dollars and injure thousands of people.

This Trojan horse has already entered Sacramento and the other test cities, moving into neighborhoods next to homes, schools, and workplaces. Verizon may slowly ramp up these cell towers’ power to avoid highly dramatic impacts which would create controversy. Over 200 scientists and physicians have appealed to the EU and UN to stop 5G. It is up to the public to become informed and fight this toxic invasion that will affect your loved ones and your communities.

Take action and stop 5G now.


Additional information:

 —NTP Cell Phone Radiation Study: Final Reports
— EPA Radiation Protection Division Norbert Hankin on FCC exposure limits
— EU appeal:“Scientists and doctors warn of potential serious health effects of 5G”
— U.S. Department of Interior comments on FirstNet, February 7, 2014
— “#4 How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe”, October 2, 2018
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Stop 5G: Sign emergency appeal to the world’s governments from scientists, doctors, environmental organizations, and individuals

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Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.

Executive summary

Telecommunications companies worldwide, with the support of governments, are poised within the next two years to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G). This is set to deliver what is acknowledged to be unprecedented societal change on a global scale. We will have “smart” homes, “smart” businesses, “smart” highways, “smart” cities and self-driving cars. Virtually everything we own and buy, from refrigerators and washing machines to milk cartons, hairbrushes and infants’ diapers, will contain antennas and microchips and will be connected wirelessly to the Internet. Every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, low- latency wireless communications from any point on the planet, even in rainforests, mid-ocean and the Antarctic.

What is not widely acknowledged is that this will also result in unprecedented environmental change on a global scale. The planned density of radio frequency transmitters is impossible to envisage. In addition to millions of new 5G base stations on Earth and 20,000 new satellites in space, 200 billion transmitting objects, according to estimates, will be part of the Internet of Things by 2020, and one trillion objects a few years later. Commercial 5G at lower frequencies and slower speeds was deployed in Qatar, Finland and Estonia in mid-2018. The rollout of 5G at extremely high (millimetre wave) frequencies is planned to begin at the end of 2018.

Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming. The accumulated clinical evidence of sick and injured human beings, experimental evidence of damage to DNA, cells and organ systems in a wide variety of plants and animals, and epidemiological evidence that the major diseases of modern civilization—cancer, heart disease and diabetes—are in large part caused by electromagnetic pollution, forms a literature base of well over 10,000 peer-reviewed studies.

If the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today, without any possibility of escape anywhere on the planet. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Immediate measures must be taken to protect humanity and the environment, in accordance with ethical imperatives and international agreements.

Full appeal:

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Project Censored 2019 yearbook: “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe” is 4th top story

The Project Censored 2019 yearbook is now on sale, with their ranking of the most important, under-reported stories for 2017-2018.

#4 is “How Big Wireless Convinced us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe”.

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