Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated January 19, 2016

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public. 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. The report serves as a legal document for assessing liability for the extensive harm caused to the public. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Originally written for California legislators, this updated report also provides a legislative and regulatory action plan for halting this program, and suggestions for reforming utility regulation so that the public is protected in the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction
What is a Smart Meter?
Smart Grid/Smart Meter problems and issues
– Overview
– Overcharging, accuracy, and the Structure Group report
– Reliability
– Privacy invasion
– Fires and electrical problems
– Health problems Continue reading

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Technology expert dies at 32 of brain tumor; had become advocate for unplugging from technology

He slept with a laptop under his pillow until his health collapsed in 2008.

From New York Times

Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32
By Christopher Mele
January 12, 2017

Levi Felix, who championed the virtues of unplugging from smartphones and other technology and co-founded Digital Detox, which sponsored retreats and camps to help people reconnect in real life, died on Wednesday in Pismo Beach, Calif. He was 32.

Adam S. Poswolsky, a longtime friend who worked as a counselor at one of the camps, confirmed Mr. Felix’s death. He said Mr. Felix had a brain tumor.

Mr. Felix sought to bring balance to people’s lives by disconnecting them for stretches of time from the clutches of their phones and from social media.

He knew the hazards firsthand.

Mr. Felix worked 70-hour weeks for a tech start-up, and his lifestyle became a high-tech cliché of late-night Thai food and sleeping with his laptop under his pillow. In 2008, he was hospitalized after suffering an esophageal tear from exhaustion.

The experience was an awakening for him, Mr. Poswolsky wrote on Medium. Mr. Felix re-evaluated his priorities, he told The New York Times in a 2013 interview. He sold his car and his “nice Penguin clothing,” he said, and traveled for more than two years. He spent a year in Cambodia with Brooke Dean, who was then his girlfriend. The couple, who married in October, lived and worked at a guesthouse on a remote island without a cellphone and without access to the internet.

I’m a geek, I’m not a Luddite,” Mr. Felix told The Times in 2012. “I love that technology connects us and is taking our civilization to the next level, but we have to learn how to use it, and not have it use us.”

With Ms. Dean in 2012, he founded Digital Detox, whose mission was, it said, “to create more mindful, meaningful and balanced lives, both online and off.” It sponsored retreats that emphasized yoga, meditation, a healthy diet and one-to-one connections as a reprieve from digital life.

In a video, Mr. Felix said he would like to see “more people taking more time to reflect and experience what they’re doing instead of sharing it or Instagramming it or posting it on the internet.”

I’d like to see more people looking into people’s faces,: he added, “instead of looking in their screens.”

Among other programs, Digital Detox sponsored Camp Grounded, a summer camp to help adults unplug from technology. Campers turned in their electronic devices — which were sealed in plastic bags labeled “biohazard” — and participated in activities like hiking, archery, swimming and capture-the-flag competitions. Campers also took on nicknames, with Mr. Felix adopting the name Fidget Wigglesworth.

The first camp was in California, and more soon opened in New York, North Carolina and Texas. Mr. Poswolsky said in an email on Thursday that Camp Grounded was planning to host its final two sessions in May in Mendocino, Calif.

Mr. Felix was born on July 29, 1984, in Fresno, Calif. His online biography described him as a community organizer, international speaker and retreat facilitator, with a background in psychology and music. He regularly spoke at conferences and led workshops for companies, organizations and universities.

He is survived by his wife, Ms. Dean; his parents, Bluma and Edward Felix; his brothers, Seth and Zev; and a grandmother, Edythe Felix.

Mr. Felix learned in February that he had a brain tumor. Two months later he wrote a letter with the salutation “Dear Beautiful Humans of Planet Earth” in which he presented the details of his health crisis but expressed confidence that he would recover. He included the hashtag #WeGotThis.

He closed the letter by reminding his followers to call their parents. “Squeeze your siblings,” he wrote. “Tell everyone that you love them.”

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PG&E hired 101 unqualified pipeline inspectors in 2014. Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems detected throughout California by re-inspections

– Over 18,000 severe corrosion problems
– Four years after San Bruno.
– A light slap-on-the-wrist fine of $5.45 million by the PUC.
– “Did not result in any injuries or property damage” or deaths…….. this time.
– The “sad, frustrating and dangerous” inaction by state legislators.
— The head of PG&E gas operations becomes PG&E President and Chief Operation Officer on March 1.

From the San Jose Mercury

By George Avalos
December 23, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — State regulators slapped PG&E with a $5.45 million fine Friday for using unqualified contractors to inspect its natural gas system, which raised fresh worries about the gas network’s safety in the wake of a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

An estimated 101 unqualified contractors conducted roughly half a million corrosion inspections throughout PG&E’s service territory in northern and central California, according to the state Public Utilities Commission, which fined PG&E.

The unqualified contractors’ inspections occurred between February and May, 2014, and in November, 2014 — years after a gas pipeline exploded in September, 2010, killing eight people and leveling a neighborhood in San Bruno.

PG&E violated federal and state law by using contractors who were not properly trained or qualified, failing to check qualifications of contractors, and not having quality control and quality-assurance controls in place to ensure that its contractors were qualified,” the PUC said Friday.

Federal officials had blamed the lethal blast in San  Bruno on a combination of PG&E’s shoddy maintenance and flawed record keeping, along with lazy oversight by the state PUC.

Even though PG&E discovered the system-wide operator qualification deficiency of its contractor inspectors in 2015 and early 2016, it did not report it to the (state PUC) Safety and Enforcement Division until Sept. 14, 2016,” according to the official citation, filed Friday with the commission.

The unqualified inspectors were checking the system for atmospheric corrosion, or corrosion on the outside of the pipes.

PG&E has begun re-inspecting the pipelines that the unqualified inspectors had checked.

More than 18,000 severe corrosion problems” were discovered as a result of the re-inspections, the PUC’s safety enforcement division stated in a report.

The initial flawed inspections occurred primarily in Santa Clara County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, San Francisco, Solano County, Sacramento County, El Dorado County, Glenn County, Nevada County, Placer County, Sutter County, Yolo County and Yuba County, according to the PUC.

Most of the re-inspections have been completed, the PUC said. The rest should be finished by mid-2017.

The PUC’s safety and enforcement division will continue to monitor these corrective actions to ensure compliance,” the state agency said.

In August, a federal jury convicted PG&E of six criminal charges for illegal actions before and after the San Bruno explosion. The jury’s guilty verdicts included one charge that the utility had deliberately obstructed a probe into the blast by the National Transportation Safety Board.

A federal judge is scheduled to sentence PG&E in January on the six convictions.

It is sad, frustrating and dangerous that PG&E hired unqualified inspectors and then kept it from the PUC,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, whose San Mateo County district includes San Bruno.

PG&E said it places the safety of its customers above all other considerations.

Before this issue was self-reported to the PUC, PG&E had changed its operator-qualifications process as it pertains to the atmospheric corrosion inspections work to ensure this does not happen again,” PG&E spokesman Donald Cutler said.

The utility’s violations did not result in any injuries or property damage, the PUC safety division stated in its report about the improper inspections.

Sen. Hill said it’s particularly troubling that the utility waited a considerable time before it notified its regulator about these latest blunders linked to its aging and vast network of natural gas pipelines.

PG&E keeps saying it has its act together, but they keep failing,” Hill said. “You really have to wonder what PG&E has learned.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/23/pge-fined-for-illegal-gas-system-inspections/

Also,

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/PG-E-fined-5-45-million-over-gas-inspections-10816427.php
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/PG-E-to-lay-off-390-employees-as-it-tightens-its-10850562.php
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/11/pge-chops-hundreds-jobs-restructuring/

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Ecologist: Krakow, Poland is fighting back against the rising tide of electromagnetic smog amid increasing evidence of its harmful effects

From the Ecologist:

by Lynne Wycherley
January 12, 2016

As Kraków, Poland’s second city, takes steps to protect its citizens from rising electromagnetic ‘smog’ from mobile phones, wifi, Bluetooth, smart meters and other devices, Lynne Wycherley summarises 2016’s news highlights on the emerging bio-risks of rising exposure to non-ionising radiation. For how much longer can governments continue to ignore the growing evidence of harm?

Are we placing a covert stress, perhaps, on our exposed trees and pollinators? Could we be failing to safeguard children, teenagers, and those in frail health? What is the growing carbon cost of global, ever-on transmitters?

The first mayor of Kraków to be elected by popular ballot, law professor Jacek Majchrowski is tackling an environmental issue most governors avoid: the electromagnetic pollution in his city.

Following work on air pollution, and in response to growing demand, he is initiating forums for citizens to discuss the growing ‘smog’ of electro-magnetic fields (EMFs).

In a world first he is also initiating the provision of meters to detect radio-frequency (RF) / extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs so people can collect objective data on their exposure.

In December, Majchrowski hosted an international conference on EMF pollution and citizens’ ‘right to information’ – an echo of the new Right to Know law in Berkeley, California (cell-phone sellers must supply safety information).

Speakers included Sławomir Mazurek, a pro-reform Polish minister for the Environment. Majchrowski and his team are now re-zoning mobile-phone masts (cell towers) to reduce EMF exposure levels.

With similar boldness, Argentina’s Lower National Congress proposed a new health law last year to regulate electromagnetic pollution.

Supported by trade unions and NGOs, its radical draft measures included hard-wired networks in schools (also hospitals) – recalling the recent Green-led French law on “electromagnetic sobriety” (2015) and recommendations of the American Pediatrics Society and British Doctors’ Initiative.

A planetary paradox

Across the planet, 2016 had seen a paradoxical trend: anthropogenic radiation from mobile and wireless trends continued to rise rapidly, alongside striking, under-reported findings on its possible bio-risks.

Cell-phone use was still climbing. India alone reached over 1 billion verified subscriptions. But like Wilde’s picture of Dorian Gray, the small screens endlessly sold to us harboured a troubling reality. In May, researchers in the USA’s $25 million National Toxicology Programme released early warnings (later stated in detail). Cell-phone radiation had shown clear tumour-promoting effects in the hearts and brains of the rats under study.

In Britain, meanwhile, neuroscientist Dr Sarah Starkey published a key peer-reviewed paper (October 2016) that exposed shocking bias in the 2012 report by AGNIR, the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation – a report behind many governments’ take-no-action health policies, including the UK’s. And one which (as she demonstrates) blatantly excludes the peer-reviewed precautionary science.

Long buried by Germany’s government, a report offering a rare window on 878 Russian-language science papers (1960-1997) was finally translated, with updates, into English. Long-term studies on Soviet workers repeatedly charted chronic debilitation from weak EMFs – including pulsed microwaves that have been commercially ‘repackaged’ for today’s telecoms.

Though research protocols differed from those current today, raising potential questions, the author, medical Professor Karl Hecht, persuasively condemns his government – and the West as a whole – for its reliance on short-term studies.

Voices in the wind: unheard cautions

But escalating trends were in train. In July, the USA’s Federal Communications Commission approved unbridled commercial development of 5G, (July), despite serious question-marks about the new electromagnetic radiation being lined up for use, and the spiralling public exposure it would bring.

A parallel trend for hidden transmitters saw more antennae disguised as birdboxes – and now as cables (January 2017) – the polar opposite of ‘right to know’.

Whilst BT ran adverts for “the most powerful WiFi in the world” (UK), newly published papers continued to show DNA or organ damage to WiFi-exposed animals – raising questions about our habitual close exposure to routers / boosters.

And while the ITU (International Telecoms Union) told the United Nations that 95% of the world’s population had mobile phone-mast coverage (July), with added 4G/LTE supplying 53%, a landmark study in Germany (September) revealed progressive harm to trees from the growing microwave radiation. Strongly irradiated trees, even two miles from antennae, died back, often to the point that they were felled.

Similarly troubling, a Greek study of pollinating insects found that many species decreased in step with phone-mast radiation (Lázaro et al). Underground-nesting species fared much better – an imbalance, the authors noted, that could have wide eco-impacts, or affect crops.

Other 2016 peer-reviewed studies on phone-masts (cell towers) found genetic effects in nearby residents. (See also Gandhi 2015) plus lab-demonstrated amputee pain from the pulsing output.)

A study on Antarctic krill (March) found that navigation was disrupted by an exceptionally weak radiofrequency field. Research showing insect cell-death from 6 minutes’ weak wireless exposure added to previous, similar findings (a, b, c) on Bluetooth etc. Both hint at a need to monitor our fast-rising, non-ionising radiation.

Under-age users – a ‘generation zapped’?

In Los Angeles, a young director began filming Generation Zapped, a courageous documentary on smartphone / wireless risks. Now in its late stages of production, it attracted wide support.

Psychiatry professor Nicholas Kardaras, an expert in addiction, published his gripping book Glow Kids: how screen addiction is hijacking our kids (USA). Drawing on his clinical experience of over 1,000 teenagers, he adopted the term digital heroin for interactive small screens.

Sharing evidence for addiction-hallmark brain changes, however, he neglected plausible links with the wireless radiation itself (published RF risks to the prefrontal brain / opioid receptors).

A survey suggested US smartphone ownership began, on average, at age 10. Around the world, research showing children’s cell-phone radiation absorption was higher than adults’ – especially in the brain and bone marrow – continued to be overlooked. As did Russia’s 4-year study on multi-tested cognitive decline in 7 to 12 year-olds using cell phones (2011), a contrast to milder, short-term findings elsewhere.

Cell-phone risks to the blood-brain barrier which shields the brain from toxins – long highlighted by Professor Salford – found support in a new study. Professor Hardell (who called for pulsed RF to be upgraded to a Class 1 carcinogen in 2014) co-published on whether cell-phones might be a possible, hidden factor in the rise of thyroid cancer.

And a review of 21 studies showing RF/cell-phone risks to male fertility (Houston 2016) concluded that free radical damage played a key role.

Lost in the tide: human rights

Outside Sweden, human rights continued to be denied to the rising numbers of adults and children testifying to EHS (severe ‘electrosensitive’ symptoms).

Reviewing up to date biological evidence, the European Academy for Environmental Medicine recommended low pulsed-microwave exposure limits (0.006 V/m) for those affected – far lower than from today’s wireless transmitters – including in schools, hospitals, public transport, and libraries.

In July, the Spanish Court of Madrid pronounced a former telecoms engineer permanently disabled by EHS. Meanwhile an appeal judge (UK) awarded Employment and Support Allowance to a claimant, using surrogate terms due to the lack of legal recognition of EHS.

ICNIRP, the controversial regulatory body with newly documented conflicts of interest, now held 5 of the 6 seats in the WHO’s core group on EMFs (2016). As early as 2000, in a 189-page report, environmental professor Neil Cherry concluded ICNIRP neglected evidence “that would have had a chemical declared carcinogenic, neuropathogenic, cardiogenic and teratogenic for humans many years ago.”

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Making it up: Italian epidemiologist claims powerline EMFs safe, including for pregnant women, despite the research

From Microwave News
January 9, 2016

Making It Up As He Goes Along

Paolo Boffetta, Italian Epidemiologist, Distorts Power Line Risks

Facts don’t seem to mean much anymore. We live in a “post-truth” time. As 2017 opened for business, a stark example of the new reality came to our attention courtesy of Paolo Boffetta, an Italian epidemiologist now at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

In an interview with Fox News, Boffetta said that the link between power lines and childhood leukemia had been debunked. In response to a question as to whether it was safe for a pregnant woman to live next to “huge power lines,” Boffetta advised that there was no reason for concern.

Boffetta has lost his truth compass. The power-frequency EMF link to cancer stands.

This is not the first time Boffetta has courted controversy. His work as an expert witness defending a company accused of negligence for exposing workers to asbestos has rankled the international public health community. One of the leading Italian newspapers has called him the “devil’s advocate.”

Boffetta now helps set cancer prevention policy at Mount Sinai medical school. This is the same medical center where Irving Selikoff did his landmark studies showing the toxicity of asbestos. What would Selikoff say if he were alive today?

Read our story here.

Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News

http://www.microwavenews.com

This website is an longstanding and excellent resource on EMF/RF/MW news

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BioInitiative Working Group issues a “No Confidence” letter to World Health Organization EMF program manager

From Bioinitiative.org

The BioInitiative Working Group has advised the World Health Organization’s Dr. Emilie van Deventer that the membership composition of the RF Environmental Health Criteria Core Group is unacceptable.  WHO is urged to make changes to the WHO RF EHC Core Group membership to more fairly reflect membership and expertise of the 2011 IARC RF Working Group.

December 19, 2016
International EMF Project World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20 – 1211
Geneva 27, Switzerland

Attention: Dr. E. van Deventer
Subject: WHO RF EHC Core Group Membership is Unacceptable

The BioInitiative Working Group urges the World Health Organization to make changes to the WHO RF EHC Core Group membership to more fairly reflect membership and expertise of the 2011 IARC RF Working Group. At present the WHO RF EHC Core Group is indistinguishable from ICNIRP (1, 2) undermining credibility of the process and ensuring doubt about conclusions. Even if schedule delays occur as a result, an acceptable outcome depends on public confidence.

If the WHO is to minimally meet it’s stated objectives to develop a solid base of scientific evidence and help countries effectively identify and manage RF health risks, then it is important that the most knowledgeable panel of experts be appointed to prepare the RF EHC Monograph. At present, the EHC Core Group members uniformly represent attitudes and scientific positions of ICNIRP, an organization whose membership has steadfastly refused to accept new scientific evidence of potential health risks from non-thermal, low-intensity radiofrequency radiation despite recent scientific advances in knowledge on the subject. (1)

There now many thousands of high quality scientific papers indicating possible non-thermal RF risks to health and those experts most competent by virtue of their research contributions are absent from this process. WHO Interphone studies on humans (2010-2016) have found increased risk of malignant brain cancer in adults with ten years and greater exposure to cell phone radiation (ipsilateral use). Newly released animal studies conducted over a 16-year period by the NIEHS National Toxicology Program now report clear carcinogenic effects of chronic exposure to RF. In June of 2016, the NTP documented statistically significant risks for cancers of the brain and heart, as well as pre-cancerous lesions in animals exposed to RF, but not in control animals. Both human and animal results are now available to incorporate in the RF EHC risk assessment. This important effort can only be assured with a more balanced composition of core participants in the process. As well, the membership needs to be inclusive of under-represented countries such as Russia, China, India, Turkey, and Iran whose research communities have produced the majority of studies on non-thermal effects of RF in recent years.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the BioInitiative Working Group by:

Cindy Sage, MA, Co-Editor, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA USA
David O. Carpenter, M.D., Co-Editor, University at Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Igor Belyaev, Dr. Science. Head, Radiobiology Cancer Institute, Slovak Republic
Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Oncologist, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden

(1) Adapted from Starkey S. 2016. Inaccurate official assessment of radiofrequency safety by the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation. Rev Environ Health 2016; 31(4): 493–503, Table 2. Open Access.

Table 2: Named contributors to the WHO Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on Radiofrequency Fields [in preparation] and membership of the International Commission on NonIonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) or Advisory Group on Non-Ionizing Radiation (AGNIR) RF Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) Core group
Feychting M. Vice-Chair ICNIRP, AGNIR (epidemiological studies)
Mann S.M. ICNIRP, AGNIR (physics, dosimetry)
Oftedal G. ICNIRP (human studies)
van Rongen E. Chair ICNIRP (animal studies)
Scarfi M.R. ICNIRP (former member) (in-vitro studies)
Zmirou D. (public health)

Additional experts
Aicardi G.
Challis L. Formerly AGNIR
Curcio G.
Hug K.
Juutilainen J. ICNIRP
Lagorio S.
Loughran S. ICNIRP
Marino C. ICNIRP
McNamee J.
Naarala J.
Peyman A. AGNIR
Roosli M. ICNIRP
Rubin G.J. AGNIR
Schoemaker M.
Selmaoui B.
de Seze R. ICNIRP
Sienkiewicz Z.J. ICNIRP, AGNIR
Simko M.
Vijaylaxmi Zeni O.

cc:
Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, WHO
European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety, Directorate C: Public Health

http://www.bioinitiative.org/bioinitiative-working-group-issues-a-no-confidence-letter-to-the-who-emf-program-manager/

Letter:

http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BIWG-final-draft-WHO-RF-EHC-Monograph-team-composition.pdf

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Bienen, Vögel und Menschen Die Zerstörung der Natur durch ‚Elektrosmog‘

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Abejas, Aves Y Hombres — La destrucción de la naturaleza por la contaminación electromagnética

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