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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New York: State-funded workbook on EMF health risks published in 1990

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) : A Training Workbook for Working People
Produced by The Labor Institute, NYC
October 1990

Funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor, Occupational safety and Health Training and Education Program, Contract Number C006029


“Evidence has emerged which raises questions about the health effects on workers of seemingly harmless electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emittedby power lines, electrical equipment and computer terminals. We now know that these fields are not harmless and that many workers and their families may be exposed to potentially dangerous electromagnetic fields.

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Independence, Missouri cancels AMI contracts, prohibits Smart Meter installations

On June 3, the City Council of Independence, Missouri passed an ordinance prohibiting the installation of AMI/Smart Meters anywhere in the city and voiding all city AMI contracts.

The City of Independence including the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Employees, and or anyone on their behalf shall be prohibited from installing AMI, also known as Smart meters at any location within the city limits of Independence or on any customer of municipally owned utility known as Independence Power and Light, and shall be prohibited from entering into a contract with any entity for the purposes of installing AMI, also known as Smart meters at any location within the city limits of Independence or on any customer of municipally owned utility known as Independence Power and Light. Furthermore, Non-ordinance action Item number 2, defeated on 03-18-2019, and passed by city council on 04/01/2019 authorizing “Council action is requested to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Core & Main for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for the Water, Water Pollution Control, and Power & Light Departments”, shall be voided and any contracts entered as a result of non-ordinance action item number 2 shall be canceled.”.

After the council adopted an AMI contract on April 1 in a highly irregular and secretive manner, residents collected signatures to put the issue on the ballot for a community vote. When the ballot initiative qualified for the next election, the city council decided to take this action to avoid a community vote. 

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Electrical engineer: The meter itself is the “hazardous” condition

From Michigan Stop Smart Meters

By William Bathgate, Electrical Engineer
October 12th, 2016
Revised October 13th, 2016

Editor’s Note: In the following article, originally written as a public comment to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Mr. Bathgate considers safety issues with the new electric meters as related to our current discussion of a proposed rule change concerning emergency shutoffs for “hazardous conditions.” Revisions to this article are indicated in blue and consist mainly in the addition of a section dealing with the lack of lightning arrestors in the AMI meters.

Case No. U-18120
Proposed Rule 460.137 — 37(1)(a) & 37(1)(i)

 A utility may shut off or deny service to a customer “without notice, if a condition on the customer’s premises is determined by the utility or a governmental agency to be hazardous.”

I hold an electrical engineering and mechanical engineering degree and previously was employed through late 2015 for 8 years at the Emerson Electric Company. While at Emerson Electric I was the Senior Program Manager for Power Distribution Systems and in charge of an RF and IP based digitally controlled high power AC power switching system product line in use in over 100 countries and I was also directly responsible for product certifications such as UL, CE and many other countries electrical certification bodies. I am very familiar with the electrical and electronic design of the AMI meters in use because I was responsible for very similar products with over 1 Million units installed across the world.

I have just reviewed the transcripts of the hearing held in Lansing on this subject and came to realize there were many comments regarding the issues identified from the effects of both the RF emitting AMI meter and the non RF emitting AMI Opt-Out Meter. I have personally tested the RF emissions from the AMI meter and measured that the meter does not send data just a few times a day as the utilities publish. It actually sends an RF pulse about every 4-5 seconds constantly and a longer duration RF emission after midnight running about 3-5 minutes. There is no need for the AMI meter to send a pulse every 4-5 seconds all day just to synchronize and time stamp the clock inside the meter, the meter only needs to send data once a day for 3-5 minutes. All these pulse transmissions the AMI meter is doing is a complete waste of energy and because it is a short but frequently pulsing signal that is not needed to measure power consumption, it is creating needless health effects and is impacting consumers as evidenced in the testimony. Some consumers have been affected to the point of near death experiences. The Mesh Network design is saturating the environment with RF transmissions mostly for the purpose of the network synchronization not the consumption measurement of power. I could not think of a worse network design for a power measurement device.

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Report – “British Columbia Utility Commission and Smart Meter Fires: The Failure to Protect”

This is an international problem.

From the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in British Columbia:

1)   No agency is tracking fires;

2)   Regulations and laws are being broken with impunity, e.g. meters are being removed from the fire scene, electrical inspections are not being done;

3)   Reporting is haphazard at best;

4)   The meter is combustible, poorly designed, and not certified by any agency to be safe;

5)   BC Hydro did not perform its due diligence by having an independent Electrical Engineer inspect the meter prior to signing the contract. Rather, it accepted ITRON’s assurances;

6)   Smart meters have burned, melted and caused homes to burn. BC Hydro and BCUC both deny this is happening.

…Consumer Affairs recalls defective devices, e.g. cars, electrical appliances. But because a utility owns the smart meters, they are not considered consumer goods and Consumer Affairs has no jurisdiction. Who is watching out for us, ensuring that these devices that are being put on our homes without our permission, mandated by law, are safe?  No one. This is in our hands and this report provides the means by which we can and must demand a recall.

The files are all large, so please be patient when downloading them – it will take time.



3) – Supporting Documentation (cont’d)  (N-W)

4) – Supporting Documentation (A-M)

Addenda and the full post about this report:

BCUC & Smart Meter Fires: The Failure to Protect

Additional important information & links re smart meter fires:

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Elon Musk / SpaceX launched 60 satellites for global 4G / 5G / Wi-Fi on May 23

UPDATE: The launch took place May 23, 2019 10:30 EDT at Cape Canaveral.

UPDATE: The May 16 launch has been postponed. A new date has not been set according to Space Flight Now.

Original post:

Today, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will launch the first 60 of 12,000 satellites planned to blanket the Earth in 4G/5G/Wi-Fi.

Other companies have been approved or are applying to launch similar universal coverage projects, including Google, Amazon, and OneWeb (which launched its first batch this year).

Musk ignored experts who warned of a range of serious impacts from this deployment, including the health and environmental consequences, interference with electronics, medical devices, and aviation, etc.. The FCC approved these launches over these objections.

Then last month, the FCC approved a much lower Earth orbit for Musk’s satellites than previously approved, allowing even greater exposure to everyone from this pulsed microwave radiation.[1]

There was no safety testing.

The satellites will launch at 22:30 Eastern Daylight Time on May 16, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The countdown webpage is here:

These satellites only last 5 years, needing frequent replacement at great cost to the atmosphere from the pollution and ozone depletion of the repeated rocket launches as well as the burning retired satellites  containing toxic materials and chemicals.

For in-depth information on the impacts and hazards from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the other companies:

For health, environment, and other impacts:

Stop 4G and 5G from space.


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Toulouse, France: Un juge toulousain autorise des personnes électrosensibles à refuser le compteur Linky

France Bleu

Par Olivier LebrunFrance Bleu Occitanie et France Bleu

Mercredi 20 mars 2019

C’est une première en France, un juge des référés de Toulouse a donné raison ce lundi à 13 plaignants qui refusaient l’installation du compteur Linky pour raisons médicales. Enedis ne pourra pas installer le nouveau compteur chez ces personnes électro-hypersensibles.

Toulouse, France

C’est une victoire pour les opposants au compteur Linky. Pour la première fois, un juge des référés du tribunal de grande instance de Toulouse a entendu les plaintes des personnes ne supportant pas le compteur Linky pour des raisons médicales. Prenant appui sur des certificats médicaux versés aux débats, le juge a ordonné ce lundi à Enedis de ne pas installer le Linky chez 13 particuliers de Haute-Garonne et oblige la distribution de courant électrique “propre” sans CPL (courant porteur en ligne, courant à haute fréquence injecté dans les installations par Linky). 

Une première brèche pour les anti-Linky

“C’est plus qu’une pierre dans le jardin d’Enedis, cette ordonnance confirme que l’installation du Linky n’est pas obligatoire pour le consommateur qui peut refuser une telle installation, explique Me Christophe Lèguevaques, l’un des deux avocats représentant ces plaignants sensibles aux ondes émises par les compteurs. “Certes, il nous reste encore du chemin à parcourir pour convaincre la justice de l’urgence d’agir. Mais rappelons-nous que les dangers de l’amiante ont été révélés dès 1906 et qu’il a fallu attendre 1996 pour que ce produit soit interdit, tant les intérêts financiers et industriels prévalaient sur la santé des populations“, estime-t-il.

“Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux”

“C’est une étape importante”, ajoute Me Arnaud Durand, “Certains demandeurs ne pouvaient plus vivre chez eux car leur domicile était devenu insupportable. Cette décision respecte leur dignité de malade.””Jusqu’à présent, les juges des référés refusaient de trancher, et préféraient rejeter les demandes, laissant le juge du fond statuer, ce qui laisse les mains libres à Enedis dans sa pose forcée des Linky”, expliquent les avocats.

Depuis plusieurs mois, l’avocat Toulousain Me Christophe Léguevaques et son collègue parisien Me Arnaud Durand ont engagé des procédures pour le compte de 5.500 particuliers auprès de 22 tribunaux en France. Le combat des anti-compteur Linky se poursuit, avec de nouvelles audiences prochainement à Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers et Tours. Enedis aurait déjà fait appel de la décision du juge toulousain.

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France: Toulouse judge rules against Enedis, allows electromagnetically sensitive people to refuse Smart Meters

Smart Meters are called Linky meters in France.

from FranceBleu
[Rough translation]

A Toulouse judge allows electrosensitive people to refuse the Linky meter

by Olivier Lebrun

March 20, 2019

This is a first in France, an appeals court judge in Toulouse on Monday ruled in favor of 13 plaintiffs who refused the installation of Linky meter for medical reasons. Enedis will not be able to install the new meter on the homes of these electro-hypersensitive people.

Toulouse, France

 This is a victory for the opponents of the Linky meter. For the first time, a judge of the Toulouse High Court hearing hears complaints from people who do not support the Linky meter for medical reasons. Based on medical certificates about the disputes, the judge ordered Enedis on Monday not to install the Linky at 13 individuals in Haute-Garonne and requires the distribution of “clean” electrical power without CPL (powerline current with high frequency current injected by the Linky installations).

A first breach for anti-Linky

“This is more than a stone into the garden of Enedis, this order confirms that the installation of the Linky is not mandatory for the consumer, who can refuse this installation, says Christophe Lèguevaques, one of the two lawyers representing these complainants sensitive to the waves emitted by the meters. “Of course, we still have some way to go to convince the courts of the urgency to act. But remember that the dangers of asbestos were revealed as early as 1906 and that it was not until 1996 that this product was banned, as the financial and industrial interests prevailed over the health of populations, “he said. .

“Some applicants could no longer live at home”

“This is an important step,” says Arnaud Durand, “Some applicants could no longer live at home because their home had become unbearable.This decision respects their dignity as a patient.” “Until now, the judges of the appeals court refused to decide, and preferred to reject the requests, leaving the trial judge to rule, leaving Enedis free to force Linky meters [on customers] “, explain the lawyers.

For several months, Toulouse lawyer Christophe Léguevaques and his Paris colleague Me Arnaud Durand have initiated proceedings on behalf of 5,500 individuals in 22 courts in France. The anti-Linky meter fight continues, with new hearings soon in Versailles, Nanterre, Grenoble, Evry, Narbonne, Nevers and Tours. Enedis has already appealed the decision of the Toulouse judge.

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