Reports on Smart Meter Problems

Updated July 23 2019

The 50-page paper “Overview: Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters” is now available free for downloading and printing. It provides information from experts on utility meters used in the U.S. and Canada.

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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Honeybees absorb RF-EMF in relation to frequency; higher frequencies can result in much higher absorption

Figure 4. Relative electric feld strength in and around a mid-sagittal plane of the Honey Bee Drone at the nine studied frequencies. Grey scale shows the electric feld strengths relative to 1V/m electric field strength.

Figure 4. Relative electric field strength in and around a mid-sagittal plane of the Honey Bee Drone at the nine studied frequencies. Grey scale shows the electric field strengths relative to 1V/m electric field strength.

What this modeling shows is that the situation is not good now, and it’s going to get much worse under 5G regimes.

Published January 2020:

Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees

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Thielens A, Greco MK, Verloock L, Martens L, Joseph W. Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees. Sci Rep. 2020 Jan 16;10(1):461. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-56948-0.

Abstract

Radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) can be absorbed in all living organisms, including Western Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera). This is an ecologically and economically important global insect species that is continuously exposed to environmental RF-EMFs. This exposure is studied numerically and experimentally in this manuscript. To this aim, numerical simulations using honey bee models, obtained using micro-CT scanning, were implemented to determine RF absorbed power as a function of frequency in the 0.6 to 120 GHz range. Five different models of honey bees were obtained and simulated: two workers, a drone, a larva, and a queen. The simulations were combined with in-situ measurements of environmental RF-EMF exposure near beehives in Belgium in order to estimate realistic exposure and absorbed power values for honey bees. Our analysis shows that a relatively small shift of 10% of environmental incident power density from frequencies below 3 GHz to higher frequencies will lead to a relative increase in absorbed power of a factor higher than 3.

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From Discussions

The results of our numerical simulations, see Fig. 5, show an increase of Pabs with frequency up to 6–12GHz. Figure 4 illustrates the mechanism behind this increase: as the frequency increases the EMFs are less likely to diffract around the honey bees, that are relatively small in comparison to the wavelengths <6GHz, and can penetrate further in the models, generating higher internal electric fields and consequently higher Pabs values.

…The results in terms of Pabs obtained for the honey bees in this study fall right in between those obtained in 11 for the smaller Australian Stingless Bee and the larger Desert Locust, which confirms again the dependency of Pabs on phantom size. The same size-related effect was described for humans in 28,33,38 and comparable frequency trends were observed in humans that have larger full-body sizes at MHz frequencies 28,38. It should be noted that this manuscript focused on exposure of individual insects in free space. In reality, honey bees might cluster, creating a larger absorption cross section and potentially higher absorption at lower frequencies.

…As our RF-EMF exposure measurements near bee hives demonstrate, see Table 2, most of the current RF-EMF exposure is located at frequencies ≤1GHz. Additionally, Fig. 5 demonstrates that the Pabs in all studied Honey bee models is lowest at frequencies ≤1GHz. This implies that in reality, potential shifts in telecommunication frequencies to higher frequencies might induce even larger increases that the ones estimated in Table 4 since in that analysis an average value over all Pabs values ≤3GHz is assumed.

From Conclusions

Assuming that 10% of the incident power density would shift to frequencies higher than 3GHz would lead to an increase of this absorption between 390–570%. Such a shift in frequencies is expected in future networks.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-56948-0

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-56948-0.pdf

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IEEE Fellow James Lin calls on WHO to raise wireless radiation (RF) cancer classification

The time is right for the IARC to upgrade its previous epidemiology-based classification of RF exposure to higher levels in terms of the carcinogenicity of RF radiation for humans.
—  Dr. James C. Lin

Following the National Toxicology Program study release in 2018, electrical engineer, researcher, and IEEE Fellow Dr. James Lin’s paper “Clear Evidence of Cell-Phone RF Radiation Cancer Risk” was published in the IEEE Microwave Magazine (Sept./Oct 2018). Dr. Lin is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Recently, IEEE published another article by Dr. Lin — – “The Significance of Primary Tumors in the NTP Study of Chronic Rat Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation“. (November 2019 IEEE Microwave Magazine) In it, Dr. Lin calls for an upward carcinogenicity reclassification of RF EMF – radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation — by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Lin JC. The Significance of Primary Tumors in the NTP Study of Chronic Rat Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation [Health Matters]. IEEE Microwave Magazine. 20(11):18-21. Nov 2019. DOI:10.1109/MMM.2019.2935361.

Abstract

Most media accounts of the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s (NTP’s) final report have understandably focused on the statistically significant finding of “clear evidence” that both GSM and code-division multiple access (CDMA)-modulated 900-MHz wireless RF radiation led to the development of malignant schwannoma, a rare form of tumor, in the hearts of male rats. In addition to this, unusual patterns of cardiomyopathy, i.e., damage to heart tissue, were observed in both RF-exposed male and female Sprague-Dawley rats compared with concurrent control animals, although the findings for female rats were deemed as providing only uncertain or “equivocal” evidence for schwannomas and malignant gliomas, compared to concurrent controls.

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In all fairness, the primary cancer or overall cancer rates detected in any organ or tissue inside the animal body do not appear to have been purposefully overlooked or unnoticed. Indeed, the results for total primary cancer or tumor occurrences in NTP animal studies can be found in the appendices of its final reports [1]. However, although the data may not have been purposefully disregarded or ignored, the NTP excluded them from its publicized report summaries. An independent analysis of the data showed that rats exposed to GSM and CDMA RF radiation had significantly higher overall or total primary tumor rates than did the concurrent control rats [4].

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Russian government recommendations to parents on children’s cell phone use, includes limiting cell phone conversations to 2 minutes or less; at least 15 minutes break between calls

From the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing

About Parent Recommendations for Using Your Mobile Phone Safely

01/10/2020

1. A conversation on a mobile phone should not last more than 2 minutes, and the minimum pause between calls should be at least 15 minutes. It is much safer to write messages than to hold the phone near your ear.

2. Hold the handset of the mobile phone at a distance from the ear, for its lower part and vertically. The attenuation of radio waves occurs in proportion to the square of the distance traveled, therefore, by moving the handset away from the ear by just a centimeter and thus increasing the distance to the brain by half, you can reduce the power, radiation exposure to the brain, four times.

3. It is better to bring the handset to your ear after the subscriber answers. At the time of the call, the mobile phone operates at its maximum capacity, regardless of the communication conditions in the given place. At the same time, 10-20 seconds after the start of the call, the radiated power is reduced to the minimum acceptable level. It is pointless to put a phone to your ear also because the first long beep does not appear immediately.

4. Many children often send SMS messages or are excessively addicted to games built into cell phones. Such regular and prolonged tension on the growing hand and fingers can cause various disorders of the bones and joints. In addition, while playing, the child is forced to examine a small image, looks at the backlit screen for a long time, all the time at the same distance from the eyes. This is a serious strain on the eyes and can have a very negative effect on vision.

5. It is recommended to remove glasses with a metal frame during a conversation: the presence of such a frame can lead to an increase in the intensity of the electromagnetic field affecting the user.

6. It is not recommended to place mobile phones near you while you sleep.

7. Do not constantly keep your mobile phone with you, for example, in your trouser pocket.

8. Contacts with a mobile phone should be limited, especially if this is not necessary. 

9. It is better to carry a mobile phone in a bag; you should not keep a cellular phone on your chest, belt or chest pocket for a long time.

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The Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) is a federal executive body that exercises responsibility for the development and implementation of state policy and legal regulation in the field of consumer protection, development and approval of state sanitary and epidemiological rules and hygienic standards, as well as the organization and implementation of the federal state sanitary and epidemiological surveillance and federal state supervision in the field of consumer protection.

https://rospotrebnadzor.ru/region/functions.php

https://rospotrebnadzor.ru/about/info/news/news_details.php?ELEMENT_ID=13375

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Global Protest to Stop 5G, January 25, 2020

Stop 5G International

International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

Global events scheduled

Press release

January 6th, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Kate Kheel, USA kate@stop5ginternational.org
Tanja Katarina Rebel, UK tankarebel@stop5ginternational.org
Pernille Schriver, Denmark denmark@stop5ginternational.org

GLOBAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST 5G, JANUARY 25, 2020
Events Planned in 31 Countries So Far
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INTERNATIONAL APPEAL WILL BE DELIVERED TO GOVERNMENTS
AROUND THE WORLD
Signed by Scientists and Doctors from 202 Countries and Territories
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THE ISSUE: MICROWAVING OUR PLANET

While the media’s attention with regard to environmental issues has been captured by climate change, fracking, and plastics in the ocean, an International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space has been quietly making its way around the world. Signed by 4,800 scientists, 2,800 medical doctors, 770 beekeepers, 2,000 environmental organizations, and 180,000 others from 202 countries and territories, this Appeal calls on the world’s governments to stop the deployment of 5G.

On January 25, 2020, environmental groups are planning events in 31 capital cities so far, with more being added daily. Their goal is to stop the deployment of millions of 5G antennas on Earth and 50,000 5G satellites in space, and to secure emergency high-level meetings with officials in governments and international governmental organizations including the European Union, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.

The issue is microwave radiation, which has been steadily intensifying for over two decades courtesy of the wireless revolution. 5G will bring a huge increase in radiation, virtually overnight, everywhere—in cities, suburbs, parks, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, oceans, Greenland, and Antarctica. Instead of cell towers every few miles, there will be cell towers—small but powerful—in front of every third to fifth home. Instead of 2,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, there will shortly be 50,000.

The organizers of the events of January 25, 2020 include people who have already been so severely injured by wireless devices that they can no longer participate in society at all. They are fighting for their own lives, the lives of their children, and the lives of the insects, birds, animals, and all of us.

https://stop5ginternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/press-release-Jan-2020.pdf

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Smart Meter song

Smart Meters will come to you soon,” said my utility.
You’ll learn and save, and so much more
With this technology.
Join in the trend, we’ll save the earth,
And conserve electricity.
Life will be grand and bold and new.
Smart Meters will set you free.”

Such rubbish! These Smart Meters full of hype,
Forced on you and me,
Invading our homes and neighborhoods and our towns,
What will our future be?
All the problems they can cause to us and our families.
These big bad meters are not wise,
And they’re not alright by me.

They fail to mention bills go up,
And there’s hackability.
Increase your risk for burglary,
And there’s no more privacy.
Your pacemaker might malfunction,
Or your appliances, you’ll see.
And they can shut your power off remotely if they please.

Do you really want Smart Meters anywhere
Pulsing powerfully.
Such problems and false promises given us
Typical boondoggle scheme.
I call on our state capitols to show some backbone please.
Repeal this program right away.
Let’s be Smart Meter-free.

These meters pulse their microwaves at every living thing.
All day and night they’re damaging our bodies, brains, and genes.
All the harm that they can do,
Affecting even bees.
It scares me stiff and makes me mad,
I’m hoping you’ll help me.

Get rid of these Smart Meters
Everywhere
Tell it to the PUC.
Get rid of these Smart Meters everyone,
Take ‘em back, utilities.
Try to cram them down our throats and on communities,
We’ll show you who still is the boss.
In America, we’ll be free.

Get rid of these Smart Meters everywhere,
Forced on you and me.
Invading our homes and neighborhoods and our towns,
What would our future be?
All the harm that they can do to our communities.
Smart ain’t so great.
Wise is the prize,
So please won’t you join me?

Smart ain’t so great.
Wise is the prize,
So please won’t you join me?

Copyright 2010 Nina J. Beety

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Wi-Fi proposed for Yellowstone National Park. Comment deadline Nov. 29, 2019

Update: direct link to comments:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=111&projectID=89100&documentID=99318

The East Idaho News article states “wireless access to recommended wilderness and park road corridors would be excluded,” it does not describe what wilderness and park road corridors are recommended for inclusion. In addition, the areas  excluded under the current proposal could be included in future build-out.

Submit individually written comments by November 29, 2019 (the park service does not accept bulk comments).

Ask that the comment deadline be extended at least 30 days due to the environmental and ADA impacts. Fourteen days is inadequate time for the public to become aware of this proposal.

Comments may be submitted online at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ap, by hand-delivery, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or by any other means.

Yellowstone is a national treasure. Increased microwave radiation exposure will harm plants, trees and wildlife and will block access to those disabled by electromagnetic sensitivity. Environmental assessments and evaluation of access barriers for this proposal must be done.

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=89100

Access Parks – Broadband Internet for Park

Residents and Employees

AccessParks (AP) has submitted an application for a Right of Way (ROW) permit to the National Park Service (NPS) proposing the installation of wireless radios, microwave point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and indoor Wi-Fi installations throughout Xanterra managed properties in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). We anticipate that the installation will be expanded in the future to offer the same service to the NPS and other concessioners.

In order to supply high-speed internet to park visitors and employees throughout YNP, AP has proposed to install a large-scale wireless communication system covering Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful. Equipment needs for this project include five microwave antenna locations, twelve wireless backhaul antennas ranging between three and six feet in diameter, and up to four hundred and eighty (480) transceivers of 11 inch diameter or less installed on receiving structures.

In addition to the areas above, infrastructure would also be placed on the newly installed antenna mounting structure surrounding the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout. Typical installation photosimulations of AccessParks equipment and a list of properties to be affected are included on this project announcement.

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California power shut-offs pose fire risk due to Smart Meters

In the report I released this summer on Smart Meter fire and electrical hazards, I explained the dangers which electrical surges pose to digital electronic meters.

This week PG&E will activate Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in many California counties. California utilities SoCal Edison and SDGE may also activate PSPS. Afterwards, companies will re-energize those transmission lines, causing surges to flow down the lines. These surges will impact the Smart Meters installed on homes and buildings throughout communities, as well as those installed on utility poles for cellular equipment — small cell towers. These surges could cause Smart Meters to malfunction, leading to electrical damage or even fires.

California residents:

Please send my report and this alert to California officials and local and state emergency personnel. State emergency personnel must be apprised of this fire and public safety risk. Also, let your neighbors know.

If you have a Smart Meter or other digital meter, when the power shutoff occurs, it’s a good idea to turn off all your breakers and your main breaker, and check your meter after the power is restored before turning on your breakers. Be alert to any signs of damage, overheating, or fire at the meter or in your home or building, strange sounds, such as buzzing, or electrical problems such as flickering lights.  If you see or hear any signs of malfunction or fire, contact your fire department immediately first and take photographs of any visible damage.

Smart Meters do not have a direct connection to ground, a circuit breaker, or adequate surge protection. Instead, they contain a varistor which wears out over time from repeated surges. When it wears out or if a high voltage event happens, including a surge over its maximum, touching wires, or a lightning strike, it will explode, allowing the overvoltage to flow unabated into the building. This can result in arcing, burned wiring, destroyed appliances and electronics, and fires, and it happens in seconds. It makes a popping sound when it explodes.

It is critical that emergency personnel understand the risks to the buildings in each community from these PSPS events and why fires and electrical problems can result. PG&E and other utility companies routinely tamper with fire scenes by removing Smart Meters, in violation of state procedures. Fire personnel must stop utility companies from removing meters so that a thorough investigation can happen. Inadequate fire codes and lack of training for fire personnel on Smart Meter vulnerabilities presently hamper data collection and accountability. This must change.

PSPS are dangerous for other reasons including the short warning period, PSPS also impact wells and water access for humans, livestock, and for fighting fires, disconnect critical medical devices, shut down air conditioning and refrigerators – especially critical for the elderly, those who are ill or disabled, and families with babies and children, shut down electricity to hospitals and urgent care centers, and can impact transportation infrastructure. PSPS shuts down communication for those who have shifted from dependable copperline POTS corded phones, to wireless communication – VoiP or cell phones – or cordless phone equipment. This is unsafe.

The so-called “Public Safety Power Shutoffs” policy must be re-examined now.

PDF: Fire and electrical hazards report

 

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