In January 2012, the Austrian Medical Association (literal translation: Austrian Chamber of Physicians) — ÖÄK — opposed the mandatory introduction of Smart Meters in Austria.
They issued a letter to the Austrian government, followed by a press release in February, warning of the health consequences they expected would result.
“The planned area-wide introduction of so-called ‘smart meters’, can lead to health consequences, in the opinion of the Department of Environmental Medicine of the Austrian Medical Association (ÖÄK)… The available transmission options such as radio or transmission over the power grid itself (Powerline Communication, short PLC) lead to electrosmog that is harmful to health. Additionally, with Power Line Communication the existing electrical lines and the connected devices now emit increasing electrosmog (electric fields in the Kilohertz range).
Press release, German, 2-4-2012
Press release, English translation
Letter to Austrian Federal Ministry for Economics, Family and Youth, 1-18-2012
The expected health consequences would be an increase in symptoms and diseases that fall into the category of so-called multi-system diseases. This illness is characterized by involving several organs or functional systems at the same time and in interaction…
Who is liable in the event of health problems and diseases caused by the increased field exposure on the part of the Smart Meter?…
From the perspective of the Austrian Medical Association, the planned timetable of mandatory introduction of ‘smart meters’ should be reconsidered or suspended until pending clarification and solution of open questions.”
Austrian Medical Association website: http://www.aerztekammer.at