New Yorkers pressure utility industry for smart meter alternative, citing health and safety issues

From Natural News
August 1, 2016
by Daniel Barker

(NaturalNews) Citizens of New York State are demanding that utility companies provide an alternative to “smart meter,” due to increasing concerns over safety and health.

Digital utility (DU) meters, commonly known as smart meters, have been linked to a number of serious health issues, and have also been known to cause fires and electrical problems.

In a letter addressed to the *Daily Freeman*, Michele Hertz and Toby Stover of *Stop Smart Meters NY* expressed their concerns on behalf of citizens regarding the meters, which have been installed throughout the state over the past few years to replace analog utility meters which have been used for decades with few problems.

Hertz and Stover wrote:

“Where DU meters are installed, thousands of people are reporting insomnia, heart palpitations, tinnitus, diarrhea, anxiety, inflammation, headaches, rashes, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, as well as electrical problems and fires.”

Smart meters made in China were approved without testing or UL certification. The letter also points out the fact that the DU meters being installed were manufactured in China, and were approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) without any UL certification or testing for “microwave radiation emissions, electrical and fire code compliance or privacy and security risks.”

Hertz and Stover accuse the utility industry – with the complicity of the NYSPSC – of putting the public at risk in pursuit of profits.

“Already, there is sufficient evidence to warrant banning DU meters,  including the so-called digital ‘opt-out’ meter. Yet utilities and the NYSPSC have known about this since 2010 and have done nothing while people suffer.

“Analog meters, used for decades with few complaints, protect our privacy and do not utilize unsafe technology.”

More than 1,000 Woodstock residents have signed a petition demanding a no-fee analog meter option. Several other New York communities have also signed resolutions calling for no-fee analog meter choices.

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