Suggested sign for under your safe analog meter: "DO NOT REPLACE METER. We refuse the 'smart' meter due to safety, security, and privacy issues." Print that out using large letters on a sheet of paper, and place in a gallon ziplock. Affix under analog meter, where both can be read. Check periodically to make sure it is still there.
Athens-Clarke County Resident Feels "Assaulted" After Being Forced to Have a Spy and Fry Meter by Rayle EMC. Cops Called to Her Home TWICE!
Adding insult to injury, Rayle EMC has called the police - twice - on a citizen in Athens-Clarke County for refusing to have a new "smart" meter put on her home. This person, whom I shall call "Ms. Smith," did not want a new fire-starting, cancer-causing, bill-raising, totally hackable digital meter on her home. She wanted a safe analog, and says she had been told by Rayle that she could have one two years prior, after a "smart" meter was snuck on her home without her knowledge. But they had just put another "smart" meter on there.
Earlier this month, Rayle EMC came back out, wanting to put a new "smart" meter on, and Ms. Smith refused. They went away, but came back and called the police when she again refused. Two cop cars showed up. The Rayle EMC representative was very angry, according to Ms. Smith, and said they WOULD put on the dangerous meter whether she wanted one or not. He also said Ms. Smith could not take a picture of the meter they wanted to put in, although one of the policemen had suggested that would be a good idea, so she could check out its safety for herself.
Rayle EMC did come back the next day, despite the fact that they said they would schedule a meeting with her first. Again, two cop cars showed up, and, even though Ms. Smith repeatedly told the three men who were standing against her "no, do not install that meter" and that this installation was being done without her consent, the Rayle EMC employee went ahead with the illegal installation. There is a law in Georgia against putting an eavesdropping device on someone's home, and a "smart" meter keeps track of the different spikes in your electrical usage, spikes that can be identifiable as certain usages and behavior patterns. That is spying and is against the law in Georgia.
From the "Letter of No Consent, No Trespass" in the "Avoid a 'Smart' Meter page: "
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent and/or knowledge of those people who are monitored. They violate Georgia law specifically: TITLE 16. CRIMES AND OFFENSES CHAPTER 11. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY ARTICLE 3. INVASIONS OF PRIVACY PART 1. WIRETAPPING, EAVESDROPPING, SURVEILLANCE, AND RELATED OFFENSES O.C.G.A. § 16-11-62 (2011) § 16-11-62. Eavesdropping, surveillance, or intercepting communication which invades privacy of another; divulging private message It shall be unlawful for: (1) Any person in a clandestine manner intentionally to overhear, transmit, or record or attempt to overhear, transmit, or record the private conversation of another which shall originate in any private place; (2) Any person, through the use of any device, without the consent of all persons observed, to observe, photograph, or record the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view…(3) Any person to go on or about the premises of another or any private place, except as otherwise provided by law, for the purpose of invading the privacy of others by eavesdropping upon their conversations or secretly observing their activities; (4) Any person intentionally and secretly to intercept by the use of any device, instrument, or apparatus the contents of a message sent by telephone, telegraph, letter, or by any other means of private communication; (5) Any person to divulge to any unauthorized person or authority the content or substance of any private message intercepted lawfully in the manner provided for in Code Section 16-11-65; (6) Any person to sell, give, or distribute, without legal authority, to any person or entity any photograph, videotape, or record, or copies thereof, of the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view without the consent of all persons observed; or (7) Any person to commit any other acts of a nature similar to those set out in paragraphs (1) through (6) of this Code section which invade the privacy of another. HISTORY: Ga. L. 1967, p. 844,
§ 1; Code 1933, § 26-3001, enacted by Ga. L. 1968,
p. 1249,§ 1;
Ga. L. 1976, p. 1100,
§ 1; Ga. L. 1985, p. 149,
§ 16; Ga. L. 2000, p. 491,
§ 1; Ga. L. 2000, p. 875, § 2.
Subsequent contact with Rayle EMC revealed that they understand that there in no law requiring someone to have a "smart" meter. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 says only that someone can have a "smart" meter if they WANT one.
This is totally unacceptable behavior on Rayle EMC's part, and on the part of the police. These digital meters have proven dangerous in many, many instances, starting fires, bombarding people with cancer-causing radiation, raising electric bills to up to seven times their normal amount, and being hackable from across the world. Ms. Smith is totally within her rights to refuse any type of "smart" meter, including a power line communication (PLC) meter, because these can turn your home's wires into antennae, and create transients in the wires. This condition is also known as "dirty electricity," and can increase your family's chances of cancer by up to 12%!
Rayle EMC has been provided with information showing the danger of PLC meters. They should immediately allow their cutomers to opt out, as so many other power companies rightly have. Of course, none of these unsafe meters should have gone up in the first place, and the ideal situation is that they be outlawed altogether, before more people get hurt and/or die. The responsibility lies with the power companies and those who are pushing them, paying them, to put illegal Spy and Fry meters on homes and businesses.
Judge Rules Opt Out Fee is Illegal for Disabled, Orders Safe Analog Reconnected!
Good news for Americans with disabilities and those dealing with an investor-owned utility! Josh Hart, director of StopSmartMeters.Org, has had his power restored after his local investor-owned utility, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Co-operative (PSREC) was forced by a judge to turn power back on to his safe, analog meter after 16 months. They also dropped all past opt out fees and provided self-read analog service at no charge.
From the Portola Reporter: "Plumas County Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde ruled that PSREC's opt out fees violate state discrimination laws stating public utilities cannot prejudice, disadvantage, or require different rates or deposit amounts from a person because of medical condition [http://stopsmartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IMG_1025.jpg]."
the recipients of this letter familiar with the law, and those
responsible for the safety of electric customers in our state, such as
the Georgia Public Service commissioners: Does Georgia have a
discrimination law similar to this one from California? If any
electric customers would like to pursue action on this from an ADA
standpoint, there are resources at the federal level that might help you
escape the opt out fees imposed if you decide to keep a safe analog on
your home. Please see links below my signature.
Josh suffers from electromagnetic-hypersensitivity, or EHS, and had a letter from his doctor stating that he could not have a "smart" meter on his home, due to the electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) it would emit. EMF is known to cause symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, insomnia, and heart palpitations, just to list a few (http://emfsafetynetwork.org/smart-meters/smart-meter-health-complaints/).
PSREC originally turned Josh's power off because he did not pay the opt out fee. I'm not suggesting that anyone stop paying that fee. I would advise against it, because you might get your power turned off. But I'm sharing the story because it shows that investor-owned electric companies can do the right thing and make sure customers that want a safe analog meter on their home, as opposed to a cancer-causing, fire-starting, bill-raising, totally hackable "smart" meter, are given a choice.
This case and others like it also suggest a reasonable course of action to Georgia Power, the Georgia Public Service Commission, and other electric companies. No one, especially those with disabilities, should be forced to pay to be safe from harmful radiation, not to mention fires and criminal hacking, in their own home.
This proves, once again, that we can fight and win! May God bless you and yours mightily, and please pass this information on to family, friends, and neighbors - anyone and everyone! Thank you.
Terri Keller, M. A.
Stop Smart Meters Georgia Facebook (please visit/join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/415080751852326/)
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Discrimination Complaint Form: http://www.ada.gov/t2cmpfrm.htm
How to File a Title III Complaint, U. S. Department of Justice: http://www.ada.gov/t3compfm.htm
Link for the info below: http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/take-action-against-smart-meters-ca/file-a-discrimination-complaint-with-us-doj/
How to File an Accommodation Letter / Discrimination Complaint Associated with RF Radiation from Smart Meters
People with disabilities and medical conditions may feel they are being discriminated against – involuntarily exposed to RF radiation from smart meters on their property or neighboring properties that may cause harm, risk, exacerbate an existing condition, or are being charged fees to opt-out of smart meters for medical reasons (illegal surcharge). Accommodations may be requested of the PUC or utility for qualifying disabilities or medical conditions. A discrimination complaint may be filed if accommodations aren’t met.
Each state and local gov’t, including a municipal utility (run by local gov’t) is required to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act under Title II . Privately-owned utilities may be covered under Title III (see below). The ADA (more at www.ada.gov) is enforced by the US Dept of Justice (US DOJ). Privately-owned utilities that accepted federal funding for smart meter and smart grid projects also must follow certain additional federal discrimination laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), as it applies to equal access to program benefits and services (equal access to essential utilities such as electricity and gas or water)**, with enforcement by the US Dept of Energy.
People with qualifying disabilities**** under the ADA*** may wish to file a complaint against the state Public Utility Commission and the utility company involved, if they feel their rights have been violated through denial of accommodations for their disability or medical condition. The complaint(s) would be filed with the US Dept of Justice (US DOJ) and/or the US Dept of Energy for Section 504 complaints (see below). Please note that there may be a time limit from the date the discrimination occurred (may be 180 days or less). It is recommended, if possible, to have legal assistance from an attorney or advocate skilled in disability rights to assist you in this process. Do an online search on “disability rights attorneys” to locate nonprofits with free disability rights clinics or attorneys who specialize in this area. The following is not intended to substitute for legal advice and our disclaimer applies to the use of this information.
1. Request the accommodations first, as they may be approved by the PUC or utility, in which case you will not need to file a DOJ complaint. Click here to see a sample accommodations request letter.
2. Write the state PUC and utility to request the accommodations.
3. You may refer to your disability or medical condition in general or choose to describe your disability or medical condition briefly, and how RF radiation impacts it.
4. It is helpful to confer with a supportive healthcare provider who will write a letter also making the request.
5. Request, specifically, the accommodations you wish to be provided with. These may be determined with your healthcare provider.
(for example: smart meters removed from your property and/or neighboring properties that impact your disability through exposure to RF radiation, analog (purely electromechanical) meters to replace them, no opt-out fees).
6. If you are denied, then you may file a complaint to the US DOJ (or US DOE, see below). You may also file a complaint if you have proof of a discriminatory policy of the state public utilities commission (ie. forcing smart meters and RF radiation on you and on everyone without regard for disability, or charging a surcharge or fee to avoid the radiation for medical reasons).
People with medical conditions under 504 (same complaint form for US DOJ), may first file an accommodations request to the state public utilities commission or utility as above based on a medical condition, rather than disability, or for both disability and medical condition(s) if applicable.
Opt Out Fee Notices are Being Sent to Georgia Power Customers.
Why Should You Pay
$19 a Month?
Remember: There's NO LAW That You Have to Have a Fire-Starting, Cancer-Causing, Bill-Raising, Totally Hackable "Smart" Meter!
Concerned Georgians are writing me about the opt out fee, wondering what might happen if they don't pay it. Here is what I told one inquiring gentleman:
You wrote: "Do they have the authority to cut off my power if I choose not to pay the $19?"
Because there is no law saying you have to have a "smart" meter, I don't think they do. But that doesn't mean they won't!
The only law that pertains to "smart" meters is the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. It says that you may have what they call a "time-based" meter if you REQUEST one (page 372-373).
So it seems like blackmail or extortion to make us pay $19 a month to avoid having our house burn (see info here about fires and explosions) or our wiring ruined (link here to story about Decatur fire where $11,000 damage was done to home's wiring), to escape more radiation than a cell phone emits (link here to evidence that "smart" meters can emit almost forty times as much radiation as a cell phone), to not have criminals hack our meter (link to research on how criminals can find out if you're home or not), or a terrorist turn our or a whole city's power off with a cell phone (link to ex-CIA director disclosing that terrorists can use cell phones to hack the "smart" grid), and to avoid having our power bills rise by up to seven times (link here to all the reasons to avoid a "smart" meter like the plague).
I would suggest calling and/or emailing the Georgia Public Service Commission (800-282-5813/ firstname.lastname@example.org) and complaining that it is illegal to make us pay for something the law doesn't say we have to have. Some people cannot afford to pay - does that mean they should be put in danger? That is unethical and illegal. These disastrous devices have never been tested for human safety - they should never have been put on anyone's home or business in the first place! So there obviously should be no fee at all.
What we are going to do is write "opt out fee paid under protest" on our checks. I hope that, when this digital meter debacle is all said and done, the meters will be banned, just like DDT and lead paint (the World Health Organization says that the radiofrequency radiation emitted by a "smart" meter is a Class 2B carcinogen, just like DDT and lead paint), and we will, perhaps, get all the illegal fees paid towards this opt out back.
So that, to me, is the bottom line. I welcome any input from citizens on this issue, and please rest assured that this unfair, extortionate fee will be fought until it is abolished!
Here is a letter that a truly smart (as opposed to the digital meters) Georgian sent to his utility concerning the opt out fee:
Send via Certified Mail
Georgia Power Smart Meter Team
755 Jefferson Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
"Subject: Response to your letter, requiring signature, received April 4, 2014
"After receipt of your letter informing us of your Smart Meter Opt Out program and your intent
to charge a monthly meter-reading fee of $19, we are compelled to respond as follows:
"Your letter contains no date, nor shows our name or address and is not signed by any individual.
This is quite un-business-like and highly irregular, in view of the fact that it states we are notified of an additional fee to appear on billings after April 30, 2014.
It also states that the fee is for meter reading; this also is irregular, since your representative has been doing the reading all along without a fee, so why is this fee now necessary. You state your authority for charging this fee as being approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, yet in a letter from said Commission to the Senior Assistant Attorney General Mr Daniel Walsh, a clarification on the state of the
law was requested with regard to smart meter expense recovery and no response to that question has
been known to be made public.
If we are charged this fee, let it be known that we will pay this fee under protest with every bill paid to
Georgia Power and that note will be attached to every payment until the said fee is removed and we are
free from being made hostage to the opt-out fee.
"As our letter of October 26, 2011 mailed to Georgia Power by “certified mail” stated, we continue
to reiterate some important points for our refusal to the installation of a SmartMeter at our
residence for the reasons stated before as being that the SmartMeter has three functions: monitor, control & communicate, but cannot & does not deliver more efficient use of energy, therefore it can only be used for the benefit of the provider,(Georgia Power) and not the user. It is essentially a router and nothing more. It is to pin energy rates to markets in order to enable the provider to charge the highest rate in any given period of time to any user by comparing consumption of users in a given area.
Every new electric device is to have a control card to communicate with a SmartMeter so that energy use for each device is monitored and controlled after the use data is communicated to the provider; this implies again that SmartMeters are control devices designed ostensibly to limit or terminate use for any or all devices by the provider and not the user.
"The SmartMeter constitutes a means of unwarranted surveillance, data mining and an invasion of
home life as well as being a potential health hazard because of its output of RF microwave radiation,
and violates Federal wiretapping laws and a January 1, 2011 report stated that RF microwave emissions from SmartMeters with both 2 and 3 antennas also violate current FCC safety standards.
"A July 16, 2002 letter from the U.S. EPA states that FCC exposure guidelines are thermal based and
do not apply to non-thermal exposure situations.
"For these and other reasons, already stated in writing to Georgia Power, as well as the governor, senators and representatives, we remain skeptical of your motives for imposing said additional fee.
If you have not already sent a letter in telling the power company that they have no legal right to put a "smart" meter on your home, there is a letter on this website under the tab "Avoid a 'Smart' Meter."
Stop Smart Meters Savannah was a success! Not only did people come to the screening, but tens of thousands of Georgians were informed by event ads that they can now OPT OUT of having dangerous "smart" meters on their homes.
Thanks to everyone who helped with our publicity, and a special thanks to Josh Hart, M. Sc., founder of www.stopsmartmeters.org, for traveling all the way from California to host the screening of "Take Back Your Power." He is really a fascinating speaker, but more than that, a super-caring guy who left his home to travel around the country and warn Americans about "Spy and Fry" meters. Next stop: Stuart, Florida!
Even though I'd seen it twice before, it still gave me goose bumps yesterday, and I encourage everyone to go see the award-winning "Take Back Your Power" online for the very reasonable price of $2.99. You'll see why you need to do everything you can to protect your family, friends , and neighbors from the scourge of "" Hack and Track" meters!
Georgia Public Service Commission Votes to "Allow" Opt Out for Georgia Power "Smart" Meters! $19 a Month for the Privilege of Not Being Radiated, Spied Upon, and Burned to Death!
Here's the email I just received from Tim Echols, a member of the Commission:
Yes, we approved it by a 5-0 vote. $19 per month on your bill to opt out and they will come and take the meter off. Does not apply to EMCs or cities.
It is not perfect, but something I bugged them about and $19 was the best I could get. I asked for $10.
Call GA Power customer service to order [Residential Solution Center, 800.642.5172].
I have a note going out to my database on Monday, and you are on that.
Tim Echols Commissioner Georgia Public Service Commission
This is a start, friends, and thanks to all who helped us get to this point. But no one should have a "smart" meter on their home or business, for the reasons listed elsewhere on this website. They are dangerous, especially to children, the elderly, and the infirm. They catch fire and cause fires. They pass your exact electrical activity to strangers - electric company employees and whomever else can intercept the data. Those are just a few of the reasons they should never have gone up at all.
Remember, the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, the only law that pertains to "smart" meters, states that you can have a "time-based" meter if you ask for one. I don't know of anyone that asked for one of these dangerous devices. So we should not have to pay a price when we are WITHIN THE LAW in not having one. Those who installed these "Spy and Fry" meters without our permission are OUTSIDE THE LAW, and have no right to charge us!
" Smart" meters should be banned, and we certainly shouldn't have to pay NOT to have one. That's basically blackmail. But at least we're not being lied to anymore about HAVING to have one - there's no law that says so! EMCs and cities should not have to fight to stay healthy and free from a surveillance device - illegal in Georgia, unless the homeowner gives consent - on the side of their home or business.
More will follow, as the information comes out. God bless you all, and thank you for sticking with us through all of the ups and downs of this "meter matter"!
Btw, I'm going to be writing "opt out fee paid under protest" or something to that effect on my checks. When "smart" meters, like asbestos and lead paint, are seen for the dangers they are, it seems that the law would be on our side, and these fees would, hopefully, be refunded to every customer in Georgia that was forced to pay them.
I'm also not signing any new paperwork, as it may imply or contain language that I am agreeing to the opt out fees, which I definitely don't agree with. I did not "opt in," and there should be no fee for avoiding these not-so-smart meters!
If you are having problems with opting out, or if you have any issues with a "smart" meter, please contact the Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, Chuck Eaton. His email address is email@example.com. It is his job to help you have safe, affordable electricity, and I'm sure he'll be glad to assist you in any way he can.
What Do the Power Companies Have Up Their Sleeves for the New Year? Sneaky Meter Swap-outs When Your Back Is Turned and Your Bill is Changing!
One thing to watch out for in the new year, friends. It seems they're switching out the meters when a house changes hands. I've seen it when a homeowner rented out their home for a while. It seems the power company keeps an eye on the house that's "changing hands."
I've also seen it when a renter left and the homeowner returned, only to find a "Spy and Fry" meter on their home, against their wishes.
I'm not sure of the best action to take, other than writing a certified letter to the electric company, telling them in no uncertain terms that they are NOT allowed to put a "smart" meter on your home. There is a link to the left, entitled "Sample 'S' Meter Letters," that may help you do that. There are also ways to safeguard your meter, as delineated at the following link (I can't guarantee these will work, or are the best way): DEFEND YOUR ANALOG.
There is still NO law that says you have to have a digital electric meter, and it is actually illegal to install them, as they are an eavesdropping device, which is against the law in Georgia.
Happy New Year, friends, and please keep on fighting the good fight for your health, safety, and privacy!
Terri Keller, M. A.
SNEAKING CANCER-CAUSING RADIATION PAST UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS:
INDUSTRY INSTALLING ANALOG METERS WITH
WIRELESS, RADIATION-EMITTING TRANSMITTERS!
From StopSmartMeters.Org and EIwellspring.org: "As if smart meters weren’t creepy enough, it appears that utility companies have been hiding wireless transmitters in so-called ‘analog’ meters, without informing the public. You might be paying hundreds of dollars a year for a meter that looks like a safe analog with a spinning disc or dials, but it is still pulsing microwave radiation. Sound like a bait & switch scam? It is." (Link to article)EIwellspring.org: "There are meters available which transmit by wireless or by PLC [power line carrier], which both can cause health problems." Here is a link that includes pictures, revealing what a wireless analog set-up looks like: (Link to article).
Please call (800-282-5813) or write (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Georgia Public Service Commission and let them know Georgians do not want to be subject to these "Spy and Fry meters" any longer! Other areas are "allowing" a free opt out (remember, the law does not state you have to have a "smart" meter), and this should be enacted immediately, for the sake of our families' health and the safety and security of our homes.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
MISINFORMATION ABOUNDS IN RECENT "SMART" METER LETTER!
United States Congressman Explains That Anyone Can Legally Opt Out, According to Federal Law! And BREAKING NEWS:
Did You Know "Smart" Meters
Break Georgia Law?
Recently a letter was mailed to consumers that claims that "smart" meters (also known as digital or wireless meters):
1. 'Lower meter reading cost.' Is it worth lowering the cost to read the meters by raising the risk of getting cancer from the radiofrequency radiation and EMF emitted by these digital meters? The answer is a resounding "No!" For more information on how "smart" meters can cause cancer, especially in children, please visit www.bioinitiative.org.
2. 'Let the utilities know about power outages more quickly.' There have been reports that came out during Hurrican Sandy that this was not the case.
3. 'Provide energy usage info.' Well, not only do they give access to energy usage information, they give access to your power information to anyone with a laptop and the knowhow! Even our own government says the "smartgrid" is not secure, by any means. A University of South Carolina research team found out that the "Smart Meter is Not So Clever About Privacy" (click HERE for link).
4. 'Make pricing options available.' Yes, if you'd like to do your laundry, etc., at night, you can save money.
The letter claims to correct misperceptions about "smart" meters. In reality, it perpetuates the misinformation that we've already seen from various sources, such as:
'Smart meters are safe.' This is not true. "Smart" meters have been shown to be extremely dangerous. They start fires, they shoot cancer-causing radiation through your home and family hundreds of times a day, and the EMFs they create can increase your chances of getting cancer by up to thirteen times!
'Smart meters will not divulge private information.' The CIA last year put out an article that said that the "smart" meters WILL help spy on you, and the chips that come standard in some appliances can be a part of that process: CIA article link. Furthermore, they break Georgia law, to wit (from letter to utility refusing digital meter):
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent and/or knowledge of those people who are monitored. They violate Georgia law specifically: TITLE 16. CRIMES AND OFFENSES CHAPTER 11. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY ARTICLE 3. INVASIONS OF PRIVACY PART 1. WIRETAPPING, EAVESDROPPING, SURVEILLANCE, AND RELATED OFFENSES O.C.G.A. § 16-11-62 (2011) § 16-11-62. Eavesdropping, surveillance, or intercepting communication which invades privacy of another; divulging private message It shall be unlawful for: (1) Any person in a clandestine manner intentionally to overhear, transmit, or record or attempt to overhear, transmit, or record the private conversation of another which shall originate in any private place; (2) Any person, through the use of any device, without the consent of all persons observed, to observe, photograph, or record the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view…(3) Any person to go on or about the premises of another or any private place, except as otherwise provided by law, for the purpose of invading the privacy of others by eavesdropping upon their conversations or secretly observing their activities; (4) Any person intentionally and secretly to intercept by the use of any device, instrument, or apparatus the contents of a message sent by telephone, telegraph, letter, or by any other means of private communication; (5) Any person to divulge to any unauthorized person or authority the content or substance of any private message intercepted lawfully in the manner provided for in Code Section 16-11-65; (6) Any person to sell, give, or distribute, without legal authority, to any person or entity any photograph, videotape, or record, or copies thereof, of the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view without the consent of all persons observed; or (7) Any person to commit any other acts of a nature similar to those set out in paragraphs (1) through (6) of this Code section which invade the privacy of another. HISTORY: Ga. L. 1967, p. 844, § 1; Code 1933, § 26-3001, enacted by Ga. L. 1968, p. 1249, § 1; Ga. L. 1976, p. 1100, § 1; Ga. L. 1985, p. 149, § 16; Ga. L. 2000, p. 491, § 1; Ga. L. 2000, p. 875, § 2.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and/or distant parties to determine medical conditions, personal activities, and/or physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and/or personal information and/or habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and/or shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
'Smart meters don't cause fires.' Not only do the meters cause fires, but the brand that is used in this state is notorious for causing fires. In Decatur, Georgia, a "smart" meter burned out one family's entire wiring system, to the tune of $11,000! Here's the scoop: Link to article.
'There is a law that says I can I can decide whether or not I want a smart meter.' That's actually true. They claim the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 does not authorize the customer to opt out. Here's the exact wording of the law - see what you think: "Each utility shall provide each customer requesting a time-based rate with a time-based meter." That does not say that the utility can force you to have a "smart" meter. ON THE CONTRARY! It says that if you ask for a "smart" meter, you can have one.
Click HERE for a Florida state representative explaining the federal law that says that anyone can opt out. If you have a "smart" meter you don't want, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer, if a power company says you must have one, in direct contradiction to federal law.
The thing is, no one is asking for these fire-starting, cancer-causing, privacy-stealing meters! Please google "smart" meters and any of those key words, and you will discover the extreme dangers of the "Spy and Fry" meters, at links such as these:
The enclosed CD has the same misinformation. Don't be fooled! Please protect yourself and your family by doing a little research - this information is very easy to find, thanks to the diligence of people who care about our health and welfare. And please share this information with your friends and neighbors.
If you don't have a "smart" meter yet, please save yourself a mountain of trouble and put up a sign below your safe analog meter: "DO NOT REPLACE METER. We refuse the 'smart' meter due to safety, privacy, and health issues." Just put that in a gallon ziplock and place it under the analog meter, so both may be read clearly.
The Georgia Public Service Commission should be acting now to protect Georgians from these unsafe meters. Please call them at 800-282-5813, and insist that they do the jobs that our tax dollars pay for them to do. Thank you.
Are YOU Suffering from
"'Smart' Meter Syndrome"?
Friends, this week, the City of Sebastopol, in California, made it illegal - with a $500 fine as a penalty - to install wireless "smart" meters on a home or business. The wise men and women of the City Council have seen the damage and devastation wrought by digital meters, and have taken drastic action to protect their fellow citizens from harm (http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=9360).
Why would they do such a thing? And why would the subject line in this email suggest you should be entitled to payment for suffering inflicted by these relatively new wireless electric meters?
Below are several reasons why I think that people who have been made to suffer due to "smart" meters should be paid by those who have forced them on unsuspecting homeowners, especially because there is NO LAW that says you have to have one! On the contrary, the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 specifically says only that you can have one if you ask for one! No one's asking, and here's why:
Current Physical Symptoms and/or Future Illness
Here are some of the physical symptoms that have been connected to "smart" meters. Have you suffered from these lately?
"Headaches, ear ringing (tinnitus), nausea, fatigue, skin rashes, irregular and/or racing heart beats, muscle twitches, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, memory problems, high blood pressure."
These have been attributed to the power supply in "smart" meters, which can cause transients in your wiring, or "dirty electricity." http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/wireless-or-not-smart-meters-harm-your-health/
You and your family may also be getting shot through daily, even hourly, with cancer-causing radiation, if you have a "smart" meter on or near your home. The World Health Organization has classified the radiofrequency radiation (RF) that these digital meters emit as a Class 2B carcinogen. There's no telling what other damage "smart" meter radiation could do, especially to young children, pregnant women, and the elderly or infirm. Please keep any and all people and pets away from the meter, if at all possible, and especially don't let anyone sleep near it, even though it's on the other side of the wall. RF and EMF travel through the walls and even through skulls, and can cause tears in the blood/brain barrier, and damage to DNA (http://www.bioinitiative.org/rf-color-charts/).
You may be entitled to damages in the future, in my opinion, if you ever have these problems, and they can be traced to your electric meter. So I would suggest you start keeping track of when these problems started, and when you got that meter on your home or business.
Compromised Home and/or Personal Security
Likewise, if you or your family are ever robbed or harmed in your home, it would behoove you to check to see if you have a "smart" meter. These "Spy and Fry" meters can be easily hacked (http://www.greenrightnow.com/keye/2012/10/31/smart-meters-may-need-to-be-a-little-smarter-and-safer/), allowing criminals with the knowhow to see how much electricity you're using. If it's none, especially for a few days, they can probably assume you're not home. So you can look to those who put the eminently hackable meters on your home, if something unthinkable happens. (Watch ex-CIA chief call "smart" grid "really, really stupid": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAid1bS8t9U.)
Fire and/or Electrical Damage
You may have seen on the news that "smart" meters have been connected to many, many fires across the country, including here in Georgia. Not only that, but wireless meters have been known to blow out appliances and fry a home's wiring to the tune of thousands of dollars. If a "smart" meter has caused this, YOU should not have to pay the bill! This website lists DOZENS of fires and other damage caused by digital meters: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280.
Unexplained Bill Increases
There have been many cases of homeowners' electric bills increasing dramatically after getting a "smart" meter. If you have made no changes to your electrical habits, yet have been forced to pay a doubled or tripled bill, it makes sense that you would be owed that money from whoever was responsible for the overbilling. Here are numerous instances of billing problems that were connected with "smart" meters: http://stopsmartmeters.org/frequently-asked-questions/faq-billing-issues/.
So, what I have called "'Smart' Meter Syndrome" includes current physical symptoms and/or future illnesses, compromised home and/or personal security, fire and/or electrical damage, and unexplained bill increases. I would like to hear from anyone in Georgia who feels that "smart" meters have been the cause of these issues in their household. We will present a selection of these stories to the Georgia Public Service Commission (800-282-5813) as evidence that we need a free opt out option from these obviously not "smart" meters!
Thank you in advance for your help, and, please, if you don't have a digital "smart" meter up already, put a sign underneath your safe analog meter that says "DO NOT REPLACE METER. We refuse the "smart" digital electric meter due to safety, health, and privacy concerns." Just put that in a gallon ziplock and tape it underneath your analog in such a way that both can be read.
Terri Keller, M. A.
Not-So-"Smart" Meters Even More Dangerous Than Previously Believed; and
Personal Study Reveals that Georgia "Smart" Meters Emit At Least TEN TIMES MORE Radiation Than is Considered Safe By Experts!
Happy New Year, friends! This year we're going to work very hard to expose those who have foisted the dangerous "smart" meter electric meters on unsuspecting Georgians, despite knowing the risks. How dangerous are these grisly gadgets? I'm glad you asked, because that information may save you and your loved ones from disease and death, either from the radiation and EMF "smart" meters constantly emit/cause, or from the fires they are famous for starting.
Below is a new article from the EMF Safety Network, outlining some of the threats you can expect if you have one of these digital disasters. Please read it carefully, and pass it along to friends and family, so they, too, can escape harm. And I hope you'll join us this year, as we look for an upright politician who will sincerely work on getting Georgians what they were robbed of last year - a FREE "smart" meter opt out option! They should not be on any home or business in the first place, of course, but we want a law that will remind the electric companies that there is NO LAW that says we have to have one. Please write your local Georgia senators and representatives and ask them to sponsor this important legislation.
IMPORTANT BREAKING NEWS: I have personally tested Georgia "smart" meter electric meters for radiofrequency radiation levels, and they are WELL ABOVE the guideline suggested in the article below. This new guideline is based on the opinion of physicians and experts in the field. Are you going to believe them, or the people who are making massive amounts of money from slapping "smart" meters where they can do untold damage, without even consulting you first?
God bless you and yours, and may you all have a safe and secure 2013.
Terri Keller, M. A.
From the EMF Safety Network:
BioInitiative 2012 Report: new urgent warnings on wireless and EMF public health risks
A new updated BioInitiative 2012 Report says that evidence for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technologies/radiofrequency radiation (RFR). The report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies and includes 29 independent science and medical experts from around the world. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk.
Summary of Key Scientific Evidence:
- Evidence for Damage to Sperm and Reproduction
- Evidence that Children are More Vulnerable
- Evidence for Fetal and Neonatal Effects
- Evidence for Effects on Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
- Evidence for Electrohypersensitivity
- Evidence for Effects from Cell Tower-Level RFR Exposures
- Evidence for Effects on the Blood-brain Barrier
- Evidence for Effects on Brain Tumors
- Evidence for Effects on Genes (Genotoxicity)
- Evidence for Effects on the Nervous System (Neurotoxicity)
- Evidence for Effects on Cancer (Childhood Leukemia, Adult Cancers)
- Melatonin, Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Stress, Stress Proteins and DNA as a Fractal Antenna
- Effects of Weak-Field Interactions on Non-Linear Biological Oscillators and Synchronized Neural Activity
Cell and cordless phones linked to cancer [Please remember that "smart" meters emit over FORTY TIMES more radiation than a cell phone - and they're on all the time!]
Lennart Hardell, MD at Orebro University, Sweden says, “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones.” He further states:
“Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen. The existing FCC/IEEE and ICNIRP public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health.”
A dozen new studies link cell phone radiation to sperm damage. Even a cell phone in the pocket or on a belt may harm sperm DNA, result in misshapen sperm, and impair fertility in men. Laptop computers with wireless internet connections can damage DNA in sperm.
Based on strong evidence for vulnerable biology in autism, EMF/RFR can plausibly increase autism risk and symptoms. ” While we aggressively investigate the links between autism disorders and wireless technologies, we should minimize wireless and EMF exposures for people with autism disorders, children of all ages, people planning a baby, and during pregnancy,” says Martha Herbert, MD, PhD.
Wireless devices such as phones and laptops used by pregnant women may alter brain development of the fetus. This has been linked in both animal and human studies to hyperactivity, learning and behavior problems.
There is more evidence than we need
“The last five years worth of new scientific studies tell us the situation is much worse than in 2007 and yet people around the world have so much more daily exposure than even five years ago. Exposures are linked to a variety of adverse health outcomes that may have significant public health consequences.” (Editor’s notes)
“There is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of the evidence for harm.” David O. Carpenter, MD, co-editor Bioinitiative 2012 Report.
This study covers EMF from powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices; and from wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, ‘smart meters’, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, and other electronic devices). Health topics include damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. New safety standards are urgently needed for protection against EMF and wireless exposures that now appear everywhere in daily life.
A new suggested RFR precautionary level
A reduction from the BioInitiative 2007 recommendation of 0.1 uW/cm2 for cumulative outdoor pulsed RFR down to something three orders of magnitude lower is justified in 2012 on a public health basis. A precautionary action level of 0.0003 uW/cm2 to 0.0006 uW/cm2 is suggested.
Applying a ten-fold reduction to the ‘effects level’ reported in short-term studies or studies on adults is intended to compensate for the lack of long-term exposure in a particular study, or to adjust for using adult studies in considering children as a sensitive subpopulation.
We hold their future in our hands
Acknowledgements for the report go to the “many independent scientists, researchers and experts who have labored, some for decades – many of whom are no longer with us – to bring this body of science into the public arena.”
Cindy Sage, Co-Editor of the report extends gratitude to her husband and family and “to Avery, Drake, Ford, Jenner, Luke, Solei, and all the children whose trusting faces remind us that we hold their future in our hands.”
Terrifying "Smart" Report Released on Halloween - University of South Carolina Prof Proves that These "Spy and Fry" Meters Are a Security Disaster Waiting to Happen to You & Your Family!
It's been proven yet again. Anyone with the knowhow and a laptop can, if you have a "smart" meter, know if you're home, when you get up, go to sleep, and use this information to rob you, or worse. Here's the latest research from the University of South Carolina (link here):
"Wenyuan Xu, a professor at the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering and Computing, and a team of students found they could tap into this utility information as it spewed into the ether.
"After figuring out how to read the data, they conducted an independent test of their new ability by eavesdropping on a local apartment complex using a laptop and an antenna. They found they were able to...gather electrical data from hundreds of apartment units, ranging up to 500 yards away.
They were able to figure out when the inhabitants "got up, went to work, and got home"!
"They were also able to discern that 27 of the apartment units were unoccupied, leaving them vulnerable to burglars."
So, aside from the terrible cancer and fire risks associated with "smart" meters, as well as cases of extreme overcharging, now there is more proof positive that criminals can easily use the info from them to target you and your family. Isn't it about time that the Georgia Public Service Commission, and the power companies, did what is right for the citizens of Georgia, and declared "smart" meters the unmitigated disasters that they are? Please write your congress men and women, and ask that they sponsor a bill for the upcoming congressional session, to:
1. Start by making every power company allow a completely free opt out. There is no law that says anyone has to have a "smart" meter (Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005).
2. Begin to phase out "smart" meters altogether. They were a disaster from the beginning, and should not be allowed on any home or business, due to the many dangers associated with them.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Terri Keller, M. A.
BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Power Employee Reportedly Says Company Will Threaten to Shut Off Power If Illegal "Smart" Meter Installation Isn't Allowed: Be Prepared to Protect Your Family and Property!
Related News: Power Company Has Known for TWENTY YEARS Electromagnetic Fields Can Cause Cancer in Children (link HERE)!
I have heard a shocking rumor that couldn't possibly be true. I was told that someone heard Georgia Power is going to threaten people who haven't consented to have cancer-causing radiation-spewing "smart" meters on their homes with shutting off their power. In July. In Georgia.
There is no way that this company, which we have trusted all these years, would allow people, including children, the elderly, the infirm, to die of heat stroke, in summer, just so they can have these cheaply-made, "fundamentally unsound," according to one Sensus employee, digital meters on our homes. Georgia Power does not put profits before people, right?
And I'm sure they are aware that it is ILLEGAL to shut off our power unless we do not pay our bills. As far as being forced by the electric company, which has absolutely no legal authority over our homes and property and actions, to have a "Spy and Fry" smart meter installed, I think we're all well aware of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which states only that:
“Each electric utility subject to subparagraph (A) shall provide each customer requesting a time-based rate with a time-based meter capable of enabling the utility and customer to offer and receive such rate, respectively.”
Pretty simple, isn't it? And I daresay, 99.99% of Georgians have not requested a time-based rate OR meter. So, even if Georgia Power were considering such a thing, there is no requirement for you to accept, according to the law, no matter what they say to the contrary.
And the Georgia Public Service Commission (800-282-5813), which is tasked with making sure we have SAFE electric power, would certainly not sit idly by while Georgia Power threatened to turn our power off if we refuse, as is our right, to accept a "smart" meter. I mean, if a car company drove a total lemon, which shocked you every five minutes and made you ill, into your driveway and said you had to drive it AND pay for it, you'd call the police, right? Well, the Georgia Public Service Commission is supposed to be policing the electric companies. Please call them and let them know you will not be forced to have a dangerous device on the side of your house, and they should never have approved "smart" meters in the first place!
BTW, two Georgia Public Service Commissioners are up for re-election. This is a very good opportunity to call them and those running against them, to see where they stand on the "smart" meter issue.
Another reason I can't believe the rumor is true is that if Georgia Power turned off power to their "valued" customers if they didn't accept the shoddy "smart" meters, then they would be sued for all sorts of things: loss of food, loss of health, loss of life!
But...just in case it is true, and Georgia Power has instructed their personnel to tell customers their power shall be cut off if they don't accept a "smart" meter, but sure and warn your friends, family, and neighbors. Forward this email to them, and emphasize that THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT A "SMART" METER DIGITAL ELECTRIC METER! If you don't want your family members getting cancer, or facing the chance of financial hardships because of outrageous electric bills, or risking a fire (many, many people have experienced fire in their homes due to the installation of "smart" meters), or the insomnia, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations, and other numerous symptoms that have been linked to the switching mode power supply in these devastating devices, please read the suggestions below from Victoria Baer. Thank you! And remember - we are the protectors of our families and property - it is obvious from the fact that the power companies have already installed these obvious pieces of trash on so many homes and businesses that they do not have our welfare foremost in their minds. It's up to us!
Terri Keller, M. A.
P. S. Please see link above (in headline, and here) about PG & E admitting TWENTY YEARS AGO that electromagnetic fields can cause cancer in children, and that some distance should be maintained for safety. Problem with "smart" meters is, that field, which is created by the switching mode power supply, can be in wires ALL AROUND THE HOUSE! Another excellent reason to refuse a "smart" meter digital meter, or have one removed (see "Avoid a 'Smart' Meter" page) if a "Spy and Fry" meter has been installed without your permission.
From Victoria Baer:
Smart Meters…control and RATION your power!!! [Share this with people all over Georgia!]
DO NOT BELIEVE the propaganda that these are safe! They are not putting “dumb” meters on your house! Remember…most are useful idiots and they don’t have the whole “agenda” put together! Got it!
If you are not caught up on smart meters…google smart meters and see all the health issues with them…also go here for a short (under 5 min video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l-D9dnR-PA
This meters will be used down the road to ration our electricity/water…to cut our energy use… turn off/on our appliances!!!
I have attached all of the documents for the Smart Meter Action Plan. Please read all of the documents and then take the steps that your conscience dictates.
YOU MUST BAN TOGETHER and start re-educating the electrical company that this is against your 4th amendment rights (search and seizure since it’s capable of surveillance).
I have attached a neighborhood action plan! This is titled Neighborhood Smart Meters. Power is in NUMBERS!
One of the arguments to fight this with is the Energy POLICY ACT of 2005…go to page 370 – 374. Energy policy attached
Then I also included Orlean Koehl’s report which gives you more background (This is titled Smart Meter Aug 26 esp page 8..)
Utility Companies are trying to convince us this is MANDATORY, not yet, they aren’t! Ok, to review, if you missed the video I sent out that tells you what a smart meter is…click HERE (only 4.33 seconds …MUST WATCH) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l-D9dnR-PA
See the attached letters to copy and send REGISTERED CERTIFIED MAIL to your energy company! We MUST stand against these meters …they are a PERSONAL surveillance tool…they can hear what you say, they know how
Many people are in your home, they can shut off your appliances if they deem you are using too much energy…doesn’t matter if you have the money to pay for it…and the health reasons for getting them off your home as well!
Please print out a sign (one attached above) laminate it and post it at your meter saying YOU REFUSE TO HAVE THE NEW SMART/DIGITAL METER! TAKE A PHOTO OF THE SIGN ON THE METER!!! This may seem scary we are not used to fighting against the govt, but I promise if we don’t take a stand now… we won’t have a chance in the future!
For those of you who have already taken some of the steps in the action plan...you should be commended. Taking a stand for something you believe in can sometimes make you feel very isolated. But fear not! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Regardless of what the near future holds for all of us, one thing is for certain...YOU ARE AWAKE AND AWARE of the fact that life as we have known it is changing and changing rapidly. Stay vigilant....do your own research...step outside of your comfort zone... stand up for what you believe in...and make your voice heard!
Thank you for your time and efforts. We put this together for So GA… please follow the guidelines and substitute your power utility companies where GA Power is listed. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Action Steps To Address Smart Meter Program
1. Go to GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION or your utility company website and lodge a formal complaint against
the Georgia Power Company’s “mandatory” installation of Smart Meters. Urge a moratorium on the installation process and the program until in-depth study and investigations are conducted.
2. Contact Tim Echols, the Public Service Commission, to lodge a formal complaint against the Georgia Power Company’s “mandatory” installation of Smart Meters. Urge a moratorium on the installation process and the program until in-depth study and investigations are conducted.
email@example.com (look up your STATE’s PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER)
3. Sign the Statewide Petition online at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/gasm2011/petition.html (go tohttp://www.petitiononline.com and create an online petition for YOUR STATE or look for an existing one)
4. Post an “Installation of Smart Meter Refusal” sign on your meter. Take a photo of the sign on your
meter and keep in a secure file (sign template is included in packet).
5. Send a certified/registered “Installation of Smart Meter Refusal” letters to Georgia Power or your utility company…send local, state, corporate offices at the following addresses listed.
Be sure to state that you would like a “viable opt-out” option. Keep receipts in a secure place.
Georgia Power Company Headquarters
241 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Tony Sammons OR YOUR LOCAL POWER COMPANY HERE>>>
Georgia Power Company
800 Gloucester St.
Brunswick, GA 31520
6. Contact your STATE House and Senate representatives and ask them to enact legislation to stop Smart Meter installation or at a minimum create a permanent “opt-out provision without penalty or adverse consequences”.
Alex Atwood Capital Square Office
401-B Coverdell L. O. B.
Atlanta, GA 30303
303-656-0152 firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
1515 Newcastle Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
William Ligon CAPITOL SQUARE OFFICE18 Capitol Square
323-B Coverdell L.O.B.
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 656-0045 William@senatorligon.com AND WilliamLigon@comcast.net
158 Scranton Connector
Brunswick, GA 31525
7. Attend city council meetings. Request that they enact a moratorium on the Smart Meter installation and
implement an Opt-Out provision.
8. Read and implement the “Neighborhood Action Plan” .
9. Read documentation on “How to File a Civil Claims Action” and determine if this is the action you want to take.
10. Get the word out! California stopped Smart Meters in 10 counties and 36 cities---3 million homes! Calif of ALL STATES!
11. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
12. Do your own research!
www.ncsl.org (shows “no authority” for states providing Smart Meters FL/GA)
4320 Deerwood Lake Pkwy
Ste 101-222; Jax, FL 32216
Give Your Business The Competitive EDGE…
“It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Sam Adams
What's Up With Valdosta?
They're Putting Up a Fight Against "Smart" Meters!
Hello, friends! I'm so glad you're here. We need all the help we can get, warning Georgians about how dangerous "smart" meters are. I wanted to share the latest from Valdosta with you. I'll do that by posting the letter to the editor I just wrote to the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight newspaper below:
Have you gotten your “smart” meter notice yet? These new digital electric meters can catch fire, explode, melt, and double and triple your electric bill. They shoot cancer-causing radiation through your home and family hundreds of times a day, and the transients created by their power supply can raise your chances of getting cancer up to thirteen times!
Here’s an update from Valdosta:
“The [Georgia Power “smart” meter installers – they may be in little white trucks] from Metadigm have been in Valdosta all week. Some folks received the phone message about the installation, others didn’t…
“… husband spoke with the installer. …this guy said that he had already driven by our house, saw our protest sign, and wouldn’t install a “smart” meter. The same was true for our other rebellious neighbors…
“I was glued to the front of the house, just waiting. The guy drove up, wrote something down…[then] drove on to the other homes. So, for now, we are safe.
“[Another neighbor told] the guy to remove the smart meter and put the analog meter back. The installer had ignored the sticker on the meter, so I am not sure if the sticker alone will save anyone. My suggestion is to also put up a yard sign that gives a clear message. Ours says ‘Refuse Installation of a Smart Meter.’”
There is no law that says you have to have one of these digital meters. At least put a sign that says “DO NOT REPLACE METER. We refuse the “smart” meter due to health, safety, and privacy issues” in a gallon ziplock and tape it below your safe, analog meter. Please do this today, as they are heading in your direction in the near future. For more information, visit www.stopsmartmetersGeorgia.Org and click on “’Smart’ Meter Survival Kit.” Thank you!
I would encourage you all to write letters to the editor concerning "smart" meters. Feel free to write your own, use mine, or a mixture of both! (-: You can write to newspapers in Southwest Georgia, to warn them of what is coming their way, so they can refuse these diabolical devices. Or you can write to papers in the rest of the state, letting people know exactly what's on the side of their homes, and why that's a very bad thing. If you do that, please suggest they go to www.refusesmartmeters.com, where there are many ideas on what they can do about having a "Spy and Fry" meter on the side of their home.
Please include in these letters, if you don't mind, a suggestion to come to www.stopsmartmetersGeorgia.Org, for more information.
I'd also like to note that Vermont is about to get a free opt out, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Maine (the last of which is actually an opt in, which is what the law says should happen) all have opt outs, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you, and keep up the good work! (-:
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Adapted from an article at StopSmartMeters.Org:
Violate FCC Regulations, Put in Place to Protect the Public.
Electric companies claim that that their ‘smart’ meter programs are in full compliance with all FCC regulations. However even a kindergartener could see that this is clearly not the case. If you are unlucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has had "smart" meters installed, you will see three very clear violations of FCC regulations. Let’s take a look atthe guidelines, then each violation individually:
"Class II permissive change filing. Output power listed is conducted. Limited single module approval requires professional installation. The antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be collocated or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter except FHSS radio as documented in this filing. End users and installers must be provided with antenna installation and transmitter operating conditions for satisfying FR exposure compliance."
Utilities are contracting with companies to install their ‘smart’ meters. These companies hire temp workers with little to no electrical or professional expertise, according to previous employees who blew the whistle on dangerous practices. Faulty installations are suspected in several cases where ‘smart’ meters caused fires and explosions. These are NOT professional installations. Strike One.
The FCC requires that all persons be kept at least 20cm from the smart meter. Yet the utilities that oversee "smart" meter installations fail to erect any safety enclosure, post any notices whatsoever warning people to keep their distance.
The utilities claim that people are going to be far from the meter- but what about kids playing around the side of homes or apartment buildings? I have seen this personally, right across the street. This boy is playing football with his friends, not even knowing the danger they are in, since children are much more likely to get cancer from the radiation spewing, day and night, out of "smart" meters.
We imagine all of this is not going to look terribly impressive to a jury calculating the amount of future health damages. Funny that cell phone manuals warn people to keep about 1-2cm away while the ‘smart’ meter requires 20cm distance. That must mean that the smart meter radiation is that much stronger than a cell phone. But that would mean that the utilities are lying….. Strike Two.
“Smart” Meters are being co-located wherever there are multiple units- in apartment buildings, condos, etc. Co-locations result in more frequent and more powerful RF exposures, which is probably why the FCC required that the antennae not be clustered together. Strike 3- you are OUT.
The question is, why is no one enforcing these regulations? Why are state and federal regulatory agencies covering for the utilities while the health and safety of millions of people is put at risk?
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Please, please watch this video (link below), friends. It will scare you out of your skin, and change your cell phone behavior! And please pass it along, reminding people that "smart" meters are at least FORTY TIMES AS BAD as cell phones (see story below for that info)! Be prepared, the scars are huge on these poor people's heads...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Smart Meters Radiation Exposure Up to 160 Times More Than Cell Phones (Hirsch)
Daniel Hirsch, California radiation expert and UCSD instructor, criticizes the industry-influenced CCST report that incorrectly minimized smart meter risks, based on the widely distributed industry-generated Tell Associates report. CCST is a partner with US DOE (US Dept. of Energy), funder and promoter of smart meters. In the following analysis, Hirsch informs us that one smart meter can provide up to the full body radiation exposure of 160 cell phones; in an interview (video), Hirsch provides the average exposure, equivalent to the full body exposure from 100 cell phones. This completely debunks the Tell Associates report, which was paid for by Pacific Gas & Electric.
The draft report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) does not appear to answer the questions asked of it by the requesting elected officials. Furthermore, rather than being an independent, science-based study, the CCST largely cuts and pastes estimates from a brochure by the Electric Power Research Institute, an industry group, issued some weeks earlier. The EPRI estimates appear incorrect in a number of regards. When two of the most central errors are corrected – the failure to take into account duty cycles of cell phones and microwave ovens and the failure to utilize the same units (they should compare everything in terms of average whole body exposure) the cumulative whole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two orders of magnitude lower. (Hirsch, California radiation expert, radiation policy instructor at UCSC)
For the rest of the story, please click here. When you're done clicking, please send this information to the emails below. We are trying to convince the Georgia Public Service Commissioners and Georgia Power that allowing us to be radiated day and night is not in our - or their - best interests. You would think that would be self-evident, but apparently not. They need to be shown this type of information over and over, until they agree to an opt out, or until people start dropping like flies and they are forced to take them off to save our - and their - skins.
There are also media addresses, so we can spread the word even more effectively. Thank you so much for all your help! And please be sure and call Ronnie Noble, the head of the "smart" meter program at Georgia Power, and the commissioners. Ronnie's number is 404-954-4115, and the commissioners can be reached at 800-282-5813. Here are the emails - just copy and paste them into the "To" portion of your email. Easy as pie! (-;