SMART METER and EMF Facts 

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The FACTS on SMART METERS


PG&E’s Legal answer  -- Radio Frequency (RF) from SMARTMETERS
 The Commission recognized the FCC’s expertise for evaluating and licensing or certifying Smart Meters. In 1996, the FCC adopted new RF exposure guidelines for all wireless communications devices sold in the United States.
In its 1996 order, the FCC adopted Maximum Permissible Exposure limits for field strength and power density for transmitters operating at frequencies from 300 KHz to 100 GHz. 11
In adopting guidelines for RF exposure, the FCC considered comments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal health and safety agencies, and the adopted guidelines were based substantially on the recommendations from those agencies.
The evidence shows that the RF emissions from PG&E’s Smart Meters are closely regulated by the FCC and certified under C.F.R. Title 47.
The evidence further shows that RF exposure levels from Smart Meters are considerably less than exposure from other devices in widespread use, such as cellular phones.

Countless studies have proven that cell phones and power lines don’t cause cancer or fatigue or any other ailment. If they did, you’d expect the people who work on high-powered electrical lines to get those diseases at higher rates than the average person. They don’t.

Beware of EMF "protecting" devices using misleading marketing. They’re not really FDA “approved,” they’re FDA registered.
They should even be that. There are enough loopholes for pseudoscience to get clearance as a medical device, and it matters even if it’s just a bracelet. 
People are fooled. They waste money on bogus remedies to fake problems. Giving snake oil peddlers an FDA registration is like handing them a Certificate of Authenticity to display on their wall.
Most people aren’t going to look any closer—all they’ll see is the stamp of authority. But we have to look closely.
We have to question those who purport to solve problems easily. We have to investigate their claims. Because apparently, the FDA won’t. source

Carcinogenicity of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields

Moreover, many of these other wireless devices involve:
·         more frequent radio transmission,
·         emit radio frequency energy for longer periods of time, and
·         operate in much closer proximity to humans than Smart Meters.
In addition, RF emissions from Smart Meters result in exposure that is tiny compared to existing exposure regulations.
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/CPUC-Answer-to-Petition-2.pdf
 
In January, 2011, the California Council on Science and Technology released a preliminary study entitled "Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters".
 
Quoting from the study, there are two primary conclusions:
  1. The FCC standard provides a currently accepted factor of safety against known thermally induced health impacts of smart meters and other electronic devices in the same range of RF emissions. Exposure levels from smart meters are well below the thresholds for such effects.
  2. There is no evidence that additional standards are needed to protect the public from smart meters.

A report on April 2011 found no health impacts, based both on lack of scientific evidence of harmful effects from radio frequency (RF) waves and also on the observation that the RF exposure of people in their homes to smart meters is likely to be minuscule compared to RF exposure to such items as cell phones and microwave ovens.


Where else in the world are there SMART METERS ?


EMF (Electromagnetic fields)

  • World Health Organization In May 2011, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer published a review of the evidence on health risks of EMF, and concluded that there was limited evidence that cellphone users might be at increased risk of glioma and acoustic neuroma, and that there was inadequate evidence of any other health risks posed by EMF.[10][11] This "possibly carcinogenic" classification was often misinterpreted, meaning only "that there is very little scientific evidence as to the carcinogenicity of cell phone use".[12]
  • Health Canada "There is no conclusive evidence of any harm caused by exposures [to electric and magnetic fields] at levels found in Canadian homes and schools, including those located just outside the boundaries of power line corridors."[13]
  • Non ionising radiation has enough energy to move things around inside a cell but not enough to change cells chemically. The radiation from a microwave oven is non ionising. Other examples include:
  • ·         Ultraviolet rays from the sun or sunbeds
  • ·         Electromagnetic fields
  • ·         Radio waves
Radiation waves are given off from household electrical appliances, heaters, mobile phones with or without headsets, and computers and their screens.
The only type of non ionising radiation that we know can cause cancer is over exposure to ultraviolet rays, which causes skin cancer.
Research is going on into other types of non ionising radiation and any possible link to cancer. There is information on CancerHelp UK into the investigation of cancer risk and electromagnetic fields, mobile phones and computer screens.

 

Many credible organizations reviewed and debunked the following report thoroughly.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioinitiative_Report

A 1479 page report listing studies on Low-Intensity Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure  from which there is a conclusion:
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An immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installation until these serious public health issues are resolved.
Continuing with their installation would be extremely irresponsible." 
http://www.
bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativeReport2012.pdf

I searched the whole document on "smart meter" and there was not one occurrence within any of the studies. Nevertheless the report does raise questions about exposure to EMF and ELF.

My own conclusion is that the insignificant emission of a SMART METER relative to a cellphone next to your head, or a microwave, or hair dryer, or computer, monitor or modem  - - combined with the lack of any statistically obvious increase in cancer or illness as a result of the huge increase in cellphone and computer use -- makes any claims of harm from SMART METERS moot.  

(Note that the LOW INTENSITY Electromagnetic Radiation of this document is that of the intensity of a cellphone next to your head -- not that of a SMART METER on the outside of your house which is one-hundreth the intensity).

 

CDC Frequently Asked Questions about Cell Phones and Your Health  http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/cell_phones._FAQ.html

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