LETTER: Smart meters a threat to health, safety

Dear Editor,

Utility companies, without permission or concern for public health, safety or privacy, are switching out reliable analog meters for dangerous electronic digital utility (DU) meters.

DU meters, made in China, were approved by the New York State Public Service Commission with neither UL certification nor any testing for microwave radiation emissions, electrical and fire code compliance or privacy and security risks.

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.

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

Over 1,000 Woodstock residents have signed a petition asking the NYSPSC to order Central Hudson to offer a no-fee analog meter choice. Likewise, Ulster and Dutchess Counties, the towns of Woodstock, Olive, Gardiner and the city of Kingston have all signed resolutions asking the NYSPSC to offer a no-fee analog meter choice.

However, the utility industry, with NYSPSC approval, has chosen to put us at risk for profit.

Please contact the NYSPSC: 518-474-6530, secretary@dps.ny.gov. Refer to proceeding: 14-M-0196. Tell the NYSPSC that you agree with Woodstock residents and six Ulster County municipalities and you too want a no-fee analog meter choice!

Michele Hertz

Toby Stover

Stop Smart Meters NY

http://www.stopsmartmetersny.org

Source: http://www.dailyfreeman.com/opinion/20160722/letter-smart-meters-a-threat-to-health-safety

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