Aps Smart Meters Frighten Protesters

Health effects, government eavesdropping spook crowd

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A crush of people alarmed about the imminent installation of “smart meters” crowded the Payson Town Council meeting last week, hoping to convince the town to pass a resolution opposing the automated transmitters that intermittently send information on electricity use to Arizona Public Service.

However, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said the town has no authority over APS and the installation of the high-tech meters, which deliver about 1,0000th the dose of radiation as a cell phone.

However, the overflow crowd of perhaps 150 people pleaded with the town council to follow the lead of a small Texas town where the council voted to oppose installation of the new “smart meters” in Payson.

Shirley Dye, a member of both the Payson School Board and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District board, said, “we’re just looking for you as the Payson Town Council to understand there are a lot of people who have a lot of concerns. We’re not conspiracy theorists. There’s some real data out there that supports problems with privacy issues and the whole smart grid that is computerizes. If it’s computerized, it can be hacked and our electricity turned off.”

Darlene Yonker, head of the Payson Tea Party, which helped organize the protest at the council meeting, said, “I believe smart meters may represent a huge health risk ... They are a surveillance devices, a sending-and-receiving device, which I believe violates the Fourth Amendment.”

Lew Levenson said, “You say, ‘Well, that’s not even as bad as cell phones,’ except that cell phones are not that good for us either.”

A flier handed out at the meeting said, “APS plans to install bio-hazardous pulsed microwave ‘smart’ meters in July. They represent the largest invasion of privacy in our history and violate our Fourth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. We must protect our safe, analog meter way of life.”

The flier continued, “APS wants us to be docile captives while they make money. APS has chosen us to suffer harm as captive human guinea pigs!”

The smart meters violate the Nuremberg Code, the flier said, which set restrictions on experimentation on human subjects in response to the atrocities in the Nazi death camps.

A fact sheet prepared by APS indicates that a cell phone exposes a user to about 1,000 times as much electromagnetic radiation as an APS smart meter. “The automated meters give APS no indication of who are customers are, what they are doing.”

The fact sheet indicated that a cell phone close to the ear exposes the user to 1 milliwatt per square centimeter of energy. A microwave at a distance of two feet exposes a user to .05 milliwatts. An automated meter on the other side of the room creates an exposure of .004 milliwatts per square centimeter and a smart meter 10 feet away about .0009 of a milliwatt.

The smart meters transmit information for 1.5 seconds every four hours, according to a fact sheet produced by Elster, which makes the APS meters.

Researchers have conducted repeated major studies on the health effects of cell phones and found no evidence of a health risk. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet concluded no study has yet turned up any evidence in cell cultures, animals or humans that cell phone signals can cause cancer.

However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

On the other hand, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Communications Commission have all concluded that existing studies don’t support a connection between cell phone use and any health effects. Those studies all involve maybe 1,000 times more energy than smart meters.

The APS fact sheet also said the installation of smart meters did not result in an increase in bills. In fact, the automated meters ought to reduce the cost of reading the old, analog meters and therefore reduce costs. APS allows homeowners to opt out of having a smart meter if they pay a surcharge to reflect the higher cost of reading the meter.

The council listened to the parade of speakers, before Evans reiterated that the council has no jurisdiction over APS.

However, he did offer to ask APS and the Corporation Commission to hold a public hearing on the issue, a suggestion which drew applause.

Comments

Pat Randall 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't understand how the information is sent back to APS, but I do have a concern as I have a Pacemaker for my heart which restricts a lot of things I can do or get near. I can not carry a cell phone on my body. I can talk on one as long as it is held on my right side for a short time and as far from my ear as possible. I can drive a car, but not stand near a running motor. Don't park under high power electric lines or use gas motor yard tools. Don't stop in the doorways of stores that have alarms. I could go on and on. Can not walk into a room where there is a MRI machine, but can have some x-rays. I don't fly but if I did, I would have to be strip searched as I can not go thru thier alarms at the airports. For non believers go on to the internet and look it up. The dr. that put it in would not tell me anything, said call the company that made the device. Needless to say he is no longer my dr. Some of the things will only shock the pacemaker, others will stop it. No more heart beat. I went to APS and explained this to them and was put on a list that I will not have to have a smart meter installed. They were very understanding and amazed at what I was telling them.

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don evans 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Pat, as I understand it today, you can get a medical exemption from APS and not have to pay the monthly surcharge and one time fee. Please double check this information with APS to verify it...

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Pat Ferre 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Pat, the information you give sounds like you are taking responsibility for being informed and respecting the sound advice you have received. That and a healthy dose of common sense will serve you well. You did well in respecting your own needs and not remaining with a doctor who was not prepared to support you in the way that you need.

Regarding APS' plan to install 'smart' automated meters in Payson and the Rim area, starting early in July, I suggest you "Opt-Out" way before that happens. Like now!

Keep your safe analog meter.

An analog meter is a mechanical meter. It is the kind with mechanical little dials and a mechanical horizontal plate that rotates. Analog meters Do Not emanate the pulsed microwave radiation, that is implicated in causing biological harm from wireless digital 'smart' meters. If you already have health problems stay away from a technology that can cause you more harm.

If you are one of the lucky people in Arizona who still has an analog meter, do everything you possibly can to keep it! Best is to write a certified letter saying that you want to keep your safe analog meter, and do not consent to a 'smart' automated meter. Keep the signed certified return receipt with a copy of your letter as proof of service. Some people post an additional reminder for installation staff near their analog meter.

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Pat Ferre 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Read Your Own Meters From the cost point of view, for APS electrical customers, the most safe and least expensive electrical solution for us, is to keep our existing hardy and safe analog meters and for APS to agree to activate the discretionary Arizona Revised Statute: "A.A.C. R14-2-209.A.1 – Each utility, billing entity, or Meter Reading Service Provider may at its discretion allow for customer reading of meters."

Some people will love to reduce their utility bills by taking on the responsibility to read their own meters. Others will choose to keep their meter readers. APS customers that want to read their own meters, must let APS and the ACC know through public comment! We need to communicate enough interest for APS and the ACC to hear us, and move in the direction we request. Even though the statute says we can, it also says at the "discretion" of the utility. So act now and spread the word!

We can certainly make our wishes known to APS and to it's regulatory agency, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The ACC is currently open for public comment on 'smart' meter 'Opt-Out' issues. Reading our own meters relates to the monthly service costs APS wants to charge us for so called, "Opt-Out". If we read our own meters, APS can not reasonably charge us for that service.

The ACC Utilities Division can be reached by phone at: Toll Free 1-800-222-7000 and Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4251. A free Public Comment solution is available to us, through selecting the green 'Public Comment' button on http://www.azcc.gov/Default.asp. The ACC Docket number to place in the form is: E-01345A-13-0069. A quick way to view APS' APPLICATION, (The ACC can still alter or deny these requests), is at: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000144127.pdf To view additional comments on this eDocket, go to http://edocket.azcc.gov and type in the last 6 digits of the docket in the Search by Number box: 13-0069.

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Pat Ferre 10 months, 3 weeks ago

A recent conversation ended with the question: What laws regulate APS and the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)? Here are 3 Arizona Revised Statutes: the first relates to APS and the other two relate to the regulatory responsibility of the Corporation Commissioners. Interesting that it is actually the responsibility for both APS and the ACC, to adequately promote our health, safety, and the safety of APS equipment and appliances ('smart' meters).

Who would have thought that we are being protected against deceptive, unfair and abusive business practices and abusive or deceptive marketing and advertising practices?

I have yet to see APS clearly tell the public about the harm their potentially lethal 'smart' automated meters cause us. Continuously pulsing microwave wireless technology can 'smartly' ping our cells 190,000 times a day while our utility tells us it is only 875.0 seconds a day! They add up the minute pings, that have the power to split off double strands of DNA, but the utility can claim it is only 14 minutes a day! Pulsed microsecond pings harm the cells of our entire living environment, continuously. No off switch! Jerry Flynn has an interesting video on takebackyourpower.net.

• A.R.S. 40-361.B – Every public service corporation shall furnish and maintain such service, equipment and facilities as will promote the safety, health, comfort and convenience of its patrons, employees and the public, and as will be in all respects adequate, efficient and reasonable.

• A.R.S. 40-321.A – When the commission finds that the equipment, appliances, facilities or service of any public service corporation, or the methods of manufacture, distribution, transmission, storage or supply employed by it, are unjust, unreasonable, unsafe, improper, inadequate or insufficient, the commission shall determine what is just, reasonable, safe, proper, adequate or sufficient, and shall enforce its determination by order or regulation.

• A.R.S. 40-202.C.1 – Protect the public against deceptive, unfair and abusive business practices, practices related to deposit requirements and reconnection fees, intrusive and abusive marketing, deceptive or untrue advertising practices and practices prohibited under subsection H of this section.

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