This just in from yesterday- CA Assemblymember Jared Huffman has introduced a bill- AB 37- that would require the CPUC to offer an opt out for their customers. The bill would require that PG&E disclose details of the meters’ radiation and require a moratorium on further installations until the opt out program is in place. Coverage by the Marin IJ and the San Anselmo/ Fairfax Patch was available online as of Monday.
As we’ve said before, an individual opt out is not the solution. But providing consumers choice IS a small step in the right direction. Huffman’s bill deserves your support. You can contact his office to express your gratitude at (415) 479-4920 and ask that the bill be amended to include the ability for whole cities and counties to opt out. In addition, residents of apartment building need meaningful opt outs that would use shielded cabling for the entire apartment building if there is one unit that opts out. The legislation also has to be retroactive to provide for hard wiring of those people who are currently being forced to live with a wireless meter against their will. If you live outside his district, you can find your assemblymember’s contact info here.
The problem is that this bill will likely take 3-4 months to be signed into law, and PG&E and other other utilities can install a lot of meters in that time. Ten thousand per day times 120 days is more than one million more meters.
We have a word of advice for the utilities- the writing is on the wall. You’re going to have to hard wire your meters. You can do it the easy way voluntarily, or you can do it the hard way, wasting everyone’s time and money. In the meantime, while industry removes any teeth from his bill, perhaps Jared Huffman would care to join us in blocking Wellington trucks to protect his constituents.
You can read the legislation as introduced here, and enter “37” in the bill number field.