Nov 16 2010 Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact:  Joshua Hart, Stop Smart Meters!

Tuesday November 16th, 2010                                                                                                         E-mail: joshuanoahhart[at]gmail[dot]com

HEALTH ADVOCATES INVITE PG&E CEO DARBEE TO WIRELESS SUMMIT

“No Need to Spy to Learn Health Impacts of Smart Meters- Published Scientists Happy to Share Findings”

San Francisco- Opponents of PG&E’s ‘smart’ meter program today delivered an invitation to PG&E’s CEO Peter Darbee at the corporation’s Beale St. headquarters, urging him to attend Thursday’s high profile wireless health forum at the Commonwealth Club.  Last week, William Devereaux, the Senior Director of PG&E’s ‘smart’ meter program was caught falsifying his identity in an attempt to spy on internal discussions within the EMF Safety Network, a group who have a legal case against PG&E pending at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), alleging health harm from the new meters and demanding an immediate halt on further installations.  The espionage has prompted widespread media coverage, Devereaux’s resignation, and an investigation by the CPUC.

Although PG&E would like us to believe that Devereaux was working alone, circumstantial evidence indicates that the spying was known about, and sanctioned at high levels within PG&E.  Glen Chase, a Systems Management Professor who has been consulted and asked to speak on the Smart Meter issue by a number of Bay Area municipalities, said: “The complex logistics and granting of authority to transfer a complete fleet of trucks to another location to foil a demonstration would be near impossible to accomplish by a single man.  Other PG&E management and operations personnel almost certainly had to know. Otherwise who would have authorized the move, selected a new truck location, reserved the buses to bring in drivers for the trucks, briefed the installation contractor, etc.?”

Thursday’s forum, dubbed “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields,” will feature dozens of scientists from all over the world who have published peer-reviewed research in scientific journals. Their findings include a variety of health problems from the same type of radiation that is being emitted by new wireless ‘smart’ meters.

“It is not necessary for PG&E to spy on our discussion groups to find out how ‘smart’ meters are hurting California families.” Said Joshua Hart Director of Stop Smart Meters!   “Scientists from all over the world will be happy to share their published, peer-reviewed findings that even low levels of microwave radiation have been linked with nausea, dizziness, and headaches, some of the many symptoms that people throughout the state are reporting after ‘smart’ meters are installed.”

Nearly two dozen California cities and counties have demanded a halt to the program.  Yesterday, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the consumer advocacy arm of the CPUC, blasted the appointed Commission for failing to hold hearings on the health impacts of ‘smart’ meters. The DRA commented: “Unless the public’s concerns can be put to rest, there is a very great risk that PG&E’s SmartMeter deployment will turn out to be a $2.2 billion mistake that ratepayers can ill afford.”

Members of the media (as well as Peter Darbee) are invited to hear the testimony of ordinary Californians who have been suffering health impacts from wireless ‘smart’ meters at the conclusion of Thursday’s Commonwealth Club Event, which is planned for this Thursday, November 18th from 11:15am to 4:30pm at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor.  Look for “Smart Meter Not Here” signs in the Commonwealth Club lobby at 4:30pm.

Interviews with ‘smart’ meter victims can also be arranged independently by contacting Joshua Hart, Director of Stop Smart Meters!

Smart Meter Health Testimonials

SA, San Clemente CA

The very first symptom was my husband and I noticed that both of our ears were ringing.  (The meter was located directly outside of our bedroom wall behind our headboard.)

Waking up feeling heavy crushing pressure on our chests, rapid heart palpitations, waking up at night at the precise same time for weeks (like 1:23 a.m.) emotions unstable constant agitation, red bumps, rashes, and thermal burns on face, strained speech, difficulty speaking or loss of words, poor memory, painful inflammation of ear canals due to cell phones, (especially blackberries and iphones, within 150 feet from me), dect phones, wifi, electrified outlets, refrigerators, and other electromagnetic fields.

Sensation that the left hemisphere of my brain was actually being cut or splitting in two, back of skull feels electrified, back of tongue feels electrified, electric shocks through my eyes, legs and feet. Brain feels like mush, cannot communicate or articulate well, dry cough around cell phones and wifi.

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A.E. , San Diego

It started with the aches and pains, the super dry lips and a loud squealing in my right ear. Even my teeth hurt. Then the buzzing sound intermittently mixes with the high pitch squealing noise in my ear, followed by extreme exhaustion or fatigue in random parts of the day or evening, to where I couldn’t even stand. The headaches make me feel like I want to die. I can’t sleep until 5 or 6 am and pop back up at 7 am. I am nauseas, and my ear in is extreme pain. I have feelings as if the ground or furniture is moving or being bumped. I get dizzy and have problems orientating myself when I go from standing to sitting or vice versa.

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R.H., San Diego CA

I began having symptoms of head burning and pressure on my chest within a few days.  As time progressed the symptoms worsened. I had severe burning in my head and headaches of a new type. I started having palpitations, arrythmias and flutter.  I called SDG& E. Three people including an engineer and the director of the Smart Meter program came to my home, spent an hour talking and photographing  the meters. They took no measurements of the radiation, though they said they would on the phone. The next day SDG&E informed me that they would not be replacing the meters with the analogue meters. They assured me that they are concerned about people’s health.

By six weeks in, my cardiac symptoms were so severe and erratic that I had to move out.  I rented an apartment, which turned out to be unsafe as well. The Smart Meters are everywhere. With the intensification of my symptoms, I have become EMF/RF sensitive and now have the above problems around cell towers, Wi-Fi and other sources, accompanied by skin rashes and burning.

I am being evaluated by a cardiologist.  I have always had a strong, healthy heart, even told so by doctors. The cardiologist has sent me for an evaluation by a neurologist as well.

Five people have reported symptoms in my home: My father has experienced headaches and visual migraines. My mother reported having pressure on the upper part of her chest and palpitations.  One neighbor exposed to these 16 cluster meters is experiencing headaches and chest tightness. Another neighbor has difficulty opening her eyes in the mornings after 8 hours by the meters. Her ophthalmologist could find no explanation. She said she uses her fingers to open her lids. All of the above symptoms have occurred since the smart meter installations. The symptoms are worsening for everyone.

I am running scared living this nightmare.  I don’t know where to live and fear for my well-being. I already have a prior immune disability and I thought I would be legally protected by the ADA. I don’t know where it is safe for me to live.   In addition, the financial impact of this disaster compounds. I pay my monthly mortgage and rented a place, which due to symptoms, I cannot stay in.   I am not sure that I can rent or sell my condo in good conscience. I am seeking medical care including treatments not covered by any insurance. My out of pocket costs continue to grow.
Stop Smart Meters!
http://stopsmartmeters.org

2 Responses to Nov 16 2010 Advisory

  1. Steven Golden says:

    On September 29, 2010 at least 4 Smart Meters were installed on my apartment building on the wall just below my Unit. That very day I woke up with a swollen wrist for absolutely no physical reason. I opened my front door and found the notice that the Smart Meters were installed.
    My wrist and hand swelled so badly that I had to get a cortisone shot. Then, I got sick with sinus problems and a respiratory attack. One occurred after the other, and both conditions are still with me 3 weeks later. I have never been sick for more than one week in my entire life. I have heart palpitations and an erratic heart beat, along with insomnia. The latest affliction since the Meters were installed is Phantosmia, which I have never had before and will not go away.
    I am EMF sensitive and these Smart Meters are ruining my health, my living conditions, and my life. We are being bombarded with Microwave EMF from these Meters from all directions without our knowledge or consent. Since I am EMF sensitive I have chosen to never use WiFi or any other wireless technology in my apartment. With these Smart Meters I have no say in the matter and I am being slowly tortured by SDGE and the CPUC. This is an outrageous intrusion into our lives and a danger to the health of everyone in San Diego and wherever these Meters operate. Those of us who are EMF sensitive have an early warning system built in and we know what these meters are doing to our health. Those who aren’t as sensitive or may not realize that they are will not realize that the Meters their utility forced upon them are making them ill and even slowly killing them.

  2. Carole Kuzan says:

    Please tell me how I and all of us who are concerned about the ill-effects of the Smart Meters can stop the installation of such.

    I have been tortured for the last five and a half weeks with a high-frequency sound (ringing, buzzing, whistling).

    I called PG&E to check on its equipment and after several attempts to get them to hear my concerns, they pretty much told me that there was nothing wrong with their equipment, but that I should call an electrician to check out the problems (insinuating that it was my home, and not their power lines).

    By the way, I live in an area which is surrounded by three power lines. PG&E conveniently sent out their service techs when I wasn’t here to voice my concerns. They told me I had to wait until all the emergencies were met first (downed power line, gas leaks, etc) before they would come out to evaluate the noises.

    As would be expected, after waiting all day long (from 8:30A.M. to 9:30 P.M. and after calling the dispatcher several times during that time, I finally was told by one agent that the person was out earlier, (when I had to step out for an important errand) and since he determined there was no danger he wrote up his report and left for the evening.
    This was after I requested to speak to a tech. They told me at this time that there was a communication problem (they put me on the next day’s schedule).
    So, the next day, they told me again that since there was no downed power line, that they would fit me in when all the emergencies were met. Again, I waited from 7:30 A.M. to about 7:50 P.M. when I had to pick up a family member. I told the dispatcher that I had to be gone for about 40 minutes or so, and that I could not wait for the service tech. (not knowing when he would arrive).
    Well, as it turned out, the tech arrived shortly after I left about 7:50 P.M. and this time he writes that there was nothing wrong with the meter, and since the meter was going to be replaced anyway, he didn’t do anything. That’s right! He didn’t do anything.
    After walking around my immediate neighborhood several times before the tech came out, I noticed that my neighbor who lives about 65 feet to the rear of my home, has a Smart Meter. I have been wanting to ask them when this was installed, however, it seems I cannot ever make contact with them. They are often times gone.
    Since PG&E says that I cannot opt out of the Smart Meter (if I do, they won’t provide me with power), what can I do to preserve my health and my sanity?
    I feel as if I can commit suicide at times, since I don’t sleep well and I am constantly exposed to high-frequency noises within my house, and even in my car (I am surrounded by three major power lines (which I am convinced is emitting this dangerous radiation).
    PG&E holds a monopoly over the public utilities in this area (Gas/Electric). Isn’t there a law which protects the public from monopolies?
    Please, I would welcome any advice from anyone who knows what can be done about this dangerous situation. (The replacement of all gas/electric meters with Smart Meters)

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