SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Some California coastal communities
have placed moratoriums on Pacific Gas and Electric's
SmartMeters after customers raised concerns about
potentially harmful health effects.
Homeowners addressed the California Public Utilities
Commission in September, asking the commissioners to place
an emergency moratorium on PG&E's wireless gas and electric
The CPUC told KCRA 3 that it has received more than 2,000
health-related complaints but said the health issues are not
its jurisdiction and referred customers to the Federal
Communications Commission and state health officials.
A Sebastopol-based group, the EMF Safety Network, studies
the health impacts of electromagnetic fields and radio
The group said it is collecting data that proves PG&E Smart
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A number of the people who said they are getting sick said
they suffer from a condition called electrical sensitivity
or electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS.
The World Health Organization said EHS is not a medical
However, people who claim to suffer from electrical
sensitivity said their symptoms are very real.
"The trouble is, a lot of times, people don't connect the
dots between their health symptoms and electrical exposure,"
Sandy Mauer with the EMF Safety Network said.
The WHO said there is no convincing scientific evidence that
weak RF signals from wireless networks cause health
SmartMeters emit about one watt, less than cell phones,
which some research finds riskier because they are held to
PG&E said its meters comply with federal safety standards.
"Radio frequency is all around us," Paul Moreno from PG&E
"SmartMeters are a very small measure of that. They are well
within what you find with ordinary household appliances and
far within FCC guidelines."
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