Moreno said before PG&E rolled out its SmartMeters, it
commissioned independent experts to examine how SmartMeters'
RF levels stack up against other common household devices.
"The studies by the World Health Organization and other
health experts have found no health effects from low-level
RF such as you will find with a Smart Meter device," Moreno
San Rafael Assemblyman Jared Huffman has received complaints
from a number of his constituents.
He has asked the California Council on Science and
Technology to examine SmartMeters and whether current FCC
standards are sufficient to protect public health.
"I think that's going to be hugely helpful to take this
debate to one based on sort of fear and a dismissive
response to that fear, and try to inject some independent
credible science," Huffman said.
The council could release its report by the end of 2010.
"I think we have the right to a healthy life," PG&E customer
Tim Hudson said. "And we have the right to choose. And I
think in both these cases, that's being taken away from us."
Assemblyman Huffman addressed that concern saying no matter
what conclusions the Council on Science and Technology
returns, he is considering looking at some kind of opt-out
option for customers who do not want smart meter technology
on their homes.
PG&E said it takes customer concerns very seriously. It has
met with a number of communities who have raised
health-related concerns, in an effort to raise awareness and
PG&E continues to deploy some 10 million meters in its
territory statewide, complying with the CPUC's SmartMeters
proposal to install the wireless meters on all customers'
In the meantime, there is no resolution for customers who
said SmartMeters are ticking time bombs. "My choice now, is
I may have to leave my home," Louise Stanphill said. "I may
have to move from my house, but where do I go?
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