Julie Fitch, director of the Energy division for the CPUC,
said the health complaints are relatively new to the
commission but that she's now received 2,000 complaints,
mostly in e-mail form letters from concerned citizens.
"When the commission initially considered whether to approve
the Advanced Metering Infrastructure for all utilities, the
issue of radio frequency and EMF (electromagnetic frequency)
never came up," she said. "So it kind of became a bit of a
surprise to us at this stage."
PG&E says that because smart meters transmit only about 45
seconds a day, are outside of the house and have relatively
weak radio signals, concerns about long-term exposure to
smart meters are contrary to common sense.
"You’d have to live with one of our meters for more than
1,000 years to get as much exposure to radio waves as a
typical cell phone user gets in just one month," PG&E's
Still, the issue has raised enough eyebrows that some cities
have called for a stoppage of installation. Protestors in
Santa Cruz were disrupting installation there last week and
Fairfax passed a one-year moratorium, according to press
releases from the Stop Smart Meters Campaign. San Francisco
City Attorney Dennis Herrera had called for a moratorium on
smart meter installation until questions about accuracy
could be resolved but that petition did not address any
concerns about the health effects of meters.
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