DECC confirms talks with Dept of Health over smart meter
Smart meters are at centre of growing health scare
Officials from the UK's Department of Energy and Climate
Change have confirmed “discussions” with their counterparts
at the Health Department over safety concerns regarding the
mass installation of smart meters.
Energy chiefs say talks will continue with the Department of
Health as worries grow over research linking smart meter
technology and an increased risk of cancer.
The news follows a warning that indoor electromagnetic
fields and radio waves emitted by smart meters pose a
growing health risk.
The risk of cancer has been linked to intense or prolonged
exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and radio
frequencies (RFs). Worries persist about the potential for
mobile phones to cause brain tumours.
And now researchers are warning of the risks from the
cumulative effect of waves emitted by electric, gas and
water smart meters, together with other devices in the home.
The Government is working with Ofgen to carry forward plans
for every home in Britain should be fitted with
remote-linked smart meters by 2020.
But experts say that combined with wi-fi hubs, mobile phones
and other wireless devices this array of meters will turn
homes into something like the inside of a microwave oven.
Smart meters record the exact levels of gas and electricity
households use and remotely report the data to suppliers,
doing away with meter readings and estimated bills.
The new generation of radio-linked smart meters were first
introduced in the UK in September 2008, for customers in the
East and West Midlands.
In December 2009, the Department of Energy and Climate
Change (DECC) announced its intention to roll-out smart
meters to all UK homes by the end of 2020.
But with more than 20,000 UK homes now using smart meter
technology, wireless networks are coming under increased
The World Health Organisation states that EMFs are not
harmful if they remain within strict frequency boundaries
set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing
Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
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