Claremore Daily Progress

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August 28, 2013

Councilors discuss plans for smart meter implementation

CLAREMORE —

Claremore city councilors met Monday evening to discuss possible plans for the implementation of smart meters in all Claremore homes and businesses.
The General Electric Grid IQ project would include both water and electric utilities.
For the past two months, city council members have met with GE business development leaders discussing the change. A presentation was given during the special meeting to determine what plans are called for next.
Council members brought up some concerns, including biological affects due to radio frequency from the wireless meters.
According to a 2012 BioInitiative report compiled by scientists from around the world, the FCC standards for smart meters, WiFi, cell towers etc. only measure thermal radiation, but do not protect biological life and are at least a million times too high for the protection of people. 
The report indicates that 3 percent of the general population will sustain injury immediately from implementation of a smart meter grid system and 30 percent will follow later.
Biological effects found in 67 studies conducted between 1980 and 2010, included brain tumors and blood-brain barrier, cancer (other than brain), cell proliferation, cardiac, heart muscle, blood-pressure, vascular effects, learning behaviors, sleeping disorders, stress problems, among others.
The report also states that a single smart appliance in the home can produce RF exposure levels that caused the biological affects found in nearly half or fewer of the 67 studies, depending on the distance from the smart appliance.
Multiple smart appliances in a home multiply the exposure. A given home may have one to eight nearby neighbors, each with a smart meter, which can also multiply the total exposure in the given home, according to the report.
Scientists, however, have yet to determine real evidence of how or why radiofrequencies affect the human body in this manner.
In a letter written to the Claremore City Council, Don Powers, Edmond attorney at law, stated that Federal law requires smart meters to be an “opt-in” program.

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