[PLUG-TALK] Smart power meters

Denis Heidtmann denis.heidtmann at gmail.com
Thu Oct 10 11:55:37 PDT 2013

I can find uncountable articles on both sides of the issue.  The one you
quote is hawking a protection kit, so their objectivity is suspect.


On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM, Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com>wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Oct 2013, Denis Heidtmann wrote:
> > I received and inquiry from a relative in Michigan.  She is very confused
> > by all the negative hype about the health dangers of smart meters.  One
> > group claims high power radiation 24/7 and another claims a few seconds
> > per day at cell-phone levels.  How might I find out what is real?
>  Anybody
> > here know what goes into these things?  Brand names?
>    Here's one hit from a Web search for 'smart power meters health
> effects':
>      <http://www.earthcalm.com/emf-dangers-2/smart-meter-radiation-risks/>
> "Power companies seem to be unable to give consistent, believable answers
> about either how frequently Smart Meter radiation is emitted—or what the
> peak power is of the radiation signal at certain distances. Some
> representative say the meters transmit RF six times a day; others, once an
> hour. Independent RF specialists have measured them every 45 seconds, or
> even twice in a minute.
> "As for peak power of Smart Meter radiation signals, there is even more
> confusion. Power companies maintain that the RF transmissions are well
> within FCC standards, that they transmit data for only a fraction of a
> second and are far weaker than other everyday radio frequency emitters,
> such
> as cell phones, cell towers and Wi-Fi.
> "Putting aside for a moment the debate over the safety of even these
> “everyday” RF emitters, there’s reason to doubt these assurances from power
> companies that Smart Meters are safer than these other devices. Independent
> environmental EMF consultants have found that peak pulses are far greater
> in
> intensity than the “average pulse” that many utility companies
> claim—sometimes up to 1000 times more powerful than a cell phone.(1)
> Because
> of the skewed and inaccurate way in which they figure the number of pulses
> per minutes, their figures of an “average” pulse is greatly reduced.
> "Indeed, assurances of utility companies are reminiscent of promises that
> have been made over the years by plastics and chemical manufacturers who
> initially claimed that what they were producing was safe."
>    Perhaps all those folks wearing tinfoil hats will be the only ones to
> survice.
> Rich
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