Thanks for the "Is the Smart Grid a Smart Move for Maui" article (April 26-May 2 issue), and the commentary and letter in the May 10-16 issue. I'm still a little mystified why this technology is being so heavily promoted as "green," safe, cost-effective, mandatory and necessary.
Utility industry propaganda would have us believe smart meters are a boon to all. However, with just regard to the safety issue, the American Board of Environmental Medicine recently pointed out that existing FCC safety guidelines relating to smart meter radio frequency radiation are inadequate.
"As representatives of physician specialists in the field of environmental medicine, we have an obligation to urge precaution when sufficient scientific and medical evidence suggests health risks which can potentially affect large populations," they wrote. "We consider a moratorium on installation of wireless smart
meters to be an issue of the highest importance."
Swedish scientist Dr. Olle Johansson (Royal Institute of Technology), who has extensively studied the impact of wireless technology, has warned, "The inauguration of smart meters with involuntary exposure of millions of human beings to pulsed microwave radiation should immediately be prohibited."
The only independent study so far (non-industry funded Sage Report) concluded: No positive assertion of safety can be made by the FCC with respect to pulsed RF when exposures are chronic and occur in the general population. "Indiscriminate exposure to environmentally ubiquitous pulsed RF from the roll out of millions of new RF sources
(smart meters) will mean far greater general population exposures, and potential health consequences."