Pacific Gas and Electric claimed last week in a workshop held at the CA Public Utilities Commission- the video of which is now online thanks to EON– that their ‘smart’ meter program is in full compliance with all FCC regulations. However even a kindergartener could see that this is clearly not the case. If you look at the FCC authorization for the OWS-NIC507 (pdf) Silver Spring Networks smart meter transmitter that is being deployed throughout PG&E’s service territory (and likely, beyond) you will see three very clear violations of FCC regulations. Leave it to PG&E to violate three regulations in just one FCC document. Let’s take a look at each violation individually:
PG&E and other utilities are contracting with companies like Wellington and Corix to install their ‘smart’ meters. These companies hire temp workers with little to no electrical or professional expertise, according to previous employees who blew the whistle on dangerous practices. Faulty installations are suspected in several cases where ‘smart’ meters caused fires and explosions. These are NOT professional installations. Strike One.
The FCC requires that all persons be kept at least 20cm from the smart meter. Silver Spring Networks says it is up to the utility to ensure compliance. PG&E claims they comply with all FCC regulations. Yet they fail to erect any safety enclosure, post any notices whatsoever warning people to keep their distance. What’s worse, they actually post photos on their website of people touching the meters, recklessly instructing people to violate FCC safety standards. In this context, the “smart” meter may change Bob’s life in ways he may not be expecting. The utilities claim that people are going to be far from the meter- but what about kids playing around the side of homes or apartment buildings? We imagine all of this is not going to look terribly impressive to a jury calculating the amount of future health damages. Funny that cell phone manuals warn people to keep about 1-2cm away while the ‘smart’ meter requires 20cm distance. That must mean that the smart meter radiation is that much stronger than a cell phone. But that would mean that the utilities are lying….. Strike Two.
“Smart” Meters are being co-located wherever there are multiple units- in apartment buildings, condos, etc. Co-locations result in more frequent and more powerful RF exposures, which is probably why the FCC required that the antennae not be clustered together. Strike 3- you are OUT PG&E.
The question is, why is no one enforcing these regulations? Why are state and federal regulatory agencies covering for the utilities while the health and safety of millions of people is put at risk?