Press Releases

Stop Smart Meters! works with the mainstream and independent media in order to inform the public about the risks of unrestrained wireless technology, and to convey stories of how people’s rights are being violated by the utility and telecommunications industries.  If you’d like to arrange an interview, please send a request to info[at]stopsmartmeters[dot]org

Following are links to our past press releases and media advisories:

July 21st, 2010:  City of Scotts Valley to Vote on Smart Meter Moratorium Tonight

Aug. 25th, 2010: Santa Cruz Cty. Residents To Protest Forced Smart Meter Installations

Aug. 26th, 2010: Protesters Halt Smart Meter Installation In Santa Cruz County

Aug. 30th, 2010: Protests Halt the ‘Smart’ Meter In Santa Cruz Cty. For 3rd Day In A Row

Sept. 2nd 2010: Health Questions Loom Over CPUC Release Of ‘Smart’ Meter Report

Oct. 27th 2010: North Bay Residents To Protest Pg&E’s Forced Smart Meter Installations

Nov. 8th 2010: Director of PG&E’s Smart Meter Program Caught Falsifying his Identity

Nov. 16th 2010: Health Advocates Invite PG&E CEO Darbee to Wireless Summit

Dec. 9th, 2010: Angry Mothers & Others Shut Down PG&E Service Ctr.

Dec. 14th, 2010: Smart Meter Protests Spread as PG&E Officials Implicated in Spy Scandal

 

Dec. 29th 2010: Smart Meter Showdown in West Marin: Two Moms Arrested

Jan. 7th 2011: ‘Smart’ Meters Violate FCC Exposure Limits Says New Study

Jan. 12th, 2011: CCST Study Leaves Smart Meter Health Questions Unanswered

Jan. 26th, 2011: Wellington Whistleblower Interview

Feb. 15th. 2011: City Council Discovers Smart Meters not UL Certified

Mar. 3rd, 2011: City of Monterey 29th Local Govt. to Demand SM Halt

 

Mar. 23rd, 2011: Opt-Out Plan Falls Short; 34 CA Local Govts. Demand Halt

Apr. 11th, 2011: Protest FCC Chair’s Visit to Bay Area

May 16th, 2011:  Smart Meter Protest to Target PG&E’S San Francisco Headquarters

May 31st, 2011:  World Health Organization Warns of Cancer from Wireless

June 14th, 2011:  PG&E Caught on Tape Threatening Homeowner with Service Disconnection for Refusing Smart Meter

June 21st, 2011: Stop Smart Meters! Director Joshua Hart Arrested in Capitola

July 2nd, 2011: Two More Arrested at Santa Cruz Smart Meter Protest

July 22nd, 2011: Major Santa Cruz Smart Meter Forum Set for August 3rd

Aug. 2nd, 2011: ‘Independent’ Smart Meter Advocate on PG&E Payroll; Company Failed to Disclose Financial Ties

Sept. 13th, 2011:  Smart Meter Opponents Cry Foul on Charging Plan; Demand Local Opt Outs

Sept. 15th, 2011:  Public Grills Utility Executives on Smart Meter Radiation at CPUC Workshop

Nov. 1st, 2011: PG&E Begins Removing ‘Smart’ Meters Due to Health Effects

 

Dec. 12th, 2011: PG&E Threatens to Disconnect Families Protecting Their Health

Dec. 12th, 2011: PG&E Cuts Off Families Who Replaced Hazardous Smart Meters

Apr. 25th, 2012: CPUC: PG&E Smart Meter Opt Out Fees “Suspended”

Oct. 4th, 2012: Day of Action: Public Demands a Halt to ‘Smart’ Meters and Grid

Oct. 16th, 2012: PG&E Threatens Power Cut to Willits Man

Dec. 18th, 2012: Attempt to Muffle Outcry Failing at State Smart Meter Hearings

June 21st, 2013: Details Emerge of Vacaville, CA Smart Meter Fire Death

15 Responses to Press Releases

  1. Jace says:

    I didn’t know that I had a smart meter until it blew up on 08/12/2010! I am an Oregon PG&E customer, now victim. I want to know if anyone else has seen a smart meter blow up. It threw flames out and black smoke was in the air for hours. I called PG&E, but they said it wasn’t possible for a meter to explode. I wrote letters, called many times, but they said that they were too busy to come look at meter. For five months it sat there black and the house black also from the blast. I had to be taken to the Dr. because the blast knocked me down onto the cement. My doctor has referred me to a specialist. I have never had health problems. Now I have severe pain running through the nerves of the right side of my body. I can only walk with crutches now and only sleep two to four hours per night. The bills continue to go higher each month, and my bill says “estimated usage”. The story does continue: I finally convinced a PG&E employee that the meter was black. However, as soon as I got off the phone with PG&E my electricity was shut off. It was 20 degrees that day meaning I was cold, on crutches, car stuck in garage, asthma ventilator shut down, and in pain. I did have a cell phone to continue to call back each time they hung up. PG&E left my electricity off from 8AM until 5:30PM. Their legal department attorney, Kathy, told me, “buck up and get out your survival kit like other people do. You are being a whining baby. We will keep your electricity off as we want to because legally we do not have to turn it on for you. It is not our fault that you have asthma.” I spoke with an attorney who wanted $10,000 up front to do anything involving PG&E. However, I looked up current cases being appealed by this attorney and found that two cases are being appealed against PG&E. Losing these cases must be very profitable. I have photos of the meter, copies of letters to PG&E, and letters from them after explosion. They finally did come install a new meter, but two weeks later I woke up to NO electricity. I called PG&E. They said, “there are no outages in your area and hung up.” I kept calling until one person said, “we will try to get out to your house today or on Monday.” They again showed up at 5:30. This time they sent a huge man who beat on my front door until I limped on crutches to the front door. He said, “Someone took your smart meter!” I looked toward the meter and saw an open hole in my wall with one wire hanging out of it. I asked, “Who and why would anyone come and take a meter out of the wall?” He said, “probably a neighbor.” I continued to hop out on the porch with my phone in hand and saw the meter on the ground about 7 feet away from the hole in the wall. I quicly snapped pics of the hole and a dead meter on ground. The huge man said, “You had better be looking over your shoulder. Someone is following you and they took your meter.” OK, this is too much crazy! I told huge man to get off my porch and pick up the meter off the ground. He kept saying that someone was removing my meter. Do you know where I can file a complaint?

    • deanna munson says:

      im in oregon and am experiencing terrible health problems from these meters.i cant find any help in oregon.i live in an apartment complex

  2. sue says:

    Hi, will there be a meeting in felton tonight?

  3. Michael Martineau says:

    Just received notice about smart meter install here in Maine with CMP Central Maine Power, owned by a Spanish Company called Iberdrola, we can opt out for basically a fine and a monthly fee, otherwise we have to say yes to something that the more I read about the more concern I have.

  4. Koby says:

    First off, let me start by saying I hope your health gets better. Second……..WOW!!!!! If you went through something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah3nNo89-NU I am amazed you did not get hurt even worse. Also I would have to say that when these thing go, they are pretty violent, and look like they are not easy to deal with, once they start burning. Get well soon Jace :)

  5. Noelle Weste says:

    I just had my “smart” meter taken off with no problem. I live in Sacramento and called PG&G about 3 weeks ago. They gave me no problems. I will have to pay $75.00 and then 10.00 each month. Not a problem for getting that damn thing off my house! My home office was next to it and I had balance issues. Now all is fine. I went all over my neighborhood with a letter and some are interested and some are not. This is serious stuff. I really think the only reason there is no issue with getting it off is a law suit may be pending. People need to research themselves regarding this and then take action. Good luck!!

  6. we must all join in and demand that they stop these deployments!!! just say no! you have the right to do so! there is no state or federal mandate to have this on your home! visit http://www.w4ar.com and go to the smart meter page for allot of info! pauline w4ar!

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  9. AR says:

    Come down Jesus, come down I pray. I only hope that citizens do not have to wait another 30 years to get justice! But who will pay when these big corporations are now our governments!

  10. cathy anderson says:

    Thought I should mention that I am copying some of the most bizarre comments as evidence to my neighbors or on facebook. I don’t care who uses mine or where. It is our personal testimony that is all we have since corporations do not believe science, all we have is pictures of things blowing up, and fires burning houses down. They can’t deny class action lawsuits. Eventually it will all catch up with them. It makes me wonder who their attorney is and why he isn’t telling them to switch out the non-UL approved meters with safer meters. I’m not an attorney but even I can figure that out. They are burying themselves. Every Centron meter is evidence in their “upcoming trial by the people” so to speak. They are telling people if you have a fire, don’t let them take your meter. You paid for it, burned or not. Save it for evidence.

  11. Steve Cook says:

    ATTENTION ARDEN HILLS MN (US) RESIDENTS! – Lawyer wanted

    Arden Hills, MN – City expanding power to monitor citizens in their homes.

    Problem 1: PRIVACY CONCERNS: The new ‘smart’ water meter updates water usage every 4 seconds. Then it sends water usage every hour to the city.

    Where is our privacy? If you stop using water for the night at 10pm the city will know because they will get signals during the night of no water usage. If the city gets a signal at 2am saying you used 1.5 gallons, then the city knows you just flushed your toilet. The government does not need to know when we flush our toilet (each flush uses the same amount of water in your home). They will even use the information to prosecute you if you water your lawn on the wrong days.

    Where is our privacy? After a few weeks usage patterns will emerge. The city will see water not being used specific times of day and on specific days of the week giving the city (and anyone else) information regarding when we are gone for work/school. We cannot trust government officials with this data OR even the company that sends the signal to the city. Worse yet, the Freedom of Information act allows this data to be given to anyone who asks, including prospective burglars and pedophiles who can figure out when we are home and when we are gone making it a prime database for criminals.

    The Fourth Amendment protects the right to be left alone from interference by the government. Reporting water usage every 4 seconds, every hour, even every day is too often. Can you accept that?

    Smart meter story 1 of 2:
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/watching-out-for-governments-other-purposes
    WND EXCLUSIVE WATCHING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT’S ‘OTHER PURPOSES’

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    Problem 2: HEALTH CONCERNS: The new ‘smart’ water meter’s signal is STRONGER than a cell phone or cordless telephone (DECT 6.0) systems

    We all know about the health studies of people who are on cell phones too much. Cell phones should not be near your head hours a day, 7 days a week because the signal is not be good for you – the same goes for cordless phones (DECT 6.0).

    Well, these new water meters will be right in your home, only a few feet from infants, kids, and adults, sending an even stronger signal 24/7 using the 450-470 MHz band making it a major health concern. Can you accept that?

    Smart meter story 2 of 2:
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/health-hazards-linked-to-utility-meters/
    WND EXCLUSIVE HEALTH HAZARDS LINKED TO UTILITY METERS ‘Smart’ units blamed for sleep troubles, stress, headaches, heart problems

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    Could you cell phone be killing you?
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/is-your-beloved-cell-phone-killing-you/

    01/03/2013 national news story:
    http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/now-radio-waves-coming-from-your-faucet/ Or click here

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    CITY RESPONSE:

    The city has said
    “The City Council certainly does have the ability to place a surcharge on properties that refuse to allow the new reader system to be installed”.

    The City Council’s response is
    “While it monitors water use, I’m sure there is no intent for invasion of privacy.”

    They want us to TRUST THEM. Do we really want them to have that much knowledge and do we trust all government employees? I certainly don’t.

    Please contact the Arden Hills City:
    Arden Hills City website http://www.ci.arden-hills.mn.us/
    Main Arden Hills city person to contact: terry.maurer@ci.arden-hills.mn.us Public Works Director 651.792.7847
    City email: cityhall@ci.arden-hills.mn.us

    Arden Hills city Phone: 651.792.7800
    Arden Hills city Fax: 651.634.5137

    Equipment from: http://www.badgermeter.com/ Galaxy meters from Badger meter company.

    (My name is Steve Cook and my email is manager@ardenhills.org and my telephone is 1-651-321-3131) Anyone that can help, especially an attorney would be appreciated.

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  13. Deanna Munson says:

    im in beaverton oregon.they are increasing this smartgrid infastructure EVERYWHERE .i cannot travel anywhere anymore.i am a prisoner here in my radiated apartment and im going to die if i cant get them to stop.they are leveling every lot with life left on it and putting up more huge apartment complexes with these radiating meters and intellistreets.they are fencing off all access to waterways and wetlands and the decrease in wildlife is unbelieveable!! i cant afford to move,its illegal to be homeless,someone please help my son sue these murderers when i die,because it wont be long

  14. John Puccetti says:

    We must organize and fight with every legal means possible. Then civil disobedience.
    Conntact me if you live in Ventura Ca 93003

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