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Coalition petitions Seattle against smart meters

Steve Rogerson
May 22, 2018
 
The non-profit Coalition Against Smart Meters & 5G has sent a petition to Seattle urging that Seattle terminates its smart meter programme. The coalition is also urging Seattle to remove wifi from schools.
 
Electrical engineer Bill Bathgate alleges that smart meters broadcast too much microwave radiation. He says they are not grounded and lack sufficient surge protection. He also alleges that smart meters can be hacked.
 
Medical doctor Sam Milham, author of Dirty Electricity, alleges that school computers should be hard-wired and that wifi should be turned off. He claims that smart meters produce dirty electricity.
 
Coalition attorney James Robert Deal alleges that insurance policies may or may not cover damage from electrical surges.
 
Deal reports that home owners and residents in one to four unit rentals can opt out of having a smart meter, but those in apartments with five or more units cannot opt out. Schools, businesses and churches cannot opt out. Those with solar roofs cannot opt out.
 
Deal reports that the New Mexico Public Service Commission recently ruled that installation of smart meters “does not provide a net public benefit and it does not promote the public interest”.
 
Deal says in the petition: “We are being subjected to excessive and ever-increasing levels of electromagnetic radiation from so-called smart meters, cell towers, cordless phones, microwave ovens, security software, baby monitors, wifi and the forthcoming 5G. It can take years for radiation to cause cancer. The effect is cumulative, and the long-term effect of such continuous radiation is disease and death for many in the upcoming years and decades. The latest and worst of all is 5G operating in the super high megahertz range, just below the 90GHz of the Army’s Active Denial System weapon.”
 
But he reserves his main wrath for smart meters, pointing out that they are not grounded in the same way as analogue meters.
 
“Electronic meters contain puny surge protection,” he says. “Analogue meters include a superior, built in spark gap surge protector.”
 
He also says electronic meters are more likely to catch fire.
 
A study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health has indicated that LED street lighting could significantly increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer. The light emitted by tablet and phone screens was also a factor, it found in its study of more than 4000 people in Spain.