The Truth: Although this statement may reflect the transmission of data about any specific home, Smart Meters continuously emit hundreds of thousands of millisecond long, “chirps” and “chatter” to stay in touch with other meters in the neighborhood and the local data collection point even when not transmitting data about any specific home.
The Truth: Cell phone exposures are already showing a doubling of risk for malignant brain tumors at only 10 years and longer ipsilateral use in adults, and a five-fold increased risk for young people. Surely, a comparison of Smart Meter emissions to cell phones is not reassuring. And, the combined exposures are even more likely to be harmful to health.
The Truth: Exactly. The public already has significant exposures to radio frequency microwave radiation from other sources. In April 2012, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine concluded that “significant harmful biological effects occur from non-thermal RF exposure showing causality”.
By adding mandatory, wireless Smart Meters, the cumulative exposure may place people over the existing FCC limits (which are already inadequate and hundreds of time higher than allowable exposure standards in some other countries).
The growing number of reported health issues are too great to ignore. A mandatory, global deployment of Smart Meters and the requisite mesh grid is a huge health gamble with very little research into its health effects.
The Truth: This assertion is not supported by the science. It ignores decades of published scientific work that delineate bio effects and adverse health effects from long-term, low-intensity ELF (extremely low frequency) RF (radio frequency) exposures.
The Truth: Making the assertion that only ionizing radiation has adverse effects on human beings shows either an intention to mislead, or a gross ignorance of the scientific literature and controversy over the inadequacy of existing FCC and ICNIRP public safety limits for non-ionizing radiation. Further, it ignores scientific evidence that anyone in a position of leadership should take into account before issuing industry-position articles and policies.
The Truth: This statement justifies Smart Meter exposures on the basis of antiquated and inadequate FCC public safety limits. Tissue heating is of no relevance. Health effects from chronic, low-intensity exposure to Smart Meters in the manner installed and operated in millions of residences would be due to non- thermal (low-intensity) exposures that are chronic – not acute exposures that are short term. This also ignores the evidence that FCC MPEs for localized exposure (peak exposure) are in all probability being violated since there is no adequate way to mandate safe separation distances for the public.
In the past scientists and engineers developed exposure standards for electromagnetic radiation based on what we now believe are faulty assumptions. Specifically that the right way to measure how much non-ionizing radiation humans can tolerate without harm is to measure only the heating of tissue or induced currents in the body. In the last few decades, it has been established beyond any reasonable doubt that bio effects and some adverse health effects occur at far lower levels of RF and ELF exposure where no heating occurs at all. Some effects are shown to occur at several hundred thousand times below the existing public safety limits.