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April 2012 Comment: T Radice

April 2012 Comment: T Radice

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TraciM.RadiceApril5,2012PublicServiceCommissionofMarylandAttn:David
J.
Collins,ExecutiveSecretaryWilliamDonaldSchaeferTower6St.PaulStreet,16thFloorBaltimore,MD21202-6808RE:CaseNo.9208(OptoutofinstallationanduseofSmartMeters)DearMr.Collins:IwritetoyoutodayasaconcernedresidentofMaryland,andonbehalfofmyfamily,regardingthemandatoryinstallationofSmartMetersandtherighttobeallowedtodenytheinstallationofthem.WhyshouldMarylandersbesubjectedtoanexperimentthathasprovenunsuccessful?WhyshouldMarylandersbeexposedinvoluntarilytoEMFradiationunnecessarily?WhatmakesMarylanduniquewhencomparedtotheotherstatesthataremandatingmoratoriumsorallowingopt-outprograms?IimplorethePSCtoreadallofthematerialssubmittedbynon-utilitycompaniesandpublishedmaterialsinotherstates,and,insodoing,itwillhavenochoicebuttofindthatanopt-outrequirementisinthepublic'sinterest.Myconcernsandquestionsareasfollows:SafetyandHealthWithoutadequatetesting,thePSCcannotallowmandatoryinstallationoraSmartMeteronacustomer'shome.Thereistoomuchdatasupportingillness,privacyissuesandriskoffires,andnodatasupportingtheirsafety.HasBGEprovidedanytestingresultsoftheSmartMetersitintendstoinstall?Thatis,actualresultsoftestingforanysafetydefects,etc.thatcouldleadtofire,aswellas,actualtestresultsthattheharmfulEMFradiationpulsingthroughmyhome24/7
will
notleadtoanymemberofmyfamilybecoming
ill.
ThereisevidenceinotherstatesthatmanySmartMeterswerefoundtobedefectiveAFTERtheinstallation(andafterthemetercauseddamagetotheproperty)becausethemeterswerenotadequatelytestedPRIORtoinstallation.Riskingthe
lives
ofMarylandersisNOTinthebest.interestofthePSCorthepublic'sinterest.Notethatthedefectivemeterswillcausefiredamageresultinginanincreaseinproperty
 
Mr.David
J.
CollinsApril5,2012Page2insuranceclaims.Eventhenon-defectivemetersareproventocauseillness,whichwillresultinanincreaseinhealthinsuranceclaims.CanBGEguaranteemyhousewillnotcatchfirefromtheinstallationofaSmartMeter,ashasoccurredinAL,GAandCA?Iftheanswerisanythingotherthanasolidguarantee,thesemetersshouldNOTbemandatoryandpusheduponMarylanderswithoutourconsent.Therehavebeennumerousfiresasaresultoftheinstallationsofsmartmetersinotherstates.InsurancecompanieshavehiredindependentlaboratoryscientistswhoobservedcelldamageandDNAchainbreaks[asaresultofsmartmeters],andnowtheinsurancecompanieswillnotinsureliabilitydamagefromwirelesssmartmetersandotherwirelessdevices.AccordingtotheAmericanAcademyofEnvironmentalMedicine,currentmedicalliteratureraisesseriousquestionsaboutgenetic,cellularandhormonaleffects,blood/brainbarrierdamage,andincreasedriskofcertaintypesofcancersasaresultofexposuretothisradiation.Childrenareatriskforalteredbraindevelopment,impairedlearningandbehavioralproblems.Infact,initsJanuary19,2012lettertotheCaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission,itadvisedthat"chronicexposuretowirelessradiofrequencyradiationisapreventableenvironmentalhazardthatissufficientlywelldocumentedtowarrantimmediatepreventativepublichealthaction."Inaddition,accordingtotheInteragencyWorkingGroup(afederalinteragencygroupwhichincludesmembersfromtheFDA,FCC,OSHAandtheEPA)theFCCsafetylimitsforRFradiationare"notprotectiveofpublichealth."Evidently,FCCguidelinesareinadequateforuseinestablishingpublichealthstandardsbecausetheexistingFCCguidelinesforRFsafetythathavebeenusedtojustifyinstallationofsmartmetersareoutdatedandobsolete,astheydonotreflectcurrentstudiesofthemetabolicandgenomicdamagefromRFandELFexposuresbelowthelevelofintensitywhichheatstissues.....Theaccumulationovertimeisthekeyhere,giventhechronicnatureofexposurefromasmartmeter."TheAAEMurgesconsiderationofamoratoriumoninstallationofwirelesssmartmetersuntil"theseriouspublichealthissuesareresolved",andthat"continuingwiththeirinstallationwouldbeextremelyirresponsible."Dr.Carpenter,publichealthyphysicianandformerDeanofSchoolofPublicHealthattheUniversityofAlbany,inapublicletterdatedFeb.21,2012advisedthat"thedifferencebetweenacellphoneandasmartmeterenvironmentisthatwhilethecellphoneisusedonlyintermittentlyasmartmeterenvironmentiscontinuous."Further,therehavebeennostudiesofthehealtheffectsofsmartmeterstoknowledge.Theimportantthingtorememberhereis"cumulative,aggregateexposure."(SeeletterfromDr.Carpenterdated02/21/12).
 
Mr.David
J.
CollinsApril5,2012Page3HasMarylandrequestedtheHealthDepartment/ServicesAgency(ies)toconductananalysisoftheresearchonthehealtheffectsofSmartMeters?TheSantaCruzCounty(California)BoardofSupervisorsrequestedananalysisfromthecounty'sHealthServicesAgency("agency").(See.http.y/emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Health-Risks-Associated-With-SmartMeters.pdf.)TheagencycommentedthattoanalyzethepotentialhealthrisksassociatedwithSmartMeters,3questionsneedtobeasked:1)WhatistheSmartMetersystemandwhatisthepotentialradiationexposurefromthesystem?2)WhatscientificevidenceexistsaboutthepotentialhealthrisksassociatedwithSmartMeters?3)ArethereactionsthatthepublicmighttaketomitigateanypotentialharmfromSmartMeters?All]haveseenfromthePSCandBGEarefinancialinnature,e.g.,billingrates,energysavings,installationscheduletariffrate,etc.NothinginthePSC'snoticeofhearingaddressedtheveryrealhealthriskstoMarylanders.TheagencynotedthatthereisnoscientificdatatodetermineifthereisasafeRFexposurelevelregardingitsnon-thermaleffects(theFCCguidelinesareirrelevantandcannotbeusedforanyclaimsofSmartMetersafetybecausethecurrentFCCguidelineswereadoptedin1996andarethermalbased).Absentanyscientificstudies,thisisacompletelyriskyexperimentandposesveryrealdangerstolivingbeings.Finally,theagencycalleduponallgovernmentalagenciesforprotectingpublichealthandsafetytobemorevigilanttowardsinvoluntaryenvironmentalexposures.
In
October,2006,SandraS.Patty,TransmissionProgramManagerforthePowerPlantResearchProgram,alongwithDoreenHill,Ph.D.ofHillConsulting,submittedastatusreporttothePSConthepotentialhumanhealtheffectsassociatedwithEMF(See
http.Z/esm.versar.com/pprp/bibliography/PPSE·T-44/Final%202006%20%20EMF%20Report.pdf).
Besidesthemultitudeofinconsistenciesinthereport,itwasnotedthattheDraper,Kroll
&
Swansonstudyfoundincreasesinacuteleukemiaatlowerlevelsthaninpreviousreports.Havingthatdatabeforeyoufrom2006,andknowingthereismoreevidencetoday,youcannotdisagreethatmoreresearchneedstobedonebeforeexposuretolivingcreatures-especiallymandatoryexposure.

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