Health and Safety Issues
BGE admits on page 5 of its April 6, 2012 comments that there have been no safetystudies conducted on smart meters.
This is the crux of the problem, and BGE admits to it. Dr. David O. Carpenter, Directorof the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, StateUniversity of New York, as well as Dr. Karl Maret, physician, bioengineer and smartmeter authority, and a large body of scientific and medical authorities are all inconcurrence on the point that quite simply,
there are no studies on the health effects of smart meters, particularly once the home area mesh network and routers are fullyfunctional.
In view of this, it is clear that as far as public health and safety are concerned,the precautionary principle must prevail. The burden of proof is on the utilities to proveto the public, through independent, long-term studies that the smart grid is safe forhumans and the environment. In the words of Cindy Sage, internationally renownedenvironmental consultant:
No positive assertion of safety can be made by the parties involved in this issuewithout better, independent information. Currently the data made available bythe utilities that are installing smart meters is non-existent, piecemeal and without sufficient basis to verify.
BGE cites on Page 5 of its comments the report of the California Council on Scienceand Technology in claiming that when properly installed and maintained, wirelesssmart meters result in less RF exposure than cell phones.
Dr. Daniel Hirsch, Radiation Scientist and Nuclear Policy Expert at the University of California, Santa Cruz, did an extensive critique of this report. He stated:
The draft report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)does not appear to answer the questions asked of it by the requesting elected officials. Furthermore, rather than being an independent, science-based study,the CCST largely cuts and pastes estimates from a brochure by the ElectricPower Research Institute, an industry group, issued some weeks earlier. The
EPRI estimates appear incorrect in a number of regards…. When two of the most
central errors are corrected
the failure to take into account duty cycles of cell phones and microwave ovens and the failure to utilize the same units (they should compare everything in terms of average whole body exposure) the cumulativewhole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximatelytwo orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two ordersof magnitude lower.
Following are two charts that compare microwave radiation from smart meters to cellphones, microwaves and other devices. The first is from the CCST report-the second is
study corrected for whole body, cumulative exposure.