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DavidJ.Collins,ExecutiveSecretary,MarylandPublicServiceCommissionWilliamDonaldSchaeferTower6St.PaulStreet,16
th
floorBaltimore,Maryland21202April26,2012DearCommissioners,ThankyoufortheopportunitytoreplytothecommentspostedbyApril6,2012regardingCasenos.9207and9208.Thiscommentisbeingsubmittedwithpendingpartystatus.Anoriginaland17copiesofthis"ReplytoComments"inresponsetotheCommission's"NoticeofHearingandOpportunitytoCommentonan"Opt-out"OptionforSmartMeters"issuedintheabovereferencedcaseswillbehanddeliveredonApril27,2012.
Position
IamconcernedthatMarylandmaybesubjecttotheharmfuleffectsof"dirtyelectricity"producedbyBroadbandOver-Power-Lines(BPL)andwouldliketohaveitaddressedinthediscussionastowhetherornotwearegivenanOpt-Outoptionofasmartmeterandultimatelyamoratoriumonthewholesmartgridupgrade.
Introduction
In
thefollowingexcerptfromTheProblemswithSmartGridswecomeacrossthetermBroadbandOver-Power-Lines(BPL)anddiscoverthatthereisyetanotheraspectofthesmartgridthatposesathreattoourhealth.
TheProblemswithSmartGrids
PublishedbyCounterPunchonFri,
03118/2011-
byB.BlakeLevittandChellisGlendinning
blems-with-smart-gridslOnthesurface,SmartGrids
sound
'green'--withpromisesofsavingenergy,creatingnewpower-linecorridorsrunonwindandsolar,way-stationstopower-upelectricvehicles,energy-efficientupgradestoanagingpowerinfrastructure,andreal-timecustomerknowledgeofelectricityuse.
Andthere'stheenticingcommunicationsfactor:anationwidehigh-speedbroadbandinformationtechnologybarrelingdownhigh-tensionelectriccorridorscalledBroadband-Over-Power-Lines(BPL).
Whatcouldbemoreperfectforcommunicatingfactsabouttheplanet,fundingenviro-candidates,pushinglegislation,andorganizingEarthDays?
 
Butfewwhoactuallystudyhowthesenewsystemsfunctionwantanythingtodowiththem.Otherthanthosewhostandtomakeenormousprofitsandthephysicistsorengineerswhodreamupsuchstuff,SmartGridsaregivingknowledgeablepeoplethewillies.
DavidO.Carpenter,MD,MPH,isthedirectoroftheInstituteforHealthandtheEnvironmentattheStateUniversityofNewYorkatAlbany,SchoolofPublicHealth.AlongwithEMF
IRF
consultantCindySageinCalifornia,heco-editedthe2007BioInitiativeReport,whichcallsforsignificantlymorestringentRFexposurestandardsthannowexist.EnvironmentalistsmayknowDr.Carpenter,whoblewthewhistleonPCBcontaminationinfarm-raisedsalmon.Heisalsoanexpertonthebiologicaleffectsofelectromagneticfields.Tohim,thedecade-long,13-countryWorldHealthOrganization's2010InterphoneStudyconfirmswhatpreviousreportsandmanyexpertshavebeensayingallalong:RFexposuresatcurrentlevelsare
already
unsafe.AccordingtoInterphone,talkingonacellphonefor1,640hoursovera1O-yearperiod--theequivalentof30minutesaday--increasesanadult'sriskofmalignantgliomabraincancerby40%."Whilethis[Interphone]studyisnotperfect,"Dr.Carpentersaid,"itshouldserveasawarningtogovernmentsthatthedeploymentofnewwirelesstechnologiesmaybringriskstothepublicthatarewidespread,involuntary,andincreaselong-termhealthcarecosts."....Hisassessment
ipsofacto
includesSmartGrids.Over70studieshavefoundeffectsatfrequencieswithverylow-powerintensity,manywithimplicationsforhumanhealth.Fifteenstudiesreporteffectsamongpeopleliving50-to-1500feetfromacelltower--includingcancers,immunesystemeffects,fertilityproblems,heartarrhythmias,miscarriages,sleeplessness,dizziness,concentrationdifficulties,memoryloss,headaches,skinrashes,loweredlibido,fatigue,andmalaise.AndmanyofthesesymptomsmirrorwhatsomepeoplearereportingwithindaysofSmartMetersinstalledattheirhomes.Inaddition,severalstudiesreportincreasesinthepermeabilityoftheblood-brainbarrier,whichprotectsbraintissuefrombacteria,viruses,andtoxins.Onestudyfoundincreasesinstressmarkersinhumansalivanearcelltowers.Alsoreportedarecalciumionchangesincells--withimplicationsfortheabilitytometabolize.OtherstudieslinkexposurestoAlzheimer's,LouGehrigDisease,andParkinson's.Infact,everysystemofthebodyappearstobesensitivetolow-levelelectromagneticfields--andwhynot?Livingcellsareelectromagneticsystems.
 
ResearchbyMagdaHavas,Ph.D.,ofTrentUniversityinCanada,andU.S.epidemiologistSamuelMilham,M.D.,linkssomethingcalled"dirtyelectricity"withdiabetes,malignantmelanoma,andcancersofthebreast,thyroid,uterusandlung.Dirtyelectricityisanindustrytermthatdescribesamulti-frequencyexposurewhenhigherfrequencieslikeRFcouplewiththelowerfrequenciesrunningalongpowerlines.BPL(Broadband-Over-Power-Lines)is100%dirtyelectricity--that'showitfunctions--andpeoplebarragedbyitcannowmeasureRFradiation
emanatingfromtheirlightsockets.
Ofspecialconcernarepeoplewithimplantedmedicaldeviceslikedeep-brainstimulatorsforParkinson's,somepacemakers,insulinpumps,andin-homehospitalequipment.Theradiofrequencyinterference(RFI)inherenttoSmartGridscancausesuchequipmenttogohaywire,oreventostop.AndRFIfromambientexposureshascausedwheelchairstogooffpeersorintotraffic;automaticignitionswitchesincarsrefusetostartuntilcarsaretowedtoRF-freeblocks;andsurgicalbedshavejumpedduringoperations.RFIisalsosuspectedinsuddenaccelerationofautomobiles.LookingontheinternetforotherarticlesaboutBPLwefindthis:IEEEUnveilsDraft2.0ofitsBPLStandardhttp://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/TechnologiesStandards/IEEE-Unveils-Draft-2-0-of-its-BPL-Stalldard-1707.htmlJan11,2010-
"Inthe
U.
S.,
BPL
is
nolongerconsidered
a
majorcontendertoprovide"lastmile"SmartGridcommunications(withthepossibleexceptionofthespecialEchelonvariant).ButitcouldstillbecomeanalternativetoWiFifordistributingsignalswithinhomesandbusinesses.Thearrivalofthisstable,certified,universalstandardis
a
longoverduestepinthatdirection.
AnIEEEworkinggrouphasreleasedDraft2.0ofitsP1901broadbandoverpowerlinestandard.Publicationofthedraftisanindicatorthatthestandardisasgoodasdone,andreadyforfinalpublicationandimplementation.Asnotedabove,wethinkthestandardismuchmorelikelytobeusedinhomeandbusinessSmartGrid-relatedapplicationsratherthaninthenewintelligentelectricgriditself,althoughitwouldn'tbehardtostirupagoodargumentwiththosewhofeelotherwise.Specifically,thestandardwouldprovidetrouble-freeinteroperabilityforsmartmetermanufacturersandimplementersaswellassmarthomeappliancesandotherhomeautomationproductsandservices.Moregenerally,thestandardisgearedtowardindustrieslikeutilities,broadbandandInternetservicecompanies,consumerselectronicsmakers,telecommunicationsandotherrelatedcompanies."Thepositiveresultsandsolidconsensusgeneratedthusfarstronglyindicatesaclearneedforasingle,comprehensivestandard.WearefortunatetohavethissingularopportunitytoplayacentralroleinthecreationofopenlydefinedBPLtechnologyarchitecture,"IEEEP1901WorkingGroupChairJean-PhilippeFaurewasquotedassayinginTMCnet.

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