Letter to the Fairfield Ledger: Council not responsive on meter fees

From the Fairfield Ledger, Thursday, June 28, 2012, Page 4

To the editor:

I was disappointed at the Fairfield City Council meeting on Monday night, June 25.  At the Council meeting, about a dozen people pleaded to eliminate opt-out fees to replace Neptune radio-read water meters.  Neptune radio-read meters, which are often right inside people’s homes, emit pulses of RF radiation every 14 seconds 24 hours a day.

Many people were concerned about Continue reading


Comment from Bob Klauber PhD in Engineering Physics on the Neptune Smart Meters

Editors note: we are republishing comments made by Bob Klauber PhD in the comments section on a previous blog post: https://fairfieldsafemeters.com/2012/06/13/radio-read-water-meters-pose-dangers/

Comment 1:

As a physicist and former dynamic systems failure analyst, I offer a cautionary note, which doesn’t seem to have been considered, that goes beyond analysis of electronics alone.

Every object in creation has Continue reading

Statement from Jonathan Lipman on wireless technologies and Maharishi Vastu Architecture

“The Maharishi Vastu Consultation Services in MERU and in the US strongly urge people to avoid using wireless technologies or to put themselves into their range as much as is possible. This extends to cell phones, cordless phones, wireless computer communication, and certainly wireless utility meters.

Jonathan Lipman, AIA, Director
Fortune-Creating Buildings
Maharishi Vastu architecture & consulting for the US, Caribbean & Israel
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Neptune R-900 series Water Meters compared to published safety standards for RF emissions



  1. hbelc.org/pdf/Resources/SmartMeter_Sierck.pdf (summary document)
  2. “Scientific Panel on Electromagnetic Field Health Risks: Consensus Points, Recommendations, and Rationales,” Reviews on Environmental Health 25(4), 2010 (Seletun panel)
  3. bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/report/index.htm (BioInitiative Report)
  4. hbelc.org/pdf/standards/sbm2008.pdf (Building Biology guidelines 2008)
  5. electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cordless-heart/ (has link to heart rate study)
  6. wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/wifi+brain+July+2011.pdf (has links to EEG and sperm studies)
  7. intentionalenvironment.com/smart-meters (Neptune meter measurement)
  8. measurements taken on sample sources in Fairfield (note power levels for these technologies likely vary)

The FCC recently acknowledged that it’s 15 year old cell phone safety standards “may” need to be reviewed:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/fcc-asks-about-cell-phone-safety/2012/06/15/gJQAGyVbfV_blog.html

Smart Meter Victory in Oakland County, Michigan

June 21st, 2012 – Oakland County, Michigan – Commissioners Support Smart Meter Refusal.  Today, on a unanimous consent vote, the 25 member Oakland County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that supports the right of every utility customer to be able to opt-out of a ‘smart’ electric meter without cost or penalty.  The resolution also contains language calling for it to be forwarded to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Continue reading

Smart Meters, “the new global standard” according to BC Hydro spokesperson

This is a short television report from citizen opposition in Vancouver, Canada to smart meters. It features the daughter of the rock star Phil Collins. She expresses outrage that the meters were installed without her input or consent – this must sound familiar to Fairfield residents.  At the end a spokesman for BC Hydro states an opt-out is not possible because smart meters are part of an essential infrastructure and are the “the new global standard”.

Misinformation regarding the Neptune meter pulsing “once per month”

From: Ed Malloy

To: Kathryn,  

Cc: Craig Pearson, Bill Goldstein, Michael Halley 

Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:06 PM

Subject: Re: American Association of Environmental Medicine Document on Wireless and Smart Meters released today


 The WiFi City water meters are only emitting a singnal when the meter reading person sends a signal to read the meter. When the signal is sent, it “wakes up” the meter and sends back a reading in a matter of seconds. When the information is received, the meter goes “back to sleep”, so the meter is actively emitting a signal for less than one minute per month.

We will be pursuing alternatives to WiFi electric meters with Alliant Energy when and if they install them in Fairfield. I am aware of the hard wire option and hope we can work with LISCO when the time comes. I realize that Alliant is planning to resume their wireless meter installation in Iowa in 2013. Our Environmental and Franchise Committee of the City Council will take the issue up this year and begin a dialouge with Aliant.

Thanks you for passing along the most recent studies.

Best regards,

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 7:00 PM, Opt Out Public Meeting at City Hall

THIS MONDAY, JUNE 18, 7:00 PM, the Environmental and Franchise Utilities Committee, (Chairman: Michael Halley), will be holding a special public meeting in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The Environmental Committee will focus specifically on the opt-out fees for removing the Neptune radio-read meter for homeowners who already have this meter, AND what the opt-out fees will be for those homeowners who don’t have the Neptune radio-read meter now but will choose to opt-out in the future.THIS MONDAY NIGHT MEETING WILL BE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY, (AND MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE FOR NOW,) TO HAVE A REAL GIVE AND TAKE DISCUSSION WITH THE COMMITTEE THAT IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE FULL CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 25, WHETHER TO LOWER TO A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OR ELIMINATE ALTOGETHER THE OPT-OUT FEES. At this meeting, if the Environmental Committee itself reaches a new consensus on the dollar amount for the opt-out fees, they will vote on it and then make a recommendation/amendment to the full City Council on June 25 to change the currently proposed fees.

The currently proposed fees for homeowners who either already have the Neptune radio-read meter or those who will choose to opt-out in the future are: $100 to install a new non-wireless (touchpad) meter, plus $75 per hour for the Water Dept. to do the labor to put in the non-wireless meter, plus $10 per month for a Water Dept. employee to physically read the meter.

We will advocate for this with facts and numbers at the Monday night Environmental Committee meeting.

The greater the number of concerned citizens who come to the meeting and express their reasoned position, the more effective we will all be.
See you there!

The legality of charging a fee to opt out of wireless meters is being challenged in many places. In Vermont the State has passed a law making it illegal for utility companies to charge opt out fees. And in Maine the issue is presently being considered in a case before the Maine Supreme Court.

Don’t Want the Wireless Water Meters or an Expensive Opt Out in Fairfield?

Here’s what you can do:
  1. Attend the Environmental Utilities Committee Meeting this Monday, June 18 at 7:00 pm. at City Hall. One of the agenda items is the radio-read meter opt-out program. Anyone interested in making a proposal on how the city can reduce the cost of this program for Fairfield residents is encouraged to come and speak. Committee meetings are less formal than full City Council meetings to allow for a more in-depth conversation. The committee will take the feedback from this meeting to the City Council on Monday, June 25th which meeting will include the 3rd and Final Public Hearing followed by a final vote on the Wireless Water Meter Opt Out ordinance change.
  2. Write a Letter to the Editor at the Fairfield Ledger. Many letters appeared this week. Many more will keep this issue in the public eye and continue to let our city administration know that this is an important issue. It can be short or up to 400 words. The Ledger prints letters on Thursday – deadline 2:00pm Wednesday. Email: ffledger@lisco.com
  3. Write a letter to your city council representative. Make it courteous and kind as well as assertive – you will get much more traction with what you will say. Write to the council person representing your Ward as well as the city At-Large, and cc all other council people and Mayor Ed Malloy. Here is a link to get city council email addresses: http://cityoffairfieldiowa.com/index.aspx?nid=114
  4. Learn as much as you can about this issue. The Fairfield Safe Meters website has a lot of info: https://fairfieldsafemeters.com/ as does the Facebook page: http://facebook.com/fairfieldsafemeters
  5. Keep and eye out and sign the paper petitions that will be around town starting in the next few days, even if you signed the Change.org petition. The Coalition for Fairfield Safe Meters is collecting signatures so they can prove Fairfield city addresses and also make this more public.
  6. Subscribe to the Fairfield Safe Meters email list: send an email to FairfieldSafeMeters@gmail.com with Subscribe in the heading.
  7. Share the link to the petition website by email and Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/FairfieldSmartMeterPetition

City Council Discusses Opt-out for Radio Read Water Meters

By Richard Wolfson, PhD, THE FAIRFIELD WEEKLY READER, June 14-20, 2012

Approximately 100 people crowded into Fairfield’s City Council meeting Monday night [June 12, 2012] to discuss the city’s proposed bill to opt-out of the Neptune radio-read (RF) water meters.

Many residents expressed concern because of extensive reports worldwide of potential health damaging effects from radiation from pulsed RF meters. Fairfield meters emit pulses of radio frequency radiation every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day. Residents who want to opt out and get a different, non-RF meter will have to pay $100 plus $75/hr for installation, and an additional $10/month, even though the alternative meter costs only $91, compared to $240 for the Neptune wireless.

Numerous people said citizens should not have to pay extra to remove a potentially harmful device the city installedwithoutconsent.KathrynSeranduccomparedtheopt-outfeetoprotectionmoney. JohnRevolinski proposed dropping the $10/month fee, but was opposed by other council members.

Many were upset the city purchased these meters and installed them in homes without informing the public or researching their health effects. City officials were contending the meters were safe, without direct evidence. Also, city officials passed on misinformation about the meters, saying they only transmit once a month. Even years after meters were installed, the technology was not clearly understood by the city.

John Brown reported on meter problems across the country resulting in drastic overcharges, with no transparency for dispute. Also, through cost-benefit analysis, Attorney-Generals of Illinois and Connecticut demonstrated no cost benefit for consumers, rejecting industry bids to deploy RF meters.

Public defense lawyer Steve Druker said the Neptune website confirms there is no direct research proving these meters are safe. Mr. Druker, an expert on food safety, explained food additives need to be directly proven safe before approval. These meters would not be allowed if they were regulated like food.

Bob Rabinoff, PhD explained that because of safety concerns with RF meters, scientists would not even be allowed to test this device on animals. Yet the device is in 1500 Fairfield homes. Residents are in effect involuntary test subjects. Many can not afford these high opt-out fees even though they do not want the meters. The radiation is considered particularly harmful to pregnant woman, elderly, and babies.

In Vermont customers can choose non-RF meters for no charge, no opt-out fees. Likewise, Ashland, in Oregon, and California Counties Ojai, Santa Cruz, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino and 8 other counties have followed suit. On June 7, opt-out fees for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers were suspended on moratorium while CPUC determines whether the fees are legal.

Alliant Energy recently revised its plan to install electric smart meters in Iowa beginning in 2013, stating that they have no current plans to do so.

Fairfield City Council heard the comments and is researching a non-RF alternative, such as one in Sioux City that transmits water meter data via telephone, avoiding RF emissions entirely.

The Coalition for Safe Meters has posted an information website: https://fairfieldsafemeters.wordpress.com

KRUU FM talks with City of Fairfield councilman Michael Halley following the public hearing on smart meters

People-powered solar radio KRUU 100.1 FM presents another segment of CITY BUSINESS. This week we talk about the efficacy of smart meters, updsate on the quiet zone, and more.

After each council session, KRUU presents a brief summary with 4th Ward councilman Michael Halley. Our way of keeping you up to snuff with city haps.

Tune in for CITY BUSINESS with Michael Halley at 100.1 FM, online at http://www.KRUUfm.com, the second and fourth weeks each month TUE 12:30pm, THU 6:30pm, & the following MON 6:30am, for the latest haps from City Hall.


Paint it Green – Letter to the Editor, Fairfield Ledger

To The Editor,
There will be a “final reading” of the proposed ‘radio-read water meter’ (“Smart Meter”) installations program, at the Monday, June 25, City Council Meeting, 7PM at City Hall.  While the extensive public concern expressed by almost 70 people present at the June 11th Council Meeting may have been a disappointment to our good Mayor, Administrator and Council Members, the issues raised are not likely to go away quietly.  Although the “FAIRFIELD GO GREEN” initiatives and the federal monies promised in exchange for implementing them are quite attractive, the cost to our health may not be worth the cash saved in this case.  It might be convenient to minimize objections to the new meters and to ridicule those who raise them, but the bottom line is that there is significant, science-based cause for health concerns – especially for young children and pregnant mothers.  This is an issue which the Council needs to take very seriously, and which will not just go away if we “Paint It Green”.
Ce Moore
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Radio-read water meters pose dangers – Letter to the editor, Fairfield Ledger

From the Fairfield Ledger, Thursday, June 7, 2012, page 4

To the editor: On the front page of your May 30 issue, you show a picture of me speaking with city councilman Daryn Hamilton about Fairfield’s radio-read water meters. You quote the city council asserting the meter causes no known dangers.

The city’s reference for claiming RF meters are safe is the report “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters,” released in 2011 by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). This report has since been criticized by international science and medical experts.

Dr. David Carpenter, former Dean of Public Health at the University at Albany described the report as “faulty” and “full of inaccuracies.” Elihu Richter MD, MPH, a distinguished medical epidemiologist from Israel said “It is now fairly certain that there will be widespread adverse public health impacts [from RF emitting meters].” Lukas Margaritis, Professor of Cell Biology and Electron Microscopy at the University of Athens stated the report’s conclusion, that RF meters are free of health hazards, “has absolutely no scientific validity.” Olle Johansson, PhD, Swedish Professor of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institute said: “Exposure of millions to billions of human beings to pulsed microwave radiation should immediately be prohibited.”

In Fairfield, RF emitting meters were installed in over 1000 homes without even informing residents that the meters emit radio frequency (RF) radiation. The meters transmit pulses of RF radiation every 14 seconds 24 hours a day. Recent published research shows that other devices emitting RF radiation at similar peak intensity and frequencies can cause arrhythmia, rapid changes in heart rate indicating potential for serious heart problems, impaired mental function, indicating interference with brain functioning, and reduced fertility.

Therefore, while there is no definitive research yet showing that these specific meters in Fairfield are unsafe, there is extensive research and statements from scientific and health experts questioning the safety of RF emittingmeters. Also,while this meter meets FCC standards, research shows that damage to health can occur at levels thousands of times below radiation levels the FCC considers harmful.

Fairfield residents with these meters are reporting the same symptoms that others with RF (smart) meters in other cities are reporting, including headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, insomnia, and other problems. These are established symptoms of RF exposure. In its April 2012 report, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for “an immediate caution on Smart Meter installation,” stating: “Multiple studies correlate RF exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity.”

In California, 13 local governments have banned smart meter installations, including Santa Cruz, whose public health department stated: “There are no relevant public safety standards for pulsed RF involving chronic exposure of the public… FCC guidelines are irrelevant…There is no scientific data to determine if there is any safe RF exposure level.”

Over 700 Fairfield residents have signed a petition calling for a safer alternative to these RF emitting meters. [See http://tinyurl.com/FairfieldSmartMeterPetition] I applaud the city in moving so quickly to create an opt-out program. However, many residents feel they should not have to pay fees for replacing a meter of questionable safety, especially when the city did not even inform them that the meter was exposing them to RF radiation 24 hours a day.

Richard Wolfson, PhD

Letter to Fairfield Ledger: Do Radio Read Water Meters really save money?

June 13, 2012

To the editor,

In your front page story in yesterday’s paper you quoted the Mayor as saying the City has taken no official position in favor of the now controversial radio read water meters. But the reason why the City chose to upgrade to these meters without informing the public remains unclear. City officials including the Mayor have been telling citizens as recently as April 29, 2012 that these meters “are only emitting a signal when the meter reading person sends a signal to read the meter. When the signal is sent, it “wakes up” the meter and sends back a reading in a matter of seconds. When the information is received, the meter goes “back to sleep”, so the meter is actively emitting a signal for less than one minute per month.”

Now that is information has been found to be incorrect, and the City acknowledges the meters pulse RF radiation every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day. So the argument in support of the meters is now of the alleged “cost savings” of the meters. But at the public hearing on Monday it was said the new meters cost $240 each compared to under $100 for the “Touchpad” version offered in the opt out and currently installed on many homes. So thats at least $140 extra expense for the radio read meters. If these are installed on 4,000 Fairfield homes that’s an extra expense to the taxpayer of at least $560,000. And we also heard that no meter readers jobs will be cut. So where is the savings?

I heard this morning from one citizen who recently spoke to her water meter reader. He said he likes his job walking door to door. And he likes the exercise and fresh air… and he’s worried about losing his job because of this new technology. Another claim we’ve heard is that meter readers sometimes encounter problems such as dogs and other dangers about approaching some houses. Yet the UPS deliveryman here told me he has a simple solution… dog biscuits! One biscuit per dog and he finds the dogs eager to greet him just hearing the sound of the UPS truck.  And workers compensation claims? Have there been ANY claims in the last 20 years of meter readers who have had injuries while reading meters?

Really I am at a loss to understand how this $560,000 extra taxpayer expense is justified. I think the City should acknowledge the Touchpad meter is SAVING taxpayers money, and should be offered at no cost.  In Vermont all opt out fees to avoid radio read meters are now banned by law. The City of St Paul MN offers the Touchpad as an opt out for only $6 a month and no charge to install. That is at least a much better deal than Fairfield is presently proposing.

Brian Horsfield, PhD.


Popular water meter manufacturer being sued

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer, The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK 

September 8, 2009

Neptune Co., a popular manufacturer of water meters, is being sued by Board of Water Supply of Honolulu.

Board members allege 40,000 of 54,000 meters failed prior to the 10-year guaranty. They also allege the company does not stand behind them.

Enid Public Services Director Jim McClain said the city is not using Neptune Meters; however, they were considered — but not purchased — in the last water meter bids.

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply began installing Neptune Meters nine years ago, according to a story by KITV television in Honolulu. The board is suing Neptune Technology Group for what it said is the unexpected costs to replace the meters and the time crews are spending to manually read the automatic meters.

The problem with the meters seems to involve the cover being cracked and water seeping in, which prevents the meters from transmitting.

More at enidnews.com

Water Bill Jumps From $62 To $1,400. Will Cost $180 To Have Meter Inspected

By Chris Morran, April 19, 2012

When your quarterly water bill goes up a few thousand percent after the city installs a new meter at your house, you’d think the utilities folks would want to take a look at that meter because it’s either broken or your house is about to float away. But not in New York City, where it will cost you $180 just for the privilege of having that meter inspected by a human being.

CBS New York has the story of a city resident whose house was fitted with one of the new smart meters, and whose water bill soon jumped from a very manageable $62/quarter to more than $1,400.

“Am I paying a mortgage here?” she asks. “Because that’s what it sounds like me: I’m paying a mortgage. $1,400 to pay for water, come on.”

The city’s Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says his office has received hundreds of complaints since the city began installing the new meters.

Correction: Neptune Lawsuit in Honolulu, not Dallas TX

Our statement sent out by e-mail regarding Neptune water meter malfunction in Dallas, Texas, was in error. The lawsuit claiming 40,000 meters failing out of 54,000, actually occurred in Honolulu, Hawaii. We apologize for the error. 

From KTIV.com
HONOLULU — The Board of Water Supply is suing to get a company to honor its warranties on thousands of broken water meters.

BWS began installing the automated water meters nine years ago. The wireless technology was supposed to end time-consuming manual reading.

The lawsuit against Neptune Technology Group said that of 54,000 Neptune meters, 40,000 failed well short of the 10-year guaranty.

“With these Neptune meters in particular, about 70 percent of them have failed,” BWS spokeswoman Moani Wright Van Alst said.

Because Neptune is not standing behind its product, the Board of Water Supply is paying thousands in unexpected costs, the lawsuit said.

Neptune Technology did not respond to KITV’s repeated attempts at contacting the company.

CNN: Neptune Meters and billing overcharges in Atlanta

…That doesn’t convince residents like Wilda Cobb, who is astounded at a water bill that now totals $10,071.

Her bill spiked to more than $1,200 in November, then skyrocketed to $6,879 in December.
“I am furious, I am upset, I’m confused,” Cobb said. “I can’t get an answer from the city because they won’t admit there is a problem.”

A city official reviewed Cobb’s bills, and said the unusually high usage for the two months would normally mean there was some kind of leak, possibly with the irrigation system. The city installed a data logger meter that tracks usage during each day.

Her latest bill is down to just $34.

Ironically, Cobb knows something about water issues. She’s an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency.

“As I person, I know something’s wrong here,” Cobb said. “As an attorney, what can I do about it? But, I don’t think it takes a law degree to say $7,000 for a month’s use of water by one person in a small home is just crazy without a leak.”

More at cnn.com

Sioux City Iowa has had wired (non-RF) water meters since 2003

Since 2003 the Sioux City Water Department has installed new meters and automated reading equipment that will help increase our efficiency while providing more convenience to our customers. The City bills utility services monthly to help customers budget and keep better track of their water usage.

The Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) we now use minimizes the inconvenience of physically reading water meters as well as estimated bills. The AMR system uses an electronic device connected to each meter to automatically “call” into our office each month and record meter reading data in our computer. We can also use this system to obtain additional meter readings as needed, in situations such as when a customer moves.

The AMR system uses advanced electronic technology that will not interfere with your telephone service. A non-voice data signal, sent over telephone lines, automatically transmits the meter reading data.

There is no charge for installation…

More at city.org

The tide is turning against smart meters!

March 21, 2012 – The court finds judgment for David Kyle against Southern California Edison in the amount of $2500.00 damages, $50.00 costs, and $0 attorney fees.

In lieu of payment and at the election of defendant, defendant may, not later than March 12, 2012 replace the “smart meter’ installed at the Kyle residence with the same type of meter previously in place at the Kyle residence prior to the installation of the “smart meter.” http://burbankaction.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/smartmeterjudgment2.pdf

May 14, 2012 – Vermont appears poised to take an unusually aggressive stance. While several states have allowed utilities to charge a fee to customers who want to opt out of smart meters, Vermont’s governor is expected soon to sign legislation that would allow customers to say no without paying anything extra.

More success stories below…

Dogs, owner shocked by Smart Meter


Sahtlam resident Chris Davis lives on a five-acre parcel near the rural community’s fire hall.To give his two dogs Minnie and Katie room to roam but to also keep them contained, Davis installed an electric dog fence around the entirety of his property.

“My dogs wear a collar and then it gives them a little shock if they get too far past the fence,” Davis explained. “There’s never been an issue. Ever.”

That is, until BC Hydro contractor Corix installed a smart meter at his house.

“The smart meter gives my dogs electric shocks when they go near the meter,” Davis explained. “The collar starts bleeping and shocks them to the point where they yelp.”

More at canada.com

City of Ojai First So Cal Government to Criminalize Meters

The City of Ojai last week became the first government in Southern California to adopt an ordinance officially banning smart meters within its jurisdiction. Our congrats and respect both to the city council and the residents of Ojai who brought about this landmark vote. Ojai joins a proud and elite corps of local governments in California including Santa Cruz, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties who have followed through on their legal right and moral obligation to pass laws protecting their residents from a utility industry and regulatory environment out of touch with health, safety, and sanity. More than 56 local governments in the state have now officially declared their opposition to current smart grid policy, an overwhelming statement of democratic opposition to a flawed and dangerous system.

Robert Palma letter to Mayor and Fairfield City Council

The letter below was sent by me, Robert Palma, recently to the Mayor and the Fairfield City Council. I have chosen to publish the letter so that Fairfielders will be aware of my concerns about the potential danger of the City recently placing wireless water meters in or about the homes of those living in Fairfield. The information in brackets has been added to make the letter more understandable to those not familiar with this issue.

Robert Palma
President and Chief Engineer
Midwest Research Corp.

Read letter at rfreduce.com

Austrian Medical Association Objects to Smart Meter Rollout

The Austrian Chamber of Physicians is calling for a reconsideration or suspension of “the planned timetable of the mandatory introduction of ‘smart meters’” in Austria, “pending clarification and solution of open questions.”

“The Austrian Chamber of Physicians strictly rejects another, in this case actually state-mandated, expansion of the electrosmog exposure on the Austrian population.”

“The expected health consequences would be an increase in symptoms and diseases that fall into the category of so-called multi-system diseases. This illness is characterized by involving several organs or functional systems at the same time and in interaction.”

Smart Meters in Maine Supreme Court – Oral arguments 10 May 2012

This is a landmark case, FIRST time a US Court has recognized health risks of smart meters 35 mins of questions in Supreme Court hearing, including:

* Which agency was charged with making judgments on health and safety?
* What is their expertise to evaluate the scientific findings?
* Did the local committee look at all the research and assess the information presented?
* Did nothing in the evidence present them with indications of a potential health risk?
* Did they disregard their duty to educate the public about the meters and show evidence of safety?
* Why do we have to pay a perpetual fee for exercising rights to protect health, given that no evidence of safety had been presented?

The Court hasn’t ruled yet, but these questions give a very strong indication they are likely to rule that “Opt Outs” ARE ILLEGAL since they fail to protect the health of citizens not opting out.

Public Hearing for OPT OUT proposal: Monday June 11, 7:00pm

The Fairfield City Council meets 

MONDAY June 11 at 7:00pm at City Hall, S Main St
for the 2nd public hearing of the Water Meter opt out proposal

This meeting is especially important because this is the last meeting of the Council, before the next meeting at which they vote to approve the opt out. SO THIS IS OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY to voice our support for no fees for the opt out. Not enough people have been present so far, and it suggests no concern for the high costs being proposed. It is important for people to voice their opinions, and for everyone to show up and be present to demonstrate commitment to no cost for the opt out.

The opt out fees are $100 plus $75 per hour for labor (minimum 1/2 hour) , plus $10 per month additional charge on the water bill.

Details at http://ia-fairfield.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=437

More at civicplus.com