Brazilian Courts order lower electromagnetic pollution

21 July 2014 

by Elza Boiteux, Environmental News Network 

Judge recognized “the great possibility of the EM field of low frequency to be carcinogenic agent in human beings”

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The Brazilian Judiciary determined to reduce the level of electromagnetic pollution generated by power lines to standard adopted by Swiss law (1.0 microtesla).

Two associations of residents in São Paulo — the largest city of Brazil — proposed the action. The plaintiff has pleaded to not be exposed to electromagnetic fields incompatible with the human health.

The electromagnetic fields generated by power lines that cross these areas is 10 times greater than the level determined by the court. The judgment of Continue reading

Alaska Supreme Court Upholds Award for RF Radiation Injury Below Thermal Exposure Level

Written by LBA in AM/Medium WaveRF Safety Compliance  

The Alaska Supreme Court (Court) upheld the decision of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) awarding an AT&T equipment installer 100% disability as a result of his workplace electromagnetic field exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation at levels slightly above the FCC RF limit. The award was based on the psychological and cognitive effects of RF radiation and over-exposure. This decision is significant because the FCC RF limit is designed to keep people from being heated and ignores evidence of other adverse biological effects at much lower levels.

The RF radiation exposure level in question was well below the FCC’s recognized level of “thermal” harm. The FCC contends that there are no scientifically established harmful health effects below the thermal threshold. The Board decision agrees with the medical experts who found adverse health effects from this RF radiation exposure which occurred above the FCC safety limit but below the thermal threshold. This decision could have a very significant financial impact on the wireless industry Continue reading

Texas: Activists Block Smart Meters / Expert Science Court Testimony: Mini Earthquakes Occurring 24/7 to all Structures within Grid – (Must watch video)

This video, shown on Infowars Nightly News June 3, 2013, begins with Sheila Hemphill and her son, Coleman Hemphill, being interviewed on the dangers of smart meters and the legal strategy they employed in Brady,Texas. Their efforts culminated in a recall of the mayor, 2 city council members were replaced.

But in the second half of the video, Curtis Bennett, Chief Science Officer, Thermografix Consulting, talks about expert testimony he has given on the health effects of smart meters. This is a MUST WATCH interview with his disclosure of what is happening to all living things and even non-living things within the smart grid. He addresses the impact on structures within the grid, creating mini earthquakes going on 24/7, damaging the integrity of all structures. Please watch at least the second half of the video and the interview with Curtis Bennett! His interview begins at 29:30 minutes into the video.

“Take Back Your Power: Unveiling the Smart Meter Agenda”, in Fairfield, 7:30 PM, Apr 23 at Fairfield Public Library and Apr 24, at Maharishi School Auditorium

A pre-release screening of the soon to be released film:

Tuesday, April 23: 7:30 PM, Fairfield Public Library

Wednesday, April 24: 7:30 PM, Maharishi K-12 School Auditorium

No admission charge

 See the Trailer:

http://takebackyourpower.net/

This eye-opening documentary feature film investigates the “smart meter” program currently being implemented worldwide by most of the major utility companies.  These devices are being installed often without the consent – and sometimes against the protests – of property owners. The film uncovers alarming issues about health, privacy, property rights, corporate fraud, and the unprecedented vulnerability of the “smart grid”.  Hear from such experts as Bill Vander Zalm (former Premier of British Columbia, CA), Dr. David Carpenter (Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, B. Blake Levitt (an award-winning science journalist), and many others.  You will gain a deeper understanding of the political and economic forces behind the “smart meter” agenda, as well as resources and proven solutions for how you can protect yourself, your family, your home, and your rights.  Panel discussion to follow the film.

Ordinance and Resolution Banning Smart Meter Installation in Campwood Texas

The City Council of Campwood, TX just passed a city ordinance and resolution banning the installation of smart meters in the city limits.  This is one of the first cities in Texas to do so.  Let’s show outside support by contacting their local government at 830-597-2265!  Let this be one of the first of MANY to come in the state of Texas.

ORDINACE NO. 03-11-13-01

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF Continue reading

Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report

 

“Billions spent with taxpayer dollars on “smart meters” will not lead to U.S. sustainability; Place citizens and economy at risk”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 26, 2012. A new policy report focused on the electric grid and economy of energy, “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”, was published today by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C. The report states that billions of dollars in federal subsidies for “smart” utility meters have been misspent on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid.

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Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is authored by smart grid technology expert Timothy Schoechle, PhD, an international Continue reading

ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity Research Institute: New Low-EMF Housing Project in Colorado

14 OCTOBER 2012

New Low-EMF Housing Project in COlorado

The following information was sent by one of my EMF contacts. It sounds somewhat like an experiment, however, I am posting it in good faith – that this low EMF environment and research institute would genuinely aid persons with electromagnetic sensitivities.  Comments from my readers would be very welcome.

The ElectroMagnetic Sensitivity Research Institute is looking for researchers (engineers, biochemists, etc.), medical people, support personnel (accountant, architect, nurses, etc.), sensitives who would like to live in Continue reading

International Doctors´ Appeal 2012

International Doctors´ Appeal 2012

Ten years ago, physicians of the Freiburg Appeal called on their colleagues, the public, and the politicians and health officials in charge because they were deeply concerned about the health of their fellow citizens. This Doctors´Appeal, in which they strongly warned about the dangers of wireless radiation, was translated into many languages and supported by more than 1000 physicians and more than 36,000 people worldwide.

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Over the past decade, the evidence of serious risks has been increasing and accumulating worldwide. As physicians, we observe a clear increase in health symptoms when radio-frequency exposure levels increase with Continue reading

Oct. 4TH Day of Action: PUBLIC DEMANDS A HALT TO ‘SMART’ METERS AND ‘GRID’

People are fed up. Fed up with being forced to have an unwanted, intrusive device attached to their home. Fed up with utility company threats, coercion, and lies. Fed up with having their essential services disconnected or being charged a hefty fee if they don’t want to subject their families to fire risk, higher bills, privacy invasion, and health damage.

“Smart” meters are not “progress” “cost saving” or “green.”  They are ruining lives, reducing service reliability and costing us dearly.  The “smart grid” and its “mesh networks” are Continue reading

National Day of Action Against Smart Meters and Grid, October 4th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joshua Hart, SpokespersonFriday, September 21st, 2012 National Campaign to Stop Smart Meters (831) 421 0822/ josh@stopsmartmeters.org

National Day of Action Against Smart Meters and Grid

Recent Fires in Illinois, Pennsylvania Add Urgency to Calls for Moratorium


WASHINGTON, DC- Citing thousands of instances of ‘smart’ meter fires, health problems, and violations of privacy laws, the National Campaign to Stop Smart Meters and Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition are calling for a National Day of Action on October 4th to demand an immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installations.

‘Smart’ meters are digital devices that monitor utility usage and maintain continuous two-way communication between the customer’s property and the utility company. Utilities are replacing traditional analog meters on homes and businesses all around the country as a supposed energy-saving measure.

Campaign organizers say that these energy savings are failing to materialize, and point to the need for massive new data storage facilities, Continue reading

Important Public Meeting: Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 PM, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Meeting Room

• Latest Developments  • Community Action Plan Meeting
  Alternative non-RF meters that cost less
  Eliminating opt-out fees
 • Is Alliant Energy bringing electric smart meters to Fairfield in 2013-2014?
  Citizen concerns regarding wireless RF meters
  Agenda 21 and ICLEI presentation by Clyde Cleveland
  Protecting the health of our community from RF meters, toxic industrial waste,
   factory farming, and other environmental threats
 • Solutions: Community Environmental Legal Defense Plan, which 
   has already been successfully implemented in over 100 communities Continue reading

India: Immediate Action, Removing Mobile Towers, 10 Days for Government to Comply

Posted on August 24, 2012

Frame mobile tower bylaws within 10 days: High Court

TNN Aug 23, 2012, 03.31AM IST

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan High Court has set a deadline of 10 days for the state government to formulate bylaws for governing the mobile phone towers. The court passed the order on Wednesday while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) over the health hazards due radiation of these towers.

Within the same duration of next 10 days, the government would have to remove mobile phone towers installed on all school buildings and hospitals in the state. In addition to this, the government has to Continue reading

MobileTowers: Indian Government decides to cut radiation limits to a tenth from September 1

Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN Jul 18, 2012, 11.15AM IST

If you are worried by the radiation emitted by cellphone towers around you, there is some good news—if you live in India. From September 1 this year, India will lower the level to one tenth of the prevailing standard – from 9.2 w/m2 (watt per square metre) to 0.92 w/m2.

The decision follows a report of the inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards posed by EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation Continue reading

Urgent Need for Biologically based EMF Public Exposure Standards

*** Your Voice Counts ***

Please sign this very important Biologically-based EMF petition by adding your name and broadly distributing the link to all of your contacts and friends.


Petition:

“We, the undersigned, find that current  national government as well as international authority limits do not protect the general public from adverse health effects from electromagnetic fields (EMF) emanating from devices such as power lines, cell phones and all wireless Internet devices and their associated antenna sites. Most of the existing limits on this form of radiation are at a minimum 1 to 10 thousand times too lenient to prudently protect humans from adverse health effects ranging from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, reproduction problems, sleep quality reduction, learning and memory interference, slowed ability of the body to repair damage, immune function decrease, cancer and electro-hypersensitivity. Based upon the scientific evidence set forth in The Seletun Statement and the BioInitiative Report.” 
http://international-emf-alliance.org

 The Seletun Scientific Panel acknowledges that numeric limits derived here for new biologically-based public exposure standards are still a billion times higher than natural EMF levels at which all life evolved. It is a serious mistake to believe Continue reading

Global “Green” Initiative: Sustainable Development or Shortage Ecology?

The video presents a clarification useful for understanding what it means for a city to become an ICLEI (International Council for Local Energy Initiative) member advancing the global agenda of the United Nations, Agenda 21. (Fairfield City Council is a member of ICLEI.)

Kirsten Lombard speaks on the dangers from Green Tier, as it has evolved in Wisconsin. She points to all the misrepresentations of the real motives behind all of the local organs and tactics of UN Agenda 21. She sees their “environmental management” as Continue reading

Fairfield Democracy School Friday 9/14 – Sunday 9/16

Forty-three states in the USA, including Iowa, either constitutionally or statutorily allow for Municipal Home Rule. People are beginning to embrace the idea of drafting Home Rule charters as a way to assert in law their communities’ vision for the future, by enumerating the rights of the municipal citizenry, including their right to a certain quality of life, and codifying legal protections of those rights at the local level.

The Home Rule process can serve as an important vehicle for communities that are seeking to challenge the fundamental structure of law which puts the rights of corporations over those of communities; prevents communities from saying “no” to projects that are harmful for workers, the local economy, livability, property values, or the environment; and ultimately prevents municipalities from creating the economically and environmentally sustainable communities they seek.

Fairfield Democracy School Friday 9/14 – Sunday 9/16 

Our DemocracySchool is the weekend of September 14th. Class size is strictly limited to 20 people. There are 3 sessions: Friday 7:15 PM to 10:15 PM, Saturday & Sunday 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Tuition is $195. All proceeds go to cover school expenses including air travel, room and board for two faculty members. Location to be announced.

The FairfieldDemocracySchool will be taught by Thomas Linzey, Esquire, Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Co-author of Be the Change: How To Get What You Want in Your Community, and co-author of the Model Brief to Eliminate Corporate Rights. What Is Democracy School? The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating seminar that teaches Continue reading

Rep. Kucinich calls for radiation warnings on cell phones

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Ohio Democrat:

“Consumers have a right to know the radiation levels of cell phones…… They also deserve to have up-to-date exposure standards that are put together by health professionals without conflicts of interest.”

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
August 6, 2012, 11:42AM

Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to warn consumers how much radiation is coming from their phones, saying that until science can disprove a link to cancer, the public should be told more information.

His bill, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, would also demand a study of cell phones and health, looking at a broad array of signals that smart phones now send out, Continue reading

Fairfield City Water and Sewer Committee meeting: Fee overcharges and reasons fee should be eliminated

At the Fairfield City Water and Sewer Committee meeting, Tuesday July 31, there was discussion regarding the fee for the opt out, with special emphasis on extreme displeasure from citizens who found that the installation charges were double the expected fee, based on the inclusion of a second water department employee being present for the sake of witnessing the process, which is the simple connection and extension of copper wire from the meter to the touch plate for reading the meter.

The citizens felt it was mentioned many times over the course of the past two months, that the installation would be 75.00 for the hour, with 37.50 minimum for the first 1/2 hour. Further confusion is expressed, as to why it is 75.00 per hour for each employee, when their normal hourly wage is but a small fraction of that scale.

The council rejected all arguments and held firm on continuing the unpopular policy. Following are some reasons which have been advanced from citizens, as common sense grounds for immediate elimination of the opt out fee:

It would be most unreasonable to claim that the low number of signups for the opt out indicates that only a few citizens are “concerned”, in light of the signatures of 14% of the adult citizens of Fairfield signing the petition in a three week period, to Continue reading

Wired Meter Solution Proposal for the City of Fairfield, Offered to the City Water Department, July 31 Meeting

Following is a draft of the Request for Proposal, which was submitted to the City Water Department, at the Committee meeting, held Tuesday, July 31. Robert Palma and John Brown had been working on this project for the past 3 months, in communications with the water department and a private engineering firm, specializing in custom electrical and wireless designs. This proposal reflects the requirements which have been stipulated by the water department, and the evaluations which have been made by the engineering firm, for designing a system which can fulfill all these requirements. The cost basis proposal from Continue reading

Regaining Rights and Civil Liberties for People in Communities

What if we, as citizens of our community, actually had the right to choose whether or not we wanted RF wireless meters radiating microwaves in our homes 24 hours per day, or cell towers microwaving our children in school all day long, or factories spewing toxic fumes into our air, or CAFO’s poisoning our water, land and air? Is that an impossible dream, because corporate agendas control our system of government, at the federal, state and local levels? Or can we actually restore democracy in our community, by working within the existing governing framework, Continue reading

Smart Meter Action Kit

This “Smart Meter” Action Kit contains valuable information about so-called “Smart Meters.”  Conveniently, this information is being withheld by hydro and power authorities in hopes that deployment will go ahead unchallenged, without sufficient research into the health, safety and security issues involved.

Hopefully, along with other information on this website, the materials in this “kit” will provide tools for action and awareness.  The far-reaching, negative impacts of these wireless utility meters are already a reality for many, as they are being deployed in communities throughout North America.

More at: http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/smart-meter-action-kit-in-communities-governments,73,0

Communities that have Continue reading

Video: History of Public Response to Smart Grid Agenda

We can learn from those who have gone before. Hopefully, in Fairfield, we can be better prepared to avert future dangers from the electric and gas industries, if we heed the lessons learned from our “electro-aware” predecessors.  RF meters have been installed all over Canada and the US. Similar stories emerge everywhere. The ground swell of public outcry grows stronger day by day.

http://thepowerfilm.org/

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

Katherine,

 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,
Ed


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.

THE FAIRFIELD CITIZENS FOR SAFE UTILITY METERS STRONGLY FEELS THAT THERE SHOULD BE ZERO OPT-OUT FEES.
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

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?
* WHAT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ALL THE CITIZENS NOT OPTING OUT…or can not afford that?
* 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

Some Ann Arbor residents seek moratorium on Smart Meters

A group of Ann Arbor residents is lobbying city hall to stop DTE Energy’s installation of so-called “smart meters” on area homes, voicing concerns about potential health risks.”Having these smart meters put in our neighborhoods is like living in a microwave, and you can’t turn them off,” said Darren Schmidt, a holistic doctor and CEO of the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. “We need to put a moratorium on this.”

Schmidt shared that message before the Ann Arbor City Council at its last meeting, but city officials haven’t been quick to act on the suggestion.

Mayor John Hieftje said a resident dropped off materials at his office and he’s taking a look at it, but he thinks it’s an issue better suited for the city’s Environmental Commission.

“I’m still wading my way through the material and trying to separate what is reality and what is exaggeration,” he said.


More at annarbor.com