“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.

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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

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

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

Ed Malloy’s Response to Opt Out Fee Installation Charges Being Doubled

Ed Malloy response today to a Fairfield resident who is upset to receive a bill for $75 when 2 workers came to the house for only 16 minutes to remove the RF meter:

Dear ….

Our policy for the labor charge from the very beginning was a minimum $75.00 charge (or minimum half hour charge for two men at $75 per hour). Carl wanted to have two men involved with each change so it would get done as quickly as possible and to have someone witness the work done 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

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

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

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Sources:

  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

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

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

PAINT IT GREEN
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.

Fairfield

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

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