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

Disconnect Between Policy Makers and Scientific Method, while the Public Suffers Consequences



Dr Magda Havas:

July 26, 2012.  When I am asked to testify as an expert witnessat a hearing, I am asked to submit a written document that will accompany my oral testimony.  The question I address in my expert testimony is, “What scientific evidence do we have that this form of energy (low frequency electromagnetic fields, radio frequency radiation, or whatever) is harmful below guidelines?”

But that is not the question adjudicators want to hear.  They want scientists to Continue reading

FREE FIBER FOR SWISS SCHOOLS – WIFI WARNINGS

http://www.magdahavas.com/free-internet-access-in-swiss-schools-no-wifi/

October 21, 2010. (Edited for context)  While the rest of the world rushes onwards with the wireless revolution, Switzerland – the country that invented the World Wide Web – and the largest telecom provider – SWISSCOM which is owned (52%) by the Swiss government  – have decided to light up the public school’s wired networks using fiber optics FOR FREE!

To help you understand the reasoning why Switzerland prefers LAN over WiFi (wireless internet), we have produced a short video that will provide some insight as to why the Swiss government is so forward thinking in matters related to the children’s health and education when it involves internet access.

After you watch the video – explore the links to the Swiss Office of Public Health website.  For brevity, you can just pay attention to the bold text.

there is one catch,

Continue reading

Maine Public Utility Commission’s smart meters investigation may ripple through nation

By Tux Turkel tturkel@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

HALLOWELL — In voting Tuesday to investigate the health and safety of wireless “smart meters,” the Maine Public Utilities Commission set in motion a legal and technical case that’s expected to be followed nationally by the power industry and citizen activists.

While it’s too soon to say how comprehensive Maine’s review will be, no state utility agency has held public hearings or conducted its own research into whether radio-frequency radiation from the digital devices is harmful to electricity customers, according to 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

Scientific Consensus: World Health Urgently Requires More Protective EMF Standards

SELETUN STATEMENT

New International EMF Alliance announces scientific Consensus published today

 International Scientists Statement:
WORLD HEALTH Urgently Needs More Protective EMF Standards

Oslo, Norway, February 3, 2011. The International Electromagnetic Fields Alliance (IEMFA) today announces a new published report and scientific Consensus Statement concerning health hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Led by Olle Johansson, PhD of the Karolinska Institute, the report published by a consortium of international scientists urges global governments to adopt significantly lower human exposure standards for electromagnetic fields. The recommendations are based on the latest body of evidence in biological sciences, and the public-health implications of the unprecedented global exposures to electromagnetic fields from telecommunications and electric power technologies. The scientists recommend Continue reading

International EMF Alliance and The Seletun Statement

Petition Seletun Statement 

Dear International EMF Alliance members we are making a Petition in favor of the Seletun Statement. Look here for the Statement.

After everything is done I will ask you to distribute the Petition.

“We, the undersigned, find that current government limits do not protect the public from adverse health effects from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) 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 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 reduction, learning, memory, slowed ability of the body to repair damage, interference with immune function, cancer and electro-hypersensitivity. Based upon the scientific evidence set forth in The Seletun Statement and BioInitiative Report.”

Thank you in advance,
International EMF Alliance
Alex Swinkels, NetherlandsBoard Member
Mail: info@iemfa.org
Web: www.iemfa.org

Health Story from Silicon Valley Technology Executive

A Cautionary Tale on Wireless from a Silicon Valley Exec

I’m a technology exec in Silicon Valley and became hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields in 2006. Since then I suffer head shocks, burning, rashes, sleep disturbances, memory loss, concentration issues, heart palpitations and more than 20 other symptoms from all forms of wireless technologies. A pain hits my head 5-15 seconds before a cell phone rings nearby. I can detect wireless networks by the sharp 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

Fuzzy Math from the Utility Industry: RF Meters vs Cell Phones

Daniel Hirsch Video on CCST’s ‘Fuzzy Math’

(Edited for context)
(Click on chart to enlarge)

Last night, Stop Smart Meters! caught up with Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at UCSC who has been widely quoted in the media regarding recent events in Japan. Here is what he had to say about the so-called ‘independent’ CCST report on the health effects of smart meters:

Mr. Hirsch had just finished his talk at Stevenson College, UCSC about the crisis at Fukushima and what it means for the future of nuclear energy.

After the talk, we asked him about ‘smart’ meter radiation. It appears that Continue reading

Toronto Hospital is First to Recognize Symptoms from Wireless Radiation

         June 18, 2012 6:00 AM

TORONTO, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ – Women’s CollegeHospital says family doctors must learn to detect the symptoms of exposure to wireless radiation.

The hospital released a statement saying the symptoms include disrupted sleep, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory problems, and skin rashes. These symptoms are now labelled Electro-magnetic Hyper-sensitivity, or “EMS”.

“Health-care practitioners need to Continue reading

Water meters, EMF and our Fairfield Community

Within our international organization the person who is considered most responsible for the presentation of research on such a subject as the effects of EMF is Steve Glickman.  At the request of Dr. Eike Hartmann, Steve has drafted a letter evaluating the research.

That letter follows, with the three attachments to which he refers attached to this letter, slightly edited.  All parties have Steve’s permission and mine to share this material in any way with the community.

My best,
Jon  Continue reading

International Consensus of Experts, on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Radiation

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS (EMF) AND ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION (EMR).

June 11, 2011.   Below are some of the key resolutions/appeals released by expert scientific groups around the world since 1998, regarding the biological and health effects of both low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) associated with electricity and radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) generated by wireless devices.

Anyone who reads these cannot be left with the illusion (or delusion) that this form of energy is without adverse biological and health consequences at levels well below existing guidelines.  Children are particularly vulnerable.   It is irresponsible of governments to maintain the status quo in light of thousands of studies that have been published and statements by these experts.

Here are the resolutions/appeals/reports in reverse chronological order: Continue reading

Council of Europe Report EMF RF Fields

Council of Europe Report on EMF RF Fields, June 5, 2011

(The Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and is based in Strasbourg, is highly influential in policy-making and has often seen its decisions enacted through conventions and treaties.)

Summary and Conclusions of findings:  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/

‘Electro-Sensitive’ or ‘Electromagnetically Aware’?

Josh del Sol from Vancouver  is the Producer of the forthcoming documentary feature film Take Back Your Power about the Smart Grid deployment and growing global resistance to it.  He mentioned that he believes there is beginning to be a shift in how people view the relationship between EMF electrosmog pollution and what’s been called “electro-sensitivity,” both of which are being significantly increased by the so called “smart” grid- a bloated, dangerous and invasive beast being paid for by our taxes and utility bills.

We are literally being microwaved- and then billed for it. 

Perhaps a better term for the ability to feel the waves- Josh suggests- is‘electromagnetically aware.’

The effects of wireless technology- even on doctors- can no longer be reasonably denied by industry.  The question is- Continue reading

Power Companies Warned of EMF Dangers 18 years ago

Posted on June 25, 2012 by onthelevelblog

18 years ago, in a veiled warning sent out with Pacific Gas and Electric utility bills, PG&E warns “studies have reported a weak association between estimates of residential magnetic field exposure and certain types of childhood cancer.”

Scratching your head? Turns out the leaflets were sent out- and PG&E knew of the dangers of EMF’s- nearly two decades ago:

(Click on leaflet to enlarge)

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A California Public Utilities Commission public panel- the EMF consensus group- that included representatives from the utilities, labor, and the general public was set up in the Continue reading

PG&E Attempts to Suppress Incriminating Details Emerging from Widening Smart Meter Spy Scandal

CPUC Investigation Reveals that Senior Execs Knew About- and Condoned  Spying on Stop Smart Meters! and EMF Safety Network

SAN FRANCISCO – While public anger continues to simmer over the imposition of illegal[1] and extortionate smart meter ‘opt out’ fees that continue to be hotly disputed at the California Public Utilities Commission, a CPUC Administrative Law Judge is set to decide this Friday July 13th how to respond to a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) protective order attempting to seal details of how the head of PG&E’s entire SmartMeter program- along with the top management of PG&E- infiltrated and spied on health advocacy groups opposed to the new meters nearly two years ago.

In the Autumn of 2010, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Continue reading

Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation

 | 11 juillet 2012 |
Quebec-based magazine La Maison du 21e siecle asked physician David O. Carpenter, former founding dean of the University at Albany (NY)’s School of Public Health, to comment on a letter published in the Montreal daily Le Devoir last May 24. This letter claimed wireless smart meters pose no risk to public health. Some fourty international experts contributed to the following rebuttal. 
We, the undersigned are a group of scientists and health professionals who together have coauthored hundreds of peer-reviewed studies

on the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We wish to Continue reading

Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

By Prof. James F. Tracy
Global Research, July 8, 2012

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary. A major health crisis looms that is only hastened through the extensive deployment of “smart grid” technology.

In October 2009 at  Continue reading

Going Green? Are We Conserving Energy, or Engineering Disease?

 Remember, we are told if we are not heating up to a temperature that wireless industry proponents have deemed unsafe, the picture below has ‘no effects whatsoever’
 They would have us believe you can be exposed to this for life, by as many sources as possible, from fetus onward and nothing will happen to you ‘whatsoever’

This picture does not even show children in classrooms 20+ laptops, 20+ cell phones, Industrial Routers, 1200 hours/year. Each of these devices puts out 1 000 000 + pulses per day, all day (that go into your body). ALL of these devices run on at least 1 000 000 000 Hz +

YOU run at 8 Hz…You DO NOT WORK at 1 000 000 000 Hz,

NO ONE is compatible with these frequencies. NO brain is designed to be MICROWAVED FOR LIFE, or for even 10 seconds. WE are changing the electricity of ALL LIFEFORMS. Worse, we are paying for the “RIGHT” to do it. Worse still is none of it needs to be happening as ALL of these things can be wired AND ALL of this would stop.

WE ARE CREATING ELECTRICAL FAILURE IN HUMANS, and ALL other LIFEFORMS (BEES TOO!) ELECTRICAL FAILURE IS DISEASE.

This photo (BELOW)  is a representation of YOUR BRAIN AND BODY, the lightbulbs are taking the excess electricity “DIRTY POWER” and they are lit up, THIS IS WHAT  HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN and why CHILDREN near powerlines have a many fold risk for Leukemia and Brain Cancers. The “Smart Grid” requires the buildout of 10′s of 1000′s of km of HVTC (High Voltage Transmission Cables) Many, through dense population areas:

And we wonder why our hospitals are packed? This is not to say this is the only cause (Sugar, GMO foods, Toxins, Air Pollution etc.) But unless you move out to the middle of nowhere, it is the only thing you cannot avoid, especially when smart meters blow all your old appliances and ALL new appliances will be wi-fi enabled ‘smart’ appliances.

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

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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

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

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

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

BY SARAH SIMPSON, CITIZEN JUNE 8, 2012 

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?
* 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