Archive for April, 2015


Utility won’t read meters anymore… forcing owners to get ERT installed in MD.

Reuben Lattimore opted out of getting a smart electricity meter installed at his Pikesville, MD home last year, fearing the potential health affects of radiation from the device. Now, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. wants to install another device at his home that raises the same concerns.Though global and national public health organizations, smart meter manufacturers, researchers and utilities insist smart meters pose no health danger to the public, a small number of people remain worried about the devices as utilities across the country replace older meters with the new ones. While the Maryland Public Service Commission strongly supported smart meters, it voted to allow people to opt out, as long as they paid a fee.

But some, like Lattimore, feel blindsided when they discover the opt-out option is what is known as an ERT meter, which uses radio waves like a smart meter to transmit data, though less frequently than a smart meter. Smart meters have “been reported to cause fires and it’s not settled as to their safety,” said Lattimore, 58. “This is a fairly new technology and it could take generations to find out whether it’s safe or not, just like with cigarettes.”

Lattimore said his electric meter is behind a fence and BGE typically sent him estimated bills. When he opted out of receiving a smart meter in April 2014, agreeing to pay a one-time fee of $75 plus $11 per month, he arranged a monthly appointment for a BGE technician to read his analog meter. This month, Lattimore said, BGE sent him a letter saying they couldn’t continue making appointments to read the meter and that he must get an ERT meter installed. If he did not, the letter said, his electricity would be turned off. Lattimore filed a complaint with the PSC, putting the matter on hold until it is resolved there.

According to the Environmental Health Trust (EHT), wireless devices expose students and staff to microwave radiation that can impede learning and overall health. Studies have shown that microwave radiation can damage reproductive systems, impact the immune system, alter brain functioning, and may increase cancer risk. Tablets have up to 5 antennae that are constantly emitting short intense bursts of radiation even when not connected to the Internet. Wireless devices in classrooms thus result in multiple sources of wireless radiation exposure.

In Oregon, Rep Alissa Keny-Guyer introduced House Bill 3350, which directs the Department of Education to prepare a statement that would disclose the potential health risks of wireless technology to staff and parents. It also declares an “Emergency,” stating the Act is “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.”

Parents are concerned that school districts across the country are quickly moving to install wireless technology systems despite scientists’ recommendations that wireless exposures be reduced to children and pregnant women in light of the adverse health effects linked to wireless radiation.

Worldwide, a dozen countries have taken various precautionary action. Most recently, France banned Wi-Fi in nursery schools and directs elementary schools to keep the WiFi off unless needed. The European Union recommends decreased exposures to children.

ocean city md polesThis is the best short video about the Federal cell tower roll out to completely saturate our neighborhoods to carry out surveillance under the guise of homeland security. It describes the money behind this and the special interests that don’t care about carcinogenic RF levels they put out. Worth the watch.