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APS Smart Meters Invasion of Privacy

Sedona AZ (August 2, 2011) – Forty-two Cities and Counties in California have taken positions against wireless Smart Meters and thirteen have passed ordinances prohibiting wireless meter installation writes SedonaEye.com reader, Kristin Monday, in this Letter to the Sedona Eye Editor and Open Letter to the Sedona Arizona City Council: 

Dear Sedona City Council,

I spoke to APS today and they have received many phone calls from people who do not want Smart Meters installed in their houses.

APS intends to go to the Arizona Corporate commission to discuss allowing people to opt out of the Smart Meter installation. As of now there is no opt out provision, although APS is taking my issues seriously due to my stereo equipment.

I would like the Sedona City Council to examine the legal issues I have set forth below and vote on this for the protection of Sedona citizens. I think the APS Smart meter plan is an invasion of privacy and would be infringing on my private property rights

APS does not have my consent to use my electrical lines in order to bathe me and my electric devices in radio frequencies 24 hours per day, seven day per week. 

A Smart Meter goes into customers’ wiring throughout their homes and allows APS to control appliances, it also sends a 900 mega hertz radio frequency throughout all the electrical lines and appliances in the house. 

As a property owner I believe I have a legal right to control my own house wiring and appliances. I bought and paid for my wiring, appliances and devices, they are not rented or leased from APS. 

I never agreed to have anyone run stray radio frequencies through my house wiring or electric devices. As an Audiophile running expensive stereo equipment I have devices in my home to clean dirty electricity off my lines so my stereo is unmolested. The issue of dirty electricity is well known to those of us who are connoisseurs of analog sound. My equipment is producing a perfect sine wave using pre-1934 AM radio station tubes.

APS is contracted to deliver power- not radio frequencies, they do not have the lawful right to modulate my usage of power, monitor my electrical activity, or deliver extra frequencies into my wiring. All of this is possible using the new Smart Meter

A 24 hour per day, 900 mega hertz radio frequency also jeopardizes my health as I will be bathed in a continuous sea of radio-frequencies. I also run sensitive, high tech medical devices in my home for research purposes and these radio frequencies will jeopardize my ability to use my medical devices. 

I am also a Sound Health Research Associate, see www.jbab.org and click on current issue. It is well know in the scientific community that hertz rates have implications on the physical body and health, both positive and negative. 

I record the hertz rates coming off people’s voices.  I will be unable to do this if I have a 900 mega hertz back ground noise in all areas of my home. 

I have the legal right to choose what goes into my body whether it is a food, drug, or frequency. I also have the legal right to choose what goes into my property. In this case the frequency does not stay outside my home but instead envelopes it. 

I suspect in the future smart meters will be considered a property devaluation to those who are discerning and have a penchant for organic food, alternative medical care, a green living environment, and clean water and air, etc. 

http://www.smartmeterdangers.org

http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=74&SubsectionID=104&ArticleID=95252

http://www.bansmartmetersarizona.com/index.html


Yours truly,

Kristin Elizabeth Monday
Sedona AZ

Mark your calendars to vote in the City of Sedona Special election November 8, 2011

20 Comments

  1. Paul F. Miller, Phoenix AZ says:

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    The operators of Pirate Radio seeing the absurdity this government’s action and used that absurdity to their benefit.

    Today, 2011, the action of the American government (city, county, state, federal) is to control, regulate, homogenize the flow of information provided to its citizens.

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    Interestingly the “poorly-fashioned” fiasco surrounding the “debt-ceiling” crisis inexorably opens even wider the window through which “pirates” get their message heard … quite consistently mocking the childish name-calling, finger-pointing, temper-tantrums in which virtually all the members of Congre$$ and our Pre$ident choose to engage.

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    There is nothing that can stop a fully informed citizenry from assuming ethical control of the helm of government … and that is where America is headed.

    Today more than ever we need more PIRATE RADIO.

    Paul F. Miller
    Phoenix AZ

  2. Kristin Monday says:

    Call APS and get on the NO smart meter list, they claim they will allow us to opt out. I think the http://www.nwosurvivalguide.com sums up what is happening in a for Dummies version very well.

  3. Modify this No Consent Letter! says:

    KRISTEN AND OTHERS: from Cindi Wilmer, Sedona.

    Example of No Consent letter for Smart Meters.

    Use this letter to forbid smart meter installation (or modify the letter to demand the meter be removed).

    From:

    Energy Customer’s Name

    Street Address

    City State Zip

    To:

    Energy Provider

    Street Address

    City State Zip

    Date of letter

    NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY

    Dear (Energy Provider) and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,

    If you intend to install a “Smart Meter” or any activity monitoring device at the above address, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property. Installation and use of any activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

    1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.

    2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.

    3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

    4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those who’s activities were recorded.

    5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

    6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

    7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

    8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

    9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.

    10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

    I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

    This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

    Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.

    Sent via Facebook.

  4. M Saez says:

    A petition calling for the immediate opt-out and ban on smart meters in Sedona can be signed at this link. Please, read, sign and share it. Thank You!

    simply cut and paste the link below in your browser~

    https://www.change.org/petitions/a-call-for-the-immediate-opt-out-and-ban-on-smart-meters-in-sedona

  5. Louis Bourque says:

    I am a welder in Cornville and will be fabricating a cage. When it is done others may want to give it a try. It is so far the only means of stopping the install of a “smart meter”.

  6. Virginia says:

    Dear friends,

    I just signed the petition “A Call for the Immediate Opt-Out and Ban on Smart Meters in Sedona!” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support.

    You can read more and sign the petition here:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/a-call-for-the-immediate-opt-out-and-ban-on-smart-meters-in-sedona

    Thanks!
    Virginia

  7. Nancy Baer, Sedona says:

    http://www.electricalpollution.com/smartmeters.html

    Comments on the Draft Report by the California Council on Science and Technology “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters” by Daniel Hirsch, 31 January 2011

    Excerpt:

    When two of the most central errors are corrected – the failure to take into account duty cycles of cell phones and microwave ovens and the failure to utilize the same units (they should compare everything in terms of average whole body exposure) the cumulative whole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two orders of magnitude lower.

    http://www.ccst.us/projects/smart2/documents/letter8hirsch.pdf

    Nancy Baer, Sedona, AZ

  8. N. Baer says:

    Thank you for publishing this important information. There are many, many more credible references available on line through searching about the deleterious health effects, especially to those with cardiac issues and pacemakers and the very serious and permanent effects of electromagnetic and radio frequency damage to children. World Health Organization has classified these “meters” as a Class 2B Carcinogen. Here are more references for anyone interested in learning more:

    Wireless Technology and Young People – A Resource for Schools – UK, January 2011
    http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/wireless+technologies+and+young+people+Jan2011.pdf

    Working for Safe Technologies for Nurseries, Schools and Colleges
    http://wifiinschools.org.uk/6.html

    Microwave radiation affects the heart: Are the results real or are they due to interference?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-mw_nCJWs4

    Here’s the roll-out map for the US to install “smart meters.”

    Smart Meter Roll-Out Schedule for all states
    http://www.edisonfoundation.net/iee/issuebriefs/SmartMeter_Rollouts_0910.pdf

  9. Dear Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure and other Interested Parties,

    Mark your calendars!!! — March 23, 2012 — Arizona Corporation Commission Special Open Meeting on Smart Meters

    Now, at long last, it is Arizona’s turn to consider statewide policies on smart meters, joining other states who have already done so, including California, Maine, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Vermont, Nevada, etc.

    The attachment document was sent today by the Arizona Corporation Commission, to announce there a meter workshop will be held on March 23, 2012 from 9:30 am to 12:30 am in Phoenix.

    I urge you to consider submitting any informational or opinion based material to the open docket set up to receive citizen concerns about smart meters located on the AZCC website – http://www.azcc.gov.

    The open docket, e-Docket Number: E-00000C-11-0328, can be added to until the AZCC votes on this issue, I was told.

    If you are able to attend the workshop in person and testify as to your concerns, that would be ideal. Numbers count and yor voices are needed now!
    Call Shaylin Bernal at the AZCC to make advance arrangements to testify by phone: 602 542-3931

    I have asked for an advance copy of the proposed policies, since the customers need to read it in advance in order to participate meaningfully in the proceedings. Customers are stakeholders and I understand that the utility and governmet stakeholders have already seen it. At the fall hearing when these porposed policies were under discussion, health and privacy were the primary concerns raised but, as you all know by now, consumer cost, fire safety and cybersecurity are also related metering issues.

    Sincerely,

    Elizaeth A. Kelley, MNA
    Co-Coordinator, Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure
    http://www.electromagneticsafety.org

  10. Nancy Baer says:

    Nancy Baer
    Smart Meter Alert – Arizona Corporation Commissions’ Public Utility Commission meets Friday, 03/23 at 9:30 am MST. For anyone wanting to access the live stream, here it is http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/IT/streaming/events.asp

  11. Join Smart Meter Fight says:

    UPDATE: MY FIGHT AGAINST THE ‘SMART’ METER
    By: Devvy
    January 24, 2012

    If you are unfamiliar with my case, I’ve already written three articles on this disaster; see here. I still have my old analog meter; the meter reader dutifully comes once a month. I unlock the gates, escort him to him to the meter and back out the gate; on go the locks.

    As you can see in article one at the bottom, there are links to more than a dozen articles from experts in the field of electro magnetic frequency radiation technology. For those of us who have zero understanding in that field, I’ve now spent more than 200 hours reading and sorting opinions from scientists and doctors who have decades of experience. All this ‘dirty energy’ is killing us and that’s not hyperbole.

    I’m not one of those people who hate the big utility companies. I am grateful to live in a country where we have heat and air conditioning piped right into our homes. Utility companies are just like any other business. They have to make a profit in order to stay in business, but they should not be allowed to expose us to technology that is so incredibly dangerous to the human body. I’m not going to rehash the money issue because that’s what this is all about – tens of billions of dollars at stake for the utility companies.

    Money corrupts as we all know and Hawaii is a prime example. Hawaii originally said no to the ‘smart’ grid because it wasn’t worth the investment. The ‘smart’ grid is no good unless every business, home and school in this country is wired with one of those deadly ‘smart’ meters. Well, money talks:

    Smart grid technology rollout stalls in Hawaii – July 2010

    Surprise, surprise!

    “The Hawaii PUC has approved Hawaiian Electric’s request to use a $5.3 million federal stimulus grant to install smart grid technology to portions of the electric system in urban Honolulu.”

    The so called ‘smart’ meters, referred to by utility companies as advanced metering systems are being “deployed” all over this country against the wishes of homeowners for very good reason. One: They are, in the words of one scientist – ticking time bombs for the human body. Even dogs are being adversely affected as well as livestock which feeds the country. Two: They do not save energy; in fact, utility bills have gone through the roof in many states. Third: ‘Smart’ meters aren’t smart, but in reality they are warrantless wire tapping of your personal life.

    There is a very important case out in Portland, Oregon. Parents are suing the school district over all the “wi-fi” technology. If you take the time to read the statements of the experts submitted for that case, you will come to understand America’s children and teachers are at serious risk from all the ‘dirty energy’. Sadly, those deadly meters are required on all federal buildings exposing federal employees.

    Here are more expert opinions as well as some other items – and if you think cell phones are safe, think again:

    Portland case courtesy of Curtis Bennett, Director of Operations, Chief Science Officer, Interprovincial Journeyman Electrician (Red Seal), Engineering Technologist, Adjunct Faculty, IHF & GEDI, Thermografix Consulting Corporation; he lives in British Columbia. Curtis has been an expert witness for the Canadian Parliament on the dangers of Wi-Fi and Smart Meter Frequencies. As a government trained electrical professional, he reported to the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health that their federal and international codes was missing the mechanism linking the frequencies to adverse health effects. Curtis email me this the other day:

    “Electromagnetic fields used for radio frequencies are just EMFs within a specific range. “In Canada, the standard for acceptable public exposure to radio frequency is governed by Health Canada in Safety Code 6, which has the same specification as the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC)” Here is a link to Safety Code 6 (2009)

    “Although Safety Code 6 and international standards are based on 3 decades of scientific literature, codes admit the mechanism linking the frequencies to adverse health effects has been missing.

    “I have attached a letter received by the medical education administrator where the dangers of these frequencies is lectured for continuing education credits medical professionals require for licensing. Whether Wi-Fi in schools or smart meters, the frequencies are illegal and hurting people as well as interfering with electrical devices inside the building. Here is a link to Central Maine Power admitting their smart meters are interfering with electrical devices inside buildings. They have settled claims and set up a special unit but can’t rule out the interference with pacemakers, health monitoring equipment, life alerts, baby monitors, vulnerable babies, causing harmonics, violating building codes, etc.

    “The letter can be printed or forwarded, education credits means it is now accepted medical education and the science had to be substantiated as well as approved before lecture. It is important to forward to keep people, corporations, schools, government and medicine fully informed. The application of Safety Code 6 (same as FCC) changed with the mechanism reported linking the frequencies to adverse health effects.

    “People with EHS (EMF Radiation) can show the letter to their medical professionals, CE credits is the language they need to hear in support of their diagnosis. It is no longer opinion, it is accepted and approved medical education.

    “Wi-Fi is in US Courts and myself in my capacity as well as other provided declarations under threat of perjury. The link below can take you to the filings and a code that never considered people to be electrical, they were treated as tissue heating only. The commission, judge and lawyer require this information and the lead lawyers information is on the filings. Every minute people are radiated is 60 seconds too long, there are reasons we wire things including protecting people as well as equipment. Wi-Fi as another example is radiating school to avoid the required infrastructure costs to upgrade schools. It seems like a wise idea but isn’t and denies the world billions in economy from construction.”

    If you go to his web site here, you will see the list of testimony for the Portland case: Trower, Carpenter, Morgan, Havas and more. It’s horrifying. We, all of us, have to stop this insanity.

    A Critique by Scientific Experts, Physicians and Oncologists

    Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters

    Evaluation of Exposure of School Children to Electromagnetic Fields from Wireless Computer Networks (Wi-Fi): Phase 1 Laboratory Measurements

    MPSC Launches Investigation into the Deployment of Smart Meters by Regulated Electric Utilities in Michigan – If you live in Michigan, make your voice heard.

    Md.’s Veto of Advanced Meter Deployment Stuns Smart Grid Advocates

    Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age – A conversation with Dr. George Carlo

    Public Health Threatened By Rapidly Increasing Exposure To High Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation

    California – Smart Meters – PG&E Blinks After Lawsuit Is Filed

    Georgia Power: Is my personal information secure? Answer: Yes. Customer usage data is sent over a private, dedicated network.

    Really?

    • Security Experts: Smart Meters can be hacked
    • Smart Meters have security holes
    • Many young companies have sprung up based on being able to access consumers’ Smart Meter data and package it in some meaningful form.

    Use of mobile phones in schools – About half way down it talks about the banning cell phones for kids under 16. Why? How about brain tumors and other neurological problems?

    Cellphone Towers EMR Damaging Biological Systems of Birds, Insects, Humans

    T-Mobile & Deutsche Telecom Report Outlines Biological Effects from Cell Phone Technologies

    “A report commissioned by T-Mobile and Deutsche Telecom MobilNet GmbH clearly outlines much of the science showing biological effects from cell phone radiation. This report was prepared in 2000–a decade ago. It reviews effects such as gene toxicity, cellular processes, effects on the immune system, central nervous system, hormone systems and connections with cancer and infertility.”

    Who funds the positive reports about ‘smart’ meters and radiation research?

    Mobile phone safety. The real truth about the hazards, told by independent scientists in a language everybody can understand

    I highly recommend you read: Dirty Electricity – Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization. It’s a fairly short book, but powerful. Dr. Milham will be one of our expert witnesses.

    Here in Texas, the utility companies continue to lie through their teeth (as in California, Idaho and other states) that installation of ‘smart’ meters are mandatory and you have no choice. This is going to be a major issue during our hearing in front of the Texas PUC. Let me give you an example:

    AEP Texas Grid Smart

    “Can a customer opt out of the program if the new meter is not wanted?

    “No, in order to reap the full benefits of AMI from an operational and cost standpoint, AMI needs to be fully deployed throughout the service area. In turn, our operational structure is changing to support the new technology and work practices.”

    “Needs” does not mean mandatory. That type of clever word smithing is in letters being sent to homeowners all over the state.

    That’s not what the Texas Legislature passed:

    Here is the exact language in H.B. 2129 passed and signed into law by Rick Perry:

    SECTION 6. Chapter 31, Utilities Code, is amended by adding Section 31.005 to read as follows:

    Sec. 31.005. CUSTOMER-OPTION PROGRAMS.

    (b) An entity to which this section applies shall consider establishing customer-option programs that encourage the reduction of air contaminant emissions, such as:

    (5) a program that encourages the deployment of advanced electricity meters

    All the committee documents from our legislature for that bill say the exact same thing. Words have meaning in the law. Encourages does not mean mandatory.

    ONCOR, CenterPoint and AEP all seem to have missed the memo from the Chairman of the Texas PUC:

    Testimony of Chairman Donna L. Nelson, Public Utility Commission of Texas

    Before the House (US) Committee on Science, Space and Technology – Subcommittee on Technology and Innocation

    Empowering Consumers and Promoting Innovation Through the Smart Grid – Sept. 8, 2011

    “”State legislation has encouraged the implementation of advanced metering by directing the Texas PUC to establish a cost recovery mechanism for utilities that deploy smart meters and related networks. The Texas PUC adopted a rule in May 2007 related to smart meter deployment.”

    Her testimony is only six pages, but if you read the entire statement, you will see the staggering money at stake here in Texas and that’s why the utility companies and their distribution providers have lied to all of us.

    This article by Marti Oakley fully covers the federal regulations which proves there is no federal mandate or law making installation of ‘smart’ meters mandatory.

    A number of issues are going to be addressed at our hearing:

    1. The lying and thuggery by utility companies in this state forcing homeowners to accept installation against their will with threats of turning off the power – even during snow storms or temperatures in the 30s..

    2. The known health issues which are serious and deadly.

    3. Those meters do not save energy. There is no cost savings to the ratepayer. Yes, America needs to upgrade our utility infrastructure, but using safe technology like fiber optics. As a country our power infrastructure is vulnerable, but what has been done to we the people with the dirty energy being blanketed across this country is criminal.

    4. Because the utility companies have lied their way to installing 4.2 million meters in this state, they must assume all costs involved in removing a meter at the ratepayers request and re-install the analog meter. Texans should not be punished with a bunch of fees so the utility companies can recoup their losses caused by their own duplicity as they’re doing in California. There are some other legal issues here about liability that I hope to pursue at a later date. The utility companies in this state have behaved deplorably to put it mildly; the only thing they understand is financial penalty.

    If you live in Texas and wish to speak at the formal hearing (which will be in Austin), please contact me. We don’t have the hearing date yet, but application is soon. If you live in Texas and are experiencing health effects like migraines, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, heart palpitations and sleeplessness caused by intense bursts of radiation since the ‘smart’ meter was installed on your home or business, you can document them and send it to me a letter; P.O. Box 1102, Big Spring, TX 79721, and we’ll get it into the public record at the hearing. It is simply horrific how people are suffering while the state legislatures sit around on their backsides doing nothing.

    Besides waiting for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s to get over (the worse time of the year for legal hearings), attorneys are committed by judges for trial dates; they have huge preparation just like for this hearing. Our case is very important to our attorney, but some things just take time. But, we’re getting close as I said. We will have expert witnesses who will testify over the phone; one lives in Britain. There’s no way I can afford to fly him to Texas and our other witnesses from different states. Our witnesses will have to have phone discussions with our attorney before the hearing and all that time gets billed.

    We have one of the best constitutional attorneys in this country, Tommy Cryer. For those not familiar with his credentials:

    Tommy graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from LSU Law School in 1973 and was inducted into the Order of The Coif, the world’s most prestigious honorary society for legal scholars and practitioners. He served in U.S. Army in the Adjutant General Corps, discharged honorably as a Captain. My friend has also made new law by winning a number of landmark cases and was inducted into the LSU Law School’s Hall of Fame after only 14 years of practice. Tommy has been a trial and appellate lawyer for the past 36 years.

    Regular readers of my column know I seldom ask for donations. Once in a great while for a special project, but I would now ask if you can make a donation to the smart meter defense fund. This is very serious business that affects all of us and it takes very serious money. My case has a dozen petitioner’s at this point who have financially contributed. Like tens of millions of Americans, we live on a fixed income, so this has been very difficult as I have already spend a considerable amount of money putting this all together for the hearing. All the research, gathering of documentation and getting it ready for the hearing as been done by me. The less our attorney does, the less billable hours. Texas is one of the largest states in the Union. The decision here will have a huge impact on the rest of the country, but we need your help. I thank you in advance. Click here for donation information; goes directly to our legal counsel.

    Devvy Kidd authored the booklets, Why A Bankrupt America and Blind Loyalty; 2 million copies sold. Devvy appears on radio shows all over the country. She left the Republican Party in 1996 and has been an independent voter ever since. Devvy isn’t left, right or in the middle; she is a constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party. (self-described)

  12. Monnie Ramsell says:

    APS is sending out survey to their commercial account customers.

    Please let them know you want NO FEE OPT-OUT for all business customers as standard for the smart meters.

    As of the last AZCC meeting, APS declared that they were not intending to allow any commercial account opt-out, only residential.

    Also APS intends to charge an upfront fee as well as monthly fee for opt-out. Their reason is they need to change out the smart meter back to analog meter.

    So write APS and let them know you want an opt-out and you are keeping your analog meter.

    We are currently working with AZCC to fight such fees. Nobody should have to pay in order to protect our health, our safety as well as our privacy.

    Monnie Ramsell via Facebook.

  13. Nancy Baer says:

    This gentleman explains how installation of a “Smart Meter” in his house and on his neighbor’s house interfered with his pace maker to the point of stopping his heart beating. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i2uXhKLFys&feature=autoplay&list=UUklG6ilxW_PeYeDSpKSRGZQ&playnext=1 . . .

  14. Kudos to Sedona’s Warren Woodward for authoring this excellent letter on April 4, 2012 to Commissioner Paul Newman of the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding the dangers of APS Smart Meters:

    Warren Woodward

    55 Ross Circle

    Sedona, Arizona 86336

    928 204 6434

    April 4, 2012

    Commissioner Paul Newman

    Arizona Corporation Commission

    1200 West Washington Street

    Phoenix, Arizona 85007

    Re: Docket # E-00000C-11-0328,

    Specifically, radio meters interfering with home devices

    Commissioner Newman;

    I was stunned at the recent ACC meeting to hear you say it was the first time you had heard of radio meters interfering with home devices.

    Your admission made clear you are simply not paying attention – neither reading the testimony sent in to you, nor listening to oral testimony given to you directly. Recall that Lynne Breyer had to remind you at the recent meeting that she had in fact testified about radio meter interference with her TV and internet at the first meeting.

    It is also clear from your admission that you have done no independent research of this subject. And it shows a negligent staff, one that does not know so cannot inform.

    Attempting to get you up to speed, I have enclosed a sampling of information on this subject. The key word is “sampling”. There is way more on this subject. Look for yourself. And note that this problem of interference with home devices is not confined to any particular state or region, but anywhere radio meters are installed.

    First up is a copy of a press release from the State of Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate. Of note:

    To date, over 200 customers have contacted CMP about problems with a variety of appliances and devices including phones (cell, cordless, and landline), answering machines, Internet routers and wifi, personal computers, TVs, garage doors, fire alarms, clocks and even electric pet fences. http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=meopa_news&id=318771&v=Default

    Next enclosure is an article from Silicon Valley’s Mercury News. http://www.mercurynews.com/action-line/ci_16007725 It mentions the same problems as above, only they occurred in California. It also reports the typical utility stonewalling on the issue, exemplified by PG&E in this case. Typical also is the FCC’s advice given at the end: “If all else fails, you may have to replace the equipment with “shielded” equipment that is designed to withstand interference.” In other words, it is our problem that the utilities are wrecking our stuff. Indeed, APS made it clear at the meeting last September that anything on “our” side of the meter was our problem. Their service terms and conditions say the same.

    Adding to the outrage, I don’t know anyone whose home owner’s insurance covers appliances damaged by the new radio meters.

    Texans are on record as suffering the same interference issue. See the enclosed KHOU-TV news report which chronicles “a laundry list of home appliance disaster.” http://www.khou.com/home/Viewers-share-more-smart-meter-installation-problem-stories-124527004.html

    Need more proof? From the EMF Safety Network is a twenty-one page “compilation of reports from the US , Australia and Canada about fires, explosions or burned out appliances due to Smart Meter installations.” http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280 Again, note the stonewalling and denial expressed by utilities in these stories. The utilities’ irresponsibility defines “rogue”. The complicity of the governmental regulatory agencies defines “criminal”.

    The Sage Associates report will help you understand the “how” and the “why” this interference is happening in the home. http://eon3emfblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Wireless-Smart-Meters-and-Potential-for-Electrical-Fires.pdf I have sent it to you before. Will you read it this time? Here are some relevant excerpts:

    The use of smart meters will place an entirely new and significantly increased burden on existing electrical wiring because of the very short, very high intensity wireless emissions (radio frequency bursts) that the meters produce to signal the utility about energy usage.

    Electrical wiring is not sized for the amount of energy that radio frequency and microwave radiation have. These unintended signals that can come from new wireless sources of many kinds are particularly a worry for the new smart meters that produce very high intensity radio frequency energy in short bursts. Electrical fires are likely to be a potential problem.

    Electrical wiring was never intended to carry this – what amounts to an RF pollutant – on the wiring. The higher the frequency, the greater the energy contained. It’s not the voltage, but it is the current that matters. RF harmonics on electrical systems can come from computers, printers, FAX machines, electronic ballasts and other sources like variable speed motors and appliances that distort the normal, smooth 60 hertz sine wave of electrical power and put bursts of higher energy RF onto the wiring.

    Wireless smart meters don’t intentionally use the electrical system to send their RF signal back to the utility (to report energy usage, etc). But, when the wireless signal is produced in the meter… it boomerangs around on all the conductive components and can be coupled onto the wiring, water and gas lines, etc. where it can be carried to other parts of the residence or building.

    It is an over-current condition on the wiring. It produces heat where the neutral cannot properly handle it. The location of the fire does NOT have to be in close proximity to the main electrical panel where the smart meter is installed.

    Like other home appliances, medical devices in the home are also affected by radio meters. But worse, medical implants in living humans can also be detrimentally affected. Deep Brain Stimulators for Parkinson’s patients can be turned off. Pacemakers, implantable neurostimulators, wireless insulin pumps and the like can be and are affected. See the enclosed four page report from the EMR Policy Institute. Note the warning from medical device manufacturer Medtronics, and take the time to search YouTube for the videos mentioned at the beginning of the report. http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Electromagnetic-Interference-and-Medical-Implants-Parts-1-and-2,19,1920 [sorry, URL available for videos only]

    As I have constantly stressed, you simply must educate yourself and stop relying on the monopoly utilities or your incompetent staff for information on these meters.

    Think about this: Out of all the people presenting before the Commission on this issue, those of us against radio meters are the only ones without any monetary incentive. APS and the others clearly have profit as their motive. And your staff is there for a paycheck. Due to the lack of incentives in government work, a paycheck is something they will probably get at an “average” performance level. For example, it was pointed out at the last meeting that your staff was using the wrong device to measure radio meter frequencies. This is a huge mistake. Will they lose their jobs for this? Will pay be docked? Will someone at least correct them and tell them they need to do better? I doubt it. Yet they are still collecting a paycheck. My point is their “work” is at best mediocre.

    So listen to us. We have no ulterior motive and are the only ones to have thoroughly done our homework. Read what we send you. As Judge Howe pointed out at the meeting, you are supposed to be representing us, not the power companies.

    By the way, in addition to the aforementioned Lynne Breyer, I personally know of two people in Arizona who have experienced appliance interference. A friend in Chino Valley experienced his baby monitor giving off constant static until APS, at his request, replaced his radio meter with analog. Another friend had her computer rendered useless after SRP installed a radio meter at her place at Lake Roosevelt. And in Florida, my cousin came home one day last year to see sparks flying out of his newly installed meter. How “smart” is that?

    Simply put, the meters are not safe, nor are they UL approved.

    In an exchange I had with APS, APS tried to dodge this safety issue by claiming the meters were approved by ANSI. APS wrote:

    In addition, all APS meters meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, which also addresses the safety of the meter.

    Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Unfortunately, that does not address the safety of the meter. It does not even provide a veneer of safety. Or, if it does, then it does not say much for ANSI. In other words, ANSI may have “standards” but clearly they are not working when meters blow up, start fires and cause havoc with appliances.

    So just who is this ANSI? According to their website:

    Overview

    Comprised of Government agencies, Organizations, Companies, Academic and International bodies, and individuals, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) represents the interests of more than 125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals.

    So the government spent $3.5 billion subsidizing smart meters, and there are companies that stand to benefit, and there are academics and “academic bodies” that get and live off government and corporate grants. And all these are part of ANSI? ANSI is not independent then. I would not count on them to set proper standards for anything.

    And just what is ANSI’s mission? Again, according to their website:

    Mission

    To enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.

    “Consensus standards”? Oh right, and the “consensus” is derived from the same outfits and people that are promoting the meters!

    You and the other Commissioners need to face the fact that the utilities have not provided reasonable explanations for any of the radio meters’ interference issues as evidenced in this letter.

    You and the other Commissioners need to realize you are literally playing with fire.

    This letter has dealt with but one aspect of the meters’ hazardous consequences. I urge you to review what has already been sent in to this docket on the impossibility of grid and meter security, and the dreadful health aspects of the constant radio frequency emissions.

    In the interest of public safety it should be recognized and admitted that these radio meters are a colossal mistake which should be abandoned at once. The Federal mandate says Time Of Use metering must be made available to “those who request it”. This mandate has already been met with digital meters.

    Sincerely,
    Warren Woodward

    Cc: Commissioners Pierce, Burns, Kennedy, & Stump

  15. Nancy Baer says:

    This 8 minute video was sent to our Arizona Corporation Commission regarding the lethal dangers of “smart meters, especially to those patients with medical implants” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRDhogkdxW4&list=UUklG6ilxW_PeYeDSpKSRGZQ

    Several of us Sedona residents have been sending information such as this, to our Arizona Corporation Commission.

    This gentleman explains that when the “smart meter” was installed, it interfered with the pace maker’s signal and stopped his heart. He notes that when the meter was removed from his home, his cardiac symptoms stopped, but when his neighbor had a “smart meter” installed it lowered his immune system. Clearly, these meters are to be avoided.

    Furthermore, there is no federal mandate to force these on all consumers.

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1252 “Smart Meters”

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109publ58/html/PLAW-109publ58.htm

    http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/cityagenda/publish/cityclerk-reports/documents/070712no10timebasedmetering.pdf

    Nancy Baer, Sedona AZ

  16. N. Baer says:

    07-14-12 Press Release from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommendations Regarding Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Exposure

    “The AAEM recommends that physicians consider patients’ total electromagnetic exposure in their diagnosis and treatment, as well as recognition that electromagnetic and radiofrequency field exposure may be an underlying cause of a patient’s disease process.

    Based on double‐blinded, placebo controlled research in humans1 medical conditions and disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency exposure include, but are not limited to:

    • Neurological conditions such as paresthesias, somnolence, cephalgia, dizziness, unconsciousness, depression

    • Musculoskeletal effects including pain, muscle tightness, spasm, fibrillation

    • Heart disease and vascular effects including arrhythmia, tachycardia, flushing, Edema

    • Pulmonary conditions including chest tightness, dyspnea, decreased pulmonary function

    • Gastrointestinal conditions including nausea, belching

    • Ocular (burning)

    • Oral (pressure in ears, tooth pain)

    • Dermal (itching, burning, pain)

    • Autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia).

    Based on numerous studies showing harmful biological effects from EMF and RF exposure, medical conditions and disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding exposure include, but are not limited to:

    • Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 2‐6
    • Neurological conditions (Headaches, depression, sleep disruption, fatigue, dizziness, tremors, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased memory, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, visual disruption). 7‐10
    • Fetal abnormalities and pregnancy. 11,12
    • Genetic defects and cancer. 2,3,13‐19
    • Liver disease and genitourinary disease.12, 20

    Because Smart Meters produce Radiofrequency emissions, it is recommended that patients with the above conditions and disabilities be accommodated to protect their health. The AAEM recommends:

    that no Smart Meters be on these patients’ homes, that Smart Meters be removed within a reasonable distance of patients’ homes depending on the patients’ perception and/or symptoms, and that no collection meters be placed near patients’ homes depending on patients’ perception and/or symptoms.

    Submitted by: Amy L. Dean, DO and William J. Rea, MD
    http://aaemonline.org/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf

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  18. Some of you people are ridiculous, talking about all the negative impacts of a piece of equipment that transmits data for about 15sec an hour using a 900mhz frequency. You realize we all live in a giant electrified cage correct? With probably 20 things in our house that generate 100 times what this meter puts out… Tin hats off people

  19. Really Realistic?? Feel free to put your headboard on the other side of the meter. Oh, make sure your portable wireless house phone is docked on your nightstand and just place your cell under the pillow. Sweet dreams.

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