Sedona AZ (November 24, 2012)- The following is a Letter to the Editor from the co-Coordinator, Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure and Electromagnetic Safety Alliance Director, Elizabeth Kelley, Tucson, Arizona. Kelley writes:
Dear Arizonans for Safer Wireless Infrastructure and friends,
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We finally get to weigh-in formally on the proposed opt out/privacy policies on wireless digital utility (“Smart” meters) the AZCC proposes to use in regulating the investor owned utilities in Arizona.
On October 23, 2012, the Arizona Corporation Commission released draft policies defining rules for utility customer ”opt out” from having a wireless digital meter, known as a “smart meter”, on their building; and rules to ensure that customer privacy is safeguarded when wireless digital meters are in place.
See the proposed policies attached or at this link to our website: http://electromagneticsafety.org/sign-the-petition/. Instructions for making comments are given on our website at that link. You can chose to file them by mail, 13 copies; send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or, send them to one or more commissioners, who will scan and file them in the docket.
Be sure to refer to the Open Docket at the top of each page you submit – Docket No. E-OOOOOC-11-0328
To our knowledge, the AZCC has not set a deadline for the end of the comment period. nor have they announced a public hearing held to review it. You need to know that according to state law, the AZCC can notify people of a scheduled meeting up until 24 hours in advance.
This does not give people very much notice, especially for those who are not in the Phoenix area or who may not have previously scheduled activities. We will let you know of any scheduled meetings or other related developments.
We will be submitting comments and will post them on our website. If you have any suggestions for what we should say, please let us know soon. We encourage you to submit comments. Numbers count. If you do submit comments, send us a copy us and we will post them on the www.electromagneticsaftey.org.
After two years of working on this issue, I have heard from people all over Arizona, many of whom already have experienced problems after a wireless digital meter was installed on their property.
Some people are successful in getting these new meters removed; some people are being forced from their homes and small business due to the adverse health problems they experienced, such as sleep problems, headaches, domestic animal seizures, and more. The privacy issue is a deep concern as many people view their home as their castle, their sanctuary, and do not want to be monitored involuntarily.
For more information, I refer you to these websites: www.stopmeters.org, www.EMFsafetynetwork.org, www.napervillesmartmeterawareness.org/, http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/, http://www.stopsmartmetershawaii.com/, http://www.stopsmeters.org/ (Vermont) and more.
Citizens in most other states are ahead of Arizona in getting organized and all are working on solutions with their state public utilities commissions (called the AZCC in Arizona). We can learn from them in challenging these optout/privacy policies in Arizona.
Let’s all get on board together now to get the Arizona Corporation Commissioners to give the serious consideration to the people’s call for greater health and privacy safeguards from wireless digital utility meters. Since we elected them, they need to represent us.
LibbyElizabeth Kelley, MA Co Coordinator, Arizonans for Safer Utility Infrastructure Director, Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Tucson, AZ www.electromagneticsafety.org