Smart Meters

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See sections below.

It is critical that you contact your legislators about the need for 

ELECTROMECHANCIAL ANALOG METERS.


PLEASE ASK YOUr STATE SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR, ASAP, the Opt Out Bill proposed by SENATORS SCAVELLO, FOLMER, and MUTH,  There is no bill number yet, it is "out for co-sponsors" prior to being introduced. Please emphasize the need for ELECTROMECHANICAL ANALOG METERS. 


"OPT OUT METERS" are wireless meters that will not solve the problems of health, safety (fire), security and privacy risks.


Mesh Network Smart Meters have 3x the transmission of Hub and Spoke Smart Meters. Consumers and legislators need to know this. Collector Meters should be on poles not homes.


We are supported a bill proposed by the EHS group, information is available in the se

ctions below. We need to support our Senators in obtaining a bill that is likely to pass. For now, that is a simple Opt Out Bill. We will publish links when we have them. This bill would provide no cost electromechanical analog meters for everyone who wants one, as well as special protections for those with medical conditions and disabilities. The Americans With Disabilities Act mandates protection for people with disabilities. We need this to be enforced with utility metering. We hope to have more information this soon! Check back frequently for updates. 

Antenna Densification/5G

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Photo: Small WTF placed outside of windows of homes


Critical Action Needed: Contact your Municipal Government to urge them to adopt local ordinances restricting the OPERATION of Wireless Telecommunication Facilities (WTF). 


Please click on the link below for ways to do this. 

Please contact us for more information.


https://www.americansforresponsibletech.org/blank


The 1996 Telecommunications Act left the OPERATIONS of WTFs under MUNICIPAL CONTROL. 


Here is a great example of how to get started!

Township Supervisors Ask Planners to Consider 5G Towers 

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/maidencreek-supervisors-ask-planners-to-consider-5g-towers?fbclid=IwAR04ZIR771VseJsgylK7-AbfXT8vWH4PKIDE8H46cWoYp1SbAaClB_5888U


We recommend restricting the operation of WTFs so they are located as HIGH as possible, as FAR APART, and operating at as LOW POWER as possible, and OPERATING AS INFREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE. This will help protect people, especially in residential areas.  

Press Releases

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Ask your Legislator to support Analog Choice for All & Accommodations for Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
December 19, 2018  


Pennsylvanians for Safe Technology issues this statement of support for the proposed Analog Choice and Accommodation Amendment, developed by the EHS Group (www.ehs.group). The EHS Group is a group of Pennsylvanians who have ADA recognized disabilities that would be exacerbated by the addition of a smart meter on their property.


The EHS Group developed this bill after witnessing the harrowing, expensive, and all- consuming PUC formal complaint process Pennsylvania residents are forced to endure in an effort to prevent smart meter deployment on their properties. The EHS Group petition to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth legislators stresses the urgent medical need for analog meters and accommodations for those with disabilities and medical need. This amendment would also allow analog choice for all Pennsylvanians. 


Rosemary Chiavetta, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, in response to a Freedom of Information Request for the number of smart meter complaints, responded that the PUC does not track these complaints. Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Boscola’s office reported there were 700 such complaints, and that her office had personally helped file 34 of them.  


The EHS Group reports on the extraordinary suffering of those whose PUC complaints have been dismissed. When dismissal occurs, smart meters are immediately forced on the homes of the complainant under threat of termination of electric service. One such customer with a disability, whose physician had testified in her hearing that she suffered from electromagnetic sensitivity (EHS) and should not have a smart meter on her property, had been preparing her appeal in the form of a petition for reconsideration in a timely manner, when her electric utility forced her to accept a smart meter on her home. Her utility had called the police to her home to force the install. This customer filed a petition for reconsideration on time, and the PUC has decided to reconsider its dismissal of her case. This customer with a disability is still suffering every day from the harmful effects of the PECO smart meter which remains on her house. 


The eight cases in the EHS Group petition detail the heartbreaking human suffering, and the loss of the ability for those suffering from electromagnetic sensitivity or radiation sequelae to participate in family and community events. Those suffering from these conditions often lose their ability to live in their own homes or even in the entire state of Pennsylvania. One senior citizen suffering from electromagnetic sensitivity abandoned the PUC formal complaint route and paid thousands of dollars to move his PECO smart meter to the edge of his property, only to continue to be unable to live in his home due to the smart meter emissions. Even though he was a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, he was forced to move out of state.  He settled in Arizona, where he was not required to have a smart meter on his home. Another case, which is detailed in the EHS Group petition, involves an international veterinary expert who developed a cardiac condition and electromagnetic sensitivity when the PECO smart meter was installed on her house. She has permanently lost the ability to participate in family, community, and professional events, such as her children’s school and athletic events, church services, and professional activities such as international conferences. This family was up against four full-time utility lawyers. 


Additionally, recent events around the state highlight the urgent need for the proposed Analog Choice and Accommodation Bill. A thirty-year old woman was forced to move from her home in Philadelphia because of the wireless microwave barrage in her apartment, caused by five smart meters attached to her building, and the recently installed street level wireless antennas.  She has moved out of the state. A mother with an ADA disability was forced to leave her husband and family of several children because the smart metering system changed in her neighborhood.  She can no longer go to her home without experiencing serious medical problems. Two of her physicians, including one from a large teaching hospital, requested an analog meter be placed on her home as an accommodation for her disability.  Her utility, Metropolitan Edison, refused. This woman was forced to file a PUC complaint because Met Ed refused to grant her an accommodation for her disability. When she returns home for less than a half hour to visit her family, she experiences serious medical problems.  She has been unable to live in her home since October 2018. The Itron product manual for the Sentinel meter Met Ed placed on her home, describes it as “…designed for commercial and industrial locations, including large industrial sites and substations…“. Concerned for her health, she engaged a recognized national expert in metering technology to come to her home. He recorded high levels of wireless radiation being emitted from the Met Ed meter on her home. Met Ed has denied to her legislators that she even has a smart meter on her home. 


These cases demonstrate the harm done to vulnerable Pennsylvanians by the PUC and electric utilities throughout the Commonwealth, the lack of consumer protections and lack of accommodations for ADA accepted diagnoses of disability. Pennsylvania stands alone as the only state with a public utility commission which refuses to acknowledge the issue of smart meter harm to residential customers who are disabled or medically fragile.  Every other state utility commission that has considered the issue of smart meter harm to disabled customers, has granted accommodations to their customers with disabilities.  The plight of these Pennsylvanians with disabilities requires immediate action of the Pennsylvania legislature or the Public Utility Commission. 


For more information, contact: PaSafeTech@gmail.com.

ACTION ALERTS

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ANALOG CHOICE AND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITES

1. Encourage your legislator to support ANALOG CHOICE and ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABILITIES

The text of the proposed amendment follows at the bottom of this section. It is currently on the facebook page.


2. Support those with disabilities and all Pennsylvanians: Complete the EHS Petition which can be hand signed or signed electronically.  An electronic signature may take a bit more time but has the benefit of reaching all legislators in 3 emails. You can cut and paste your petition in to three autogenerated emails from the EHS website. 


3. Additional Talking Points:

Talking Points: Please talk about these important topics:

· ANALOG METERS(MECHANICAL) – this is what we need. No privacy, fire or health risks

· ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED – people with disabilities are forced to leave their homes and move out of statebecause they cannot tolerate wireless meters.

· Onerous, expensive and thus far, ultimately futile process of the PUC Formal Complaint.

The PUC is the Public Utility Commission, which has, in all cases, ruled in favor of the utility company. People must file though, it’s the only way to keep your analog meter and electric service and voice your objections.  

Legislators should know the “score”:Utilities at least 700, Consumers 0.

Consumers’ physicians and other experts are “overruled” by the PUC.

PUC says that data on the total number of smart meter harm cases is “unavailable”

· The PA PUC is the ONLY state PUC which has looked at the health issues that   mandates smart meters.

“consumers treated as if on trial for murder and applying for high level job at the same time” 

– a 4-year veteran of the PUC formal complaint process

· Smart meters transmit more than utilities claim. Consumers ultimately pay more for the changes on household wiring generated by smart meters than when an analog meter is used. 

· All consumer protections have been given over to the PUC. The State Attorney General represents and defends the PUC, leaving no consumer protection or advocate for the consumer.


Text of Proposed Bill

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT

Title:Analog Choice and Accommodation Amendment Act

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:

Purpose:To amend Pennsylvania Act 129 applying to electric distribution companies; to clarify that the original legislative intent of Act 129 was for smart meter technology to be deployed only at the customer’s request for existing residences; and that the legislative intent was never to harm medically fragile Pennsylvanians in their own homes.  This Amendment corrects any misinterpretation of Act 129 which has been misconstrued by the Commission to harm medically sensitive Pennsylvanians.  This Amendment eliminates mandatory smart meter deployment on new construction, and provides no fee medical accommodations of analog choice for medical facilities and all utility customers who express a need for desire for an analog meter.  This Amendment requires utilities to monitor the microwave and conducted emissions from their smart metering technology to ensure that these emissions are at safe levels.  Further, it clarifies the original intent of Act 129 to provide analog choice to all residential customers in Pennsylvania.

Section 1: Short Title

This Act shall be known as and cited as the PA Analog Choice and Accommodation Act.

Section 2: Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a) Analog choice—the decision of Pennsylvania utilitycustomers to receive analog meteringon their premises instead of smart meter technologyfor registering and maintaining their utility usage.

(b) Analog choice customer – a customer of a Pennsylvania utility who has submitted an analog choice formto the utility.

(c) Analog choice form — a form provided by the Commission on its website and on each utilitywebsite, and also provided to customers in their monthly utility billings, for utility customers to notify their utilityof their analog choice.

(d) Analog meter-– a traditional electro-mechanical analog meter which contains no antennae and no switched mode power supply, and is incapable of sending or receiving signals via radio frequency waves or over customer electric wiring or over powerlines. Analog meters are incapable of utilizing radiofrequency or other electromagnetic frequencies to store data and/or communicate with other devices.

(e)  Commission—Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

(f) Depreciation schedule—refers only to accounting and tax calculations for those smart meters which are deployed.

(g) Medical certificate-- oral or written statement from customer’s physician or nurse practitioner that the customer or member of the customer’s family, or patient of a facility cannot safely tolerate smart meter technology deployment on the customer’s property. Medical certificates may also be submitted for medical facilities.

(h)  Medical accommodation customer—a customer who has presented a medical certificateto the customer’s utility company.

(i)  Neighboring customers--All properties which share the same electric transformer with a medical accommodation customer, and all properties with meter sockets within two hundred fifty (250) feet of a medical accommodation customer’s property.

(j)  Smart meter– An electronic device that registers a customer’s electric, gas or water usage, and communicates consumption information to the utility using radio frequency, electrical wiring or power line electricity waves for transmission to the utility.

(k) Smart meter technology--technology, including smart metertechnology and network communications technology capable of bidirectional communication, that records and transmits utility usage.

(l) Utility– An entity regulated by the Commission which sells or distributes natural gas, electricity, or water to customers in the Commonwealth.

Section 3. Amendments to Section 2807(f)(2)(ii) and (iii) of Title 66 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.  These subsections of 2807(f)(2) are amended to read in their entireties as follows:

“§ 2807. (2)  Electric distribution companies shall furnish smart

  meter technology as follows:

 (i)  Upon request from a customer that agrees to pay

   the cost of the smart meter at the time of the request.        

(ii) In accordance with a depreciation schedule not

 to exceed 15 years.

(iii) All utility customers may request an analog meter instead of receiving smart meter technology on their premises by notifying their assigned utility in writing of their desire to receive metering services for their utility usage through an analog meter instead of smart meter technology.

(iv)  Each utility which uses smart meter technology has an affirmative duty to monitor, accurately measure and record the radiofrequency levels and conducted emission electromagnetic energy caused by its smart metering technology in active deployment on customer sockets throughout the utility’s territory on a semiannual basis, and upon request of a medical accommodation customer, at the utility’s sole expense.  Utilities shall submit all smart meter technology monitoring information to the Public Utility Commission for further action, if necessary.”

Section 4: Required Proceedings

The following shall apply:

(A)  The Commission shall provide on its website an analog choice form for consumers to download, and directions for the consumers to submit the completed form to their assigned utility.

(B)  Each utility shall also provide customers with analog choice forms on its website and in notices to customers each month with monthly bills, and must accept customer completed analog choice forms submitted to it via electronic submission, United States mail, hand delivery or uploading to the utility website.

(C)  All utilities receiving a customer analog choice form are prohibited from deploying a smart meter on that customer’s premises and from sending signal from the utility to the customer’s premises via microwave or electronic means.

(D)  The Commission may create and regulate a nominal monthly surcharge for consumers who elect analog choice under this subparagraph, which surcharge must be based upon the difference, if any, between the cost of providing smart meter technology to an individual customer and the cost of providing on site analog meter reading once per year, but in no case will an analog choice customer be provided a rebate based solely on the negative cost of providing the customer an analog meter.

(E)  Utilities are prohibited from charging any surcharge to a customer who submits an analog choice form, if the customer presents a medical certificate to the utility.

(F)  Upon receipt of a customer analog choice form, the utility must remove its smart meter within a period of two weeks and replace it with an analog meter.

(G)  If the customer also submits a medical certificate to the customer’s utility,and if that utility has already deployed a smart meter on the property of a customer who submits a medical certificate, within 48 hours of receipt of the medical certificate, the utility must replace the smart meter with an analog meter on the customer’s premises and on all neighboring customers’ sockets, with neighbors’ consent.

(H)  All utility companies must supply all analog choice customers, at no cost to the customer, several methods to report monthly or bimonthly utility usage as reflected on the customers’ analog meters, such as prepaid post cards, telephone call in numbers, website addresses, email addresses and similar methods.

(I)  Analog choice customers may be billed on a reasonably estimated basis for monthly usage which is not reported to the utility.

(J)  Utilities must perform on site readings of all analog meters at least once per year.

(K)  Utilities are prohibited from sending radiofrequency signals to the premises of all analog choice customers.

(L)  All utilities are enjoined from taking any discriminatory or retaliatory action against a customer who submits a medical certificate or who submits an analog choice form.

(M)  No utility shall have the right to request a waiver from its obligations under this Section regarding analog choice or medical certificates.

(N)  No utility may contest the validity of a medical certificate submitted pursuant to this section, or to request an investigation and hearing by the Commission or its designee regarding the validity of a medical certificate submitted in accordance with this Section.

   

Section 5: Fines

   

   Any utility which does not provide the services herein to customers who request analog choice shall be fined one thousand dollars ($1,000) per day for each customer who was deprived of analog choice services, which fine shall be distributed to the customer who requested analog choice.  Any fine or penalty paid by a utility under this Act shall not be recoverable from ratepayers.

Section 6: Enforcement 

(A)    The local police or sheriff’s office in the customer’s location shall be charged with enforcement of these analog choice and medical accommodations laws and regulations.

(B)  Any customer who is not provided services of analog choice in accordance with this Section shall be awarded attorneys’ fees and damages, in addition to all collected fines hereunder, if the utility does not provide the services required herein.

This Act shall apply to all public utilities in the Commonwealth, including electric distribution, gas, and water utilities.

Section 7: Funding

Any necessary funding will come from the existing budget currently appropriated for electric meters from the respective utility companies.

Section 8: Effective Date

This Act shall take effect six (6) months after the passage of this bill.

5G Bills

wireless telecommunication  facilities


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Fall 2018

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK, HB2564 was tabled! 

It will be reintroduced, so keep up your efforts.

PA HB 2564 The Small Wireless Facilities Act is in Committee and may be voted on this session. Please contact your legislator about this bill, which will facilitate the deployment/installation of 5G small wireless cell facilities in the right of way in front of homes, schools and businesses throughout Pennsylvania. These cells may be "smal"l but will emit unprecedented levels of wireless radiation, against the recommendation of many health experts. Please see the Cell Towers/5G section of this website for more information. Here is the link to the bill. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2564


Federal Legislation: There are approximately 50 bills including the Streamline Act (S3157). There have been recent FCC rulings which have decimated local control over placement of wireless facilities such as cell towers. The article link below is one example. There is no discussion of health; the FCC safety guidelines are over 20 years old and do not cover children, pregnant women or long term exposures. They were developed for short term exposures not the proposed 24/7 radiation from small cells placed outside homes. Fiber optic cables are a much safer way of providing this service. They have no health risk and are more secure. According to the article, the FCC is voting on September 26 on this proposal will that will do four things: 

1. Bar municipal rules that have the effect of prohibiting deployment of wireless service

2. Allow municipalities to charge fees for reviewing small cell deployments when such fees are limited to recovering the municipalities costs, and guidance on specific fee levels that would comply with this standard.

3. Require municipalities to approve or disprove applications to attach small cells to existing structures within 60 days and applications to build new small cell poles within 90 days. (NOTE: Small cells emit powerful levels of high frequency microwave radiation outside of homes and businesses 24/7 and cannot be turned off)

4. Place modest guardrails on other municipal rules that may prohibit service while reaffirming localities' traditional roles in, for example, reasonable aesthetic reviews. 

https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-paves-way-for-cheaper-faster-5g-deployments/


Talk to your representatives about your concerns. See links on Cell Tower &5G page for more information.


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