1) The December issue of EMR Australia’s newsletter is excellent. You can download it at the following site. On page 7 interesting info about what some communities around the world are doing to reduce EMR exposure.
2) Today (Wed. AM), a member in Oak Bay (Victoria) was visited by someone from AT Maintenance to install a transmitter-off meter. He refused to give his last name, showing a badge with “Brett” and #228980. There was no other identification that showed he was working for BC Hydro or that he was qualified to do this exchange. And neither did BC Hydro send an advance notice. The “installer” said refusal would result in a $65 fee. I think I would have called 911.
3) So far, the National Toxicology Program has been ignored by the major media outlets for the most part but some local coverage is sharing the information. This from Maryland. Hopefully, the petition to the President which I circulated in last night’s update will result in this important study getting some mainstream coverage.
“Parents are advised to limit the time children spend on cellphones because radiation could affect a developing brain. (nih.gov)”
4) The first (and only that I know of) Canadian media outlet that has had the nerve to publish anything about the NTP. I hope people will take a minute to thank the people at the Green Gazette, Cariboo – Chicoltin, BC. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To whomever has some power and clout over (and nerve to stand up to) BC Hydro:
The Clean Energy Act never stipulated that the public receive wireless smart meters; fibre optic should have been the choice. But though BCUC has no say over this, surely the Utilities Commission should stipulate that the smart meters have CSA! Fires have occurred, and it is known that there are design flaws. Why does BCUC not demand a certification at the minimum? And if BCUC says that at the Fortis hearing the meters were decided to be safe, — no, they only addressed the issue of the fires and failures at installation. Hydro had caused a lot of problems with their Corix people. Fortis spoke of this, but nothing else regarding fires was even mentioned at the Fortis hearing.
There are many videos and photographs showing fires resulting from smart meters. There is also a concern of the weather durability of smart meters. Furthermore, smart meters cause dirty electricity (invisible microsurges of dangerous radio-frequency radiation) to enter the home.
Lastly, the extortion of fees from analog meter owners (who protested the installation of harmful smart meters) allegedly “to cover the costs of meter-reading” — is out and out discrimination against those protestors, since the many people who submitted to smart meters are not being charged meter-reading fees, even though these smart meters are being manually read. I’m wondering just exactly what use BCUC is?
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From: Complaints BCUC:EX <Complaints@bcuc.com>
Date: Nov 17, 2016
Subject: RE: Tariff changes
Thank you for contacting the British Columbia Utilities Commission. We acknowledge receipt of your emails dated October 23, 2016 and November 2, 2016. We write to address some of your concerns.
Termination of Services (Disconnection without notice)
While the Clean Energy Act and its regulations require BC Hydro to install smart meters, BC Hydro’s Electric Tariff sets out the terms and condition under which BC Hydro operates (please see: https://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/tariff-filings/electric-tariff/bchydro-electric-tariff.pdf). The sections that allows BC Hydro to disconnect its customers’ services due to refusing to allow a permitted meter exchange are sections 2.3 and 9.7. These sections were last amended in November 2012 and May 2008 respectively.
Smart Meter Concerns
The Commission has not had any involvement in the planning or implementation of BC Hydro’s Smart Metering Program due to the Clean Energy Act. However, Commission staff note that the Commission recently reviewed FortisBC’s application for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project. FortisBC’s meters are the same meters currently in use by BC Hydro. After a public review process, the Commission determined that the meters are safe for use and subsequently approved the application.
Some of the findings the Commission made in the decision regarding safety are provided below:
- The Project complies with Canadian safety standards as set out by Health Canada with respect to RF emissions;
- Security and safety issues have been adequately addressed; and
- The Panel is of the view there is a low-risk of fires resulting from installation of the new meters. FortisBC is to immediately report any meter/meter base incidents to the Commission and other authorities as required or appropriate.
For more information you may wish to review the FortisBC Inc. Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project Decision (Order C-7-13), available at: http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2013/DOC_35184_C-7-13_FBC-AMI-ProjectDecision-WEB.pdf
BC Hydro and Measurements Canada
The Commission does not monitor utilities compliance with Measurement Canada regulations. Regulations of the meters in this area falls under the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Measurements Canada is responsible for inspections, monitoring and enforcement of that legislation.
Instead of fridge / freezer have a root cellar