Truth About Smart Meter Fires and Failures in BC

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AUGUST 19, 2014

Energy Minister Bill Bennett and BC Hydro say there have been no smart meter fires in BC. http://tinyurl.com/kvc4bdf

That is not true.

Evidence gathered only in the past five months proves that this is not true. See the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/ocmm7tm

We all have heard of the fires and failures in Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon. There have been more fires in BC than in either of them. Then why haven’t we heard about them? Because they are not being tracked. And why they are not being tracked is a major component of this report.

A second component, and even more important, is irrefutable proof, derived from FOI reports and media sources, that fires and failures have occurred in BC and, unless action is taken immediately, will continue to occur.

Before the smart meter fires and failures can be tracked, the fires must be provided a code. But to be provided a code, there must be an admission that these incidents occurred. If an authority doesn’t wish to admit that smart meter fires actually occur, then no code is forthcoming. Which is the case.

That is the first order of denial.

Next is to target the only agency with the mandate to oversee the operation of BC Hydro … the only agency able to prohibit any perceived irregularities … and, by an act of the legislature, to specifically deny that agency, the BC Utilities Commission, the ability to do its job. Such is the purpose of the Clean Energy Act and Directive 4.

Finally, and this is not a pro-active hampering of agencies, as in the case of BCUC, but a failure to clean up a long-identified inter-agency quagmire. This is a situation in which one agency fails to communicate with another, and another with another, all involved in some measure with smart meter fires and failures … the resulting muddle serving to obscure the existence of smart meter fires and failures.

The evidence is clear. Smart meters are fire hazards and as such put into jeopardy the life and property of those who live in BC. It is incumbent upon all elected officials to act on that evidence by removing the ITRON smart meters and replacing them with analog meters (analogs are available in the U.S.). Should they fail to demonstrate the same degree of responsibility and care as do the governments of Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon, then they will be held responsible morally and legally for the consequences.

The current document proves that ITRON smart meters do cause fires and failures in BC. The next installment will provide evidence documented by electrical engineers explaining why they occur.

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca

 

Read the the full report Here

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BC’s Energy Minister admits Smart Meter FIRES … but will do nothing

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Energy Minister Bill Bennett admits to smart meter fires in British Columbia, but rather than do anything, he expresses disappointment that Saskatchewan is taking action to protect its citizens.
On July 30 Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd called a halt to the smart meter program, demanding removal of 105,000 meters after 8 “failures”, that include fires and exploding meters.
www.globalnews.ca/news/1483134/saskpower-ordered-to-remove-all-smart-meters-in-the-province/
“I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd.
In British Columbia, where we’ve had more “failures”, which have also included fires and exploding meters, Bill Bennett and BC Hydro consistently have refused to acknowledge the danger and, instead, put the blame on homeowners’ meter bases and wiring.

It doesn’t matter why a home burns after a smart meter has been installed – whether it was because the inexperienced installer damaged the base or that the meter heated up due to design flaws.

The fact is that property and lives have been put at risk and our government is refusing to protect us.
Bennett is sorry that Saskatchewan is taking this action.

““It’s unfortunate that Saskatchewan is doing what it’s doing…”
Why? Because it shows that some provincial governments are more concerned about their citizens than others.
It puts BC to shame.

www.cknw.com/2014/07/30/while-saskatchewan-yanks-its-smart-meters-bc-wont-do-the-same/
Finally Bennett is admitting there have been fires due to smart meters in BC. This is a first, but it’s way too late.
Fires have been occurring for the last 3 years, and Hydro and Liberals have denied it. The evidence has been hidden and people have been living with a fire hazard on their bedroom walls. He’s told Hydro to find out how many have occurred. That may be difficult because no agency is tracking them.
Why is Bennett asking for a count? Is it just because he feels he must do something? Saskatchewan doesn’t know why the meters have caused fires – they are taking action because fires have occurred. We have had many fires and incidents in BC, and nothing has been done to protect us. Instead the program has been protected with lies and cover-ups.

Do we not deserve the same precautionary action as Saskatchewan?
The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters asks,

” Please tell us, Mr. Bennett, what is the right number, how many homes must burn before you will stop this dangerous program??”

 

Sharon Noble
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

AMR – Transmit only Meters are very dangerous

Recently, I had the opportunity to measure the RF Radiation coming from an ITRON C1SR in Summerland BC and the results were quite alarming.  This is an ARM type of meter. This type of meter has been reported to being used in Nelson and Grand Forks BC.

This C1SR meter transmits a spike of radiation that contains the current kWh reading of the meter every 30 seconds.  This is done so that a Meter Reader with a receiver can drive by any time and can get the reading without having to wait very long.  This time between transmits may be changed by the operator but they have to walk up to the meter and use a direct connection to the meter to do that.  It seems that the meters in Grand Forks are also transmitting at 30 second intervals.

The measurements that I made from the front of the meter in Summerland at a distance of 2 meters ranged from 500 to almost 900 microwatts per square meter ( µW/m²).  This, is quite high when measured at 2m.  The radiation at 1m would be significantly higher.  If this meter were on the side of a house next to a bedroom or kitchen then I would be very concerned.

I used a GigaHertz  HF59B radiation meter and recorded the output on a GigaHertz NFA1000.  Here is what I recorded:

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You can see that all spikes were not the same power (I do not know why) but the spacing was almost exactly 30 seconds.

I have also recorded the output of Itron Smart Meters and found that the radiation spikes were similar in strength (amplitude)  but the number of spikes were significantly less than the C1SR meters.

Thus, if you believe that each spike from a digital meter is harmful and the radiation damage is cumulative, then you must conclude that the Itron C1SR and similar AMR meters are capable of serious health impact similar to that of Smart Meters.

Cheers,   Ted

 

 

Cell Phone Towers decrease Property Values

Jerry Flynn has been doing some research into the connection between the value of real estate and the proximity of cell towers.

1- New York Times news story, “A Pushback Against Cell Towers,” published in the paper’s Real Estate section, on August 27, 2010: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/realestate/29Lizo.html?_r=1&ref=realestate 

2 – In December 2009, 27 Burbank real estate professionals signed a petition/statement offering their professional opinion that the proposed T-Mobile cell tower at Brace Canyon Park would negatively impact the surrounding homes. 

http://www.getthecelloutatl.org/

3 – “The effect of distance to cell phone towers on house prices” by Sandy Bond, Appraisal Journal, Fall 2007, see attached. Source, Appraisal Journal, found on the Entrepreneur website

http://www.prres.net/papers/Bond_Squires_Using_GIS_to_Measure.pdf

4 – The Observer (U.K.), “Phone masts blight house sales: Health fears are alarming buyers as masts spread across Britain to meet rising demand for mobiles,” Sunday May 25, 2003 :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2003/may/25/houseprices.uknews

5 – “Cell towers are sprouting in unlikely places.” The New York Times reported on January 9, 2000 (fears that property values could drop between 0 to 40 per cent because of neighboring cell towers)!

https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/decreased-real-estate-value

EHS Conference London – 7th March 2014

2) Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe speaks on EHS

 An excellent video.  Fast 36 min.  You must pause video to read some of the slides.  Fantastic.  The presentation gets a bit deep but this will give you an idea of what is going on in the world of EHS research.

EHS sufferers are not crazy.  It is the world that has gone crazy.

Diagnosis and Management of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS): Rapid Overview for a mixed audience

 BSEM Electromagnetic Radiation & Health Conference, London, 7th March 2014 – Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe

 http://vimeo.com/100623585

Doctors speak out AGAINST WiFi in Toronto Parks.

In August 2013, Josh Matlow, a Toronto city Councilor started a push for free WiFi in Toronto Parks.   see http://joshmatlow.ca

Also, do a web search to find more “public wireless internet in torontos parks”

In November 2013,   2 respected Medical Doctors  wrote to the Toronto City Councilors stating that WiFi in public parks is not a good idea.

It is imperative that City of Toronto does not install wifi’s in public parks and spaces.  I ask you to vote against Councillor Matlow’s proposal.

The doctors are:

Hugh E. Scully BA, MD, MSc, FRSCICI, FACS, Professor of Surgery, etc.  (see more details by doing a search on Hugh scully toronto)

Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D.  F.A.C.C.,  F.A,C.N, C.N.S (see more details by doing a search on Stephen Sinatra)

Please read the letters written by these two eminent doctors to the Toronto city councilors.

Letter from Dr Scully

Letter from Dr Sinatra – Page 1  –  Page 2

Barrie Trower – Wifi, Microwaves and the Consequences to our Health

I have just viewed this video by Barrie Trower on the Major health consequences of WiFi and Microwaves on our health and the genetic health of all females.

The punch line here is that wifi and rf radiation is damaging the mitochondrial DNA of the eggs in the yet unborn female fetus and this is a permanent damage that cannot be undone.

This means that if a female is newly pregnant (first 100 days) and has been irradiated with WiFi or other microwave radiation, then there is a distinct possibility that the children of her daughter, not yet born, will have some damage to the mitochondrial DNA.

Cindy Sage & LA Dept. of Water and Power – ‘Smart’ Meters

Published on May 11, 2013

Cindy Sage, environmental consultant and editor of the groundbreaking international study ‘The BioInitiative Report‘ on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure, shares the results of her research and how it relates to wireless ‘smart’ meters with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. First of two parts.

For more information: http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/ http://www.bioinitiative.org/

Part 1

Part 2

Victoria Smart Meter Rally – Video

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Sub Titled: REBUILD DEMOCRACY.
Speaking at a recent public rally in front of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria BC: Jack Etkin longtime activist and host of many publicly broadcast video interviews on the topic of social issues of concern.
Mr. Etkin suggests that our real problem is control of politics by corporations who also own just about all the mainstream media outlets where the public receives it’s information.
The truth is simply not being told to the public on a long list of issues where the corporate addenda is involved. Do you really think you would be told information which would lead to a huge loss in corporate profit, even if it involved health risks?
Smart meters are much more than the stated better electricity meter. In home surveillance of everything you do is just around the bend and the reason for all the new smart appliances. Corporate Surveillance even while you sleep.

Please visit:

stopsmartmetersbc.com

citizensforsafetechnology.org/smart-meter-action-kit-in-communities-governments,73,0

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/smart-meters-and-grids-in-communities-governments,25,0

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/JOIN-the-LAWSUIT-WEBSITE,25,3625

thebridgenewspaper.info/

 View Victoria Rally

Jack Etkin @ “Stop the smart meters rally”, Victoria June 14th 2014
YouTube:
Vimeo Full HD version: best for full screen viewing: http://vimeo.com/98308786