2017-09-30 Ontario report re. recognition of environmental health conditions

[Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton Opt Out – Appliance Damages from Power Surges – Bills – CentrePoint Energy – Cindy Clemmons & Joel Ivy, Lakeland Electric / Complaint Letters by Pat Dimeler, Richard Carter & Sue Thrower – CorVel Corp. – Hurricane Irma Power Outages – IBEW Lawsuit (Bobby Reed) against Oncor Electric re Itron & Landis+Gyr Smart Meters Fires & Safety – Task Force Report on Environmental Health (ME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, FM Fibromyalgia and ES Environmental Sensitivities / MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) by Bev Agar, Bill Manson, Cornelia Baines, Denise Magi, Diane Meitz, Doctor Dona Bowers, Howard Hu, Izzat Jiwani, Joanne Plaxton, John Molot, Julie Schroeder, Mary-Lou VandenBroek, Maureen MacQuarrie, Mike Ford, Nancy Sikich, Neil Stuart, Sharron Ellis, Varda Burstyn –  | BC – Ontario – Polk County, Florida & Texas, USA] & (video)

1)    Many in Florida received bills for periods during which power was out due to hurricane. Utility’s explanation leaves many questions about the smeter and how it works during outages.

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Lakeland Electric clarifies billing during Irma power outage

“Customers continued to be billed following Hurricane Irma, and some of those bills may include charges from days customers were without power, Lakeland Electric officials said Thursday, correcting statements made to The Ledger earlier.

Instead, customers will be expected to pay their bill as assessed and any outage-related adjustment will be handled in the next billing cycle, Lakeland Electric spokeswoman Cindy Clemmons said.

Some customers had been surprised that even on days when their electricity wasn’t on they had been assessed for consuming electricity.”

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170921/lakeland-electric-clarifies-billing-during-irma-power-outage

2)    Comments from utility customers in Florida about power surges damaging appliances, etc. and incorrect information provided by smeters/utilities re outages. So much for all the great service provided by smeters.  You will have to scan through the comments to find the ones pertaining to smeters.

“On July 28, we had a power outage for 30 minutes. As power came back on, the surge killed the control board of my washer. We had a city-issued surge protector. A similar incident occurred in April 2016, so we sought reimbursement. The associate who came to the house recommended to his superiors that our claim be covered. It was forwarded to the city’s Risk Management Department, but after repeated attempts to talk to someone, we had to go to the office in person.

After another long wait, they sent a private electrician to determine if we had issues inside our house. Inside was perfect. That information was provided to people we thought were city employees. They are housed in a Lakeland Electric building that says Risk Management on the door. This took more than four weeks.”  

Electrical engineers have said that smeters do not have surge protectors.

http://www.newschief.com/opinion/20170929/polk-perspective-our-readers-weigh-in-on-hurricane-irma

3)    Ontario has released an interim report that recommends improving the understanding and recognition of environmental health conditions such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and environmental sensitivities/multiple chemical sensitivity.”  It focuses on education, research and care for those suffering from these little understood environmental conditions.  It is 58 pages and I have not read all of it.

Improving Care for People Living with Environmental Health Conditions

Release of Interim Report Looks at Hard-to-Diagnose Conditions

 

The Bulletin: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/news/bulletin/2017/hb_20170929.aspx

Interim Report: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/environmental_health_2017/task_force_on_environmental_health_report.pdf

4)    A YouTube made by a couple recording their experience with Oncor in Texas when they asked to have their smeter removed and replaced with an analog.

Please note that Oncor is one of the companies, along with CenterPoint, involved in the lawsuit in which experienced linesmen reported fires caused by ITRON and Landis+Gyr meters.
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reed_Answering_Brief-1.pdf

At least they were allowed to opt out. Why aren’t we?

The Epic Saga of a Smart Meter Opt-Out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=uYgjuH5uUaA  (46 minutes)

Given their electrical problems while they had a smeter, they were lucky not to have had a fire. Many people have reported unusual electrical incidents, such as flickering lights, prior to their smeter failing or burning.

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
~George Orwell