1) Last month a report on cell phone cancer risk was released. Some of the authors have had long relationships with the telecom industry. Louis Slesin is asking questions about their data and their interpretation of it. Unlike the report’s authors, Slesin believes that there is more than sufficient evidence to warrant precaution regarding cell phones.
The Precarious Case Against Precaution
Row over Cancer, Cell Phone Review
Slesin’s full review can be found at: https://microwavenews.com/news-center/precarious-case-against-precaution
The report which is being questioned is at: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-044037
2) A reminder to everyone who has a smeter (with or without the transmitter working) not to have a propane tank anywhere near the smeter. In 2015, Quebec Hydro was told that smeters with remote disconnect switches must be at least 3 meters from stationary propane tank. Is this not an acknowledgement that these smeters are a fire hazard?
I am not aware of any such warning by either BC Hydro or FortisBC. If anyone is, please email me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org with “propane tank” on the subject line.
Hydro-Québec warns about propane tanks and Smart Meters
“Hydro-Québec has agreed with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec [Québec Building Board] to survey all of our customers’ outdoor electricity meters to ensure compliance with standards governing the minimum distance between a stationary propane tank and an electricity meter. The standards require a clearance of three metres for a Hydro-Québec next-generation meter with remote service interruption enabled.”
About a year later, Quebec Hydro asked for the distance to be reduced to 1 meter, but I don’t know if the Quebec Building Board changed the standards.
3) Utilities in the UK have had many problems with the smeter programs, resulting in multiple delays and extensions. Apparently, much of the info re. costs, benefits, etc. presented to the public has not been accurate – much like BC Hydro’s info. It’s as if the people who will be paying the tab should be kept in the dark about the costs, just as they are not told about the health, safety and privacy issues.
Government accused of ‘sugar coating’ smart meter problems
“Commenting on Perry’s response, Reeves said: “The smart meter rollout has been beset by problems and delays. The 2020 target will not be met and, as costs rise, it is the household customer who will eventually pick up the bill.
“Yet, from our evidence hearing and the subsequent ministerial correspondence, the government’s tendency is to sugar-coat and pretend that everything will turn out alright in the end.””
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and acted on.” ~Ben Franklin