2016-07-21 Coding flaw could be major

1)    Below is a letter from a friend in Quebec with info about Dr. Belpomme’s recommendation for his patients who are sensitive. Dr. Belpomme has a very respected clinic in Switzerland.

2)    More than 3 years ago a German priest, who suffered terribly with EHS, committed suicide. A member sent this link with a letter to remind us of his suffering. Hopefully enough of us will become educated about this, which is just one of the many health problems caused by microwave radiation, to force change. Stop buying and using wireless devices. Encourage your friends and family to stop giving money to the corporations that are polluting our environment.


3)    In the USA, the Department of Labor has provided guidelines for accommodating employees with EHS.


4)    A general warning. We upgraded our internet speed with Shaw yesterday and got a new modem, emphasizing the Wi-Fi had to be turned off. Interesting, the Shaw rep at the store asked “For health reasons?” I said yes and asked him if many were having Wi-Fi turned off for health reasons and he said yes, many. Anyway, it was turned off. We got home and were having difficulties. Dennis called Shaw and the fellow was having difficulty. Eventually, our internet connection was made. Dennis turned our RF meter on and the Wi-Fi was on and it was strong. He asked the rep on the line how that happened, and he said it was turned on to “fix” the problem. Needless to say, Dennis was not happy and instructed the fellow to turn it off again. It was and the problem was eventually fixed. I have complained to Shaw management because people who are asking for the Wi-Fi to be turned off could, in fact, (just like with Telus) have had the Wi-Fi activated remotely without their knowing. I suspect it happened with us for the Shaw rep’s convenience, to make his job easier.

I would encourage everyone to buy even an inexpensive meter that will allow you to know when/if something like this happens. In my letter, I advised that many people who ask for the disabling of Wi-Fi could have medical devices that could suffer interference, putting the customers’ health at risk. Lawsuits???

5)    A software coding flaw could allow hackers to get control of telecom infrastructure – and the “$$mart grid” depends on the cellular technology (e.g. Cisco collectors).

“A flaw in code used by essential components of the world’s telecoms infrastructure could allow cybercriminals to gain complete control of mobile networks and millions of smartphones. The bug is present across the industry and will never be fully patched.



6)   Below is Segment #11 of my response to BCUC’s draft report in which it is acknowledged that ITRON meters do not have to be certified safe by CSA because they belong to BC Hydro and FortisBC. Any other electrical appliance or device used in homes must. Still no response to my official complaint with evidence that I submitted July 16, 2015. They must be pushed to do their job which is to ensure our safety.


I’m writing about Wi-Fi in schools and read your letter.
Has the BCTF said it will publish it, partly or totally, and when?

PS: Do you know that Dr Belpomme gives Osato’s Fermented Papaya Preparation to his EHS patients?
It’s a formidable antioxidant and immunomodulator which promotes quick recovery, greater brain vasculirarisation and thus oxygenation. My wife and I take it daily and it helps keep us healthy and recover quickly from health challenges.

Here is the Japanese manufacturer’s website:

and that of Canadian distributor Nutripur:

Thanks and best regards

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Risky Business?

RESPONSE TO “BCUC’s Staff Report on Smart Meter Fire Safety Concerns”   Segment #11

KEY:  Highlighted text is from Sharon Noble   Non-highlighted text is the draft report as written by BCUC staff.

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Standards and Meter Compatibility  (continued)

Concerns have been raised that existing meter bases were not designed for modern electric “smart” meters.   The question of compatibility is applicable to manufacturers of both meter sockets and electric meters regardless of the type of meter. For example, existing meters that no longer meet accuracy testing are typically replaced by newer digital or smart meters as the existing vintage may no longer be supported by the manufacturer or procured by the utility. Standards are developed and maintained for this purpose so that for example the receptacle for your home wall outlet will be compatible with the devices you purchase to plug into the outlet now and many years from now until an entirely new standard is created. In the case of electrical meters, there are a number of standards used in North America specific to meter sockets and meters. Some standards cover the performance and accuracy of meters and others cover the physical aspects.

Standard making bodies involved in meter socket and meter standards in North America include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Other testing and certification bodies represent insurers such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) may have both US and Canadian standard versions (UL and ULC).  (continued)

Since the electric meter is the property of the utility and “public utilities” are exempt from the Electrical Safety Regulation, certification marks on the meter are not a requirement in BC. This was explored to some degree in the FortisBC AMI hearing.9   In response to an information request FortisBC stated that CSA CAN3-17-M84 (R2008) is equivalent to Measurement Canada specification LMB-EG-07 and that its electric meters including Itron’s meters are required to meet LMG-EG-07.10   A review of both standards confirms similarity in the measurement and accuracy specifications between LMB-EG-07 and CAN3-17- M84 and that LMB-EG-07 refers to CSA C17, however not all the physical specifications of CSA C17 are provided in LMB-EG-07.  

  • Measurement Canada, and any similar standards, test for accuracy only. The complaint lodged did not questioned ITRON’s meters’ accuracy. These standards do not test for safety.

Comment: Note that the above statement demonstrates that a Canadian Federal Statute requires compliance and verification through testing of the accuracy of the revenue measuring devices (meters). There is no ambiguity for the application of this specific Federal Measurement Standard to energy meters as there is with the CSA Standards and with BC Utilities within Provincial jurisdiction as they are, or are not applied to the meters.

In the FBC hearing, FBC provided a table of all the standards that the ITRON OpenWay CENTRON II meters that it would be purchasing and installing would comply with.

Comment: NOTE: This “would comply with” is a common phrase used by Manufacturers to confuse users and does not prove that Certification has been, or will be completed. The statement should read “will be Certified by.. “ and that Certification can be verified by an independent third party.  

This table was provided as Table IR2 Q83.4 – Applicable Meter Standards. This table included the ANSI C12.10 standard11   for physical aspects among other US and International based standards (ANSI, IEEE, IEC, NEMA) and Canadian standards.

Comment: Again, to which Canadian Standards will the devices be Certified, and documentation supplied to prove that?

In an update provided on January 13, 2016 to its original response, FortisBC stated that the advanced meters it has installed have been designed and manufactured to conform with ANSI 12.1 (2008), ANSI C12.10 (2011) and CSA CAN3 C17 M84 (2014). ).

9 The BCUC conducted a detailed review and hearing on the application by FBC to install Advanced Meters, the Clean Energy Act exempts the Smart Metering Program from sections 45-47 and 71 of the Utilities Commission Act.

10 FortisBC Inc Application for CPCN for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project, BCUC IR2 83.2

11 ANSI C12.10-2004 Physical Aspects of Watthour Meters

This standard covers the physical aspects of both detachable and bottom-connected watthour meters and associated registers. These include ratings, internal wiring arrangements, pertinent dimensions, markings, and other general specifications. Refer to the latest version of ANSI C12.1 and ANSI C12.20 for performance requirements.

  • Did ITRON meters in Texas that burned and failed by the palette-load meet ANSI standards? We must assume they did since ITRON installed them, and still they failed demonstrating that UL and ANSI standards are inadequate.

This doesn’t give any assurance that digital electronic meters are safe. Comment: Once again what are missing are the critical words: To which Canadian Standards will the devices be Certified, and the documentation supplied by the Utility to the BCUC to prove it? As discovered in Saskatchewan, some of the meters meeting the Standards failed and did not perform adequately

Above it is stated these standards are “common” and would be considered basic for all smart meters, including those in Texas  where they have failed and burned in large numbers.

  • Who has confirmed that these standards are adequate to ensure safety?
  • Why are BC Hydro and FortisBC refusing to have CSA or an independent professional electrical engineer licensed in BC certify these meters if they believe they are safe?

Specific Safety Standards for Meters

Through this investigation and discussions with the Fire Commissioner and BC Safety Authority the BCUC staff was made aware that Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has developed a meter safety standard (UL 2735 – October 6, 2014 edition) and that the Canadian version (ULC) is in development and expected to be  published in mid-2016.

Of what significance is this to the meters already installed on homes? Shouldn’t electrical devices that are put on homes have been certified before installation?

Why does UL require a Canadian version of its meter standard 2735?  Will independent testing confirm that this standard is adequate in all regards?

Comment: As stated earlier, the smart meters in Saskatchewan were tested to UL 2735 and still failed in service due to, among other factors, moisture ingress. Quote:  “Any new smart meter designed for SaskPower’s use must meet more stringent requirements than currently exist. These requirements, as well as current industry standards, will be subject to independent verification prior to acceptance or installation by SaskPower.
SaskPower continues to remove all remaining smart meters in the province with a deadline for completion of March 15, 2015.” Unquote



Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
~  Albert Einstein