Thank you to those who are following this blog here. There is a new community blog at Planet Oasis where current information can be found. Please head on over there for the latest.
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While KIUC announces its intention to charge people for removing microwave emitting smart meters, the documentary Take Back Your Power will be released on September 5. For a sample look at one important issue – Privacy – check out this link Smart” Meters & Surveillance: What Are Your Rights Worth?
Smart Meters/Grid, under sea electric cables through whale sanctuaries – Federally mandated meeting tonight to hear environmental, health, and other concerns about these not clean, not green energy projects..
This is our first big chance to be heard.
If you are care about dangerous microwave emissions, privacy, or the huge environmental footprint of smart meters; if you care about our marine mammals, your voice is needed.
Where: Kauai War Memorial
When: 5:30-9:00 on Wed. Sept. 12, 2012
This is our first big chance to speak out.
Thanks to Debra Greene on Maui for ferreting this out for us. Please be at the meeting if you can possibly manage it. Her complete letter with talking points is below.
This is our first big opportunity to comment against toxic smart meters. The Federal government has mandated meetings on every island to get community input. Starting Sept. 11 and ending Sept. 20 a series of Federal PEIS (programmatic environmental impact statement) meetings are happening. The PEIS meetings are being called the “Clean Energy PEIS” but don’t let that fool you. The so-called “clean energy” includes the outrageous $16 billion undersea electric cables to link the islands, and smart meter/smart grid initiatives, as well as many other not-so-clean projects.
PLEASE attend the PEIS meeting on your island. This is Step 1, a survey of potential problems. Then comes Step 2, the full-blown EIS. Below is the schedule followed by some suggested talking points. Make sure to scroll down and read the talking points because I have included important smart meter updates in them.
The PEIS will take comments from ANYONE, including folks from the mainland who love Hawaii and don’t want this to happen, tourists, potential tourists, friends of the whales, relatives, people from around the world are welcome and encouraged to comment! You can even choose to comment anonymously if you want. The federal government is making this really easy. They want our input. There’s no excuse not to do this. Please spread the word!
Beware: You must comment in a certain way in order for it to be counted as testimony. Guidelines: State your concerns clearly and simply. Ask questions. Be specific.
Come to the meeting AND submit your comments electronically. You can do both!
Email comments: email@example.com
Submit via website: www.tinyurl.com/HIpeis. This is a correct URL. Their website was down when I checked a few minutes ago. Bummer! I want to believe it’s because of so many comments. Please keep trying!
Sept 11 – 5:00-8:30 PM O’ahu, McKinley High School, 1039 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814
Sept 12 – 5:30-9:00 PM Kaua’i, Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy St., Lihue, HI 96766
Sept 13 – 5:00-8:30 PM Hawai’i (Kona) – Kealakehe High School, 74-5000 Puohulihuli St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Sept 14 – 5:00-8:30 PM Hawai’i (Hilo) – Hilo High School, 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Sept 17 – 5:30-9:00 PM Maui, Pomaika’i Elementary School, 4650 S. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului, HI 96732
Sept 18 – 5:00-8:30 PM Lanai, Lanai High and Elementary School, 555 Fraser Ave., Lanai City, HI 96763
Sept 19 – 5:30-9:00 PM, Molokai, Mitchell Pau’ole Community Center, 90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Sept 20 – 5:00-8:30 PM, O’ahu, James B. Castle High School, 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr., Kaneohe, HI 96744
Some Suggested Talking Points. Start by mentioning the smart grid:
1. For the proposed smart grid to be successful it would require residential smart meters as well as smart meters on schools and hospitals. What about the negative health effects? Smart meters make people sick.
2. Even if I opt out of a smart meter I can get radiation exposure from my neighbor’s smart meter. Radio frequency/microwave radiation easily travels through the walls of my house. How will the radio frequency radiation be contained? Houses in Hawaii are not well insulated so there is less protection against the radiation. How will this be addressed?
3. There are thousands of published scientific research studies showing the damaging health effects of radio frequency/microwave frequencies like those used in a smart grid. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined radio frequency radiation is a class 2B carcinogen. Who will compensate people for smart meter induced illnesses?
4. More and more biophysicists, physicians, and public health officials from around the world are demanding a reduction in electromagnetic radiation exposure levels to protect public health. India just lowered its levels by a factor of ten. The US has some of the most lax regulations of all. How can you justify moving forward with smart grid technology in light of this controversy?
5. Smart grid technology is highly controversial. Opposition is growing as more science shows negative health effects. Lawsuits are bound to follow. Hawaii has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Who will compensate property owners for the loss of value of their residential and commercial buildings?
6. Smart grid technologies such as smart meters are not UL safety certified (and lack Canada Safety Standards approval). Safety standards exist and are applied to other electrical components. Yet there is no evidence of any UL or CSA certification for smart meters. How will the safety of these unregulated meters be ensured? Isn’t moving ahead with untested technology risky?
7. An electrical contractor on Kauai recorded a smart meter installed at a business on Kauai that showed the pulsed microwave emissions were over 1300% greater than KUIC’s claim. How will smart meter/smart grid manufacturers be held accountable? Who will oversee testing of individual meters and meters all linked to communicate with each other?
8. Smart grid technologies sometimes interfere with other technologies and can cause medical implants and other medical machines to fail. Who will be held accountable for this? What about loss of life?
9. The Maine Judicial Supreme Court ruled that the Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health and safety issues related to installation of smart meters and should do so now. What will be done to address health and safety issues related to the smart grid in Hawaii?
10. What about residents who are electrosensitive? Will you create a refugee zone for them to live? Won’t they have to be relocated? Who will pay for this? Who will compensate the refugees? Where will they go? (This is a very legitimate question, as so far France and Italy have created EMF refugee zones for people with electrosensitivity.)
11. How will underwater electric cables be laid without damaging the reefs and marine life? Electromagnetic radiation at these levels does not typically exist underwater. These cables would emit radiation constantly. What are the effects of this type of electromagnetic radiation on marine life?
12. Smart meters raise power bills. How will these increased power bills affect poor and lower income people? People on fixed or low incomes generally live in smaller dwellings so they will be in closer proximity to the smart meters. They also tend to live in multi-tenant dwellings, which means living next to banks of multiple smart meters. This will unfairly penalize people with lower incomes.
13. People who are retired, on a fixed income, or unemployed tend to be home during the daytime. Smart meters charge a higher rate for daytime energy. This will unfairly penalize people with lower incomes.
14. People with lower incomes tend to have older appliances that are less energy efficient. Smart meters are designed to interface with new, higher priced smart appliances. This will unfairly penalize people with lower incomes.
15. There have been many reports from around the world and every region of the US of smart meters causing fires. How will people be compensated for smart meter fires? What about loss of life?
16. Smart meters have the potential to track intimate details of our electrical lives. This time-specific utility usage data is permanently stored. Who will control access to this data? How secure is this data? Who owes this data? What will be done with this data?
17. Experts indicate that linking power grids together, as proposed by the undersea electrical cables and smart grid, makes the grid more vulnerable to solar flare outages and cyber attacks. How will these issues be addressed?
And for the more technically inclined:
18. A wireless smart meter produces radio frequency microwave radiation with two antennas in approximately the same frequency range (900 MHz to 2.4 GHz) as a typical cell tower. With a cell phone, we are exposed to microwaves primarily in the head and neck and only when we use the device. With smart meters, the entire body is immersed by microwaves that go out in all directions, which increases the risk of overexposure to many sensitive organs such as the eyes and testicles. What will be done about this?
19. Radio frequency emissions from cell towers and WiFi are in the form of beams in one or more specific directions. Their intensity is reduced greatly if your home is located far away and at lower elevation than the antennas. In contrast, the intensity of near-field exposures very close to radio frequency sources such as smart meters are more unpredictable because the wavelengths are unstable. How will this be addressed?
20. Typical wireless smart meters produce atypical, relatively potent and very short pulsed radio frequency microwaves whose biological effects have never been fully tested. They emit millisecond-long radio frequency bursts on average 9,600 times a day with a maximum of 190,000 daily transmissions and a peak level emission two and a half times higher than the stated safety signal (as the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric recognized before that State’s Public Utilities Commission). Thus people in proximity to a smart meter are at risk of significantly greater aggregate of microwave exposure than with a cell phone, not to mention the cumulative exposure received by people living near multiple meters mounted together, pole-mounted routers or utility collector meters using a third antenna to relay microwave signals from 500 to 5,000 homes. How will this be addressed? Why is the smart grid being proposed in light of this serious lack of testing of effects on human health?
21. A very solid technical study by Sage Associates indicates that radio frequency levels from various smart meter scenarios depicting normal installation and operation may violate out-of-date US public safety standards which only consider acute thermal effects. This can happen when a person stands six inches away from the smart meter. Many people can have their beds or baby cribs in close proximity to smart meters. How will this be addressed?
Whew! That’s it for me. Feel free to pick and choose, mix and match, cut and paste, and create your own!
Let’s end with a fun short video with more info and guidance on commenting at the meetings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpurOst57wM
I’ll see you at the Maui meeting and be there in spirit at the others.
As the smart meter roll out continues on Kauai, more and more people are experiencing symptoms from pulsed microwaves and dirty electricity. The fortunate ones understand what is happening and can take steps to alleviate the situation. Others have no idea why they suddenly have symptoms such as ringing in the ears, headaches, difficulty sleeping, heart arrhythmias, and more. Below is a list of the symptoms of Radio Frequency Sickness, also called Electrical hyper sensitivity (EHS) or EMF sensitivity.
Please feel free to copy and share this information with attribution as a service to our ohana.
Around the world where smart meters are being installed, people are reporting symptoms of microwave (RF) sickness. It is estimated that 5% of people will be have immediate adverse health effects and another 10% will experience symptoms over time. The remaining 85% are at greater risk for cancer, autoimmune disease, bone loss, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other chronic disease conditions.
Below is a list of symptoms of acute EMF exposure sometimes called RF (radio frequency) sickness or electrical hypersensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may wish to consider if you are living, working, or visiting in an area where smart meters have been installed. You may also wish to pay attention to your exposure to WIFI, cell phones, and cordless phones. The January 2012 Santa Cruz Department of Health report shows radiation exposure from Smart meters to be 50-450 time that of cell phones. Microwave radiation damage is cumulative.
RF sickness is better researched and understood in Europe and elsewhere than in the United States. You may find your doctor is unfamiliar with the condition. Women in particular may be referred for psychological care rather than properly diagnosed and guided.
Symptoms of Radio Wave Sickness
(excerpted from No Place To Hide, Vol. 3 #1, April 2001.)
Long term hazards of low level microwave radiation include: Bone loss, Cancer, Autoimmune Disease, DNA breaks. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=2292.
There is NO safe level of low level pulsed microwave radiation for pregnant women and children!
This letter is in response to Pat’s of 6/1 to Christopher Schaeffer. Christopher wrote the board, asking KIUC to produce an expert of comparable credentials to Dr. David Carpenter to refute Dr. Carpenter’s testimony concerning the documented health hazards of WIFI. Pat wrote:“…we have seen this information and unfortunately it does not pertain as closely as many are stating. The frequency used in the Portland school example is based on 2.4GHz while the frequency used by Landis and Gyr meters is the Gridstream RF which is in the neighborhood of 902-908 MHz.” and later, “I present no expert, just some differences between the study being used to make some assertions and the actual specifications of the Landis and Gyr Meters.”
You and everyone on the board will apparently be surprised to learn that the smart meters KIUC selected utilize both 900 MHz AND 2.4GHz.
The Landis+Gyr literature you recently sent me clearly states “comes with Zigbee® home area network radio for communicating with in-premise devices, such as energy monitors, thermostats and appliances.” http://style.landisgyr.com/apps/products/data/pdf1/RFResidential_ProdSheet.pdfZigbee is a 2.4 GHz communication protocol – a fact which should long since have been known to all of you on the board and been made known to the people of Kauai…especially those interested in the in home display program which will immediately utilize Zigbee.
I request that KIUC amend its website, its publicity, and its literature to reflect this revelation. I request that an email be sent to all coop members alerting them to this new information and reminding them that they may ask for a deferral or for removal of their smart meter at no additional cost.
Since all of you have missed understanding or communicating this fundamental point (whether intentionally or otherwise I cannot say), you may perhaps appreciate why Chris and many others feel that the board’s due diligence and transparency on all issues regarding smart meters, is not to be trusted.
Having established the fact that KIUC smart meters are configured for 2.4GHz, it should be plain to you that Chris is correct: Dr. Carpenter’s research is highly relevant and you all have a duty to answer his concerns.
Unless KIUC can disprove Dr. Carpenter’s concerns, I respectfully request that you immediately institute a moratorium on further installations and remove all smart meters which have already been installed. I further request an EIS and additional research on human and animal health issues.
Please also read the amended declaration of microwave specialist Barrie Trower. (See link below) This too details numerous studies of serious health problems resulting from exposure to pulsed microwaves carried on 2.4 GHz communication.
At the Marriott courtyard meeting on 4/24 Jan TenBruggencate dismissed citizen concerns about the effect of smart meters on human health, saying that had read dozens of studies and was convinced Smart Meters are safe. Which studies did Mr. TenBruggencate consider? Did he ignore studies which did not specifically pertain to 900 MHz? Did he understand the significance of the pulsed microwaves carried on 900 MHz? (see next paragraph)
While it is always important that KIUC presents truthful information about smart meters, focusing primarily on carrier frequency may cause us to miss the most important issue of all. Current research strongly suggests that pulsed microwave radiation is the most damaging to our biology, regardless of whether it is carried on the 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz band. See:
Remember, smart meters communicate via pulsed microwaves. I will cover the hazards of pulsed microwaves in greater detail in answer to the letter Pat sent me on 6/3 in which he asked if I could show you what he was missing in his understanding of the studies. Pat and I had planned to meet in person to discuss this, but events at the 6/4 KIUC meeting make it essential for this communication to occur in public. At the meeting Pat interrupted Ken Taylor’s request that Brad, your engineer, answer my technical questions about smart meters originally submitted to Jan TenBruggencate. Pat claimed he had already answered my questions in writing and in full. This is FALSE. Was this a deliberate ploy by the board to prevent the truth from being revealed in an open public forum?
Finally, the recent measurements of an actual smart meter on Kauai call into question the remaining reasons you gave for the inapplicability of Dr. Carpenter’s statements. You wrote: “at the 99.9% a smart meter is on for about 14 minutes in a 24 hour period and the average is closer to 45 seconds.” Based on actual measurements, analyzed frame by frame in video, Mr. Naea writes on http://stopkiuc.com/2012/06/actual-smart-meter-microwave-exposure-video-taped-kapaa-kauai/: “As the graph shows, extrapolated over a 24 hour period that amounts to 3.2 hours of exposure to a pulsed modulated microwave frequency radiation at over 2 milliwatts per square meter (mW/m ).”
Revelations about the dangers of smart meters and the deceptions perpetrated on Kauai’s people are just beginning. Please, let us invoke the precautionary principle and implement a moratorium now, before any further damage is done.
Hello to all,I believe most if not all of you got this one, but in case you did not, please read the article below, TESTIMONY OF DR. DAVID CARPENTER , including contents of the link below which leads to his amended declaration pdf: Amended Declaration of Dr. David O. Carpenter, M.D.I realize there are two sides to this issue so I would like to know if the KIUC Board knows of anyone with comparable credentials who refutes Dr. Carpenter’s findings and if so could they bring that expert and their data to light here for us just as Dr. Carpenter’s findings as been brought to light?I realize the KIUC Board might need some time for this task and if that is the case, I ask the Board to please offer an approximate time they will answer this request with the other expert?If the Board cannot find another expert with comparable credentials to Dr. Carpenter to refute Dr. Carpenter’s research with like research, I request the Board inform me and all interested parties here.Thanks,Chris
Testimony of Dr. David CarpenterFor those of you who still think smart meters are harmless, Dr. David Carpenter’s expert testimony on pulse-modulated (“PM”) microwave (“MW”) radiation leaves no doubt on this matter. The case involves the deployment of Wi-Fi in the Portland school system, in the same frequency range as smart meters.But in the case of smart meters, the levels of pulse-modulated (“PM”) microwave (“MW”) radiation are much higher.Dr. David O. Carpenter serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at University at Albany School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.Taken from his testimony:1. I am a public health physician, educated at Harvard Medical School. My current title is Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health. Formerly, I was the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany and the Director of the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health.2. I served as the Executive Secretary to the New York State Powerlines Project in the 1980s, a program of research that showed children living in homes with elevated magnetic fields coming from powerlines suffered from an elevated risk of developing leukemia. After this I became the spokesperson on electromagnetic field (EMF) issues for the state during the time of my employment in the Department of Health. I have published several reviews on the subject and have edited two books.3. I am a Co-Editor and a Contributing Author of the BioInitiative: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF), www.bioinitative.org. It documents bioeffects, adverse health effects and public health conclusions about impacts of electromagnetic radiation (electromagnetic fields including extremely-low frequency ELF-EMF and radiofrequency /microwave or RF-EMF fields). The public health chapter from this report was subsequently published in a peer-reviewed journal.4. Additionally, I am a Co-Author of Setting Prudent Public Health Policy for Electromagnetic Field Exposures, Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 23, No 2, 2008, attached as Addendum A-2.5. In addition, in 2009, I was invited to present to the President’s Cancer Panel on the subject of powerline and radiofrequency fields and cancer, and have testified on this issue before the Unite States House of Representatives.6. In sum, I am a public health physician, professor and former public health school Dean with expertise in electrophysiology, low-frequency electromagnetic fields bioeffects, and radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) radiation bioeffects.And this . . . .17. Like second-hand smoke, EMF and RF/MW radiation involve complex mixtures, where different frequencies, intensities, durations of exposure(s), modulation, waveform and other factors are known to produce variable effects, often more harmful with greater complexity. Decades of scientific study have produced substantial evidence that EMF and RF/MW radiation may be considered neurotoxic, carcinogenic and genotoxic. Sources of fields and radiation, but are not limited to: power lines, navigational radar, cell phones, cordless phones [or Digitally Encoded Cordless Transmission Devices (D.E.C.T.) phones], cell towers, ‘smart’ meters and their grids or infrastructure, “smart” boards, meters and grids, WiMax and wireless internet (WI-FI).18. The RF/MW radiation and low-frequency EMF science that currently exists includes tens of thousands of studies dating back to the 1920s. On the basis of this vast body of literature, many public health experts believe, myself included, that it is likely society will face epidemics of neurotoxic effects and degeneration, cancers and genotoxicity in the future, resulting from the extreme and mostly involuntary exposure to RF/MW radiation and EMFs. WI-FI radiation in schools exceeds natural background levels of microwave radiation by trillions of times. Thus, it is important that all of us restrict our use of cell phones, and be as free as possible from exposure to unnatural, background sources of MW radiation, particularly WI-FI.And here is the PDF of his expert testimony, with links to dozens of support materials, studies and research.
The dreaded hive beetle was found last week in a Kauai beehive approximately 1/2 mile from first smart meter pilot installation.On May 31, 2012 Garden Island news reported that for the first time the dreaded small beetle has been found in a Kauai bee hive.
“PUHI — Kaua‘i beekeepers could sleep in peace, knowing the Garden Isle is the only major Hawaiian island free of the small hive beetle, a serious pest to honeybees. Until last week.
On May 24, the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture confirmed what Francis Takahashi, assistant professor at Kaua‘i Community College, already knew for a few days.
“Just taking a look at it, you could tell it was small hive beetle,” said Takahashi of a sample taken by Craig Kaneshige from the Ag Department’s Plant Pest Control Branch.
The beetles were found May 21 at a home in the Pua Loke neighborhood of Lihu‘e, Takahashi said. Kaneshige took hive samples and sent them to HDOA entomologists in Honolulu, who confirmed the pest was the small hive beetle.
The beetle may have spread to the Lihu‘e area, and potentially to other places on the island. Takahashi said more beetles were found in the apiary at KCC, but not before an infected hive was moved to Kapahi.”…
Is there a causative relationship between KIUC’s roll out of microwave emitting Smart Meters and the infestation of a Kauai bee hive with the small hive beetle?
Within my presentation to the beekeepers’ association at Glastonbury in 2008, I referenced 14 articles explaining why the bees are particularly susceptible to microwave irradiation. I stressed that bees could be exposed to magnetic fields roughly 640 times more powerful than they normally encounter with the Earth’s field. The consequences of this can be two-fold: i) the ferromagnetic compounds within their heads, thorax and abdomen can produce hysteresis loops affecting proprioception (spatial awareness); and ii) the very size of the bee’s antennas, brain and body render it susceptible to resonance (unwanted vibrations). (9) Put simply, I would argue that the bee is disorientated with a failing immune system and like AIDS in humans will become victim of any infection(s) or infestation(s) which came along. [emphasis mine]
Now, let’s look at the proximity of the infested bee hive and known smart meter installations on Kauai. It turns out that the VERY FIRST smart meter installation on Kauai was at the Lihue Elderly Gardens, which has 58 units and sits 1/2 mile from the Pua Loke neighborhood where the first hive beetle was found! http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/smart-meter-installation-rolls-out/article_9511b07c-61dd-11e1-abcc-0019bb2963f4.html
To see just how close these two locations are, see map:
Location of first smart meter installations:
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Approximate location of first small hive beetle infestation:
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Bees regularly fly 2 miles or more in search of pollen or nectar.
Are smart meters responsible for weakening the bees so that they were susceptible to infestation? Is this all a complete coincidence? We cannot say for sure, but it is clearly possible that smart meters play a role, and given research studies and anecdotal reports from around the country, it seems likely.
What we need to know now is, how many other smart meter installations have occurred near the infested hive and when were the installations done? Also, where are the cellular collector antennae associated with these installations? I know that homes on a street a little over 1/2 mile from Pua Loke had smart meters installed at about the same time that the beetles were detected. What about other neighborhoods near the hive?
I will be requesting from KIUC dates and places of smart meter and smart meter collector antennae installation in the vicinity, but it may take a while to get that information. If any of you know of nearby smart meter installations, that would an enormous help. If you can provide the date of installation, that would be especially useful.
Our food supply depends upon pollination from bees. Let us stop this “smart” meter madness and call for a moratorium NOW. Let us demand an environmental impact statement. It is time that our representatives came off the sidelines and got involved. It is NOT the people’s job to prove that these meters are dangerous in order to call a halt to the program. It is the responsibility of KIUC to prove that they are safe, BEFORE inflicting them on us and our precious aina.
People of Kauai, if you care about each other and this island, stand up and “take back your power”.
“Yesterday I was sitting on the stream near the ocean mouth across from Safeway and noticed hundreds of bees drowning in the stream. WTF ”
“Wasn’t Kapaa one of the first installations for the sm grid?”
May 31, 2012, email from Ginger to Ken Taylor
Here we go….the first recorded mass bee deaths within a month of the smart meter installation blitz. How many dead bees will it take for KIUC to pay attention? Everyone, if you care about the precious island, please keep your eyes open and your cameras ready. Jan TanBruggencate, who refuses to answer my requests for documentation (see previous post) that these smart meters “do not transmit 24/7″ and are “low power” has said he will revisit his position about the safety of these meters if there is evidence ON KAUAI, that they injure bees.
Let us be vigilant so that we can bring problems to the attention of KIUC before our entire island’s bee population is put at risk. Please also consider adding your voice to the request for documentation on the frequencies and power output of all parts of the smart meter grid. (See previous post)
In answer to my article on Smart Meters and Bees, Jan TenBruggencate wrote: “…please know that there are many models of smart meters. There are ones with powerful radiotransmitters and there are ones that transmit constantly. Those are not the ones we selected. Our meters don’t transmit 24/7, and they are low-power. ”
It is my understanding that all smart meters are in constant communication with the mesh network (and therefore emitting microwaves), regardless of how often data is transmitted to KIUC.
I have asked Jan for product specifications on the various components of the smart meter system (see below) so that we can evaluate their safety based on existing research into the biological effects of microwave radiation. My request is not being honored.
If you would like KIUC to release the details on what type and how much microwave radiation these devices emit, please add your voice to this request. Included in the CC on my request were Board members Jan TenBruggencate; Pat Gegen; and Karen Baldwin. I also sent a cc to our mayor and local representatives, hoping they would take an interest in this public safety matter. If you are willing, please also cc Mark Naea and me.
This letter is in response to the May 23, 2012 editorial by Board Member Jan TenBruggencate in KIUC Currents
It angers me that in order to protect Kauai and our ohana, hardworking people, who are not paid to research or promote technology for KIUC, must spend vast amounts of time and energy debunking myths, lies, and half-truths generated by KIUC. It’s even more annoying that KIUC lavishly spends our Coop money to publicize such self-serving propaganda through print and radio. Mr. TenBruggencate’s recent post on Bees and Smart meters is a case in point.
There is more than enough evidence about the dangers microwave radiation poses to bees to suggest we impose a moratorium on installations; require an environmental impact statement, and do further research before exposing our bees (and our people) to this devastating technology.
If Jan TenBruggencate cannot find any evidence that smart meters kill bees, he is certainly not looking very hard. If he is sincerely interested in the subject, I suggest he begin with the following resources:
1. Ulrich Warnke, “Bees, Birds and Mankind — Destroying Nature by ‘Electrosmog’ www.wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/Bees_Birds_Mankind.pdf. It took me less than 30 seconds to find this on a web search. Here is the summary statement from the report by this internationally renowned bioscientist:
Today, unprecedented exposure levels and intensities of magnetic, electric, and electromagnetic fields from numerous wireless technologies interfere with the natural information system and functioning of humans, animals, and plants. The consequences of this development, which have already been predicted by critics for many decades, cannot be ignored anymore. Bees and other insects vanish; birds avoid certain places and become disorientated at others. Humans suffer from functional impairments and diseases. And insofar as the latter are hereditary, they will be passed on to next generations as preexisting defects.
2. With a little more digging, I found this study by Indian researchers Ved Parkash Sharma and Neelima R. Kumar of Panjab University. “Changes in honeybee behavior and biology under the influence of cellphone radiations” These researchers did a controlled experiment studying 4 beehives over period of 3 months. The testing period went from February to April and covered two brood cycles). 2 colonies (A) were fitted with functional GSM-900 cell phones; 1 colony (B) was fitted with dummy cell phones; one colony (C) had no phone. The group A colonies were exposed to these specific cellphone frequencies for 15 minutes twice a day during a time of peak activity. The bees were significantly affected by the long term presence of a transmitting cell phone. After 3 months the results showed significant population reduction with the queen laying less than half the number of eggs in the active cell phone hive. In that hive the bees failed to produce honey or pollen. Current Science, Vol. 98, No 10, 25 May 2010, pp 1376-78 cs-test.ias.ac.in/cs/Downloads/article_45415.pdf.
3. Barrie Trower, “Will the Communications Industry be the final straw for Our Planet’s Ecosystems?”, presented at the Glastonbury Symposium, July 24th 2010
This report sites 17 sources, including over a dozen research papers and U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents, all pointing to potentially damaging effects of EMFs on bees. http://www.safelandforbees.org.uk/bees-and-microwave-radiation.html Barrie Trower holds degrees in physics (specializing in microwaves) and in research. He trained at the Ministry of Defense microwave warfare establishment covering all aspects of microwave technology, uses, and health risks. His assignments included extracting confidential information (including Cold War microwave technology) from master criminals, terrorists, and spies.
So much for lack of research from credible sources that radiation from wireless technologies might adversely effect bees. Since Monsanto, (in response to criticism that its products threaten the health of bees), has recently purchased one of the major international research firms, and since corporate and industrial interests often dictate university research, the odds are stacked against unbiased research on this subject, but we will hope for academic honesty and freedom to prevail.
Let’s move on to the study Mr. TenBruggencate references by Professor Kuhn and graduate student Stephen Kimmel. This was a small study which neither proved nor disproved the possibility that DECT phones lead to colony collapse, but did suggest improved protocols for further research. In fact, the Kuhn/Kimmel study found that electromagnetic fields similar to those produced by cordless phones may interfere with the homing abilities of bees. To quote from the abstract: “The presented data set is based on earlier studies from 2005, which showed significant differences in returning, 39.7% of the non-irradiated bees came back compared to 7.3% of the irradiated ones.” And later: “The results of this study are much more heterogenic compared to our examination in 2005. But despite this aspect, still a significant difference between exposed and non-exposed bee colonies could be observed.” agbi.uni-landau.de/material_download/preprint_IAAS_2007.pdf The authors were not prepared to suggest that results of their study be freely extrapolated to bees and other wireless devices. Mr. Kimmel was understandably frustrated when the media seized upon this possibility, leading to a storm of calls and letters which interfered with his work. The quote used in Mr. TenBruggencate’s article reflects this frustration.
In essence, by sleight of hand worthy of a magician, Mr. TenBruggencate has taken a study which suggested caution and further research and used it to deride those who urge the same.
On to Smart Meters and their possible impact on Bees. If we compare the actual radiation produced by smart meters to that from cell phones, the implications of the the research become more alarming…and reports of beekeepers across the country whose hives have collapsed within days or weeks of smart meter installation make sense.
Mr. TenBruggencate claims that cell phone radiation is more powerful than that from smart meters. This is FALSE. Contrary to KIUC claims, the radiation emitted by smart meters far exceeds that from most cell phones, even during data transmission. Furthermore cell phones can be turned off while smart meters emit microwave pulses 24/7. For a visual demonstration of the difference between the radiation emitted from cell phones vs. a smart meter, check out the following video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOabFJlenz4
According to UCSC senior lecturer and expert on nuclear policy, Daniel Hirsch, the smart meter has an effect 100 times more powerful than cell phones. For a look at how industry manipulates the data to provide a false sense of safety about smart meters see stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/
Scientific studies are not the only source of valuable information. Mr TenBruggencate could also check out the numerous disturbing reports from beekeepers and homeowners concerning the effects of smart meters on bee populations. Here are a few examples:
From Susan Morin, Red Wolf Ranch, Grass Valley CA:
We had three bee hives that were healthy and had no other reason to leave–when bees are uncomfortable, threatened, or lack food sources, they leave. Now, a colony will leave individually, yet these hives, all on completely different areas of the property left with in three days of the installation of a PG&E smart meter. We also called PG&E and asked them not to install, and they did when we were off the property.
I have read reports on the smart meters and was not enrolled that they were/are safe and now have evidence that they effected our personal livelihood and lost three hives which equates to $250/hive loss, pollination loss to fruit tress (bees pollinate 80% of all fruits and vegetables) $5k+/-, and honey as a source of medicine and food $4k.
The math does not equate, the loss of pollination does not equate, and the rapid push of PG&E to do this just because they may be at a financial loss–does not equate when it DOES in FACT harmfully affect our community, livelihoods, and food stuffs.
I have experienced this personally and documented it. Call and email if you need further documentation.
Here is another example. Laura Chariton of Mill Valley, CA measures smart meter emissions and describes the loss of her bees and the effects on the bats near her home. She notes the difference between the rates of emission claimed by her power company and the actual emissions measured. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI0JJgKkyzs
Please read this. I am not the only one, and I won’t be the last. I knew about colony collapse disorder and other bee problems but since I live in a wooded area free of pesticides and GMO close by, on a river facing a mountain outside cell phone range, I thought our bees would be safe.
They thrived for over a year but have now disappeared. Only a few are left inside, frozen yet there is plenty of honey and capped brood – exactly how colony collapse is described. Bees do not voluntarily leave a hive where there is capped brood. What happens is that bees leave the hive to go forage or get water, and get lost due to their navigation system being disrupted by electromagnetic fields. So they wander aimlessly until they die of exhaustion. The result is that we find empty bee hives. The few dead bees inside, dead of cold because of too few bees to keep the hive from freezing, are perfectly shaped, showing they were healthy, without parasites. I never thought I would see this here.
Three weeks ago they were fine. So what happened?
I have now found out Hydro installed a smart meter on my property without my knowledge and I think it was early fall. I am writing Hydro to get it removed and trying to find out if I can have any legal recourse. I am very sad for my bees but most of all depressed to think we are creating a world in which even beneficial beings such as bees cannot survive. Since there are other animals on this property I am determined to try and get everyone in the area to refuse smart meters.
Please let people know about this. Nov 6, 2011 citizensforsafetechnology.org/bees-in-wildlife-and-environment,31,0
The fact that Mr. TenBruggencate can work his bees with a cell phone on his hip, that his bees appear to tolerate a visit from transmitting phone near their hive, or lick honey from said phone in no way proves that smart meters are safe for bees. To begin with, radiation effects are cumulative. Beyond this: where are the scientific protocols? Where is the data? What is the specific transmitting frequency, or at least the cell band of the phone? How long was it on? Over how many days? Where is the placebo? The control group? Mr. TenBruggencate presents himself as a science reporter. I submit then that he should know better than this. His article presents biased and industry serving opinion masquerading as research. As such, I find it less useful than sincere “anecdotal” evidence. It seems Mr. TenBruggencate hopes to discredit concerned people and to stifle meaningful discussion about the dangers of smart meters through chicanery. I believe Kauai’s people are intelligent and awake and will see through this charade and take back their “power”.
Mr. TenBruggencate wishes me to partner with KIUC. I will do so when KIUC behaves with honor, integrity, and wisdom. In the meantime I hope the people of Kauai will refuse installation or request removal of these dumb “smart” meters.
Take back your “power” Kauai.
Your two recent letters, one signed jointly by all members of the board and the other a personal response to those concerned with the health effects of smart meters, have left me surprised and disappointed. My family worked to help you get elected to the board, hoping you would be a voice for change. We wonder now what difference it made.
Your claim to support personal choice means little to me when there will be virtually no developed place to go on island without being the unwilling recipient of microwave radiation from OTHER people’s smart meters. Our own neighborhood may be smart meter free for 1/4 mile in all directions, but we may still be effected in our home by the repeaters, about which no detailed information is available. Visits to friends, shopping, community meetings, and rehearsals are fast becoming episodes of mandatory microwave exposure. I remember as a child coughing my way through public meetings because those around me were exercising their personal choice to smoke. Decades later, after long term studies at last emerged, laws were passed to protect the rights of non smokers. Now thanks to KIUC we are replacing cigarette smoke with microwaves. Where are the long term scientific studies proving that cumulative exposure to such microwaves is safe? You cannot supply them, because they have never been done! As a member of the KIUC board, why do you not consider it YOUR responsibility to prove that these microwaves are harmless before you inflict them upon us and our precious and fragile environment?
Allowing individual deferrals while spending our money on print and radio ads to discredit those concerned about smart meters is abusing KIUC’s “power” and is NOT protecting my freedom of choice.
You speak as if cancer were the only health concern related to smart meters. Are you aware of other common symptoms such as tinnitus, tingling in the hands and arms, headaches, aching in the joints, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and heart problems including palpitations, tachycardia, and arrhythmia – early warning symptoms of trouble which show up long before a disease such as cancer could manifest? I personally know of two cases where people have already requested removal of a smart meter on Kauai because it was causing immediate and significant health effects. Does this interest you or do you dismiss it as anecdotal evidence by a hysterical minority?
As a KIUC board member, have you taken the time to personally interview people who are EMF sensitive to hear from them in their own words what effects exposure to increased radiation has had on their lives? You say you have examined the evidence concerning smart meters. I would like to know specifically what evidence that was.
I have done extensive research and I am unable to find ANY angle from which smart meters are a general benefit to the people or the environment. The embodied energy in these devices and in the working devices you will discard to install them dwarfs possible energy savings. And if energy savings were really the purpose $11 million could have bought far more energy savings if invested in solar domestic hot water systems and timers for electric hot water heaters, to name just two possibilities. Meanwhile, there are so many reasons to be concerned about smart meters, including human health; animal health; the safety of our bees (essential for pollinating our food crops); the safety of our homes (in addition to issues of malfunction and improper installation; these non-UL approved devices create a fire hazard because they produce frequencies which most home wiring is not engineered to handle); our privacy (smart meters are surveillance devices and the information they collect can (and has) been sold and/or hacked into for a variety of purposes which violate the rights and safety of homeowners); the integrity of our power supply (these devices are relatively easy to hack into and control); and escalating power bills (such have been experienced by vast numbers of people where smart meters have been installed).
As I study the mounting evidence that smart meters are a disservice to the consumer and the environment, I need to ask deeper questions. For example, who is really pushing for the universal roll-out of this life destructive technology (for as you surely must know by now, smart meter roll out is a synchronized world wide event)? And who benefits? Obviously the makers of smart meters, the installers of smart meters, and the power companies may benefit….though when the power company becomes involved in litigation over health challenges, property destruction and other ancillary problems of smart meters those economic benefits may evaporate.
These are surface answers to the question of who benefits, but clearly they do not tell the whole story, so I continue to probe. If you can offer me any insight, I would appreciate it.
In response to:
http://website.kiuc.coop/content/open-letter-board-directors and to Mr. Gegan’s letter printed in the Garden Island Newspaper “Letters to the Editor” section, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-tuesday-may/article_87daeaa2-a3e8-11e1-b600-001a4bcf887a.html