Will Public Service Commission Allow Smart Meter Opt-Out?
This message came to the South River Source from Smart Meter Awareness, regarding last Tuesday’s Maryland Public Service Commission Meeting:
The Public Service Commission hearing took place yesterday, May 22nd. The first half of the day was spent listening to BGE, “experts” brought in by BGE, Pepco, the Public Service Commission Staff as well as others with party status, reiterate orally what they had written in their submitted comments, misinformation and all.
After about 4 or 5 hours of this, the public was invited to testify. Our testimony was comprehensive, and most of the very serious problems associated with these meters were touched on thoroughly, with clarity and I think quite convincingly.
MSMA was given party status as was Rebecca Diener. Traci Radice’s Petition to Intervene was granted. We are now awaiting a verdict from the PSC. Attached are two motions to halt the installation of smart meters and a comment submitted by Traci Radice (first two attachments) and Chris Bush (third attachment) on behalf of us all. Many thanks to them!!
Although the PSC stated at the opening of the hearing that they had no intention of considering a moratorium on s-meters and would only be addressing the possibility and terms of an opt out, we are hoping that with their fuller understanding of the problems with these meters, coupled with the strong public outcry against them, they may reconsider.
Here is a Capital Gazette article on the hearing with a survey asking people to “vote on” whether we feel that opt out customers should have to pay additionally to keep our analog meters. Please take a moment to voice your opinion.
This article in the Baltimore Sun covers the opt out hearing. This last link is to a rather pathetic article on the opt out hearing that doesn’t even attempt objectivity. Upon checking the comments posted, no one has thus far commented which I guess is a clear enough comment in itself. If someone from MSMA is so inclined, maybe they will post something.
The last attachment is a comparison chart for the exposure limits of microwave radiation in sixteen different countries. You can see from the chart that the US exposure limit is 10,000 times higher than that of New South Wales, Australia.
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