Developed by the Smart Meter Safety Coalition
in consultation with engineer Mikel Miller, Ph.D.
CMP and its “independent experts” claim that the human body emits more radiofrequency (RF) than a wireless smart meter does. The truth is, the human body does not emit any RF. None. RF covers a high-frequency band used for radio communications. Humans are not radio transmitters.
The natural, low-frequency field emitted by humans is vastly different than the manmade, high-frequency field that compose RF. Smart meters and associated equipment operate at frequencies of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, which fall into the radiofrequency (RF) range.
The human field (~7Hz) comes nowhere near that range. This is a misleading statement put out by CMP to minimize and downplay legitimate health concerns. Incidentally, CMP’s “independent experts” are from Exponent, the science-for-hire firm that has represented the tobacco and asbestos industries in cancer cases. A simple Google search for “Exponent” and “hired gun” will tell you all you need to know.
CMP claims wireless smart meters only transmit about 45 seconds per day. The natural tendency is to interpret that as “on for 45 seconds, then off for the rest of the day.” However, smart meters transmit in intense bursts for a fraction of a second at a time. Smart meters closer to a collector can transmit up to 15,400 times per day. Imagine being in a dark room and quickly switching a light on and off, on and off 15,400 times per day. It’s jarring to the body.
Using the total accumulated time (45 seconds, for example) is misleading, because in reality the quick, intense bursts for a fraction of a second throughout the day and night, do not allow the body time to adjust. Turning a smart meter on for 45 seconds per day, leaving it on, then turning it off for the rest of the day is much different than turning it on and off 15,400 times per day and accumulating that same 45 seconds.
CMP claims it could lose its federal funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) if people opt-out. The Smart Meter Safety Coalition had an in-person conversation with two people at the DOE —the Acting Under-Secretary for Energy and her senior advisor. Both told us they don’t want anyone to feel forced into having a smart meter, and that their intent was never to make the grant money contingent on mandating a device that could cause people to feel unsafe in their home. They both brought up the smart meter backlash in California, and how they wanted to prevent that from happening elsewhere. They both said they want to work with states and utilities to solve any problems that are creating these divides. During one of our PUC technical conferences, CMP was asked in a data request to provide any proof that the DOE would pull funding if people opted out. CMP provided no such proof.
CMP claims wireless smart meters are no different than other wireless devices, like Wi-Fi. While both are high-frequency 2.4GHz, the peak bursts of a smart meter are at least 10 times the strength of a typical wireless router. The biggest difference, however, is this: your Wi-Fi is not transmitting to, collecting from, repeating and piggybacking off of all other Wi-Fi units in your neighborhood. Wireless smart meter transmissions, by design, create a web of back-and-forth signals that blanket an area. While you may receive ambient radiation from your neighbor’s Wi-Fi, it is not designed to transmit throughout the neighborhood. Your neighbor’s smart meter, however, is designed to transmit to, and receive signals from, every other meter in the area. This web constitutes the mesh network that differentiates smart meters from other wireless devices. It’s this mesh network that concerns us.
We respect your right to choose a wireless smart meter just as much as we respect your right to refuse one. And since it’s your health and safety, we believe you should have all the accurate information you need to make that choice.
—Smart Meter Safety Coalition in consultation with engineer Mikel Miller, Ph.D.