Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dear Vice Mayor Gray

The Vice Mayor of Battle Creek questioned my concerns about smart meter/radio transmitting devices, and here is my email response to her:

Dear Vice Mayor Gray,

Towards the end of the August 4, 2015 City Commission meeting, in regards to my concern about smart meter/radio transmitting devices, you said something like, "We had an extensive explanation of that in the past."  Perhaps you were referring to the two documents that I was referring to in my public comments, when I said that when the Water Department is questioned about their safety, they send out two documents from the manufacturer which state that these devices are safe.  And I said, of course the manufacturer is going to tell you they are safe; they want to sell you their product.  The manufacturer's documents hold no weight with me.  Independent third party testing is required.  And from my research, there is none that prove that these devices are safe.

I personally have adverse reactions from smart meters and most, if not all, radio transmitting devices, and I know of another resident who had a debilitating reaction from a smart meter, and she didn't even know what a smart meter was, nor that one had been installed on her home.  Her reaction was more of a "typical" reaction and the health professional asked her if she had a smart meter.  I went to her house on Monday and verified that indeed, she did.

The fact is, we really don't know if these smart meter/radio transmitting devices are safe, and preliminary results point to the opposite, except from the manufacturer; the manufacturer is telling us they are safe.  But thousands of people world-wide are telling us that they are getting ill from them.  Though it appears that those who are hypersensitive are the minority right now.

The following is a partial list of California counties and cities that have either called for a moratorium on smart meter installations, given customers the right to opt out, adopted an ordinance banning smart meters, requested more research on health and safety impacts, and/or who are otherwise opposing smart meters...

The County Board of Supervisors of the following counties:

Humboldt -
Lake*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Marin*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Mendocino*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Monterey -
San Louis Obispo -
San Francisco -
Santa Cruz*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Santa Barbara
Sonoma -
Tehama -
Ventura -

And the cities of:

Arcata -
Belvedere -
Berkeley -
Blue Lake
Capitola -
Cotati -
Fairfax -
Fort Bragg -
Goleta -
Grover Beach -
Lake Port*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Marina -
Mill Valley -
Monte Sereno -
Monterey -
Morro Bay -
Mount Shasta
Novato -
Ojai*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Pacific Grove
Palo Alto
Rio Dell*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
San Anselmo -
San Louis Obispo -
San Rafael -
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz -
Scotts Valley
Sea Side*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Sebastopol***(ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Simi Valley
Thousand Oaks -
Watsonville*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -
Willitis -
The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians*** (ban or moratorium on smart meters) -

So you see, we're not talking small potatoes here!  There's a lot of people on the smart-meter-free bandwagon.  Unfortunately, it appears that because we're still a minority, we're not always taken seriously.  That's why those like me, hypersensitive to radio frequencies, may be akin to the proverbial canary in the coal mine; an early warning sign.

Smart meter/radio transmitting devices adversely affect me and others, and we have a right to not be harmed by utility company's equipment.

Thank you for your concern about this issue.  I look forward to hearing back from you regarding the information I have presented.

May you be blessed!

Jeanine Deal

P.S. - I've attached the two documents I was referring to, from the manufacturer of the smart meter/radio transmitting devices, that the Water Department sends out when someone questions the safety, that hold no weight because they are manufacturer documents.  If they are not what you were referring to, please let me know.  Thank you!  

(End of email)

Then, I found another credible source, and sent that to her as well:

Dear Vice Mayor Gray,

I'm sorry if I am overwhelming you with information, but I just found another credible source warning us about smart meter/radio transmitting devices, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine:

Furthermore, the AAEM asks for:

  • An immediate caution on Smart Meter installation due to potentially harmful RF exposure.
  • Accommodation for health considerations regarding EMF and RF exposure, including exposure to wireless Smart Meter technology.
  • Independent studies to further understand the health effects from EMF and RF exposure.
  • Recognition that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a growing problem worldwide.
  • Understanding and control of this electrical environmental bombardment for the protection of society.
  • Consideration and independent research regarding the quantum effects of EMF and RF on human health.
  • Use of safer technology, including for Smart Meters, such as hard-wiring, fiber optics or other non-harmful methods of data transmission.
Submitted by: Amy L. Dean, DO, William J. Rea, MD, Cyril W. Smith, PhD, Alvis L. Barrier, MD 

(End of that email)
I did heard back from Vice Mayor Gray, and wrote about it here.  

We've also heard back from Perry Hart, Utility Administrator at the City of Battle Creek Water Department, who had written to us on July 31, 2015:  "Please let me know if we need to remove the existing devices or if this action can be delayed until a policy is developed."  

We responded the same day:  "...please remove all of the Water Department's radio devices from my property as soon as possible."

October 3, 2015 Update:  

Here is Utility Administrator Parry Hart response on August 18, 2015:
The City is considering the development of an opt-out process to accommodate your request to have the current read device removed. Until that process is developed and implemented, providing the Water Division direction on how to uniformly proceed with an opt-out option, we are not able to take action at this time. Thank you for bringing your concerns to the City and for your patience in this request.
(End of that email)

The City of Battle Creek Water Department has not yet removed their radio transmitting devices from the property, and today, October 3, 2015,  it's been over two months since we first requested their removal.  We have emailed them a few times since August 18, 2015, and a few of the city government employees have read the emails (read-receipt returned), but no one has responded... yet. 

May We All Be Blessed!


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