Following are my comments given during the Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Battle Creek, Michigan, City Commission meeting...
Consent Agenda CommentDuring Commission Comments, Perry Hart (the Director of Public Works in Battle Creek) was asked about House Bill 4916 and he gave some incorrect information. I'd like to correct that.
The House Bill doesn't just address Consumer's Energy (electricity provider in Battle Creek), the Bill addresses all of Michigan (public) utility companies who are utilizing wireless technology (in their meters). (House Bill 4916) is a bipartisan supported Bill, with 13% of Michigan State Representatives supporting it. Four Democrats and 10 Republicans are co-sponsors on this Bill. So I just wanted to clarify that it addresses all wireless utility meters, not just Consumers Energy. It would be Consumers Energy, SEMCO Energy (our natural gas provider), Battle Creek Water Department, you name it.
Also, Mr. Hart referred to FCC requirements as the, quote-unquote, "safety net" they are installing smart meters under. It must be noted that the FCC is not a health regulation agency and it must also be noted that the FCC's allowable levels of radio frequency radiation are among the highest in the world. The United States is among the highest in the world.
And then, I spoke to Rene' Stoia, Deputy City Clerk in Marysville (Michigan), and she said that their Resolution addressed their electric company, DTE, because that's who the citizens were concerned about. She also said that they sent their Resolution for a no-fee, analog (utility meter) opt-out choice for all their residents, to Michigan State Legislators, and that, (quote), "Hopefully they will do something about this."
One more thing: City Manager said during this discussion (about Marysville), quote, "Very different composition demographics and the provision of utility service than the City of Battle Creek, they don't have a provision of utility services," or something like that. I didn't quite understand what that meant. So if you can explain that? (I've been told that city officials do not have to answer any questions from the public, and so far, City Manager Rebecca Fleury hasn't clarified that statement for me.)
I do want to thank both Commissioner Faris and Flores for supporting a little more detail in the minutes regarding Public Comments. Thank you.
Adoption of Ordinance Comment
General Public Comment
"We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include - but are not limited to - radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors..."
"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life."
what these EMF scientists are saying about health effects.