CMP Smart Meter Complaint Filed with Maine PUC

Mainers Concerned about Smart Meters Ask Public Utilities Commission to Slow Down Installation, Investigate and Let People Opt Out

A formal complaint calls for more time for a thorough, independent investigation into health, safety, privacy and security issues

(Hallowell, ME) — Amid national reports of illness, overbilling, privacy invasion and electronic interference with medical equipment after smart meter installation, a group of Mainers has filed a formal complaint with the Public Utilities Commission.

The official “10-person complaint” asks the PUC to put a hold on Central Maine Power’s installation of any new smart meters, repeaters, and other related wireless equipment, to allow time for a thorough, independent investigation of health, safety and security concerns. Those concerns have led other states to block or halt installation of the neighborhood-wide wireless networks in which the smart meters operate.

“Mainers deserve time for a thorough and unbiased investigation into these health and safety concerns without the pressure of CMP installing equipment all around us before these issues are resolved,”said Elisa Boxer-Cook, an environmental health advocate from Scarborough, who authored the complaint.

CMP has repeatedly stated that the meters meet FCC standards for radiofrequency (RF) radiation. A consultant hired by CMP has corroborated this statement. But the complaint points to proof that the FCC standards are set for acute situations, and don’t cover chronic, non-thermal exposure, which is the concern with smart meters.

The filing comes on the heels of Scarborough Town Councilors unanimously passing a resolution urging CMP to wait at least 90 days before installing any smart meters or related wireless equipment, to allow time for thorough and independent investigation of concerns, through several community forums.

One of the complainants is State Rep. Sean Flaherty of Scarborough, a member of the Utilities and Energy Committee.

“By signing on, I hope I’m helping to send the message that we need more information before widespread installation of these units.  Consumers deserve to know more, we deserve to feel safe,” said Flaherty.

The complaint also asks that customers be given the chance to opt-out if they don’t want a smart meter.

“There’s an international scientific debate over whether wireless radiation is harmful,” says Boxer-Cook. “People who think it’s safe should absolutely have all the wireless equipment they want. But those of us who want to protect ourselves shouldn’t be forced to have high-frequency radiation coming into our homes.”

The meters, along with new repeater antennas installed on neighborhood lampposts and utility poles, are part of a mesh network that emits powerful pulsing bursts of radiofrequency (RF) radiation that is currently under international investigation as a possible carcinogen. The complaint points out that last year’s President’s Cancer Panel report called wireless radiation a possible carcinogen, and urged people to limit their wireless exposure, pending further research.

Aleece Herlihy, a mother of two from Gorham, signed the complaint because she believes people should have the right to choose how much new wireless radiation they want in their homes.

“The involuntary nature of the project is especially frustrating to Maine parents who follow federal guidelines for wireless safety, which urge parents to reduce children’s exposure to radiofrequency radiation, especially in the home,” said Herlihy.

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One Response

  1. How can a person opt out?

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