Letter to Madison Market Coop summarizing concerns about Seattle City Light’s planned smart meter program

Dear Madison Market staff,

I’ve been a member-owner at MM for a few decades and would like to bring something to the attention of the general membership. Seattle City Light plans to roll out “smart” meters in Seattle and will be holding public hearings very soon (details below). What is a smart meter? According to Wikipedia, a smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility (usually wirelessly) for monitoring and billing purposes.

I’ve started a petition on Credo Mobile to the Seattle City Council that members can view and sign here: http://tinyurl.com/nlsge5t asking for a moratorium on smart meters until their health risks can be better understood by independent scientific review.

To expand upon what is stated in the petition – there is a growing body of scientific research documenting the harmful health effects of RFR (radio frequency radiation). While sorting through the voluminous websites, reading technical journal reviews like this one from Dr. Henry Lai: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/A10-018 is not an easy undertaking, what I’ve found in doing so is alarming, and not least because it seems the general public is largely ignorant of the issues involved.

A documentary which should be out by the end of August will take on this issue comprehensively. The trailer can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek0JKuf99PU

Industry and the FCC (an arm of industry some might say) are basing their assumption of safety on a few decades old and very narrowly focused short term animal studies. There are no long term studies on safety (even in animals, let alone humans) and now all of us are poised to be guinea pigs unless the public steps up and educates themselves and vocally opposes it. Furthermore, there are huge unproven assumptions being made about energy savings, and most consumers will be forced to purchase the new equipment, pay an expensive monthly opt out fee, or possibly have their power cut off.

There are also effects being observed relating to negative impacts to wildlife – birds leaving areas where smart meters have been installed: http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/192319761.html. It seems probable that the increased EMF smog from smart meters will impede bee recovery.

There are also privacy risks, the possibility of the power grid being taken over by terrorist/hackers, more NSA storage of when you turn on and off every appliance in your home.

City Light plans to hold hearings around Seattle in mid August, but as of this writing they have not announced dates and times. The public can register comments and sign up for updates from City Light’s website here: http://www.seattle.gov/light/ami/.

Stop Smart Meters WA is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WahingtoniansAgainstSmartMeters

Please consider using Madison Market’s media-education outreach resources to help alert the public of this issue.

Thank you,

[Note – feel free to use any of the language of this letter as a template for a similar letter you could write not to Madison Market, PCC Markets, Seattle City Light,  Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, etc..

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