Marin County Issues Moratorium On SmartMeters

SAN RAFAEL (KCBS) – Pacific Gas and Electric has been told to stop installing SmartMeters in unincorporated Marin County, as county supervisors on Tuesday imposed a moratorium on the installation of the devices.

But a company spokesman told the Marin Independent Journal that the state Public Utilities Commission, not the county board, has jurisdiction over the meters, and that the utility will continue installing them in Marin until it hears differently from the state commission.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Several speakers at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday claimed they were suffering ill health effects from SmartMeters, including Sarah Riley, who said she has hyper-electro sensitivity, or overexposure to electromagnetic radiation.

“You are approaching the floodgates of an epidemic in your county if something is not done about the SmartMeter rollout,” she said.

Riley lives in Fairfax, a town that has already banned the installation of the devices.

Barry Smith, a member of an environmental health group, said he supports the moratorium, but detected a flaw in the ordinance.

“In the moratorium, I do not see anything about deinstallation,” he said. “There are people in this room with children who are suffering right now. It’s very important for us as a community to deinstall.”

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to implement the moratorium, saying SmartMeters present a potential health and safety risk for residents.

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  • gwen

    This stupidity is killing me! The smart meters have no stronger ‘radio waves’ than the TVs you used to watched via an antenna, your radio in you car or home, your cell phone, etc.

  • gwen

    Now, if Marin demanded proof that they could not be hacked to alter your bill, they would have an argument, because it looks like they are poorly shielded against hacking.

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  • Scott

    smart meters emit a very low amount of RF, less than a cell phone…. people blow things waaay oot of line.

  • Brad

    Go Solar. Your meter will run backwards and smartmeters cannot be installed.

  • Gale

    What the naysayers in comments are forgetting is that if you are in a residential neighborhood, these meters are transmitting wirelessly back to the utility company nearly continuously. You aren’t being exposed only to your own smart meter, but everyone’s around you, which can be a large amount of microwave and electromagnetic radiation..Also, people with health problems can opt out of having a cell phone or TV, but you can’t opt out of these meters. They have been shown to negatively effect animal populations, including bees, infants, the elderly, and more in countries where longer term studies have been done. Get informed.

    • JD

      Internet rule #62: If someone says “it has been shown” or “studies prove” without providing a link to the actual studies, then you can be sure they have no idea what they are talking about and that they haven’t bothered to read the studies.

      • Gale

        I couldn’t agree more regarding nebulous references to “studies.” However, I’m an environmental chemist and have read papers on this as part of my work.

        I’ve never understood why people are so willing to roll over and let corporate and government interests do whatever they want to them, and save their skepticism for those who actually care about their health and surroundings. Why are so many members of the public defending these meters? As far as I can tell, there is no public benefit and many public risks.

  • Curt larson

    There are 2 reasons for the smart meters. 1: PG&E can fire all of its meter readers, since Smart Meters are read with radio waves and computers. 2: They can charge on a tiered rate. IE: highest rate is during dinner time and during the hottest time of day in the summer.

    • Steve

      Curt, Exactly right! In addition to increasing the cost of heating and cooling your home, it is a designed attempt at social engineering by the fraudlent global warming alarmist regime. Follow the money my friends.

  • Ultra-Misanthrope

    And the tinfoil hat crowd wins out again.

  • Jake

    There is another smart meter technology available called PLC that’s used by
    many countries in Europe right now as well as Duke Energy. So why doesn’t PG&E consider this instead of having to deal with this headache?

  • peter

    ever since my smart meter was installed i have suffered from erectile dis function and its killing me.

  • daduded

    I hear it causes autism and a lack of vaccination as well.
    Wow, scary…….LMAO

  • Roz

    Take these smart meters out of Marin County. More technology is not always better and remember it is culumative.. all the smart meters working in our neighborhoods could have many potential health concerns and may also be costing us more money.. Not so easy to install solar for everyone.. Please contact your county supervisors now and demand they we removed or at least turned off now!!!

  • JV

    wonder if they are made in China.

  • MD

    ever since I got my smartmeter installed my bills have been WAY lower! Thanks PG&E!

  • tomfitzg

    My smart meter makes me sleep in on Mondays and drink too much on the weekends. I think it also makes me less attractive to women.

    geeezzzz I had no idea there were so many hard core conservatives in Marin.

  • Carrie

    I just became a virgin again cause of the new installation of our Smart Meter! THANKS PG&E!!:(

  • Carrie

    OH MY GOD! We IS ALL gonna DIE!!!!

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