Santa Cruz County is challenging just how “smart” and safe PG&E’s new Smart Meters really are, and it could lead to a moratorium on further installations. Supervisor John Leopold convinced fellow supervisors to challenge both the health and accuracy of the high-tech meters.

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“Given the fact that there were problems with billing, and problems with accuracy, we thought it would be important to have a moratorium to work out those problems,” said Leopold.

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In addition, some people say the electromagnetic radio signals on the meters pose a health threat.

PG&E spokesman Matt Naumen says the utility company has slowed Smart Meter installations in some areas while community outreach continues.

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The Santa Cruz County Counsel will report back to supervisors in two weeks, about the time an administrative law judge rules on earlier calls for moratoriums. An outside review by a consultant hired by the state Public Utilities Commission will be released around September 2nd.