To the editor:
Recently, I wrote a letter to the editor concerning Smart Meters. ("Citizens should have a choice," Jan. 20.) This is the new digital meter that AEP is placing on our homes without our consent. AEP will tell you that there is no danger posed by these meters and that is good for you as a consumer because it lowers your electric bill and supports the global grid.
What they fail to tell you is the Smart Meter continually transmits personal information about activities in your home via wireless technology, these meters are not UL Certified and that there are possible dangers from the microwave technology that the meter uses.
AEP will tell you that this device does not transmit any more microwave radiation than your microwave oven. This is misleading. The microwave radiation these devices use is different. A microwave oven produces continuous radiation, where a Smart Meter produces pulsed or modulated radiation. Pulsed radiation is used in the research of pulsed weapons using electromagnetic pulse EMP technology. In an article published in 2011, Dr. Karl Maret, who also has degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering said, peer reviews have shown that the difference in waveforms and modulation patterns can produce quite different biological effects such as the selective release of calcium from cell membranes." There is documentation that this radiation also attacks DNA (see www.emfnews.org/What-Smart-Meters-Really-Do.html and www.smartmeterupdate.com/home/safety.) There are other websites that also describe the possible dangers from this meter and what you can do about it.
We also have issues with the breach of privacy associated with this meter. What happens to our personal information? Who sees it? Can the meter be hacked or compromised? Of course AEP will say it will never do anything bad with our information. It will also say the meter cannot be hacked and that it will only share your information with law enforcement if you have a spike in your electric use. It seems that AEP is now an extension of the police and we all are suspected of illegal activities.
In December, we sent a certified letter to Pablo Vegas, president and CEO of AEP Ohio, addressing our health risk and privacy concerns. We received no response. However, we did receive a letter from AEP, not Vegas, telling us that law enforcement would accompany technicians to ensure the Smart Meter was safely installed.
Currently, state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, is talking with AEP and the Public Utility Commission of Ohio and looking into a possible opt-out program for Ohio. According to PUCO, installation of this device is a pilot program and is not mandatory. If you have privacy and health concerns associated with this meter and feel you deserve a choice, call Gentile's office at (614) 466-6508 or e-mail his assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. They have been very helpful and are working to support this effort. In addition, here are some other websites that maybe helpful in your research of this meter: refusesmartmeters.com and trueemfsolutions.com/12 reasons-to-say-no-to smart-meters.