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7/2/2013 10:38:00 AM
Letter: Williams council should ban smart meters
Williams-Grand Canyon News

To the editor:

On June 21, APS was defeated in its proposal to charge Sedona consumers a $75 fee for opting not to have a smart meter and an additional $30 on their monthly bill.

This took place at the Sedona City Council meeting where an awareness group won its argument against APS citing a number of health issues that could be caused by the meters despite APS' contention that they pose no danger.

It would be nice to see the Williams City Council get on board with this ban until evidence can be found one way or another, since they recently gave approval for the installation of these meters in Williams.

John Lee


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article comment by: J S

as a radio technician I can tell you the problems with this technology are not inherently in peoples exposure limits but in the fact they use a broad band of frequency's and have the potential to cause interference on many frequency's.

Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013
Article comment by: Paul H

Mr Johnson,
Just wait until you get one and see the odd times you wake up. Fortunately after it was brought to their attention and the mechanism was defined, they changed the "data dumps" from 3am to 4 or 5am. Also after you've had one for a month go get your blood checked for these inflammatory markers. Copper, TGFb1, and MMP9. Next conduct a research for definitions and latest studies on their affect.
These fields are as strong as a tv or local radio station? If they were than you wouldn't need an antenna on your roof.
Your facts are simple lies. 24/7 exposure to a class 2b carcinogen is a poison.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Eric Chesna

The only positive point of having a smart meter is in the perpective of the power company. It allows them to charge more money for the same amount of power, it allows them to save money on not having to pay someone to read a meter. It allows them the opportunity to turn off your power instantly. This is never designed to benefit the consumer. Savings from this smart meter is not intended to be passed on to the consumer. Your power bill will only go up. The power company has just found ways to make more money just like the govt trying to push the myth of global warming so the can create carbon taxes to tax ctizens to death. the only way for them to increase their revenue is to create a new tax or more complicated method to charge more for less.
So where do you stand? will you give them the combination to your money safe in hopes you can trust them. Or will you make a stand and not give them free reign over your home.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Luvthe Mountains

Just make sure that APS doesn't get away with your meter if you do have a fire. Make sure your local firefighters know to not let anyone take the electrical meter if there is a fire.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: John Lee

mr. johnson, try proving your theory to the family of larry nikkel from vacaville, calif., who died in his house fire due to his meter catching fire one day after it was installed. If aps contends there is no danger or health issues connected with their meters then let them send a letter stating so ,signed off by their top officials, instead of passing out worthless dime store pamplets of their own rendition of myth and fact ,that wouldn't even hold up in a court of law.

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Bloomquist

Don't stand on one leg waiting for the Council to ban "smart meters", John. Some Council members have a warm spot in their heart for boondoggles of all stripes. Anything for a buck.

Now, I'll just ZIP through town on my way home where I can admire the non-spinning turbines on the horizon and ponder why things "smart" can be so dumb.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Johnson

The simple facts are that there are no health affects due to SMART meters because they don't exist. It is inefficient to send people out to read meters can be easily done by wireless technology. The fields are no stronger than your local TV station, in fact they're probably a lot less.

SMART meters offer the promise of actually billing when power is used, like when you run the dishwasher after midnight to minimize peak demand. This can not only save you money, but save us all from more power plants.

If anyone wants facts, maybe try watching this - http://www.hydroquebec.com/residential/customer-services/next-generation-meters/#

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Luvthe Mountains

Just google "health issues that could be caused by the smart meters", and see what all the fuss is about. I live in this part of the state to avoid high levels of RF radiation. We don't need to add more RF radiation here in these beautiful mountains.

Please, check the info on google and let the city council know they need to check also.

By allowing utilities to install these meters the city council would be helping to reduce jobs (people who read them now), increase the utilities profit (stock holders, because you know APS is not going to reduce our bills because of the labor savings), and bombard us with RF radiation every time one of the smart meters sends a electronic signal.

Please, just check the information and get involved.

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