August 29, 2012
Smart Meter News
Open Letter to BC Hydro
over lack of freedom to choose
Released by Coalition to Stop Smart
technology market offers a choice between two kinds of smart meters.
There is the relatively
benign variety, which transmits its data over landlines. And then
there is the other kind - the type of smart meter that BC Hydro is
imposing on British Columbians- which has a wireless communication
transmitter (“The Microwave Device”) with two, pulsed,
On May 31, 2011,
the World Health Organization recognized that radiofrequency
electromagnetic fields are a Class 2B possible human cancer risk.
The emissions generated by the Microwave Device fall under this
classification of emissions and risk.
Why are we being exposed to this risk and who is behind it? BC Hydro
is, for all its purposes, an agent of the government and its powers
may be exercised only as an agent of the government.
The imposition of a microwave transmitter in our homes by a
government agent strikes an Orwellian tone; it violates the sanctity
of the home and is inconsistent with the very nature of a free
society. In a world full of toxic chemicals and radiation, the home
is the last place of refuge, a zone of autonomous control and free
choice. It is a private place where the state should not be imposing
itself or its devices.
This is about freedom of choice. Given the existing concerns
regarding the risk to health and safety by these Microwave Devices,
we decline to have them at our homes and we prohibit you from
entering our properties for the purpose of installing such devices.
You assert your contractual right to “access” to your equipment. We
concede that you may continue to access our properties for the
purpose of reading our present analogue meters. If an analogue meter
needs replacement, you may replace it with another analogue meter.
Our problem is
not with what you are “accessing” - it is what you are seeking to
leave behind. Your right of access does not go so far so as to
entitle you to install a device that continuously generates toxic
Neither does the Clean Energy Act give you that entitlement. In
fact, that legislation does not require, authorize, or even mention
the Microwave Devices or their functional capabilities. You admit 2
that the benign landline variety of smart meter would fulfill the
communication and transmission functionality requirements as
prescribed by the CEA, but you continue to impose the toxic
Microwave Device on BC residents against our explicit objection. You
abuse your power by continuing with installations despite the fact
that the interpretation of the Clean Energy Act is a matter
currently before the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
We say NO to your entry onto our lands for the purpose of installing
Microwave Devices. You have responded by threatening to cut off our
power, but British Columbians will not accede to the strong arm of
the state as exercised through the unilateral and coercive actions
of BC Hydro. In our view, neither will the Courts.
The Coalition to
Stop Smart Meters www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca
Citizens for Safe Technology citizensforsafetechnology.org
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