2012-01-06 / Letters

Meter concerns

To the editor:

I am writing because of the huge amount of confusion about Central Maine Power’s push to put so-called “Smart Meters” on our homes.

Here in Bath, the City Council just recently reaffirmed its moratorium against the meters by extending it for another six months. Nevertheless, CMP has sent its customers a card in the mail with a deadline for making a “Smart Meter” decision.

We sent CMP’s card back with a note saying that as long as the moratorium is in place, we will not have to make a “decision” about which of its three options we should pick. The two “ opt- out” options would cost us a lot of money.

Few in the public know much about the dangers of “smart” meters, but the moratorium allows each of us to do our own research. Many have deep concerns about the impact to our health from these meters.

Just as we’re learning that cellphones can cause brain tumors, thousands of people have complained of tinnitus, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, heart arrhythmia and other symptoms after a “smart” meter was installed. This is consistent with published studies associating these symptoms with exposure to electromagnetic fields.

When a “smart” meter is installed, your utility has access to a treasure trove of information about you, including when you wake up in the morning, when you go on vacation, what kinds of appliances you are using, etc. This is information that could be sold to other corporations and the government.

Tens of thousands of people in Texas and California have seen their electric bills jump from 100 percent to 500 percent since these “ smart” meters were installed.

Campaigns against these meters are growing all over the country. I recommend people take the time to learn more about these meters and the problems associated with them before you agree to have CMP put them on your house.

Check the website www.stopsmartmeters.org.

Mary Beth Sullivan, Bath


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