DAILY NEWS Dec 12, 2012 1:03 PM - 6 comments

Opposition to smart meter radiofrequencies starts petition in Quebec

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By: HazMat Staff
December 12, 2012 2012-12-12

A Quebec environmental action group says the circulation of residential smart meters by Hydro-Quebec Distribution could pose public health hazards.

The Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) has gathered more than 17,000 signatures against the installation of the energy-measuring devices over concerns about the radiofrequency (RF) levels emitted.

"Citizens have every right to see the reality, to ask questions, and to refuse devices for which they have doubts and seem to affect some people get sick and pilot projects,” announced AQLPA President André Bélisle in a December 4, 2012 statement to media translated from French. “And most importantly, they should not be able to choose devices operating without radio emissions.”

In an October 5, 2012 ruling, the Quebec Energy Board authorized Hydro-Quebec to proceed with replacing analog electricity boxes with the new smart meters, which can provide up-to-the-minute information about electricity consumption.  

The energy board’s ruling concluded the intensity of radiofrequencies used by the smart meters is 20,000 to 300,000 times less than the standards set by Health Canada.

Still, AQLPA says that further study is required on the health effects of radiofrequencies, and Health Canada needs to revisit Safety Code 6 of Health Canada's Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines.

"The next revision of the Safety Code 6 should take into account existing scientific results, which require that public authorities recognize that there are health ailments related to RF,” said AQLPA Energy Analyst Brigitte Blais in a December 4, 2012 statement to media.

“Authorities should apply the precautionary principle now, as scientists are on the verge of understanding why and how people become intolerant to RF in their lives," Blais added.

In response to the AQLPA’s concerns, Hydro-Quebec has routinely referred to a 2011 Health Canada report that indicates exposure to RF energy from smart meters does not pose a public health risk.

Quebec’s $440-million smart meter project aims to replace 1.7 million meters in Montreal alone by 2014. An additional 3.75 million analog meters are planned to be installed across the province by 2018, for a total cost of nearly one billion dollars.

Hydro-Québec says the new smart meters will save upwards of $200 million over the next 20 years.

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The federal board or subcommittee, charged with reponsibility for this issue is still 'studying' it and has as yet not issued a conclusive report or statement supporting what Hydro Quebec claims, that these 'smart meters' are indeed 'safe' and pose no hazard to humans.

Posted March 15, 2013 03:55 PM

Kak Eyed

Let me get this straight - Hydro-Quebec is going to spend $1.5 BILLION in the next 5 years to save $200 Million over the next 20 years....

- 200,000,000

Hmmm. We seem to come up a little short. Maybe invest in RRSP's there, Hydro-Quebec?

Posted February 22, 2013 09:33 PM

Frederique Zug

Here is a simple solution to all the smart meters problems. When your Power Company calls you and tells you they are installing a smart meter on your home, please ask them one simple question. “Are Smart Meters 100% SAFE?” If their verbal response is yes, then ask for that verbal response in writing. Any ETHICAL company would gladly give you their response in writing. Any questions? If the answer is NO, not in writing, then why would you want a devise on your home that is not guaranteed 100% SAFE?

Posted February 5, 2013 12:37 PM

Stella Cottingham

The first standard in business practice is the customer is always right. If these people do not want to have these smart meters and would rather pay extra for their old ones then as a professional excellent run business, it is your place to do what the customer wants. These kinds of practices are the reason the world economy is falling faster than egg being tossed off a 10 story building. Clean up your practices and remember who has kept you in business. Leave people alone who do not agree with you and want their service the way they choose. They pay the bills, not you.

Posted January 26, 2013 05:16 AM

Julia Weeks

I say go solar!

Posted January 25, 2013 05:51 PM

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