Smart meters affect health

Some Alberni city officials say say there is nothing we can do, or we can’t tell a company how to run their business. There is and we can.

To the Editor,

The evidence is overwhelming in the case against smart meters and the accumulated effects of Wi-Fi.

Thanks to Mayor John Douglas and Coun. Wendy Kerr for their support of the smart meter moratorium. Other members say there is nothing we can do, or we can’t tell a company how to run their business. There is and we can.

According to Bill 23-2008 of the British Columbia Public Health Act, section 83 (1), a municipality must take action when it learns of something that could be harmful to its residents. On Jan. 23, two well documented presentations were given to council. Background materials by qualified independent researchers were made available.

The World Health Organization classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EFL), as emitted by wireless meters, as a Class 2B possible human carcinogen. Also in this category are DDT, dioxin and lead.

These non-CSA approved meters, installed by non-electricians, which were exempt from standard BC Utilities review, have allegedly caused fires, appliance damage, health problems and more commonly, substantial bill increases.

Thirty-four municipalities in B.C. have passed a moratorium on smart meters.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has requested an immediate moratorium on wireless smart meters installation based on scientific assessment of current medical literature.

The Union of BC Municipalities put forward a similar motion in 2011. Children are particularly at risk for altered brain development, and ELF’s can have the same effect on people as toxic chemicals.

The tobacco science guidelines used by BC Hydro are antiquated and skewed in their favor. They need to consider all the medical literature available.

Our community charter and charter of rights and freedoms are being violated by this system.

Council must reconsider and pass a moratorium. It is irresponsible not to.

A. McIvor,

Port Alberni