BLOG: Smart Meters: Have You Deferred Installation Yet?

SAY NO TO SMART METERS! They violate constitutional rights, interfere with medical devices (pacemakers, wireless insulin pumps…) & invisible dog fences. BGE will increase rates to recover the costs.

On May 22nd, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), the regulatory body over Baltimore Gas & Electric (and other utilities), held a public hearing to determine whether or not customers should be allowed to opt out of having a Smart Meter installed on their home or business.

On May 24th, the PSC issued an interim order allowing customers to "defer" installation of the wireless meters by requesting a deferral in writing to BG&E, while BG&E continues to install on homes and businesses in the Severna Park area.  This information has not been widely publicized and Maryland Smart Meter Awareness wants residents to know they do not have to accept a meter right now.

A form letter for you to use:


Account No:

Sent Via Certified Mail to Baltimore Gas & Electric, ATTN:  SMART GRID DEFERRAL, P. O. Box 1475, Baltimore, MD  21203


I am hereby notifying BG&E and its agents (including but not limited to Grid One Solutions, Inc., the installers) that I request a deferral of installation of a Smart Meter on my home or business and that you are to refrain from installing such meter pursuant to Order No. 84926.

Sign your name and send a copy to David Collins, Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Fl, Baltimore, MD 21202-6808.

If you have have a meter installed, the PSC's order provides that you can write a similar letter and state that you do not want the Smart Meter that has already been installed, and as such, BGE is to refrain from activating the transmitter, which results in activating the radiation.

You should also visit MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org for additional information, bumper stickers, lawn signs, meter signs, etc.  Help spread the word.

Also - beware - BGE has promised to send a postcard a few weeks in advance of your meter replacement (BGE calls it a mere upgrade when it is a replacement of your safe analog meter with an unsafe Smart Meter), however, in many cases, the installer (Grid One Solutions) is just appearing without notice.  If you are not home to defend your analog meter by saying "NO" to the installers, you may come home one day to a new "smart" meter that 10 other states are fighting as well.

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George Karadimas July 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Yes Risks such such as.... ACID RAIN http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/what/index.html "In the United States, roughly 2/3 of all SO2 and 1/4 of all NOx come from electric power generation that relies on burning fossil fuels, like coal. Acid rain occurs when these gases react in the atmosphere with water, oxygen, and other chemicals to form various acidic compounds. The result is a mild solution of sulfuric acid and nitric acid. When sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are released from power plants and other sources, prevailing winds blow these compounds across state and national borders, sometimes over hundreds of miles. " What Japanese leaders can learn from the Fukushima nuclear crisis "(CNN) -- They finally called a spade a spade. Japanese Parliament's new Fukushima report which stated that "its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to sticking with the program" exposes perhaps the weakest aspect of the Japanese governance style. Japanese companies are known to be indecisive, always taking a long time to reach any conclusion. http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/06/opinion/takeshita-fukushima-management/index.html And on what basis do you Malaprop presume to instruct the readers here, that indeed ALL THOSE POLLUTING technological INNOVATIONS, that you are enumerating have left humanity better off, than when they were not invented and in use?
Malaprop July 06, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Traci: Is Jonathan Libber aware of Christine Hoch's appearance on the Spingola show? If so, how does he justify linking to the Center for Safer Wireless website?
Traci M. Radice July 07, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Furthermore, Malaprop, you have no business asking me to answer for someone else. Take it up with someone else, somewhere else.
Malaprop July 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I will continue to pursue this, I want an answer from your organization. You are truly clueless to compare Spingola to Leno or Letterman and if you cannot see that, you have no business posting blogs. Anti-Semitism is a scourge that kills backed by real evidence unlike your phony smart meter science. Unless of course, one believes in Spingola and denies the Holocaust. I want an answer from Libber and I want one from Hoch. This will **NOT** go away.
Malaprop July 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Absolutely not. You choose to link your site to CFSW, and you can have that link removed. Until you resolve this issue, expect plenty of criticism.
Traci M. Radice July 07, 2012 at 02:41 AM
George Karadimas July 07, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Global TV 16x9 WiFi Affects The Heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-OW572Y2CI
Malaprop July 09, 2012 at 06:32 AM
@Traci: "No. If it gets public attention, and you can deliver your message on TV, what difference does a TV host's personal videos are? " "personal videos?" This is perhaps the grossest of your distortions, outclassing even the whoppers on your website. Those are not personal videos. They are actual episodes of the show. The show regularly features holocaust deniers, anti-Semites and Zionist conspiracy theories. Hoch claims Spingola is a promoter of "alternative medicine" -- sure she is, she blames most world ills on one particular ethnic group. Your posts and website are so far off the truth that the Patch should no longer allow you to create blogs, including this one. The most cursory examination of your website would expose the quackery and misinformation typical among the anti-wireless grassroots movement. You do not even make the most feeble attempt to correct the blatant falsehoods that I've indicated.
Traci M. Radice July 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Readers - An analog meter by its very nature is safe. No 2-way communications which appear to bringing health issues to people in multiple states and have shown to have privacy and safety issues which the very safe analog has never brought to citizens.
Traci M. Radice July 09, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The Patch should not allow you to post irrelevant inflammatory remarks. If you cannot add substance to the discussion, I ask (again) to refrain from posting on a blog about being allowed to defer smart meter installations as allowed by the Maryland PSC's Order No. 84926.
George Karadimas July 09, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Guidance for the way to identify a broken record. When these devices "Phonograph", "Gramophone", "Graphophone" "Zonophone", developed a bad track, would invariably get stuck repeating the same passage. Surely the readers of this blog have had enough of your repetitive fault. Either get unstuck and contribute input of substance or turn the faulty device off!
George Karadimas July 09, 2012 at 12:22 PM
PRESS RELEASE: July 9, 2012 The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith agrees to present Russian Research on wireless technology to UK Chief Medical Officer "Research on the potential dangers surrounding the mobile phones/masts, wifi and wireless technology is to be presented to the UK Chief Medical Officer by Iain Duncan Smith, current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and previously leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 to October 2003. The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith founded the Centre for Social Justice, an independent think tank not affiliated with the Conservative Party. The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith held an audience with the Forward Ladies group in Manchester on Thursday 5th July. He spoke about the introduction of the universal credit under the Government’s welfare reforms, which will mean that people returning to work from benefits will continue to receive some state support. This will help to give families, especially young people and long term unemployed, the necessary skills, ambitions and values by focusing on the importance of work and hopefully lead towards less dependence on the state health and welfare system." ... ....................... http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/russian-emf-research/ SAY NO to SMART METERS!
George Karadimas July 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
.....MORE "Eileen O’Connor, Director for the UK Radiation Research Trust charity raised concerns about the future for our children due to the ever increasing threats surrounding the electromagnetic field issue in connection with mobile phones/masts, wifi and wireless technology. O’Connor said, “Future generations could be under threat due to exposure to wireless radiation which has now been given a 2b “possibly human” carcinogenic classification by the World Health Organization. Eileen O’Connor developed cancer and discovered that she was living in a cancer cluster surrounding a phone mast in her village of Wishaw and has since campaigned for over ten years to educate citizens and government officials, both at home and abroad, about the dangers of RF (microwave) radiation."
George Karadimas July 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Is Michael Repacholi the world’s best Whirling Dervish? July 9, 2012 in -Mailing List, Cell phone news, Tobacco science and the art of spin by EMFacts "Repacholi encourages parents to get their children into using mobile devices as soon as possible. What the hell is going on? First we have the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) issuing a warning about the potential dangers to children from their use of wireless devices.http://www.emfacts.com/2012/06/wi-fi-recommendations-from-the-russian-national-committee-on-non-ionizing-radiation-protection-rncnirp/ To quote in part: Electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi creates an additional burden for the child brain, whose body is in a state of development and the formation of mental activity. During this period, children are most susceptible to adverse environmental factors. Also see: http://emfacts.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=fde0125885d9f7d82a3668e7d&id=57d13a610d&e=07705a3ece Then we have a joint paper by lead author Repacholi (who fails to disclose his monumental conflict of interest) with Chairman of the RNCNIRP, Yury G. Grigoriev as a co-author, among others. http://emfacts.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fde0125885d9f7d82a3668e7d&id=f006f810c8&e=07705a3ece " .... More here .... http://tinyurl.com/fxgreek
Malaprop July 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
1) My remarks are not "irrelevant." These show an ethical lapse since your site link to CFSW site (for her appearance on Spingola), and stopsmartmeters site site (Spingola lists **two** shows with Josh Hart). 2) Your real objection is the systematic bankrupting of your scientific and moral authority on the smart meter issue via legitimate evidence. 3) If you want me to "refrain" from commenting on this blog then you must a) remove any links to your misinformation laden website, b) remove unsubstantiated statements about "safe" and "unsafe" meters c) remove all references to "Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" I am thoroughly justified in speaking out against all of the falsehoods, misrepresentations and quackery posted on these blogs.
George Karadimas July 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I can add substance. Here is the real problem that needs to be addressed. "Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America" "America's Telecom-friendly Policy for RF Exposure A growing body of medical studies is now linking cumulative RF exposure to DNA disruption, cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and autoimmune diseases. Smart meters significantly contribute to an environment already polluted by RF radiation through the pervasive stationing of cellular telephone towers in or around public spaces and consumers’ habitual use of wireless technologies. In the 2000 Salzburg Resolution European scientists recommended the maximum RF exposure for humans to be no more than one tenth of a microwatt per square centimeter. In the United States RF exposure limits are 1,000 microwatts per centimeter, with no limits for long term exposure.[4] Such lax standards have been determined by outdated science and the legal and regulatory maneuvering of the powerful telecommunications and wireless industries." http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31816
Malaprop July 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Let's go over the misinformation in the document that Traci posted. "Traci M. Radice 10:41 pm on Friday, July 6, 2012 http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/Separating%20FactFiction%20Sept%2013.pdf";; 2) "Comparing radiation from wireless devices such as smart meters to coffee and an Asian pickling agent is minimizing the risks of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields in an attempt to support the exposure of all people and families to a known possible cancer promoting agent. All this in the name of business and profits." Well that certainly sound objective. The problem here, is that the WHO study was made for cellphones and not for smart meters. They are used differently. 5) "Cigarettes used to be everywhere, but they were never safe. The same situation exists today with regard to wireless devices of all kinds, which also includes cordless phones." What is the logic here? We all know cigarettes are dangerous. What does that have to do smart meters? Substance please? 6) "Dr. Henry Lai of the University of Washington has analyzed scientific outcomes, and has found that only 25% of industry funded studies find biological effects, while 75% of non-industry funded studies find biological effects." Dr. Lai is not an "independent." He is an alarmist. And I suppose he gets to make the definition of "industry funded" and "independent." He can pretty much skew the statistics any way he chooses.
Malaprop July 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
7) “A major programme of research into the specific features of these effects such as genotoxicity of waves (REFLEX programme), funded by the European Commission and involving 12 European research teams, was launched and the results were made public in December 2004. The conclusions of the report were disturbing on several counts as the results bore out genotoxic effects of mobile telephone waves, and in particular greater frequency of chromosomal deletions and breakup of DNA molecules in different types of cultivated human and animal cells." The REFLEX was compromised by strong evidence of tampering, run by a Tobacco Scientist who was perviously accused of stonewalling cigarette research by the WHO and was the subject a "expression of concern" from one of its publishers when the misconduct was brought to their attention. http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0807/0807.2554.pdf http://www.springerlink.com/content/5022080g32010570/fulltext.pdf?MUD=MP The results of the REFLEX program have not been reproduced (perhaps because they were not legitimate). 12) "Daniel Hirsch, senior lecturer and expert on nuclear policy at UCSC, explains that he has analyzed the exposure comparison and he concludes that smart meter exposure is actually 100 times greater than that of a cell phone." I don't know what type of scientist is Daniel Hirsch, but I have seen no justification for those numbers -- just a youtube of this internet blowhard.
Malaprop July 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
24) "The metal backing will provide no protection from the microwave radiation from your neighbours’ meters or from the collector hub. This radiation could and mostly likely will be coming from all directions, and will not be diminished by the metal backing of the individual smart meter." What the alarmists don't tell you is that the neighbors signal is attenuated by the square of the distance from the transmitter. That's a pretty fundamental concept to forget, unless you are planning on deceiving your audience. 30) "Fridge blows after smart meter installed" Anecdotal to the extreme. We have no idea about what happened.
George Karadimas July 10, 2012 at 01:31 AM
What if your mobile phone is giving you brain cancer? "There are three undisputed facts about the link between mobile phones and brain tumours. Firstly, the jury is still out. Secondly, the number of mobile phone users is increasing rapidly and currently stands at over five billion worldwide. Thirdly, IF there is a causal link between exposure to non-ionising radiation and brain tumours, then the social and financial consequences would be devastating and on a scale never before witnessed in history." AND "I see 10 to 20 new patients each week and at least one third of those patients’ tumours are in the area of the brain around the ear. As a neurosurgeon I cannot ignore this fact and while I may personally believe there is a link between brain tumours and EMR exposure, I need evidence to support it and evidence takes careful planning and funds." http://prd34.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-if-your-mobile-phone-is-giving-you.html Now why do I want a smart meter buzzing at me 24/7 ? Pulsed Microwaves in the same band as Cell Phones.!
George Karadimas July 10, 2012 at 01:44 AM
More Anecdotal evidence. Yes We heard it before! All these smart meter haters are making things up! "Dead Bees Near Collector Meter "Medusa" Collector Smart Meter, Ladera Heights, California " . . . when I got to the end of one cul de sac, I had my first sighting ever of a "Medusa" or "collector meter" which I want to share so you know what it looks like. The collector meter is the same diameter as the other smart meters (called relay meters) but it rests on a "cuff" so it extends out more. It contains three antennas instead of two. They call it a "collector" meter because it collects the information from several hundred other smart meters and then transmits that information wirelessly to the utility company. Because it is more "active," it emits more radiation. This was a San Diego Gas and Electric Itron Meter. I think this homeowner might want to get on the analog list . . ....When I got home I saw my own walkway, which is on the other side of my neighbor's smart meter, had a new pile of dead bees. This, dead bees in our garden, is a new occurrence. Sometimes they aren't yet "dead," but I see them walking on the ground, not able to fly or get back to their hive. source : http://stopsmartmetersirvine.com/2012/03/03/medusa-collector-smart-meter-ladera-heights-california-and-dead-bees-on-walkway-near-smart-meter-irvine-california/ " http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Dead-Bees-Near-Collector-Meter,7,2341
George Karadimas July 10, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I do not see any misinformation! The facts check out the way I know them from elsewhere.
George Karadimas July 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
BEES, BIRDS AND MANKIND Destroying Nature by ‘Electrosmog' http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/Bees_Birds_Mankind.pdf
Traci M. Radice July 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Maine Supreme Judicial Court sided with smart-meter opponents, who argued that utility regulators ignored their legal mandate to ensure the delivery of safe and reasonable utility services. The Court ruled that Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health and safety issues related to Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of smart meters and should now do so. http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Law-Court-sides-with-smart-meter-health-issues.html
George Karadimas July 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure The Latest from Dr. David O. Carpenter by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri "With broken and unethical global social mores, this is considered standard business practice: to deceive customers, while gaining enormous profits. As long as a “revolving-door” policy remains between corporations and [no longer] public agencies, citizens will not have their medically validated concerns ever addressed. The corporate bottom line, profit, is what counts –not our well-being and safety. Further, the synergistic effects of various wireless technologies combined with other environmental toxins to which we all are exposed daily have not been tested. Over the past year, I have already personally seen the damage these dangerous meters have done to numerous people and several animals I know --all across the US. Although not generally reported by mainstream media, the serious impacts on peoples’ health are already evident. A short list includes: neurological impairment, ear pain and hearing problems, breathing dysfunctions, chest pains and heart ailments, burning skin, sleep disturbances, headaches, depression, vision troubles, blood pressure changes, sterility, autism, and neurodegenerative diseases. There are numerous reports of people who are completely incapacitated from EMF exposure. Several people I know are almost ....." More....>>>> http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31891
George Karadimas July 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Attention: Maryland residents that filed their opt-out with the Utility, but ended up getting a smart meter installed, contact Obi Linton "olinton@psc.state.md.us" at the PSC because it is a violation of Order #84926. And the PSC wants all order violations reported.
George Karadimas July 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM
http://stopkiuc.com/ Page down about 3/4 of the way to see RF RADIATION graphs Some of the legal arguments being made / discussed relate to the fact that KIUC is a coop.
George Karadimas July 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
State study links cellphone use to cancer http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/071412emf-ac Smart Meters are Next?
George Karadimas July 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM
DON’T SMART METER ME! – Notice of Non-Consent for Smart Meter Installation, Notice of Liability http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/dont-smart-meter-me-notice-of-non-consent-for-smart-meter-installation/ You Got Love Sir. VeilMeNot Patron Saint of analog Meters.
George Karadimas February 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM
VOX POPULI..Let them hear Us Loud and Clear! "Dear MSMA Member, Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038


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