Upcoming Events, Increasing ‘Smart’ Meter Fire Hazards, Apple & Samsung Sued

Two Special Upcoming Events:

EON’s Annual Bolinas Fund Raiser Party!

Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:00 to 5:30 pm

A Report Back and Grateful Celebration of this Year’s Work on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

5G, Nuclear Weapons and Waste have been our focus this year.  From San Onofre, in Southern California, to Livermore in the Bay Area to New Mexico, the EON Team has been on the job this year engaged in activism, media reporting and documentary film production.   We’d like to update you on some of what we’ve learned from the local to the global.  We’ve made great progress on our documentary, Shutdown and will show excerpts.

Please join us for libations and munchies, Sunday, December 1, from 3-5:30pm at a lovely private residence (space limited.)  Address will be given when you RSVP to 415-868-1900 or by email to: mbbrangan@gmail.com

______________________________________________________________

POINT REYES Cell Tower EVENT  December 8, 3:00 to 5:30

Opportunity to hear three renowned expert speakers!

Cindy Russell, MD, (MDsafetech.org) Magda Havas, Ph.D., (MagdaHavas.com) and Ellie Marks,California Brain Tumor Association (http://www.calibta.org/)

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
11445 HWY 1, Point Reyes Station, CA
 
Flyer for event Please bring friends and family!
 
 
house on fire
 
Extremely important report on fire hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters by Nina Beety
As Northern California braces itself for another Public Safety Power Shutoff, (PSPS) we must read and share this timely report with all our local officials and fire response teams!
 

From Nina:

This summer I released the attached report on Smart Meter fire and electrical hazards. In that report, I explained the dangers which electrical surges pose to digital electronic meters. Today PG&E will activate Public Safety Power Shutoffs in many counties. Afterwards, PG&E will re-energize those transmission lines, causing surges to flow down the lines. These surges will impact the Smart Meters installed on homes and buildings throughout communities. These surges could cause Smart Meters to malfunction, leading to electrical damage or even fires.

I urge you to read my report and alert your emergency personnel to this fire and public safety risk. I also urge you to tell the public to check their Smart Meter after the power is restored and be alert to any signs of damage, overheating, or fire at their meter or in their home or building, strange sounds, or electrical problems such as flickering lights. If they see any signs, they should contact their fire department immediately first and take photographs of any visible damage.

Smart Meters do not have a direct connection to ground, a circuit breaker, or adequate surge protection. Instead, they contain a varistor which wears out over time from repeated surges. When it wears out or if a high voltage event happens, including a surge over its maximum, touching wires, or a lightning strike, it will explode, allowing the overvoltage to flow unabated into the building. This can result in arcing, burned wiring, destroyed appliances, and fires, and it happens in seconds. It makes a popping sound when it explodes.

It is critical that emergency personnel understand the risks to the buildings in each community from these PSPS events and why fires and electrical problems can result. PG&E and other utility companies routinely tamper with fire scenes by removing Smart Meters, in violation of state procedures. Fire personnel must stop PG&E from removing meters so that a thorough investigation can happen. Inadequate fire codes and lack of training for fire personnel on Smart Meter vulnerabilities presently hamper data collection and accountability. This must change.

Sincerely, Nina Beety www.smartmeterharm.org

Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters
Nina Beety July, 2019
 
In the last twelve+ years, utility companies have launched major roll-outs of electronic digital meters across the United States and globally for electric, natural gas, and water service. These meters include wireless transmitting Smart or AMI Meters, AMR meters and ERTs, and powerline communication (PLC, BPL) meters. Due to meter design and function, these digital meters can malfunction in several ways. Electric digital meters can allow surges and overvoltage to flow into buildings which can burn wiring and destroy appliances and electronics. They can interfere with arc and ground fault circuit interrupters. Meters have exploded and have caused fires, and they have likely contributed to the severity of other fires. Some of the fires have resulted in the deaths of people and their pets. Water and gas AMI/AMR/digital meters pose additional hazards.
 
These problems are known to the industry, regulatory commissions, some fire officials, the news media, and insurance companies, and were the subject of a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board. This paper is on known problems with meters used in the U.S. and Canada, but electrical problems and fires are occurring internationally.
 
Australia, Daily Telegraph, March 1, 2012 The state’s electrical union fears someone will have to die before safety concerns about controversial smart meters are addressed. The Electrical Trades Union has repeated demands to suspend the rollout until power companies commit to mounting all meters on flame-resistant boards. But the Government and suppliers are adamant the units aren’t a fire risk and are safer than those they replaced. Energy Safe Victoria is investigating claims power surges are causing smart meters to explode.1
 
“Our experience has shown that these issues are systemic in the industry and we are committed to delivering solutions that help our customers to overcome these challenges,” said Sensus President Randy Bays in 2014. 2  Sensus manufacturers Smart Meters.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2012: “We are seeing a spate of reports from around the United States—and indeed around the world—of fires believed to have been caused by smart meters that were 2 faulty, incorrectly installed, or connected to circuits where there were unfortunate and unforeseen effects. This appears to be not just a matter of freak incidents that may or may not have taken place here or there… Obviously all companies with smart meter programs, and all their suppliers and sub-contractors, are going to have to take a close look at the issue of fire hazards. This is just the beginning of a difficult story. Companies installing smart meters already have run into a lot of consumer push-back because of concerns about privacy, security, and–sometimes–higher rather lower electricity costs. The last thing the smart grid needs is meters causing fires.”

1http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/smart-meter-death-fears/story-fire-and-electrical-hazards-reportfn7x8me2-12262854633422

2http://globalnews.ca/news/1489707/manufacturer-defends-smart-meters-after-fires/August 3, 2014, citing Sensus press release

3http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/smart-meter-fire-reports

Read the rest of this crucial report!

cell phone in pocketphoto by Valeriia Miller

Do you hold your cell phone against your ear or in your pocket?

You may be exceeding the already way too high FCC ‘permissible levels’, a Chicago Tribune investigation finds. Class Action lawsuits have been filed against Apple and Samsung for “intentionally misrepresenting” the safety of the cell phones.

Telecom Lies Exposed

A new class-action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung alleges the cellphone makers “intentionally misrepresented” the safety of the devices, citing a Chicago Tribune investigation that tested popular smartphones for radiofrequency radiation and found some results over the federal exposure limit.

A group of lawyers has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung, citing a Tribune investigation that tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation and found some results over the federal exposure limit.

The lawsuit — filed Friday in August in California, Illinois and Iowa — alleges that the phone makers “intentionally misrepresented” the safety of their devices, assuring users that the phones had been adequately tested and “were safe to use on and in close proximity to their bodies.”

The complaint, which alleges “negligence, breach of warranty, consumer fraud and unjust enrichment,” seeks an unspecified amount of money and medical monitoring for anyone who bought an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 or Galaxy J3.

The Tribune commissioned tests of 11 models of cellphones made by four companies, including the six models mentioned in the suit. The newspaper stated that the intention was not to rank phone models for safety and noted it was not possible to say whether any of the devices tested could cause harm.

But the tests, conducted according to federal guidelines at an accredited lab, found that radiofrequency radiation from some models operating at full power measured over the exposure limit set by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said it would pursue its own testing after the agency reviewed the Tribune’s lab reports.

Before any phone model can be brought to market, a sample must be tested for compliance with the exposure limit for radiofrequency radiation. In one phase of Tribune’s testing, the phones were positioned at the same distance from a simulated human body as the manufacturers chose for their premarket tests — between 5 and 15 millimeters, depending on the model.

In this phase, all three Samsung phones tested measured under the safety limit. Results varied for Apple phones, but several iPhone 7s were tested and all results exceeded the limit.

The Tribune also tested all the phone models at a consistent and closer distance of 2 millimeters, to estimate the potential exposure for an owner using the phone in a pants or shirt pocket.

In that phase of testing, most of the models tested yielded results that were over the exposure limit, sometimes far exceeding it. At 2 millimeters, the results from the three Samsungs and several iPhone models — again, operating at full power — were higher than the standard.

Two days after the Tribune published its investigation, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in San Jose, California, alleging that Apple and Samsung “market and sell some of the most popular smartphones in the world … as emitting less RF radiation” than the legal limit. Read more

March Against 5G

On May 15, 2019 a rally was held on the Plaza in San Rafael, CA organized by community leaders opposed to the rush to roll out 5G technology without first having safety studies. Two of those leaders Victoria Sievers of EMF Safety Network San Rafael and EON’s Mary Beth Brangan went to the Community Media Center to further voice their concerns.  Produced by .Ginger Souders-Mason

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.