Who’s Who (& Who’s Not) at the CCST

Expert Choices
In what follows, we begin to take a little closer look at some of the members of the ‘Smart Meter Project Team’ appointed by the CCST Executive Committee to respond to Assembly Members Huffman’s and Monning’s request for “…CCST’s assistance in determining if there are health safety issues regarding the new SMART meters being installed by the utilities. In addition, the City of Mill Valley sent a letter to CCST (September, 2010) in support of Mr. Huffman’s request.”

You can download the resulting document Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters here.

According to the Report’s Appendix B – Project Process – CCST Smart Meter Project Approach:
“In addition to those on the project team, CCST approached over two dozen technical experts to contribute their opinion to inform CCST’s response. The experts were referred from a variety of sources and were vetted by the Smart Meter Project Team. Efforts were made to include both biological and physical scientists and engineers to help provide broad context and perspective to the response. Many of the experts approached indicated they did not time to provide a written response however they provided references to additional experts and/or literature for review. A few experts identified were not asked to contribute due to affiliations that were felt to be a conflict of interest.”

Two of those “not asked to contribute” were Cindy Sage and Magda Havas, leading researchers on the health risks of electro-magnetic health effects and advocates for a science-based revision of public safety exposure standards for wireless radiation. Both were invited to respond to questions, then told their responses would not be included in the report.
[See their personal statements on this process here and here.]

Sage is the co-editor of the internationally influential BioInitiative report, which has led some EU countries to strengthen their RF exposure standards. You can watch her interview about the BioInitiative Report here.

Just days before release of the CCST document, her environmental consulting firm Sage Associates released “Smart’ Meter Emissions Finds Multiple Failures to Meet Even Lax Federal ‘Guidelines,’” the most rigorous and extensive, fact-based modeling study done to date on the electro-magnetic emissions of wireless so-called ‘smart’ meters. It reports many circumstances in which the devices – singly and in when aggregated in arrays and ‘mesh’ networks – fail to comply with even the flaccid Federal Communication Commission recommended ‘safety guidelines.’

Professor Havas is a leading Canadian researcher and public educator on the subject of electro-magnetic radiation health impacts. Her site’s video page and her YouTube Channel offer short, entertaining briefings on various aspects of the topic.

According to Havas, “In October 2010, I was invited to submit a report to CCST on Smart Meters as part of a “Technical Response Team…  [ The report she submitted is here ] My report does not support the overall conclusions in the CCST document that appeared on the CCST website in January 2011. I was informed that the none of the submissions was going to be appended to the final document, nor was any going to be made available.”

So Sage and Havas were ‘not asked to contribute’ to the CCST’s Report because of their ‘conflict of interest.’ But here are some of the people that were asked to contribute – industry-friendly insiders who could be relied on to follow the ‘doubt is our product’ strategy of the ‘product defense’ profession and sow comforting uncertainty in the public mind about the bio-effects of the growing blanket of e-smog that is increasingly engulfs us [please contact us at info@EON3EMFblog.net if you have additional verifiable information]:

1) Rollin Richmond (Chair), President Humboldt State University, CSU
It is being reported that Rollin Richmond , who was the chair of the CCST Project Team
on the smart meter report, gave a radio interview this week and said something to the effect that:
” our local news here (KMID) in Humboldt County [did] an interview with Humboldt State University President, Rollin Richmond, presenting the CCST report. Apparently HSU played a part in writing this report. He did say that we need more research on the non-thermal effects when questioned by the interviewer, and that we really don’t have conclusive evidence. Then he compared people who don’t want smart meters to those who believe in ghosts and don’t want their bodies interned when they die. ”

According to Wikepedia, Rollin Richmond: The November 7, 2007 issue of the Humboldt State University weekly student-run paper, The Lumberjack, reported that the Academic Senate at HSU voted by 56% to issue a vote of no confidence in Rollin Richmond’s leadership.

2) Jane Long, Associate Director at Large, Global Security Directorate Fellow, Center
for Global Security Research Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

That organization is Livermore’s Center for Global Security Research (CGSR), established in 1996 to bring the technology and policy communities closer together. Its goal is to reduce threats to international security, especially those associated with weapons of mass destruction, by sponsoring workshops, research fellows, and independent analyses to study important national and world security issues involving policy and technology. (from their website)

However, Livermore Labs in their pursuit of developing nuclear and biological weapons, has so polluted the area around it, and it’s only 25 miles from the Bay Area, that it’s a superfund site. It’s also regularly leaking and receiving citations for improper handling of the most dangerous materials ever created by humans. It’s pursuit of profit helps keeps the nuclear and biological madness going. [by MBB]

3) Emir Macari, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, California State
University, Sacramento and Director of the California Smart Grid Center
The Smart Grid Center at Sacramento State engages in product testing of automated metering infrastructure and develops practical field solutions for large-scale integration of Smart Grid technologies. The Center aims to inform the development of real-time pricing of electricity by providing an unbiased proving ground where utilities, industry and the public sector will work together to impact consumer choice, global climate change and energy security. In addition, the Center works directly with California and national utilities to support the development of the highly desired upgrades to the nation’s electric grid. (from their website)
[Is this an unbiased participant in determining health risks? Eds. ]

4) Patrick Mantey, Director, CITRIS @ Santa Cruz
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) was formed in 2001, when researchers within the UC system realized that the real opportunities lay not just in developing new and innovative technologies, but in applying them. See how CITRIS has built a foundation that can support and deliver long-term sustainable growth. (from their website)

5) Ryan McCarthy, 2009 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellow

6) Larry Papay, CEO, PQR, LLC, mgmt consulting firm SAIC, Bechtel, So Cal Edison, Nuke Engineer
SAIC is a big player – with alleged CIA ties – in the high tech, ‘deep state’ world where the military-industrial-finance-intelligence-telecommunications complex does its business.
According to Wikipedia:
‘SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) is a FORTUNE 500 scientific, engineering and technology applications company headquartered in the United States with numerous federal, state, and private sector clients. It works extensively with the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Intelligence Community, including the National Security Agency, as well as other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.
In fiscal year 2003, SAIC did over $2.6 billion in business with the United States Department of Defense, making it the ninth largest defense contractor in the United States.’

7) David Winickoff, Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Society, Department of
Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

8 ) Paul Wright, Director, UC Center for Information Technology Research in the
Interest of Society (CITRIS)
(see #4 above)

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