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MAILING ADDRESS for BC HYDRO SMART METER CLASS ACTION:
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9
EMAIL address for letters to BCUC: email@example.com
EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smart Meter Class Action postings, in chronological order, are HERE.
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November 12, 2014
Class Action Lawsuit Update
Human Rights Tribunal Decision Update
What Happens Next?
British Columbia, Canada
SECOND EXTENSION: comment period ends Friday, November 28th, 2014 - This will go ahead IF Forest Service approves
Please, send your comments, short, long, get them in so you can be involved later.
N.B. Public input to October 10 has been significant, and so requests to have the deadline extended have been granted TWICE. The second deadline for comments was October 31. It has now been reset for November 28, 2014. The current comment procedure is printed below. Beneath that is our original information with new deadline inserted.
Examples of Letters
Dear Interested Party:
The Responsible Official for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment has decided to extend the current public comment. The current comment period was to end October 31, 2014. To ensure the public has had plenty of time to provide comment, the comment period will be extended to November 28, 2014. If you have already provided comments on this project, you do not need to comment again with the same information you've already provided.
In addition to extending the comment period, the City of Port Angeles is hosting Navy and US Forest staff for a question and answer session on Thursday, November 6th from 6-8pm in Port Angeles, WA. The location for this event is the City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA.
Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website, http://go.usa.gov/785z , and click on the "Comment on Project" link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.
The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The office location is 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Those submitting electronic copies must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted until November 28, 2014.
The EA is available for review on-line at: http://go.usa.gov/785z
Press Release from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, October 28, 2014
Attached is a press release that went out October 28, 2014. Please send it to your local newspapers, radio stations, etc. People need to be demanding an independent investigation of the ITRON meter failures in BC. The government and Hydro, are denying the failures have occurred, despite their own records to the contrary. This is profound negligence. No politician is willing to stand up and draw attention to this, no government agency has any authority for oversight. It's up to us to raise this to the level that the NDP in Saskatchewan did - and demand a full investigation.
" . . . It's time for a full independent investigation into BC Hydro's smart meter program.
"There have been far more failures and fires associated with the Itron smart meter in BC than there have been in Saskatchewan, as found in official documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Yet BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and the head of BC Hydro's smart meter program, Greg Reimer, continue to deny any have occurred. Mr. Bennett has tried to mislead the public by saying that the brand of smart meters used in BC are not the same as used in Saskatchewan. While this is true, the fact remains that fires and meter failures have occurred in BC.
"Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes this is not just a coincidence. "It appears as if the government did not want any oversight at all from any agency that has the duty and responsibility to protect the public's welfare. This lack of concern for the safety of the public is alarming."
"A Fire Report was sent to the government in August by the Coalition, with examples taken from FOI documents of "failures" as well as fires that were not tracked officially. Noble believes it is ludicrous for the government to deny that fires and failures have occurred when Hydro itself has reports to the contrary.
"The Coalition believes that the lives and property of British Columbians are just as important as those of people living in Saskatchewan. It is time for the government to do the right thing and end this dangerous program until and unless it can be proven to be safe."
October 17, 2014
Most depressing. The following ruling was adopted by FCC on Oct. 17th, 2014. Anyone who questions what Tom Wheeler is capable of at that agency needs to just look at the rah-rah language of this document and the rationales. DAS is as bad as smart meters re: a new layer of ubiquitous RF. Creates significant harmonics on lines, too. This ruling essentially guts any local/state control over DAS systems.
Note in the Executive Summary, p. 15, #31 how they include in the DAS definition transceivers located at hub sites (cell towers). Although this ruling may reduce the number of new macrocells, it is also a backdoor to further preempt local tower siting control if DAS is part of the system. Very clever. This ruling also now excludes colocation of new systems on towers and buildings from further local review. That means wherever towers or roof-mounted antennas already exist, anything can pile on without additional state or local control. Add to this the fact that no one monitors for compliance with FCC standards, and the problem is obvious.
With this ruling, DAS is now categorically excluded by FCC from RF, NEPA, and Historical Preservation review, and Environmental Impact Statements. In hilly terrain where people were finding some RF-free zones, DAS will fill that in, quite cheaply for the telecoms. Note in the beginning how AT&T and Verizon are shifting to DAS. It was because of this pending ruling that AT&T put many cell tower proposals in abeyance. Their macrocells will be more carefully chosen now but the tools to challenge a bad site have just been neutered at the federal level.
This industry has been salivating for these waivers for a long time. They needed Wheeler, more public pressure for coverage, and the tech embrace of DAS by the big players (prior they only liked towers which no longer can handle the traffic) to get it. And with the FCC reviewing its RF standards with a likelihood of making them more lenient, they will have what they want. Macro and mico-cells will be able to put out more RF, less substantive review and/or ability to challenge in court, and no one can stop it without direct legal challenges to the FCC -- not easy to do. And the industry got it with no liability to themselves.
This is what happens when RF is waived off the table.
Review said Crown utility didn't adequately look after safety concerns
July 15, 2014 Smart meter installations on hold as SaskPower probes fires.
July 30, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 Smart meter recall cost balloons to $47 M, SaskPower says
July 29, 2014 Saskatoon Light and Power sticking with smart meters
August 6, 2014 SaskPower CEO apologizes for smart meters
August 11, 2014 10th "smart" meter fire hits home in Regina
August 15,2014 Sask. let "unqualified" workers install meters, NDP says
October 24, 2014 Trial period incidents should have halted smart meter program: NDP
October 27, 2014 SaskPowerCEO out after report: 'consumer safety not a priority"
October 27, 2014 Smart meter safety not enough of a priority for SaskPower: Review
October 27, 2014 SaskPower CEO Watson resigns after release of scathing smart meter report / VIDEOS
SaskPower CEO Robert Watson has resigned following release of a report on the smart meter program.
"The potential for catastrophic meter failure was never identified as a possible risk." CIC Smart Meter Review
Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said Watson submitted his resignation on the weekend and it was accepted.
The smart meter review released Monday faulted the Crown corporation for not doing a better job looking after customer safety. During the summer, there were eight smart meter fires.
Watson was appointed to the top job at the provincially owned power utility in 2010 after six years as CEO at SaskTel, the government's phone company.
He will not receive severance, said Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower.
SaskPower sent out a press release Monday afternoon, stating it will be examining the review, and "take recommendations forward as planning for new smart meters continues in the next several years."
"SaskPower employees are working hard to address the challenges faced with the smart meter program," said Boyd in the release.
"This report provides valuable insight as to where gaps existed. We will be implementing changes accordingly over the next few days."
SaskPower is the province's biggest Crown corporation, with assets of $7 billion and revenues in 2012 of $1.8 billion.
Op-ed from Kevin Kunze. His recent documentary, 'Mobilize,' explores the possible long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the influence companies can have on public health.
" . . . The cell phone industry has already threatened to sue the City of Berkeley if they pass this ordinance. The legislation to be considered by Berkeley simply requires that retailers inform their customers about information that is already provided in their user manuals.
"Esteemed Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Larry Lessig has expressed his opinion that this draft ordinance does not violate industry's legal rights. Professor Lessig feels strongly that citizens have the right to be informed of this important safety information, and he has agreed to defend it pro bono all the way to the Supreme Court if industry files a lawsuit. . .
"It's been nearly 20 years since our national government first implemented radiation standards for cell phones. Instead of waiting for federal legislation, it's time for our local government to protect our health and that of our children. Please write to your council member and join us on October 28 to support this important ordinance. Thank you very much for your time and support.
"Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don't publish anonymous pieces. Please email submissions to us. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion."
Comment by midnight Oct. 20th - Peril on the Road: Wireless Mandated Vehicles
N.B. Comment deadline is now past. The following is for your information:
"The US Dept. of Transportation is accepting comments until midnight, Monday, Oct. 20.
"When you think things can't get crazier, things get crazier. If this is approved, all American-made cars will be wireless.
"Aside from health, what are the safety implications of ramping up wireless exposures to millions of electro-intolerant drivers?
Not in our car!
"The Department of Transportation is proposing to require "vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication" in all light vehicles in the United States . . .
"Please make a comment this weekend even if it is a brief statement. Building a record of opposition is very important.
"It's not going to make our roadways any safer if we're causing heart problems, blurry vision, or headaches in drivers. Submit Your Comments in 3 Places:
Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA-2014-0022-0002
Comment here (Research Report): http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NHTSA-2014-0022
Comment here: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications
Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
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ALERT - Proposed legislation would silence those with whom the government disagrees . . .
"One of our most important civil liberties is the right to discuss and debate issues of concern within our communities. Silencing those with whom the government disagrees, or allowing others to silence this debate for purposes of their own, is tantamount to limiting our free speech.
What is this government so afraid of? In a healthy democracy, debate should be encouraged. Stifling discourse will lead to tyranny, which seems to be the way this government wants to rule. Ruling by fear and through threats does not belong in BC or Canada.
"This is the next logical step in the way the govt. is trying to do business. First, govern by directive so that no opposition can be voiced by the other party. Second, shut down any public opposition by groups exercising their civil rights.
"This is not a government that can withstand scrutiny, and it wants to make sure it has to answer to no one!
"Is the opposition going to speak out about this? This should be strongly debated, with significant public input - not hidden as it has been.
"This White Paper is frightening, and I find this proposal appalling.
Huffington Post: "Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul is Breathtakingly Stupid"
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