Two separate courts in France recently ruled against smart meters based on medical complaints. Strange and formerly unknown health problems are appearing among people exposed to a constant bombardment of EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiation. Many of these new conditions have no name as they have never been seen before.
People claiming that smart meters have reduced their quality of life and jeopardized their health report they have lost their lust for life, their joy, and enthusiasm – even sex. They became anxious and depressed for no apparent reason.
The list of symptoms reported by 318 people after exposure to wireless utility meters in the U.S., all associated with health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields, is shocking, from sleep problems (49 percent) to sinus problems (15 percent) to “I don’t know” (25 percent).
In France, smart meters were introduced in 2015 and were treated with skepticism from the get-go. Resistance to their free installation by the French utility company Enedis is mounting as thousands of consumers are boycotting the mandatory Linky smart meters.
More than 700 towns have refused to work with Enedis on replacing the utility meters. One Facebook user posted a picture of a good old “dumb meter” chained closed and padlocked to prevent access by a utility worker.
Cecile Chamaret, an associate professor and researcher at École Polytechnique (Polytechnic University), has been tracking the Linky deployment across France and stated:
“The concerns [about the Linky meters] started when people were thinking about the benefits and were unable to see them.”
Enedis doesn’t care that its customers fail to see any gain from this potentially dangerous “smart” technology, with plans to replace all 35 million electricity meters in France by 2021.
Worse, a European Commission directive mandates that all member states must install at least 80 percent of smart meters by 2020.
Of the 22 French courts that have reviewed cases opposing Linky installation, only a few have won arguing diminished health due to their “electro-sensitivity.”
On February 6, 2019, the civil court of Tours ordered the removal of the controversial Linky electricity smart meters in a case involving 121 plaintiffs, of whom 13 were accepted. The court said a medical note proved that one 7-year-old resident of Tours was suffering from “a state of chronic fatigue” and having “difficulty sleeping,” symptoms “which could be linked to the Linky meter.”
The court directed that the Linky meters be removed from the houses of the 13 plaintiffs and replaced with other models.
The second ruling against 5G came from the French medical safety agency Anses (L’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire) which linked 5G meters to “health doubts” that included “the possible consequences of exposure to electromagnetic fields.”
A growing amount of evidence, both from patients as well as scientific studies, shows that exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation alters human biological functioning. The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) under the World Health Organization (WHO) “classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Studies linking cell phone radiation to brain tumors in rats led to designating wireless radiation as a 2B carcinogen.
Utility companies love smart meters because the wireless communication system does away with meter readers. No longer does a human employee have to brave ill-tempered dogs and bad weather to jot down the current usage from a meter mounted outside a building. Wireless information sends that information back to Command Central for bill processing.
The utility companies are calling smart meters an upgrade because they enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Outages can be readily identified with pinpoint accuracy and customers can get more information to manage their energy usage.
Consumers are being told that smart meters are convenient for them – by keeping their bills low. That thinly-veiled threat expresses itself as a surcharge (extra fee) tacked onto the bill of any consumer who refuses (“opts out”) the “convenience” of having a smart meter installed on the other side of a wall where people live, work, and sleep.
As of August 2019, over 70 million smart meters are irradiating more than 50% of U.S. households. Global concerns about health safety and privacy are mounting as victims come forward with their true stories of physical, mental, and emotional abuse inflicted by yet another untested high technology.
Seven U.S. states offer smart meter opt-out policies. New Hampshire requires customer consent for smart meter installation and Pennsylvania law bans opt-outs. Utility regulators from another 22 states have decided whether utilities can set up opt-out programs on a case-by-case basis. At least 17 states have considered smart meter opt-out legislation in the past four legislative sessions.
Maryland regulators approved both upfront and monthly fees to decline smart metering. The initial fee is a whopping $75, less than the utility company wanted. Each utility in the Old Line State will be able to set its own gouging fees, a scam that is drawing public criticism:
“Maryland smart meter opponents argue that they shouldn’t be required to pay to avoid having a product forced on them.”
We couldn’t agree more.