Utilities on Long Island have recently announced plans to install wireless utility meters (also known as "smart meters" or "AMR meters") on homes all over Long Island. These meters will monitor your use of electricity, gas and water, and report directly to the utility company.
There are many different types of electronic meters but they all use strong bursts of radio-frequency radiation to transmit data to collection sites. How often they transmit, and how much radiation they emit, depends on the type of meter and its internal programming.
Smart meters have not been proven safe. Children, pregnant women and people with pacemakers are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of exposure to RF radiation, especially the type of short-burst, high-level signals transmitted by smart meters. The FCC is currently reviewing its own standards for RF radiation, which were last updated back in 1991, long before these devices were invented.
"Multiple studies correlate RF exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. "
- Report of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
Smart meters go by many names: AMR, ERT, “non-transmitting digital,” AMI, “one-way digital” and “two-way digital.” All of these devices emit pulsed radiation, which may or may not be harmful.
The only proven safe meter is a mechanical analog meter.
Both National Grid and PSEG offer opt-out programs for their customers. Some local water companies o Long Island also offer opt-out programs, but others do not. If your water company does not offer an opt-out, we recommend you send a letter anyway, requesting to be excluded from the smart meter installation program.
Click here to read the report of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine about RadioFrequency Radiation and Human Health.
Listen to our podcast about smart meters with wireless expert Deborah Kopald