Augusta, ME

#1 Nov 27, 2010
Partial exerpt from Complaint filed with the PCU
In response to your e-mail below, we would like our previously submitted complaint to be filed and have a docket number assigned to our case. We believe that our complaint is different from the docketed case #2010-132 that you mentioned in your e-mail below and should be addressed separately. According to the U.S. National Institute of Health that was commissioned by the FDA in 2003 to study the safety issue of r.f. radiation, the FCC safety guidelines for radio frequency radiation were only designed/intended to protect the public from "acute injury", caused by "short-term exposure at high levels of radio frequency (r.f.) radiation resulting in thermal (heating)" effects to the body, as further described in the FDA commissioned report by NIEHS, National Toxicology Program Fact Sheet 2003, Studies on Radiofrequency Emitted by Cellular Phones, 2003. The FCC safety guidelines, relied upon by CMP, do not consider or even address and were not designed to protect against "constant/frequent, long-term exposure to r.f. radiation at lower intensities that do not cause thermal effects" as is produced by the the new smart phones used by CMP. Our complaint is different from case #2010-132 in that we claim that the current safety guidelines relied upon by CMP, are not valid for this type of radiation and do not apply to long-term exposure to low-frequency radiation of their smart meters.
Finally, this past August, 2010, Dr. H. Lai of the University Washington, Department of Bioengineering and Dr. B.B. Levitt of New Preston, CT published a study to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that apply to long-term, low-level radio frequency radiation exposures in Environ. Rev. 18: 369-395 (2010), copy available at the the NRC Research Press web site, er.nrc.ca or http://www.emrnetwork.org/news.htm . In Section 5 - Transmission Facilities, page 373-374, this study also concludes that all existing standards, including the ICNIRP, IEEE, NCRP, and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) standards are for whole-body exposures averaged over a short duration, and are based on results from short-term exposures studies, not long-term, low level exposures such as those that will be experienced by people that have smart meters involuntarily attached to their homes. As also explained in this section, these studies on which the relied on current standards are based, have not answered the relevant questions that would determine any health risk associated with the long-term, low level exposures. Questions such as "Do biological and/or health effects occur after exposure to low-intensity r.f. radiation?," "Do effects accumulate over time, since the exposure is of a long duration and is intermittent?" "What precisely is the definition of low-intensity r.f. radiation?" "What might its biological effects be and what does the science tell us about such exposures?" The study goes on, in Section 7-Biological effects at Low Intensities, to list the toxic biological effects that have already been documented by various studies including genetic, growth, and reproductive abnormalities; increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier; behavioral; molecular, cellular, metabolic; and increases in cancer risk.
We have chosen to limit our family's exposure to long-term, low frequency and high frequency r.f. radiation by not using cell phones except for emergencies, not letting children use cell phones at all, locating our home far from cell towers and in other ways. We do not want to be pysically forced to expose our family to what we consider untested, experimental, smart meter technology that is highly likely to endanger our health, just to provide CMP with a cost saving benefit.
The Wilkins Family

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