Monterey medic reports on smart meter safety


Dr. Hugh Stallworth,
Monterey Director of
Public Health/Health
Monterey, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 24, 2011 – The Monterey County Health Department has become the latest to review the health issues related to smart metering, concluding that exposure to RF energy from smart meters should be less than that experienced by routine mobile or cell phone use.

The report, which is based on a review of the literature, found that the current Federal Communications Commission standard provides an adequate factor of safety against known thermally induced health impacts of existing common household electronic devices and smart meters. Further, despite extensive studies, there is no consistency of findings across them regarding an association between non-thermal adverse health effects and exposure to EMFs from mobile phones.

However, due to various factors, further study is warranted to understand the potential for long term adverse non-thermal health effects of RF energy from sources such as mobile phones.

The report was presented to the County Supervisors yesterday, with the recommendation that it be accepted. Further it was recommended that a letter be sent to the PUC requesting the PUC continue to study through independent experts the effects of long term exposure to low level EMFs and report out findings to all county health departments.

The report, which was authored by Monterey director of Public Health/Health Officer Dr. Hugh Stallworth, also commented that the lower exposure levels likely to be experienced from the deployment of smart meters compared to mobile phones should provide consumers some reassurance that there is a lower potential for adverse non-thermal health effects from the operation of smart meters.

An earlier report from the California Council on Science and Technology reached a similar conclusion on the health effects of smart meters, as did a study of an Itron smart meter by the EPRI.