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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

I urge our state legislators to co-sponsor the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Reese, R-Mt. Pleasant, regarding smart meter installation in Pennsylvania.

The smart meter debacle is a huge threat to our health, safety, privacy and wallet. The dangers of wireless technology, corporate control and false solutions to climate problems threaten everyone. Reese's legislation helps us toward a sustainable and democratic energy system and new wireless standards that put human and environmental health before profit.

Safety standards on wireless exposure are based on decades of scientific research, but science missed the link of how various frequencies adversely affect health. While the specific absorption rate (SAR) sets limits for human exposure, the SAR test didn't consider the smart meter routers, relays, collectors and antennas.

Because of this missing science, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission only addressed the smart meter as an end-use device, and the commission states in its safety sheet that a short distance from the meter keeps you safe. But the average smart meter router coverage area is 5 square miles and one collector is 125 square miles. So everyone in those coverage areas is affected.

Once wireless blankets the state, it will create problems with literally everything the frequencies touch, including our health and ecosystems. The meter program is well-intended, but it will not address Pennsylvania's energy problems.

The original legislation mandating smart meters is seriously inadequate. Reese's legislation will fix that.

Tom McCarey

Berwyn, Pa.

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