Radiation fear prompts action on Oak Park smart meter – Moreland Leader

AN elderly resident’s health fears prompted his electricity provider to reduce radiation from his smart meter by 90 per cent.

Jemena agreed to reduce the meter’s radiofrequency from 1000mw to 100mw after Oak Park asbestosis sufferer Antonio Bonifazio, 67, expressed concerns about possible effects.

Mr Bonifazio said he was “very much afraid of radiation”.

“I’ve lost 50 to 55 per cent of my lung capacity,” Mr Bonifazio said.

“Every time I get an X-ray it feels like a horse has kicked me in the chest. These meters emit some type of radiation, which they say is minimal.

“If they can reduce it to only 10 per cent from 100 per cent then that’s a bonus for me. They should do it for everyone.”

Jemena spokesman Scott Parker said the smart meter’s standard radio frequency of 1000mw was safe and less than 1 per cent of the maximum allowed by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

He said the reduction would have “no effect on the customer’s health”, but the company agreed to it because “the action will not compromise network communications” and “we always do whatever we can to support our customers”.

Mr Parker said it would only consider such a move in “very rare” cases.

via Radiation fear prompts action on Oak Park smart meter – Local News – News – Moreland Leader.

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Comment from Stopsmartmeters.com.au:“very rare” cases – really. We have some of those very rare cases right here on this site, and more in our comments posted by the public. There is even a link on our Home Page – Jemena turns meters down 90%!!!. From what we have seen it is not very rare at all. One of our first posts highlighted this very issue back in October 2011.

This comment from Jemena spokesman Scott Parker is very troubling: He said the reduction would have “no effect on the customer’s health”, but the company agreed to it because “the action will not compromise network communications” and “we always do whatever we can to support our customers”. Do they?

So we have to ask the question: Just how powerful are these devices when they can be turned down 90% AND STILL WORK??? If Telstra turned down our mobile phones 90% would they still work?

And if it would have no effect on the person’s health why do it??

If the device is working as designed, and there is nothing wrong with it, it’s safe (according to Jemena), then why throw all of this fear and doubt into the public by modifying the performance of their own properly working equipment? Is this not an admission that there IS something wrong with them?

WHAT IS GOING ON!!

Here are some other stories where they have turned down the meters by 90% https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/category/jemena-turned-the-meter-down-by-90/

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5 Responses to Radiation fear prompts action on Oak Park smart meter – Moreland Leader

  1. Tim Gosli says:

    Scott Parker ????
    Isn’t he the person who made the comment that if Jemena needed to, they would use
    a “forced entry method” to break and enter into customer’s meter boxes and forcefully
    complete the smart meter rollout ? Knuckleheads like this need to be put in their place.

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  3. Maureen says:

    My health nightmare began when a smart meter was installed at our house . I had Jemena come & check our meter & they said that it ” complied” to their safety standards, but acknowledged that some people were sensitive so they volunteered to turn it down by 10 times. We have since moved to another home ( one without a smart meter) but within 2 weeks a notice arrived of impending installation in our area. I have locked our meter box , but they have been installed all around us .
    My EMS is so severe now I can no longer work & I have a piercing high pitched ringing in my ears that is driving me crazy.This ringing started 3 weeks ago , the same time that I noticed work being done on a large mobile phone tower that is near the corner of North Road & East Boundary Road, approx one km from my house. Coincidence???
    I am looking at having to move again, but where to go???

  4. Rosemary. says:

    We had a smart meter installed in October last year and it made us very sick. Jemena supposedly turned it down by 90% and it still makes us so sick we’ve been sleeping in our van for over 6 months. Now we are selling our house of 22 years and moving interstate as we cannot live here anymore. It is a disgrace. As for Jemena doing what they can to support their customers, you have got to be kidding!!!!!!! These meters emit microwave radiation. 100% of the population is sensitive to it. Some will get sick before others, but I believe we will see lots more cancers, etc from the Smart meters. Jemena don’t care that my husband is already battling cancer and I had to bring him home from hospital to sleep in the van. They refuse to remove the smart meter, even though we have a doctor’s letter confirming that it is making us sick. Even short periods at home cause ringing in the brain, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea, severe muscle spasms, etc. If that’s what happens at only 10%, imagine what is going to happen when they are all installed and mostly transmitting at 100%! It is an absolute nightmare from which we don’t know if we can recover, physically, financially or emotionally. I feel really sad for Mr. Bonifazio who already has enough problems without this disgusting added abuse.

  5. Alan says:

    It appears Jemena doesn’t know anything about radio transmission principles associated with their Smart Meters when they say:

    “Jemena spokesman Scott Parker said the smart meter’s standard radio frequency of 1000mw was safe and less than 1 per cent of the maximum allowed by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.”

    First, I understand these meters operate in the 900 megahertz (900 MHz) band of frequencies. The meters then emit radiation (or electro-magnetic radiation) from their internal antennas using pulsed, radio frequency energy that is measured in watts (W). We are not privileged to know how much power are supplied to the Smart Meter’s antenna, but I estimate it is probably 50 watts (peak) or more.

    The radiation then measured by a Field Strength Meter at a specified distance from the Smart Meter (usually at 2 metres) then determines the amount of energy detected by the instrument’s sensor that then indicates that amount in microwatts (or millwatts) per centimeter squared (uW/cm2 or mW/cm2). The international standard for safe microwave energy levels is 1uW/cm2.

    For Jemena to mingle “radio frequency” and the value of the power “1000mW” as correlating to each other demonstrates their complete lack of understanding about physics – especially that of radio frequency transmission. I tend to believe their spokesperson has no idea about radio transmission. Therefore, how can anyone trust what they say?

    I also tend to believe that these Smart Meters cannot have their transmitting power
    lowered. The only true way to tell is to have a Field Strength Meter measure the radiation emitted from a neighbouring dwelling and compare it to the dwelling claimed to be lowered. To see a good video of the type of meter used to do this, go to:

    and be shocked at what the radiation does to the creeper on the wall. If as little as “1000mW” – claimed by Jemena can have that effect on a plant, then what effect must it have on our bodies?

    Maybe Jemena might like to answer that question?

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