It has already been posted previously on this website, February 2012, that in response to concerns about health and privacy by British backbenchers, the UK Government decided that the smart meter rollout in the UK would NOT be mandatory.
More recently, Great Britain has gone a step further when last month two representatives of StopSmartMeters UK were given the opportunity to explain their concerns in the House of Commons. They were listened to with respect and given a fair hearing. Dr Liz Evans from SSM UK outlined the acute harm from wireless smart meters and also the chronic effects, which include “cancer, infertility, dementia, genetic damage, immune system dysfunction and damage to foetuses”.
The videos of House of Commons proceedings are a MUST SEE:
Interestingly, on 10th May 2013, it was announced that the UK Government had decided to postpone commencement of their (non-mandatory) smart meter roll-out by more than a year to 2015.
What is happening in the UK is contrasting widely with what is happening here in Victoria, where hundreds of requests by concerned and health affected residents to meet with the energy minister have fallen on deaf ears. Pleads for help via letters and emails are simply being disregarded as the Energy Minister’s Department, with support from the DPI, are sending ‘propaganda’ material which claims wireless smart meters are safe – despite the fact that there has NOT BEEN A SINGLE STUDY commissioned to look at possible health effects of smart meter’s radiofrequency fields. To make matters worse, a post-rollout surveillance study has also not been initiated, which is ethically questionable and demonstrates a lack of consideration by the Government for the welfare of its constituents.
In the meantime, ICNIRP guidelines have been used as a ‘defensive wall for industry’, which is exactly what Dr Paolo Vecchia (just retired ICNIRP chairman) has warned against. ICNIRP is now restructuring and has called for new scientific experts who will work on a new plan, which includes a review of ICNIRP’S approach to the safety guidelines and how it protects the public from the non-ionizing radiation produced by wireless technology.
Hundreds of Victorians have developed symptoms from wireless smart meters, with a handful becoming so sick that they have had no option but to relocate interstate. The rest of the population face an uncertain future with regards to health and the possibility (already outlined in a previous post on this website) that IARC’s classification for RF could be upgraded from Group 2B to a Group 2A carcinogen.
The truth appears to be suppressed by vested interests particularly with some sections of the media not following up on emails sent by affected individuals.