Physicist Ronald M. Powell (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975), in layman’s terms, explains the implications of the BioInitiative 2012 Report for Smart Meters and Smart Appliances. He compares the low RF power density levels at which biological effects have been reported occur against the calculated RF power density levels that Smart Meters and Smart Appliances can produce using RF Colour Charts.
A Single Smart Appliance inside a Home Can Produce RF Power Density Levels Shown to Cause Biological Effects
When these Smart Appliances are installed in a home, they will significantly increase the radiation levels in that home for several reasons:
- They will begin transmitting, and from distances very close to the residents.
- The number of Smart Appliances in the home may increase with time as the residents gradually replace their old appliances with new Smart Appliances, increasing the total radiation level.
- The Smart Meters will transmit more frequently, in order to communicate with the Smart Appliances.
Most biological effects of RF exposure cannot be sensed by human beings. Examples are the onset of cancer, DNA damage, and fertility effects.
One category of effects that can often be sensed includes neurological effects on sleep, memory, learning, and behavior.
The current Australian Maximum Permitted RF Exposure limits, called “basic restrictions”, are maintained by ARPANSA for uncontrolled exposure to RF power density levels of the general public and far are too high (too permissive) to protect against these biological effects. The linked report is based on FCC Maximum Permitted Exposure limits. To put this in context for Australians, our RF standards are based on 1998 ICNIRP RF Guidelines. For the frequency of 900 MHz (smart meters operate at 915-928MHz), the FCC RF power density limits are 33% higher than ICNIRP reference levels. For other frequencies (such as 2.4GHz used by smart appliances), the FCC limits are similar to ICNIRP’s.
Thus, much lower (more restrictive) exposure limits, like those proposed in the BioInitiative 2012 Report, are needed.
The BioInitiative 2012 Report is a massive evidence-based review of the medical research literature on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, developed by 29 scientists, doctors, and other health care experts from 10 countries.
A copy of Dr Powell’s report can be found here