Last year, the Victorian Government announced it would conduct a health audit on smart meters.
This ‘health audit’ transformed into a “technical study”. It is obvious that the Government came to realise that a health audit would come up with results that contradicted government propaganda that microwave emissions from smart meters have absolutely no impact on people’s health – thus it was changed to a technical study to demonstrate that smart meter emissions meet Australian standards. We know that smart meter emissions comply with the ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) standard – that is not the issue. What a waste of $200,000 of taxpayers’ money!! See: http://www.pressreader.com/australia/herald-sun/20150703/281792807686882/TextView
The recent Victorian technical study looking at smart meter radio frequency (RF) emissions is a distraction and a sham because it does not look at the health problems being raised by those claiming to be impacted. There is an assumption being made by authorities that Australia’s RF Standard protects health from all possible effects. The reality however is that Australia’s RF Standard is only designed for short-term exposures and protects against known thermal effects, which includes tissue heating that can result in shock and burns. The RF Standard does not provide protection against non-thermal effects – these effects are known by the scientific community but the mechanism by which the effect occurs is uncertain so they have not been considered or included in the Standard. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has acknowledged that there could be a vulnerable portion of the population who may not be protected by current RF guidelines. Australia’s RF Standard is based on 1998 ICNIRP Guidelines.
To relate known biological effects to health outcomes requires medical expertise which is absent in ARPANSA, a serious deficiency that must be rectified if we are to have confidence in the scientists who are in charge of protecting our health. There are literally 1000s of scientific papers that demonstrate biological effects such as DNA damage, altered gene expression, altered protein activity, cellular damage etc. at levels well below what our RF standard suggests is not harmful. It is also interesting to note that the radiofrequency electromagnectic fields from wireless devices that are used as a comparison with smart meter emission levels (WiFi, mobile phones, baby monitors) were classified as being potentially carcinogenic by the IARC in May 2011.
The biggest problem that we are being faced with today is the lack of real scientific investigation; this allows authorities to say there is no established evidence of harm. One has to look first before harm can be determined. Unfortunately, it appears Science has become politicised and corrupted by both Government and Corporate self-interests. Wireless communication is a multi-trillion dollar industry that is also used heavily by the military so don’t expect to hear the truth on this issue any time soon.
For those people who have developed Electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) since being exposed to smart meter emissions, and for an increasing number who have become substantially disabled, this ‘technical’ study fails to address any of their health issues.
As a matter of urgency, for people whose health have been severely impacted, procedures need to be in place for the removal of RF cards from smart meters.