ALERT: Mercury Satellite Thruster Propellant Threatens Eco-Catastrophe Back on Earth

Original here:

https://www.peer.org/news/press-releases/mercury-may-reach-orbit-through-regulatory-blindspot.html

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For Immediate Release: Nov 19, 2018
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337

MERCURY MAY REACH ORBIT THROUGH REGULATORY BLINDSPOT

Mercury Satellite Thruster Propellant Threatens Eco-Catastrophe Back on Earth

Washington, DC — Federal regulators have turned a blind eye to the massive risks of using mercury as the propellant in thousands of communication satellites slated for launch in the next few years, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The complaint charges that unregulated orbital mercury emissions could reverse global progress in reducing mercury in the environment.

The complaint concerns a plan by an American company, Apollo Fusion, to use elemental mercury as a propellant in thrusters for satellites to be launched by communications companies taking advantage of the coming boom in satellite “mega-constellations” designed to provide global Internet broadband service starting in 2019. Under these plans, the approximately 1,500 satellites currently orbiting the planet will soon be increased nearly ten-fold.

Due to its high density, mercury is an excellent propellant. Apollo Fusion has developed thrusters using liquid mercury as the onboard propulsion to maintain altitude and adjust orbits. The liquid mercury is vaporized into a gas, ionized, and accelerated out of the thruster. Those mercury atoms will then drift down through the stratosphere to the earth’s surface, mostly onto the world’s oceans.

“Using mercury as a satellite propellant is a cosmically bad idea,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Kevin Bell, noting that while relatively cheap, commercial use of mercury is increasingly avoided due to its major adverse environmental effects. “Unfortunately, the FCC is focused solely on the satellite payload and bandwidth while ignoring the emissions and downstream consequences of what is launched.”

The complaint takes FCC to task for its decision to let satellite operators self-certify their technology will have no significant impact on human health or the environment, a practice contrary to federal law and treaty obligations. Currently, the FCC only examines satellite payload and its electromagnetic frequency.
By contrast, U.S. law requires any federal agency to assess the full environmental impact of its actions.

Mercury is a potent bio-accumulative neurotoxin. A global treaty, The Minamata Convention, obligates its 128 signatories to take steps to reduce mercury releases. The U.S. was the first signatory. However, large-scale orbital discharge of mercury could reverse planetary progress in reducing mercury emissions. In addition, a launch pad explosion of a satellite carrying liquid mercury would, among other problems, severely contaminate the local area under a cloud of mercury mist.

“Federal regulators need to take steps now to prevent this nightmare scenario,” Bell added, pointing out that mercury emissions in low orbit are effectively equivalent to mercury emissions from a powerplant. “The U.S. has both treaty and moral obligations to prevent this eco-catastrophe from occurring.”

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Read the PEER complaint to the FCC

See FCC rule categorically excluding environmental review

Visit Apollo Fusion thruster site

 

 

 

 

 

A Thruster Run on Mercury Propellant

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Ohio EDF Attorney (Former VP of Duke Energy) Promotes Duke’s so-called ‘Smart’ Meters Despite Reported Problems and Massive Cost to Replace Current Meters

By Katie McKenzie

On October 23, 2017, John Finnigan, Senior Regulatory Attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, posted a blog: “These Ohio Customers pay for their smart meters, and They Should Have Access to the Benefits.”

John Finnigan is the senior regulatory attorney for EDF’s US Climate and Energy Program, representing EDF before state public utility commissions on smart grid deployments and energy efficiency matters

Mr. Finnigan may be one of the few people who have directly acknowledged that Ohioans have been paying for their Duke Energy “AMI” (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) so-called “Smart” Meters since they were installed in 2010.

Now 700,000+ Ohio meters installed between 2010-2015 need to be replaced due to depreciation and now obsolete infrastructure. Duke wants customers to pay approximately $143.4M for this.

All Duke AMI “Smart” Meters installed between 2010-2015 in Kentucky and North Carolina have to be replaced as well.

In 2009, Duke received $204M in federal stimulus to install current meters. In 2014, Ohioans were hit with a customer rate increase to complete the installation of currently installed meters.

Mr. Finnegan doesn’t acknowledge in his blog that many Ohioans have been reporting problems – not benefitswith these current meters.

Similar problems with Duke’s AMI “Smart” Meters have also been reported in 5 other states as well.

In 2011 Consumer Digest published an article which accurately predicted the short life span of these Duke meters.

Coincidentally EDF includes a bio for Mr. Finnigan which doesn’t include that he was once a Vice President for Duke Energy.

Below I have quoted from Mr. Finnigan’s blog, followed by REALITY CHECK context and links for reported Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meter problems:

EDF’s Finnigan: “Studies show that customers with access to energy-use data can save up to 18 percent on their energy bills every month. Based on a typical monthly bill of $120, households could save nearly $360 every year – a substantial chunk of change.”

REALITY CHECK:
Customers have reported unusually high bills after Duke Energy installed these meters in 6 states.

EDF’s Finnigan: “This type of energy data is gathered by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), specifically smart meters.”

REALITY CHECK:
Mr. Finnigan acknowledges that current Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meters have allowed them to collect personal energy usage data 24/7.

Therefore, Duke Energy knows exactly when we turn our lights on and off, use our appliances, etc. This is a violation of privacy. It’s also risky because hackers could break into Duke Energy data storage centers and determine when residents aren’t home due to their utility usage (or lack thereof).

Before so-called “smart” meters, there was no invasive data collection like this.

EDF’s Finnigan: “Yet collecting the data isn’t enough to see those savings – customers need access to the information and new products and services, like cell phone apps, to help understand it.”

REALITY CHECK:
Consumer Union’s Senior Policy Counsel, Shannon Baker-Branstetter wrote an article about how Ohio customers shouldn’t be required to purchase and use additional products and services to understand their bills and reduce their energy use.

Of course, all customers complaining of unusually high bills might be interested in having their utility data so they can prove that Duke is overcharging them. Maybe that’s why Duke Energy is still refusing to provide it.

EDF’s Finnigan: “That’s why Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with our partners Ohio Environmental Council and Mission.data, recommend that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio require Duke Energy to release customers’ energy use information, specifically through the implementation of the Green Button ‘Connect My Data’ program.”

REALITY CHECK:
The 2011 Consumer Digest article paints a very unflattering picture of environmental groups like EDF as do other articles including this more recent one.

Environmental groups like EDF are continuing to endorse “Smart” Meter technology despite the fact that hundreds of thousands have already been replaced since 2010 due to various problems. This is contributing to e-Waste which isn’t eco-friendly.

In 2013, a documentary was produced about all the problems associated with “Smart” Meters. In 2017, another documentary was produced which addressed problems with these meters as well.

Environmental groups such as EDF who continue to endorse these meters anyway seem to be either fools or perhaps they are simply profiting from them along with the utility companies.

One environmental group that chose to discontinue endorsing “Smart” meters is the Sierra Club in San Francisco. In March 2011, their executive committee voted unanimously to send a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requesting an ordinance prohibiting any further “smart” meter installations because of all the reported problems in California.

Wouldn’t it be great if more environmental groups did the same?

EDF’s Finnigan: “Duke is currently asking Ohio for $143 million to replace its smart meters.”

REALITY CHECK:
Again – current so-called “Smart” meters were installed between 2010-2015 and were paid for with $204M in federal stimulus given to Duke Energy in 2009 and a 2014 rate increase to Ohio customers.

All of these soon-to-be obsolete Duke AMI “Smart” meters installed within the last 5-7 years will have to go someplace – perhaps a landfill. That’s not eco-friendly.

Original analog meters lasted 40 years on average. These so-called “Smart” Meters don’t work. The only “environmentally-friendly” aspect seems to be for the utility companies’ bottom lines, with the receipt of millions of dollars of federal “stimulus” incentives and the firing, nationwide, of many hundreds of meter readers.

(It’s worth noting that monthly in-person meter readings were never necessary. Bills could be estimated or customers could submit their own readings to the utility companies.)

EDF’s Finnigan: “The utility wants its Ohio customers to foot the bill for the new meters without giving them access to their meter data.”

REALITY CHECK:
It’s great that Mr. Finnigan continues to draw attention to Ohioans “footing the bill.” But he continues to not acknowledge all the problems associated with current meters as well as problems associated with “Smart” meters everywhere. This could be considered “lies of omission.”

EDF’s Finnigan: “Sharing the data would give customers a chance to enjoy significant potential savings from their investment in AMI.”

REALITY CHECK:
“Potential” savings isn’t actual savings. Having access to this data guarantees nothing. Consumer Union’s Senior Policy Counsel, Shannon Baker-Branstetter seems to think so as well.

EDF’s Finnigan: “Sharing anonymized electricity data with third parties would enable businesses to develop new products and services, too.”

REALITY CHECK:
In reality, and Finnigan should acknowledge this, Duke Energy will be SELLING this electricity data to third parties, not “sharing” it. This data is yet another profit center for Duke Energy. Again, whose side is EDF on?

CONCLUSION:

There have been problems with “Smart” Meters reported everywhere. All over the world, there are organizations trying to keep these meters out of their communities. A list of organizations from states with Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meters is included at the end of the article.

By contrast, John Finnegan’s advocacy for so-called “smart meters” on behalf of Environmental Defense Fund is a case study in “Greenwashing” and the damaging promotion of wasteful corporate boondoggles in the name of environmentalism.

Finnigan is a former Vice President of Duke Energy turned “Regulatory Attorney” who keeps pitching crappy Duke Energy products that have never been beneficial to customers or genuinely “eco-friendly.”

Finnigan is asking Ohioans to pay YET AGAIN for an expensive, unneccessary, and hazardous “smart” meter infrastructure, which Ohioans never asked for in the first place!

In addition to contributing to landfill waste, these meters also emit wireless WiFi radiation and are contributing to Electrosmog which is also NOT eco-friendly. In fact, these meters have been known to make people and animals very sick and that’s definitely not eco-friendly.

If you are a Duke customer and you don’t like any or all of this, contact the following organizations:

  1. Stop Smart Meters Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Smart-Meters-Ohio-312918642421542/
  2. Stop Smart Meters North Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459086210979866/
  3. Stop Smart Meters South Carolina and Worldwide: http://www.facebook.com/StopSCSmartmeters
  4. Raleigh ES: http://www.raleighes.info/
  5. SC Smart Meter Awareness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434507450216942/
  6. No Smart Meters 4 Indiana: https://www.facebook.com/No-Smart-Meter-4-Indiana-165960906904648/
  7. Stop Smart Meters Florida: http://microwavechasm.org/

 

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Duke Energy Billing Complaints: 13 TV News Stories in 6 States Where Customers Reported Unusually High Bills After (so-called) “Smart” Meters Were Installed

By Katie McKenzie

Digital and wireless utility (so-called) “Smart” Meters have been known to cause all kinds of problems everywhere they have been installed. One of them is unusually high bills. This is not at all surprising since a 2017 Dutch study confirmed that 9 of the most commonly installed “Smart” meters caused measurement errors between 30%-582%.  

There have been at least 13 news stories in 6 states where Duke Energy customers have reported unusually high bills after AMI so-called “Smart” Meters were installed.
Duke Energy has only taken responsibility once when customers complained. They didn’t blame the meters though:

1. Orlando, FL 2014: “Did your Duke Energy bill go up recently? Then read this story.” http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2014/08/25/did-your-duke-energy-bill-go-up-recently-then-read-this-story

2. Tampa, FL, 2014: “One-month spike in electric bill angers Duke Energy customer” http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/one-month-spike-in-electric-bill-angers-duke-energy-customer/2206226

3. South Carolina, 2016: “Duke Energy plans to install “smart meters” in all homes” http://wspa.com/2016/10/28/duke-energy-plans-to-install-smart-meters-in-all-homes/

4. Ohio and Kentucky, 2017: “Why Your Duke Bill’s So High Despite Warm Month” http://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/why-your-duke-bills-so-high-despite-warm-month (Reporter John Matarese posted a link for the story on his Facebook page. There were over 500 comments posted and over 700 shares. https://www.facebook.com/JohnMatareseMoney

5. Indiana, 2017: “Early 2017 was ‘perfect storm’ for Duke Energy. President says several issues led to blizzard of complaints” http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/early-was-perfect-storm-for-duke-energy/article_8c4a0f85-e04b-5ebc-b81f-aaeceb0f702e.html

6. North Carolina and Indiana, 2017: “Duke Reports Errors, Weather Lead to Billing Complaints” https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/indiana/articles/2017-04-20/duke-energy-reports-errors-weather-led-to-bill-complaints

7. “Unhappy Duke Energy Customers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Are You One of Them?” http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/05/04/unhappy-duke-energy-customers-in-ohio-kentucky-and-indiana-are-you-one-of-them/

8. “A Growing Resistance to Smart Meters in The Bluegrass State” http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/04/27/a-growing-smart-meter-resistance-in-kentucky/

9. South Carolina, June 29, 2017: “Spartanburg Co. grandmother hit with $62K power bill” http://wspa.com/2017/06/29/spartanburg-area-grandmother-hit-with-62000-power-bill/

10. Ohio/Kentucky – September 7, 2017: “Hate Smart Meters? What It Will Cost to Opt-Out” http://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/hate-smart-meters-what-it-will-cost-to-opt-out

11. Florida – September 17, 2017: “Duke Energy bills with massive increases panic Florida customers: http://wncn.com/2017/09/17/duke-energy-bills-with-massive-increases-panic-florida-customers/

12. North Carolina: February 20, 2018“Duke customer says his bills are way up after installation of smart meter” http://wlos.com/news/local/duke-customer-says-his-bills-are-way-up-after-installation-of-smart-meter

13. May 8, 2018: IN Duke Energy customers question newly installed smart meters http://cbs4indy.com/2018/05/08/duke-energy-customers-question-newly-installed-smart-meters/

There have been problems associated with these AMI meters in addition to unusually high bills. Duke is already replacing the ones they installed within the last 5-7 years with new AMI “Smart” Meters. Adding insult to injury, they have also proposed rate increases to pay for the replacements.

For more information, visit this link.

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Governor Rick Scott Approves Small Cell Infrastructure Deployment Act

[Thank you to STOP SMART METERS, FLORIDA (http://www.stopsmartmetersfl.org), for the following excerpt of a recent email.]

HB687 – Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act (small cells) was approved into law on Friday, June 23, by Gov. Scott, it is effective 7/1/17.

The bill can be found here at this link:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00687

Essentially it strips local control over the placement of small cell infrastructure in the rights of way on your property. Locals can not restrict structures up to 50 feet. Refrigerator size equipment cabinets can hang off of poles or sit on your lawn.

If your city/county/town has a telecommunications tower ordinance, they will be revising it to comply with this new law. So contact your locals and get involved. Some things we can ask for is advanced notification to property owners and possibly some say on where it goes on the property. Also remember the WSJ article regarding current cell towers exceeding FCC limits, see https://takebackyourpower.net/wall-street-journal-one-10-cell-towers-violate-rf-radiation-rules/ . Since the FCC does not adequately control this, how is the town/city/county going to ensure compliance? Maybe we can request annual testing, random inspections or penalties for non-compliance into the codes.

~ http://www.stopsmartmetersfl.org

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For the record, the Florida “THEFT OF Public Rights-of-Way” bill was sponsored by four Republicans and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, a Republican.

Does their party affiliation even matter, in an era when the hazardous RF/microwave industry essentially owns both major parties? In this particular matter, regarding the Florida state legislature giving away what is essentially the entirety of our private property — as well as our “commons” — over to the special interests of the telecommunications and wireless industries, our focus now turns to California.

The Democrats run California, and now they are poised to pass into law what is basically the same industry-written text as was just approved by Republicans here in Florida.

For a compelling summary of the terrible and inherently harmful California legislation — very similar to that which was just signed into Florida law by Gov. Scott — we turn to Josh Hart, founder of the California-based StopSmartMeters.org:

Josh Hart of Stop Smartmeters Testifies Against California Senate Bill SB 649

For additional video testimony, please see:

“Microwave Radiation has been Shown to Cause Neurological Damage”– Physicians and Other SB 649 Opponents Address California Assembly June 28th
https://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/06/23/stop-smart-meters-letter-to-the-california-assembly-local-govt-committee/

NOTE: It’s still not too late to STOP the California legislation. If you have friends or family in California, please encourage them to get active immediately. More information at StopSmartMeters.org (California).

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SUMMARY OF THE WIRELESS-INDUSTRY GIVEWAY RECENTLY SIGNED INTO FLORIDA LAW

CS/CS/HB 687: Utilities

GENERAL BILL by Commerce Committee ; Energy and Utilities Subcommittee ; La Rosa ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Avila ; Drake ; Gruters

Utilities; Authorizes DOT & certain local governmental entities to prescribe & enforce rules re: placing & maintaining communications services lines/wireless facilities; prohibits authority regulation of facility collocation; authorizes authority to require registration process & permit fees; requires authority to process applications; prohibits authority from requiring approval/fees for maintenance/placement of facilities; provides requirements for collocation on authority utility poles; requires authority to waive certain application & placement requirements; prohibits authority from adopting/enforcing certain regulations & imposing certain fees; authorizes wireless infrastructure provider to apply to place utility poles; authorizes authority to enforce certain local codes/rules/regulations under certain circumstances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 6/26/2017 – Chapter No. 2017-136, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/CS/CS/HB 865 (Ch. 2017-42)
Bill Text: PDF
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Opinion: Bill would Turn California Utility Poles into Cell Towers

[Comment: The telecom industry intends to deploy these hazardous so-called “small cell” cell towers EVERYWHERE, including in Florida. This needs to be stopped.]

Original here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/06/12/opinion-bill-would-turn-california-utility-poles-into-cell-towers/

By Nina Beety, Guest Commentary

Most utility poles will become cell towers under (California) Senate Bill 649. The bill strips municipal governments of decision-making power.

Spaced approximately every 10-20 homes, cell antennas will hang in one or more clusters on utility or light poles. Equipment cabinets the size of refrigerators, with cooling fans and back-up generators, will sit on sidewalks. Towers will be located in the public right of way a few feet from bedroom windows, offices, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Called “small cells”, there is little difference in size for many of these antennas; the chief difference is the location on utility poles versus large towers. Measurements of these cell towers recently taken in Palo Alto found high levels of radiation on the sidewalk below them — levels higher than those associated in research with breaches in the blood-brain barrier, free radical formation, DNA damage, cancer and tumors, and heart rhythm disturbances.

What the levels are inside buildings a few feet away and in line with the antennas is anyone’s guess.

This 24/7 exposure of the most vulnerable, including children, is ignored by the California Legislature. This isn’t surprising since Capitol Weekly named AT&T lobbyist Bill Devine the 16th most powerful person in Sacramento last year. CTIA — the wireless industry — is the listed source of SB 649. And the telecom industry hosts the Pro Tem Cup in San Diego and Speakers Cup in Pebble Beach — lavish, hush-hush lobbying and fundraising events for the California Senate and Assembly members. How many members of the public can afford to buy a politician?

SB 649 is effectively eminent domain, taking the public’s right of way for another use. The public has not agreed to cell towers in their front yard, but the bill states this is not a municipal affair. Remember the Malibu fires, where officials evacuated the city? This was caused by utility poles overloaded with telecommunications equipment — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and NextG. Look around you and see the leaning, bowing poles next to homes and buildings, hanging over streets and sidewalks. Malibu Mayor Andy Stern called these time bombs. Add more gear, multiply the number of poles impacted, and what will be the result?

The FCC’s website says there are no federal standards for microwave radiation exposure. FCC exposure guidelines were derived from industry, and there is no policing or compliance testing of cell towers. Many exceed federal limits according to two surveys. Once installed, you’re stuck, and due to federal laws, every company has to be allowed access to a location, even if that means the same pole and higher radiation levels.

Do you have a utility pole in your back yard or along your fence line? That utility easement on or through your property means they can put anything on that pole. Undergrounded utilities in your neighborhood? New poles will be erected, or antennas will be mounted on homes. AT&T’s new service agreement says you must agree to anything they want to install on or in your home (complain to the CPUC if you disagree).

Impacts to agriculture will be costly, with documented effects from microwave radiation to bees and other pollinators alarming international scientists. Industrial ag is already impacted by dying bees from other causes. Damage to trees and plants is also documented, but the Legislature ignores all of this and the costs to the public.

SB 649 is being rushed through the legislature before the public finds out. It has already passed the Senate. If you don’t want cell towers next to your home and office, take action before it’s too late.

Nina Beety is a writer and educator and runs the website smartmeterharm.org. She lives in Monterey. This opinion piece originally appeared in the East Bay Times.

 

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Smart Attack!

Published on May 15, 2017

* http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/ *

*WARNING – HEAVY IRONY AHEAD – USE CRITICAL THINKING*

Ever wondered why your energy supplier and governments are so keen to give you a smart meter?

We lay out some not-so-good reasons in this 4 minute animation. Your private data, lifestyle and behavioural choices can be amalgamated into a data-set that is monetised nd sold to 3rd party companies. Our usual satire of dark subjects aim to entertain and inform you.

 

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Justice for Smart Meter Crimes Against Rebecca and her Heart

[Comment: This case is in California, but could set an important precedent for all of us, and therefore deserves our support.]

Original here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/04/27/obtaining-justice-for-smart-meter-crimes-against-rebecca-and-her-heart/

Rebecca’s Justice, Rebecca’s Heart
A Smart Meter Medical-Legal Case for us all

Join Rebecca: Let’s get the California Supreme Court to legally protect our rights in court as we face continuous exposure to unwanted RF radiation. Rebecca was seriously injured and lost her health and home in 2010 after a bank of smart meters were installed on the wall of her condo in San Diego County.

She has been fighting for almost 7 years. Join her campaign.

We enhance our ability to protect ourselves from and be compensated for radiation injuries in court, by building on success. One case establishes precedent for all future cases. Legally, we stand on each other’s shoulders by creating case law as a foundation. Rebecca’s Justice is applicable not only in California, but many other states as well.

Please click here to go to Rebecca’s Justice gofundme page. Together let’s crowdfund and support Rebecca’s legal expenses, and allow her to prevail in court. For more information, please contact: rebeccasjustice@gmail.com.

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Calls Needed – Florida SB 596 and HB 687 bills – “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Wireless Deployment Act”

[ALERT, transportation needed: Some of our citizen-advocates are looking for transportation to Tallahassee in order to OPPOSE this legislation. If you live in Central or SW Florida and wish to carpool  to Tallahassee, please contact us by sending an email to info@microwavechasm.org …

The following is an update from stopsmartmetersfl.org ]

These bills are now heading to the Florida Senate (SB 596) and House (HB 687) Floors for votes. Your calls to your representatives are needed by Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Find your Florida legislators contact numbers at these links: (Note: These bills do not concern your US reps (Rubio/Nelson) 

A Small Cell without screening or common sense design standards. Imagine one of these for each carrier in front of your home, blasting your family with radiation 24/7.

Florida Senate – https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Florida House – https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Last month we wrote about some bills being filed to streamline the deployment of what the industry calls “small cells” infrastructure. They cleverly call them small cells, but applications filed have some at 120 feet tall and some come with refrigerator sized equipment boxes. These bills (Senate Bill 596 and House Bill 687) were written by the wireless industry in an attempt to have the Florida state legislators preempt local siting processes and provide cheap access to our public infrastructure and rights of way. This is an invasion on residential neighborhoods as public rights of way and infrastructure are impacted. Most people don’t realize it but the property in front of our homes as well as sometimes other parts (back and side yards) have public rights of way. Yes we mow all the lawn and pay the property taxes but certain portions of your property are not subject to your full control. These are usually areas where you find light posts, utility poles and street signs.

Anyway, although all the cities, counties and municipalities vehemently opposed this bill, Tallahassee basically told them “tough,” and the now former (forced to resign) Senator Artiles actually told them at the end of the first meeting to “go and negotiate your best deal.” There has been little debate nor mention or concern by all sides that this is OUR property.

Well, they have been negotiating and the bill has gone through many strike all changes. Our local governments basically accepted the local preemption, got a few protective clauses inserted, brought the height limitations they can set down to 50 feet from 60 feet and now are haggling over price (annual rent). The original rent was $15 and it now stands at $150 per pole.

Other changes, since man is not created equal – The Florida Dept of Transportation managed to get themselves exempted along with the municipal electric and cooperative electric companies. The Villages retirement community managed to get themselves exempted. Some barrier islands, less than 5 miles, 10K inhabitants who recently voted to underground (could that be Longboat Key?) got themselves exempted. And large developers managed to weigh in and properties subject to covenants, conditions and restrictions; articles of incorporation; or “bylaws” got some protections if the structures do not comply with the restrictions. So it’s been “Let’s make a deal” all month.

Although this bill is better from where it started, a bad bill is a bad bill and should be opposed. You can find the bill and its analysis and read it for yourselves at below links. Just click on the “Bill Text” or “Analysis” tabs and choose the document with the latest date. This bill changes frequently but both have cleared all their committees and are on the calendars for their respective floors to be voted on.

This year’s session ends in about 11 days, so this will move quickly and we expect it to pass unless there is a large public outcry.

Senate Bill 596 – http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00596

House Bill 687 – http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00687 

Some reasons to oppose:

1) Home Rule – This bill preempts local authority over their public rights of way and zoning authority

2) This bill is not necessary, locals are capable of negotiating directly with industry on what is needed for their communities

3) This bill picks winners and losers which is not the role of the state. Wireless facilities are placed today on both public and private property. By setting a low rate for public properties you skew the market. These light poles, etc. were paid for by the people and their local representatives should be allowed to negotiate the proper price. Testimony at one House committee meeting pegged market rate at $2200/yr and this bill only offers $150/year. Taxpayers should not subsidize private industry.

4) 50 foot mini cell towers and noisy associated equipment boxes should not be forced on residential areas.

5) This bill is discriminatory as it does not treat all public rights of way the same – namely the carve outs for the Florida Dept of Transportation, municipal electric utilities, The Villages, Barrier islands and certain PUD’s (planned unit developments)

6) The massive proliferation of small cell placements, especially in residential areas, where placement could be as close as 10 feet from a bedroom window, is a health hazard. This deployment should not be supported in light of the May 2016 release of the NTP rat/cell phone study until the FCC completes its work on Docket 16-421 regarding reassessment of the RF radiation emission guidelines.

7) A good write up, complete with pictures, was prepared by a former government local planner who is opposing a similar pending bill in California. It shows what happens when the placement and rules of wireless facilities are not well regulated and controlled. See https://medium.com/@omarmasry/sb-649-challenges-legislative-pitfalls-a61a4427651a

8) Ohio passed their bill in December and over 80 local communities are now suing the state. http://www.cleveland.com/brecksville/index.ssf/2017/04/brecksville_joins_cleveland_la.html

Please make some noise in opposition to this. Most times these senators and representatives go along with these crazy bills because they hear no complaints from the people. Tell them to Vote NO.

Thank you,

Stop Smart Meters, Florida

www.info@stopsmartmetersfl.org

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“NO 5G” Rally in Washington DC April 20th

Original here: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/04/11/no-5g-rally-in-washington-dc-april-20th/

An Alert from Whatis5G.info:

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A RALLY OUTSIDE THE FCC ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20th

The rally will take place from 9:00 – 10:15 am (at 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC) after which people are encouraged to attend the 10:30 am FCC meeting which is open to the public. During this meeting, the Commission intends to address, “impediments to 5G infrastructure” – which presumably includes those who oppose the infrastructure in their neighborhoods.  Link to FB post.

We have 3 asks:
1.  We say NO to small cells beaming radiation into our homes 24/7
2.  NO to the wireless industry preempting local zoning rights
3.  And YES to ONE BIG DIG for Fiber Optics: All homes, businesses and farms should be connected via safe, reliable, secure, and healthy Fiber Optics.

WE NEED A LARGE TURNOUT.  We must let our government and the media know in no uncertain terms that we say NO to 5G small cells !!!

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, please indicate so on the post on Facebook.  If you would rather communicate more privately, please notify us by sending an email to rethinking5g@whatis5g.info.

THANKS AND PLEASE SHARE WIDELY !!!

More details will be posted on the What is 5G and the Internet of Things Facebook Page and on the 5G website at this link: http://whatis5g.info/action/2017/04/event-outside-the-federal-communications-commission-fcc/

If you have any questions, please feel free to message us on the What is 5G FB page or through the website, at rethinking5g@whatis5g.info. Finally, if you need accommodations, we may be able to make arrangements for low EMF housing.

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Charter wants to conduct 28 GHz 5G experiments in Florida

A recent (4/5/17) report from Fiercewireless.com represents bad news for all of us opposed to the needless proliferation  throughout our environment of man-made microwave radiation. They report:

Charter Communications appears to be as serious about 5G as anyone, with plans to test antennas at several locations in the Orlando, Florida, area, if the FCC approves its application.

Charter subsidiary CCO Fiberlink filed the paperwork, first spotted by consulting wireless engineer Steve Crowley, that seeks a two-year experimental license beginning June 1 to test and evaluate millimeter wave coverage and capacity performance. The application lists Ericsson as the equipment provider.

Charter intends to conduct fixed wireless experiments in the 28 GHz band—and it’s already coordinated the proposed testing with Straight Path Communications, which holds 28 GHz licenses in the Orlando area, according to the filing.

“The proposed operations will advance Charter’s understanding of 5G technology and network potential in the millimeter wave bands and will advance the deployment of 5G fixed and mobile services,” the company stated in the application.

Antennas will be mounted on a mobile trailer and van with hydraulic masts, which will be moved to each of the requested test locations. Besides Orlando, the application lists Kissimmee, Cape Canaveral, South Daytona and several other Florida markets as test locations. All the locations are owned by Charter and operated as hub sites, headends and offices. In most cases, the surrounding buildings and trees are taller than the masts, which will be raised only when tests are being conducted.

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Remember, 5G is bad news for human health, our environment, and for the genuine “sustainability” of our culture.

As the wise folks at What is 5G” (http://whatis5g.info) write:

Every IoT “thing”, including AI and VR, will also irradiate our homes and communities 24/7 with hazardous frequencies of pulsed microwave radiation.

Some of the IoT products currently being manufactured include driverless cars, clothing, toasters, coffee makers, even diapers, and pacifiers for babies will be made “smart”. There will be “smart” mattresses, (with “infidelity detection systems”), “smart” toothbrushes to record and notify you how well you are brushing your teeth, WiFi connected pills to transmit data from inside your belly, and the IoT even “promises” sex-bots and bluetooth tampons.

Although government and industry promote the IoT as the panacea for all ills, the IoT itself, creates a plethora of problems. This website discusses eight ways that 5G and the IoT will cause serious harms to humans, wildlife, and our Earth. After exploring this website and further research, you may feel the hoped for benefits of the IoT do not outweigh the very serious harms –  and you may choose to not buy into the IoT, both figuratively and literally.

People need to organize, and urgently, to oppose this harmful technology.

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