• Petitioned Fairfield City Council

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Fairfield City Council

Please offer safer alternatives to the Neptune E-Coder Water Meter

    1. Brian Horsfield
    2. Petition by

      Brian Horsfield

      Fairfield, IA

July 2012


From Fairfield Coalition for Safe Utility Meters: Last Monday the Fairfield City Council approved the "Opt out" for those who do not want the Neptune E-Coder "radio read" water meters. See Fairfield City Council Meeting Report at: http://www.exploreseiowa.com/pages/13548437.php?

For latest news click on the UPDATES tab above, and go to our blog at http://fairfieldsafemeters.com

Independent testing locally and at http://www.intentionalenvironment.com/smart-meters finds the Neptune E-Coder  water meters that are being installed in Fairfield emit RF radiation pulses every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day. These pulses are as high as 15,000 microWatts per square meter at 2-3 foot distances. The International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology has a standard for sleeping rooms of under 0.1 as "No Concern" and anything over 1,000 as "Extreme Concern".

In April 2012 a distinguished international association of physicians and medical professionals issued a position paper on Smart Meters. This group is the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and they are recommending an immediate caution on Smart Meter installation due to potentially harmful RF exposure. See the paper online at: http://aaemonline.org/emf_rf_position.html

Key findings and recommendations of the AAEM 2012 report:

     • An immediate caution on Smart Meter installation due to potentially harmful RF exposure.

     • Use of safer technology for Smart Meters, such as hard-wiring, fiber optics or other non-harmful methods of data transmission.

     • Multiple studies correlate RF exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive  disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

In view of this recent caution from the AAEM we the undersigned ask the City of Fairfield to offer homeowners safer alternatives to the Neptune E-Coder Water Meter.

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Recent signatures


    1. Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Thursday, July 12, 2012

      Quebec-based magazine La Maison du 21e siecle asked physician David O. Carpenter, former founding dean of the University at Albany (NY)’s School of Public Health, to comment on a letter published in the Montreal daily Le Devoir last May 24. This letter claimed wireless smart meters pose no risk to public health. Some fourty international experts contributed to the following rebuttal.
      We, the undersigned are a group of scientists and health professionals who together have coauthored hundreds of peer-reviewed studies on the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We wish to correct some of the gross misinformation found in the letter regarding wireless “smart” meters that was published in the Montreal daily Le Devoir on May 24. Submitted by a groupQuebec engineers, physicists and chemists, the letter reflects an obvious lack of understanding of the science behind the health impacts of the radiofrequency (RF)/microwave EMFs emitted by these meters.

    2. Smart Meter Victory in Oakland County, Michigan

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      June 21st, 2012 – Oakland County, Michigan – Commissioners Support Smart Meter Refusal. Today, on a unanimous consent vote, the 25 member Oakland County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that supports the right of every utility customer to be able to opt-out of a ‘smart’ electric meter without cost or penalty. The resolution also contains language calling for it to be forwarded to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), and the members of the legislature who represent Oakland County. Our heartfelt thanks go to Commissioner James Runestad for proposing and spearheading this fine document, and to Christine Long and her General Government Committee that earlier held a very thorough and well run hearing on this where DTE was given its chance to defend its program and many citizens expressed their passionate support for the resolution to escape the DTE program.

    3. City Council Discusses Opt-out for Radio Read Water Meters

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      By Richard Wolfson, PhD, THE FAIRFIELD WEEKLY READER, June 14-20, 2012

      Approximately 100 people crowded into Fairfield’s City Council meeting Monday night [June 12, 2012] to discuss the city’s proposed bill to opt-out of the Neptune radio-read (RF) water meters.

      Many residents expressed concern because of extensive reports worldwide of potential health damaging effects from radiation from pulsed RF meters. Fairfield meters emit pulses of radio frequency radiation every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day. Residents who want to opt out and get a different, non-RF meter will have to pay $100 plus $75/hr for installation, and an additional $10/month, even though the alternative meter costs only $91, compared to $240 for the Neptune wireless.

      Continued at: http://fairfieldsafemeters.com
      More letters and news at http://fairfieldsafemeters.com
      Join the discussion at: http://www.facebook.com/fairfieldsafemeters

    4. Letter to Fairfield Ledger: Do Radio Read Water Meters really save money?

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Letter to Fairfield Ledger, June 13, 2012
      From: Brian Horsfield, PhD
      To the editor,

      In your front page story in yesterday's paper you quoted the Mayor as saying the City has taken no official position in favor of the now controversial radio read water meters. But the reason why the City chose to upgrade to these meters without informing the public remains unclear. City officials including the Mayor have been telling citizens as recently as April 29, 2012 that these meters "are only emitting a signal when the meter reading person sends a signal to read the meter. When the signal is sent, it “wakes up” the meter and sends back a reading in a matter of seconds. When the information is received, the meter goes “back to sleep”, so the meter is actively emitting a signal for less than one minute per month."

      Now that is information has been found to be incorrect, and the City acknowledges the meters pulse RF radiation every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day...

    5. Popular water meter manufacturer being sued

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      By Robert Barron, Staff Writer, The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK
      September 8, 2009

      Neptune Co., a popular manufacturer of water meters, is being sued by Board of Water Supply of Honolulu.

      Board members allege 40,000 of 54,000 meters failed prior to the 10-year guaranty. They also allege the company does not stand behind them.

      Enid Public Services Director Jim McClain said the city is not using Neptune Meters; however, they were considered — but not purchased — in the last water meter bids.

      The Honolulu Board of Water Supply began installing Neptune Meters nine years ago, according to a story by KITV television in Honolulu. The board is suing Neptune Technology Group for what it said is the unexpected costs to replace the meters and the time crews are spending to manually read the automatic meters.

      The problem with the meters seems to involve the cover being cracked and water seeping in, which prevents the meters from transmitting.

    6. Correction: Neptune Lawsuit in Honolulu, not Dallas TX

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Our statement sent out by e-mail regarding Neptune water meter malfunction in Dallas, Texas, was in error. The lawsuit claiming 40,000 meters failing out of 54,000, actually occurred in Honolulu, Hawaii. We apologize for the error.

      HONOLULU -- The Board of Water Supply is suing to get a company to honor its warranties on thousands of broken water meters.

      BWS began installing the automated water meters nine years ago. The wireless technology was supposed to end time-consuming manual reading.

      The lawsuit against Neptune Technology Group said that of 54,000 Neptune meters, 40,000 failed well short of the 10-year guaranty.

      "With these Neptune meters in particular, about 70 percent of them have failed," BWS spokeswoman Moani Wright Van Alst said.

      Because Neptune is not standing behind its product, the Board of Water Supply is paying thousands in unexpected costs, the lawsuit said.

      Neptune Technology did not respond to KITV's repeated attempts at contacting the company.

    7. CNN: Neptune Meters and billing overcharges in Atlanta

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      ...That doesn't convince residents like Wilda Cobb, who is astounded at a water bill that now totals $10,071.

      Her bill spiked to more than $1,200 in November, then skyrocketed to $6,879 in December.
      "I am furious, I am upset, I'm confused," Cobb said. "I can't get an answer from the city because they won't admit there is a problem."

      A city official reviewed Cobb's bills, and said the unusually high usage for the two months would normally mean there was some kind of leak, possibly with the irrigation system. The city installed a data logger meter that tracks usage during each day.

      Her latest bill is down to just $34.

      Ironically, Cobb knows something about water issues. She's an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency.

      "As I person, I know something's wrong here," Cobb said. "As an attorney, what can I do about it? But, I don't think it takes a law degree to say $7,000 for a month's use of water by one person in a small home is just crazy without a leak."

    8. Water Bill Jumps From $62 To $1,400. Will Cost $180 To Have Meter Inspected

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      By Chris Morran, April 19, 2012

      When your quarterly water bill goes up a few thousand percent after the city installs a new meter at your house, you'd think the utilities folks would want to take a look at that meter because it's either broken or your house is about to float away. But not in New York City, where it will cost you $180 just for the privilege of having that meter inspected by a human being.

      CBS New York has the story of a city resident whose house was fitted with one of the new smart meters, and whose water bill soon jumped from a very manageable $62/quarter to more than $1,400.

      "Am I paying a mortgage here?" she asks. "Because that's what it sounds like me: I'm paying a mortgage. $1,400 to pay for water, come on."

      The city's Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says his office has received hundreds of complaints since the city began installing the new meters.

    9. Sioux City Iowa has had wired (non-RF) water meters since 2003

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Since 2003 the Sioux City Water Department has installed new meters and automated reading equipment that will help increase our efficiency while providing more convenience to our customers. The City bills utility services monthly to help customers budget and keep better track of their water usage.

      The Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) we now use minimizes the inconvenience of physically reading water meters as well as estimated bills. The AMR system uses an electronic device connected to each meter to automatically "call" into our office each month and record meter reading data in our computer. We can also use this system to obtain additional meter readings as needed, in situations such as when a customer moves.

      The AMR system uses advanced electronic technology that will not interfere with your telephone service. A non-voice data signal, sent over telephone lines, automatically transmits the meter reading data.

      There is no charge for installation...

    10. The tide is turning against smart meters!

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      March 21, 2012 – The court finds judgment for David Kyle against Southern California Edison in the amount of $2500.00 damages, $50.00 costs, and $0 attorney fees.

      In lieu of payment and at the election of defendant, defendant may, not later than March 12, 2012 replace the “smart meter’ installed at the Kyle residence with the same type of meter previously in place at the Kyle residence prior to the installation of the “smart meter.” http://burbankaction.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/smartmeterjudgment2.pdf

      May 14, 2012 – Vermont appears poised to take an unusually aggressive stance. While several states have allowed utilities to charge a fee to customers who want to opt out of smart meters, Vermont’s governor is expected soon to sign legislation that would allow customers to say no without paying anything extra.

      More success stories below...

    11. Dogs, owner shocked by Smart Meter

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer


      Sahtlam resident Chris Davis lives on a five-acre parcel near the rural community's fire hall.

      To give his two dogs Minnie and Katie room to roam but to also keep them contained, Davis installed an electric dog fence around the entirety of his property.

      "My dogs wear a collar and then it gives them a little shock if they get too far past the fence," Davis explained. "There's never been an issue. Ever."

      That is, until BC Hydro contractor Corix installed a smart meter at his house.

      "The smart meter gives my dogs electric shocks when they go near the meter," Davis explained. "The collar starts bleeping and shocks them to the point where they yelp."

    12. City of Ojai First So Cal Government to Criminalize Meters

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The City of Ojai last week became the first government in Southern California to adopt an ordinance officially banning smart meters within its jurisdiction. Our congrats and respect both to the city council and the residents of Ojai who brought about this landmark vote. Ojai joins a proud and elite corps of local governments in California including Santa Cruz, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties who have followed through on their legal right and moral obligation to pass laws protecting their residents from a utility industry and regulatory environment out of touch with health, safety, and sanity. More than 56 local governments in the state have now officially declared their opposition to current smart grid policy, an overwhelming statement of democratic opposition to a flawed and dangerous system.

    13. Robert Palma letter to Mayor and Fairfield City Council

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The letter below was sent by me, Robert Palma, recently to the Mayor and the Fairfield City Council. I have chosen to publish the letter so that Fairfielders will be aware of my concerns about the potential danger of the City recently placing wireless water meters in or about the homes of those living in Fairfield. The information in brackets has been added to make the letter more understandable to those not familiar with this issue.

      Robert Palma
      President and Chief Engineer
      Midwest Research Corp.

    14. Austrian Medical Association Objects to Smart Meter Rollout

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The Austrian Chamber of Physicians is calling for a reconsideration or suspension of “the planned timetable of the mandatory introduction of ‘smart meters’” in Austria, “pending clarification and solution of open questions.”

      “The Austrian Chamber of Physicians strictly rejects another, in this case actually state-mandated, expansion of the electrosmog exposure on the Austrian population.”

      “The expected health consequences would be an increase in symptoms and diseases that fall into the category of so-called multi-system diseases. This illness is characterized by involving several organs or functional systems at the same time and in interaction.”

    15. Bath council OKs $14.8M city budget, extends 'smart' meter moratorium

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      By Alex Lear
      Jun 07, 2012 7:40 am
      BATH — The City Council unanimously approved next year's $14.8 million city budget Wednesday evening.

      The panel also voted 5-4 to again extend a moratorium on the mass installation of wireless "smart" electric meters.

    16. Smart Meters in Maine Supreme Court – Oral arguments 10 May 2012

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      This is a landmark case, FIRST time a US Court has recognized health risks of smart meters 35 mins of questions in Supreme Court hearing, including:

      * Which agency was charged with making judgments on health and safety?
      * What is their expertise to evaluate the scientific findings?
      * Did the local committee look at all the research and assess the information presented?
      * Did nothing in the evidence present them with indications of a potential health risk?
      * Did they disregard their duty to educate the public about the meters and show evidence of safety?
      * Why do we have to pay a perpetual fee for exercising rights to protect health, given that no evidence of safety had been presented?

      The Court hasn't ruled yet, but these questions give a very strong indication they are likely to rule that "Opt Outs" ARE ILLEGAL since they fail to protect the health of citizens not opting out.

    17. Correction: St Paul MN offers Touchpad at no initial cost and $6/mo ongoing

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The info I sent out earlier on free opt out options in St Paul applies to the Neptune E-Coder with antenna mounted on the exterior of the home. This still pulses RF radiation every 14 seconds and is not a good opt out option. St Paul offers the Touchpad at NO initial cost and $6 a month ongoing. A much better deal than Fairfield is proposing.

    18. Breaking: Southern California Edison Opt Out Fees Suspended

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The ability of utilities to charge a fee to customers who refuse a smart meter was dealt a serious blow today in California. It appears that “opt out” fees for customers of Southern California Edison (SCE) have been placed on hold for 120 days pending a CPUC determination of whether the fees are in fact legal or not.

      ...The City of Ojai last week became the first government in Southern California to adopt an ordinance officially banning smart meters within its jurisdiction. Our congrats and respect both to the city council and the residents of Ojai who brought about this landmark vote. Ojai joins a proud and elite corps of local governments in California including Santa Cruz, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties who have followed through on their legal right and moral obligation to pass laws protecting their residents from a utility industry and regulatory environment out of touch with health, safety, and sanity.

    19. Public Hearing for OPT OUT proposal: Monday June 11, 7:00pm

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      The Fairfield City Council meets
      MONDAY June 11 at 7:00pm at City Hall, S Main St
      for the 2nd public hearing of the Water Meter opt out proposal

      This meeting is especially important because this is the last meeting of the Council, before the next meeting at which they vote to approve the opt out. SO THIS IS OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY to voice our support for no fees for the opt out. Not enough people have been present so far, and it suggests no concern for the high costs being proposed. It is important for people to voice their opinions, and for everyone to show up and be present to demonstrate commitment to no cost for the opt out.

      The opt out fees are $100 plus $75 per hour for labor (minimum 1/2 hour) , plus $10 per month additional charge on the water bill.

      Details at http://ia-fairfield.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=437

    20. Reached 750 signatures
    21. Fairfield Ledger: Radio-read water meters pose dangers

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Thursday, June 7, 2012
      From: Richard Wolfson, PhD

      To the editor:

      On the front page of your May 30 issue, you show a picture of me speaking with city councilman Daryn Hamilton about Fairfield's radio-read water meters. You quote the city council asserting the meter causes no known dangers.

      The city’s reference for claiming RF meters are safe is the report “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters,” released in 2011 by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). This report has since been criticized by international science and medical experts.

      Dr. David Carpenter, former Dean of Public Health at the University at Albany described the report as “faulty” and “full of inaccuracies.” Elihu Richter MD, MPH, a distinguished medical epidemiologist from Israel said “It is now fairly certain that there will be widespread adverse public health impacts [from RF emitting meters].”

    22. No Smart Meter, No Cost in Vermont

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      KATHERINE TWEED: MAY 15, 2012

      Vermont becomes the first state to ofter free opt-outs, but overall refusal rates stay low.

      Opt-out options for smart meters are popping up around the country, but they have all come with a cost for the customer -- until now.

      The legislature in Vermont passed a bill that allows a customer to choose to not have a wireless smart meter, at no additional cost. If there is already a smart meter in place, the customer will not be charged to remove it.

    23. City leaders champion smart meters in Burlington, VT

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press, May 23, 2012

      ...Yet, about 5 percent of Burlington customers — most of them residents of the New North End — have opted out of the new meters, Nolan added; and recent state legislation eliminating opt-out charges resulted in a noticeable spike in meter rejections.

    24. Smart Meters Enforce Agenda 21- A Call For Public Outrage

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      By Dr Bill Deagle MD

      Smart Meters have two primary areas of contention. First, they are a bold invasion of privacy and purport to have authority to gather data and modify behavior and consumption patterns of unwitting power consumers and market data to third parties and government and policing agencies. Second, they are a Class 2b Carcinogen even by WHO standards, and the mountain of toxic data is mounting that Smart Meters are thousands of times more toxic than even cell phones, causing cancer, insomnia, and numerous medical problems. The biological basis is energy transferred to cell membranes and molecules that open calcium and other ion channels and disrupt the non-covalent Van der Waals hydrogen bonds that hold the fragile double helix of DNA intact and cause 4D enzyme active site disruption with disturbed enzyme KMax and nutrient-enzyme interactions and cellular communications.

      What is the challenge and what must we do? More on link below...

    25. Email from Michael Halley, June 4, 2012

      Brian Horsfield
      Petition Organizer

      Baseless: Having no basis or foundation in fact; unfounded.

      Mania: An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze.

      Pseudo-science: A discipline or approach that pretends to be or has a close resemblance to science.

      Misinformation: Information that is incorrect.

      Yes, that pretty much sums up my personal feelings about this whole thing. Regardless of how I feel personally I will continue to develop an opt-out program based on individual rights, and also consider any viable proposals for a simple, affordable wired meter reading system. What I will not do is force the majority of FF residents to subsidize the wishes and wants of the minority.


      [Note: Halley was directed by the Mayor to develop the opt out proposal, so he cannot assume personal credit for this proposal. And the meter offered in the opt out program, the Neptune Touchpad is less than half the cost of the Neptune E-Coder. The claimed cost savings of the E-Coder have yet to be clearly quantified.]


    Reasons for signing

    • edward pacheco FAIRFIELD, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      There is absolutely no reason that a non-carcinogenic alternative shouldn't be provided free of charge for those who do not wish to expose themselves to harmful radiation.

    • Ed Monk FAIRFIELD, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      SAFETY FOR MY FAMILY! Well meaning public officials encouraged the use of asbestos years ago. Then we learned about the negative health effects so well meaning public officials banned asbestos. Time for our well meaning public officials to look very carefully at the research on these RF products. The last thing Fairfield needs someday will be class action law suits for health problems from something like this.

    • Thomas Van Dyke JACKSON, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Let the people choose.

    • Lisa DeMitchell FAIRFIELD, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      I want a safe and healthy home, yard, city and environment!

    • Francesca Williams FAIRFIELD, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      Health reasons


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