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A Call for the Immediate Opt-Out and Ban on Smart Meters in Sedona!

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WIRELESS “SMART” METERS ARE DANGEROUS RADIATION-EMITTING DEVICES AND A COMPLETE INVASION OF PRIVACY, (equal to wire-tapping) that are being forced on the public by the utility companies. Along with immediate no cost opt outs for people who currently have “smart” or wireless meters on their homes/businesses, we, the underigned, call for the immediate halt to the Sedona/Verde Valley, AZ rollout and abandonment of this dangerous and invasive technology.

Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused.

"Smart Meters" violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.

2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.

3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

4. Data about occupant's daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.

5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

7. "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain "Smart Meter" data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

APS has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.

Additionally, The WHO/IARC (World Health Organization, International Agency For Research On Cancer) ruled electromagnetic fields from non-ionizing radiation emitting devices, a Class 2 B CARCINOGEN, which means may cause cancer in humans, joining a list including but not limited to: lead, dioxin, chloroform, ethylbenzene and HIV.

Paid for by our tax dollars and an increase in utility rates, “smart” meters (otherwise known as Advanced Digital Electronic Meters and other various new names industry now tries to disguise them under) are being forced on the public by the utility companies with no temporary opt outs available until we can get this dangerous and invasive technology banned. For public health, privacy and safety, we need to retain and restore our analog meters, which have been proven totally safe and reliable.

No consumers have been informed in writing, prior to installation, of the serious possible health consequences of these meters before installation. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and medical implants are most vulnerable, although all populations can suffer deleterious health effects

Upon installation, people report problems sleeping, headaches, ringing in the ears, heart problems, dizziness, nausea, cognitive problems, and other physical ailments.

The following health effects have been documented in studies of non-ionizing radiation, utilized by smart meters: DNA breaks, cancer, endocrine disruption, birth defects, sterility, heart arrhythmia, learning impairment, ADD/ADHD, headache, fatigue and sleep disturbance.

Dozens of towns, cities, counties and states have opposed wireless “smart” meter installation for a variety of reasons, including health and safety, skyrocketing electric bills, electrical fires, problems with privacy/hacking/security and electronic interference with other wireless equipment and medical devices.

The “smart” meters operate in mesh networks, transmitting radiation in millisecond pulses many times a minute throughout the day and night. It is continuous exposure, 24/7, and the public is not being informed of this.

Serious issues with wireless meters include fire hazard, invasion of privacy, and hacking.  Every customer’s personal usage will be known, harvested and marketed. Ultimate success of the grid is dependent upon full compliance by the consumers in purchasing all new appliances that will have wireless RFID chips in them to interface from within your own home to the smart meter. We must insist our appliances do not have wireless radiation emitting devices in them and purchase only older equipment from now on until manufacturers, corporations and our government respect people’s rights to have a safe, radiation free environment with our privacy fully intact.

As an "opt-out" some utilities have proposed a “powered-down” “smart” meter. This is not an opt-out, since there is still a wireless smart meter on your home and will have virtually the same harmful effects. We want safe, private, analog, meters, not “powered down” wireless meters.

If too many people opt out, the utilities companies have vowed to put a repeater in your neighborhood (it could even be on a utility pole right outside your window) which boosts the signal and emits even more intense radio frequency radiation! REPEATERS in our neighborhoods are also unacceptable!

The utilities companies are proposing to charge people hundreds of dollars per year to opt out. This is tantamount to extortion. We should not have to pay one penny to keep cancer and other serious health effects out of our lives and carcinogenic smart meters, repeaters or signal boosters out of our neighborhoods!

By signing this petition, I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes "Smart Meters" and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by "law" or not.

I call for an immediate halt to the Arizona rollout of “smart” or wireless meters, the immediate ability for the public to switch already installed, carcinogenic, wireless radiation-emitting meters to analog meters at no cost to the consumer and the abandonment of this dangerous, invasive technology.

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