Smart Meters operate with high frequency microwave radiation, these devices along with their infrastructures increase the level of radiation in our homes, neighborhoods, and environment. There has not been sufficient testing on these devices. The FCC "safety" standards the meters comply with are irrelevant to the meter emissions, and were not designed to protect the public from health problems under the circumstances in which the meters are being used. The FCC standards are strictly for thermal effects of radiation and exclude nonthermal effects. Because the Smart Meter system is a mesh network, it is impossible to predict individual levels of exposure with any consistency or certainty. Smart Meters create a pervasiveelectromagnetic field, and there are no studies yet published that indicate that the levels of EMF emitted collectively in a community are safe. The meters emit microwave frequency radiation every second throughout the day and night. Thousands of scientific studies have strong evidence that chronic RF/MF radiation from such devices causes numerous health effects and children are affected quicker. Here is the direct link where people post their personal physical conditions after having the smart meter installed: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=2292 . Warnings from global scientists and environmental agencies should be of first priority and the precautionary principle should be applied for safety. Our detailed data of personal electric usage habits will now be collected and tracked continuously and shared, this is an invasion to privacy and a violation to 4th Amendment rights to privacy. Our information is vulnerable to security problems and to being hacked and this has been proven by hackers. Smart Meters are not UL certified for safety and have caused house fires on numerous homes as recently reported on local news. Electricity customers wish to maintain their civil rights to safety and privacy in our homes and should not pay a fee for a meter that they will not own and do not want. In light of these issues, we request that Smart Meters not be installed in Pickwick, Baltimore, MD because as renters we do not have the option of opting out- it is the choice of the property manager. Thank you for your consideration.
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