Science: RF, EMF, UL, WHO, more
Scientific reports about radiofrequency (RF) microwave radiation and the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). Underwriters Laboratories® answers an email query. World Health Organization. And more...
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PRESS RELEASE from the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm, Sweden, February 3, 2011
Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards: Warning Issued on Risks to Children and Pregnant Women
Quote: “Scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies have issued a scientific statement warning that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.
The Seletun Scientific Statement has now been published in Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25: 307-317). The article recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe the existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread.” Complete press release here: http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/docs/Karolinska_Institute_press_re...
The Seletun Scientific Statement
http://electromagnetichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Seletun-Tran... - February 3, 2011
Quotes: ” Regarding radiofrequency/microwave radiation, the present guidelines, such as IEEE, FCC, and ICNIRP, are not adequate to protect humans from harmful effects of chronic EMF exposure.”
“Pregnant women and children of all ages should avoid using cell and cordless phones given the health effects we are seeing already.”
Professor Yuri Grigoriev
Chairman, Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, a member of WHO’s International Advisory Committee on “EMF and Health”
“WI-FI routers, DECT phones and other wireless devices like baby monitors produce radio frequency emissions that will affect millions of people and babies in their homes, and should be halted until other, less harmful options are investigated.”
Professor Lukas Margaritas
Director, Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics University of Athens
Sage Associates - Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters - January 1, 2011
World Health Organization / International Agency for Research on Cancer – Press Release, Lyon, France, May 31, 2011
“The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.” Complete press release here: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf
The Underwriters Laboratories® question, WHY is this device not tested, listed, certified by UL?, is still unanswered. Here's what we know so far.
UL sent this email in response to a query by a Florida consumer:
Date: Oct 3, 2011
Subject: Re: Smart meters *Katie King
Good day to you! My name is Katie and I am a customer service professional at UL. I am writing you regarding your email concerning the Smart Meters being installed on homes.
By performing a basic search on our website (through the Online Certification Database) I have not found that these devices are UL listed. If you can provide more information such as manufacturer name or model number I may be able to perform a more thorough search. We advise consumers to look for the UL label on products to ensure that they have been tested for safety. If you do not see a label on a product, you should assume that it has not been tested by us, or passed the tests we perform.
I hope this information is helpful to you. I understand this is a very hot topic right now in areas where the meters are being installed, and appreciate your inquiry.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Phone: 1-877-UL Helps (1-877-854-3577) ext. 44415
UL Customer Service is available to assist you in the U.S. Monday - Friday 5am - 7pm CST.
Visit us Globally at http://www.ul.com.
Any information and documentation involving UL Mark services are provided on behalf of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) or any authorized licensee of UL.
[end of email]
Editor’s note, September 2011:
FPL confirmed in a recent phone conversation that the GE-manufactured meter being installed now is NOT UL listed – that is, it has not been tested and certified as a safe product by the Underwriters Laboratories®.
I was told that this is not required because the UL safety testing and approval process is applicable only to “consumer” products [i.e. EVERY OTHER electric-related item in your home or business].
The smart meter is considered a “utility product,” sold only to utility companies, so is not required to have testing done by the Underwriters Laboratories.
The meter is owned by the utility company, while consumers own and are responsible for the meter boxes, and consumers are legally responsible for any and all damage that results from fire, short-circuit, and power surges. This seems to be the case in all states participating in the smart grid program.
If you have found any brand/model of wireless meter, in any state or country, that is UL listed, please let me know at email@example.com.
Reader’s comment received on UL:
In regards to UL tags: UL is not a government run company. It is a not for profit company that evaluates manufactured products to national accepted safety standards. In the case of smart meters, the National Electrical Code paragraph 110-b requires that manufactured of electrical products be third party evaluated, such as UL Inc. Here is the kicker. Not all of the states have adopted the NEC.
It is the manufacturer that comes to UL requesting that the product be evaluated. Once the product has been found to meet the requirements, they are authorized to use the UL Listing mark. One of the requirements for the manufacturer to continue to use the listing is that the UL Rep. will make periodic unannounced visits (a minimum of one per quarter) to the manufacturing plant to verify compliance. UL is ready to evaluate smart meters.
UL devotes a few paragraphs to the subject of smart meters on its site - see: http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/industries/powerandcontrols... - and seems to imply that UL can certify these meters (see the inset box of bullet points there). However, they do not mention the actual certification of any brand or model, merely that they are willing to work with manufacturers. A scary tidbit from this UL page: “…the European Union has mandated that 90 percent of homes use smart meters by 2020.”
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