Are Your Smart Meters A Risk To Public Health?

This post was originally filed by LaMesaToday.Com member Susan Brinchman. The issues she raised have been discussed and responded to by utilities from throughout California. San Diego Gas & Electric responded below to questions raised by Brinchman and brought to their attention by


By Susan Brinchman

I would like to let all La Mesans know that the new wireless utility meter installed by SDG&E on your home is a risk to public health. This is unprecedented in US history.


Researchers have identified the following, re: smart meters:

  1. Are not UL-safety certified (that is Underwriters Laboratory)
  2. have caused house fires due to poor installations
  3. have generated very high or higher utility bills, without reason
  4. are a risk to public health - especially children, the elderly and seniors, and those with chronic illness or pacemakers and insulin pumps, due to high bursts of rf radiation (emissions) that enter the home and pervade the outside area around the meter.

Visit to learn more and help protect your family.


Please express your concern at city council meetings to the La Mesa City Council. Over 30 CA counties, cities, and towns have adopted resolutions and ordinances pertaining to smart meters. Read these here:



Start a community group to get these risky meters removed from our homes and businesses.



April Bolduc, spokesperson for SDG&E, challenged Brinchman's assertions saying "there is no scientific evidence to support those allegations.'' Bolduc said these claims have been made against utilities throughout California and have been the subject of independent scientific study.

Bolduc said the accuracy of the meters have been studied and found to be far more accurate than the mechanical meters that, in some instances had been on homes for more than 50 years. She said some residents did see bill increases because their old meters measured electricity inaccurately.

The complaints of high radio frequencies also have been studied and found the meters to be emitting less than a cell phone or the wi-fi you would encounter entering a coffee shop. She encouraged residents to visit the SDG&E website where the results of independent studies are presented. She supplied the link: Click on the appropriate questions and the answers are supplied.


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Comment by Susan Brinchman on August 11, 2011 at 10:56pm
For videos on Smart Meter problems and an extensive set of documents and editorial in La Mesa Patch, visit
Comment by Chris F. on August 11, 2011 at 11:59am

I’d like to laugh at the stupidity SDG&E’s April Boluc’s response to Ms. Brinchman but it is so DECEPTIVE that it must be responded to.  April claims that there is no scientific evidence supporting illness due to the wireless technology in smart meters but this isn’t true.  The INDEPENDENT World Health Organization has clearly stated that RF radiation is a type 2B carcinogen.  The so called “independent” evaluation the utilities cite was done by a group that gets funding and is promoting wireless smart meters-hardly independent as she claims. 

In addition, many researchers protested the conclusions of the group but they were ignored.  Further, this independent group DID NOT CONCLUDE THAT RF RADIATION FROM SMART METERS WAS WITHOUT RISK.  They said based on the studies so far (they didn’t consider the recent WHO report) that they would defer to the FCC for a standard that by the way is from the 1980s and considered outdated.

As to the meters being accurate - I personally know an electrician who found a meter charging a newly constructed home for electricity when NO ELECTRICITY WAS GOING TO THE HOME.  After 3 days of calling the utilities who claimed their smart meters are accurate, they finally sent someone out that confirmed that in fact the smart meter was reading electricity consumption when there was no power to the home!

The reality is the only utilities have verified the accuracy of the meters and there have been many complaints across the State about accuracy issues.  As an electrician told me, “If the old meters don’t measure accurately due to warping, the system doesn’t work at all because the wheel would warp.”  He also noted that unless there was a fire, the wheel wouldn’t warp because it takes over a thousand degrees to melt the aluminum.  The utilities would have replaced those meters a long time ago if they thought they were losing money.  Given the parts involved in the old meters, it is highly unlikely baring a house fire that the meters would measure inaccurately as April claims.

People should notice that April has never addressed the Sage Report or Hirsch Study that shows that SMART METERS DO IN FACT EXCEED THE FCC STANDARDS.  April’s comments compare a targeted cell phone RF pulse to the 360 degree pulses that come out of a smart meter in surges every 1.5 seconds.  Radiation adds up a lot quicker when your whole body is involved.  Most importantly, the WHO said that this RF radiation is particularly DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN. If I choose to expose myself to wi-fi –which I do not, it should be my choice not SDG&E’s mandate.   SDG&E are putting these meters on walls next to your child’s body 24/7.  Maybe, SDG&E should read the Bible.  Jesus looks very unfavorably to those who harm children.

Comment by Susan Brinchman on August 11, 2011 at 9:25am

continued from below:


CEP, on behalf of utility customers and the general public, has filed the following Protest against the Smart Grid Deployment Applications of SDG&E, SCE, and PG&E, the major CA utilities: CEP Consolidated Utilities Smart Grid Protest Filed CPUC 7.30.11, along with the following attachments: (letter about smart meter dangers from a world-class rf researcher, physician/scientist) Dr. Johansson's letter re: SmartGrid / Smart Meter dangers to CPUC ... and World Health Organization's 5.31.2011 press release pertaining to determination that rf radiation (same as emitted from smart meters) is a potential carcinogen Radiofrequency Radiation = 2B Carcinogen, WHO Press Release No. 208....


4. Visit CEP's project: Smart Meter Dangers, to learn more about scientists' views on rf radiation, health, and smart meters, and the science pertaining to smart meters, with problems and solutions.  This site debunks the claims of utility companies regarding the so-called safety of smart meters and minimizing of the risks of rf radiation that the industry is promoting.


Center for Electrosmog Prevention

PO Box 655, La Mesa, CA 91944



Comment by Susan Brinchman on August 11, 2011 at 9:18am

Smart Meter Issues update for August 11, 2011:


Anti-smart meter outcry is expanding throughout San Diego County and California - an opt-out plan is in the near future...add your voice here and learn more about a local nonprofit advocating against smart meters!


1. Number of Local Californian Governments with a position against smart meters: 45.

Learn more at

Most recent of 9 counties to take a position against smart meters: Santa Barbara County.

San Diego County needs to take a position against smart meters also! Write your SD County Board of Supervisors representative to document your smart meter problems and ask for an individual and public meeting on the topic. Do the same with your local town and city councils. Be persistent! See this sample letter which you may adapt: Please place Center for Electrosmog Prevention, your local, La Mesa-based nonprofit that is advocating for all smart meters to be removed, on copy at


2. Due to the huge public outcry against these dangerous smart utility meters, CPUC has ordered all three major CA utilities (including SDG&E) into a public Opt-Out Workshop to be held in San Francisco, at the CPUC public auditorium, on Sept. 14th. Please try to attend, of you can. More info at Public Workshop: Smart Meter Opt-Out. Your local supporter and nonprofit, CEP, has submitted the following Proposal CEP Smart Meter Opt-Out Proposal for CPUC 7.28.11 and is a formal Party to the Opt-Out development process.  (please learn more about CEP below)


3. Center for Electrosmog Prevention, a new California nonprofit, based in La Mesa, CA, has been established to reduce the spread of electrosmog, invisible electromagnetic radiation that can derive from smart meters and other new technologies. Visit to learn more. To support CEP, Join by clicking  To learn more about supporting CEP's anti-smart meter efforts, click here. CEP sponsors Southern Californians Against Smart Meters, a community organization on and off-Facebook. CEP, on behalf of utility customers and the general public, has filed the following Protest against the Smart Grid Deployment Applications of SDG&E, SCE, and PG&E, the major CA utilities:

Comment by Susan Brinchman on August 11, 2011 at 8:14am
SDG&E: Scientists do not agree with your assertions. Visit to learn more, especially Position Statements: Daniel Hirsch, CA radiation expert, found that smart meters can produce full body radiation exposures up to 160 times that of a cell phone. The info you cite is industry generated, completely biased. A compelling example of an independent expert's opinion, based on peer reviewed studies going back many decades, is
Karolinska Institute

                                                                                                               Stockholm, July 9, 2011


California Public Utilities Commission

Cc Susan Brinchman, Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention, P.O. Box 655, La Mesa, CA 91944-0655, USA


            To: The California Public Utilities Commission,

            I understand that you at present are concerned about the fast deployment of smart meters on homes in California, without adequate sharing of information with the public.

            I work as an associate professor at the Karolinska Institute; we are world-famous for our Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which we many times have awarded to your fellow countrymen and –women. I also uphold a professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology; it being closely tied to the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. For many years I have been studying health effects of wireless gadgets, such as Smart Meters.

            Wireless communication is now being implemented in our daily life in a very fast way. At the same time, it is becoming more and more obvious that the exposure to electromagnetic fields may result in highly unwanted health effects. This has been demonstrated in a very large number of studies and includes cellular DNA-damage (which may lead to an initiation of cancer as well as mutations that carry down generations), disruptions and alterations of cellular functions like increases in intracellular stimulatory pathways and calcium handling, disruption of tissue structures like the blood-brain barrier (which may allow toxins to enter the brain), impact on vessel and immune functions, and loss of fertility. It should be noted that we are not the only species at jeopardy, practically all animals and plants may be at stake.

            Because the effects are reproducibly observed and links to pathology can not be excluded, the precautionary principle should be in force in the implementation of this new technology within the society. Therefore, policy makers immediately should strictly control exposure by defining biologically-based maximal exposure guidelines also taking into account long-term, non-thermal effects, and including especially vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, the ill, the genetically and/or immunologically challenged, children and fetuses, and persons with the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity (which in Sweden is a fully recognized functional impairment, and therefore receives an annual governmental disability subsidy).

            Prompted by all this, a group of international experts recently published a very important paper, The Seletun Scientific Statement (2011). Among its points are:

            1) Low-intensity (non-thermal)

Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 7, 2011 at 1:17pm


Update: HWD decided, under public pressure and, they claim, financial disincentives to end the smart meter program (it cost a lot for the smart meter program with no benefits noted by consumers except for three notified of higher water use). At their meeting yesterday, it was obvious that hearing about the dangers of smart meters to the public health was not on their wishlist. Keeping quiet on that subject appeared to be as much a priority as raising water rates each year was. No wonder, 322 residences have the dangerous meters now on their properties. But Helix may remove those too. We hope they do, before someone with a pacemaker kneels down to pull weeds near the smart meter and doesn't ever get up again. This type of wireless can interfere with pacemakers and other implants, as well as cause many other dangerous health effects. Helix Water District also showed its continued lack of concern about exposing the environment to increased harmful radiation by stating it is actively seeking to lease land for cell tower use, to generate more money. It is time to tell the utilities that our lives and those of wildlife are not expendable for the purpose of increasing their profit margins. Have a Facebook account? Join the American Coalition Against Smart Meters at ; for an archive of 300 anti-smart meter news articles

Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 1, 2011 at 4:50pm
People in the Mt. Helix area, in the Helix Water District pilot study for smart meters, have already been subjected to increased rf radiation without proper notice of the issues surrounding health risks. I think that this is irresponsible on the part of Helix Water District. They did not get any health complaints, so they say. Did the people even know what the risks were? I doubt that they were told of these. The symptoms are listed at
Comment by Susan Brinchman on April 1, 2011 at 4:48pm

Mr. Tim Ross, of the Helix Water District will be presenting findings from his Smart-Meter pilot study to the Helix Water District Board of Directors next Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 2 PM at their Administration Office located at 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941. HE HAS NOT EVEN THOUGHT TO INCLUDE AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH STUDY. DO NOT LET PEOPLE IGNORANT OF THE SCIENCE AND MEDICAL PROBLEMS PUT YOUR FAMILY AT RISK!DEMAND THAT HELIX WATER DISTRICT NOT USE WIRELESS WATER METERS. Visit to learn why. If you cannot attend, email and call the board: jDE ANA R. VERBEKE, jJOHN B. LINDEN, jKATHLEEN COATES HEDBERG, jCHARLES


■Board Directors & Board Secretary
(619) 667-6232

Tell them we have enough radiation from cell towers and the San Diego Gas & Electric meters that emit into our homes at levels associated with biological effects. We do not need more on the sidewalks outside our homes.

Susan Brinchman
Smart Meter Dangers
American Coalition Against Smart Meters


Dear La Mesa Community,

I would like to alert you to the fact that the Helix Water District is planning to install meters in the sidewalks that emit a harmful rf radiation frequency at levels that can impact health (above 0.001 µW/cm3).


From: Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:09 PM
To: boardmembers
Cc: Mark Weston
Subject: Regarding smart meters


Dear Governing Board for Helix Water District,


I am the National Director of the American Coalition Against Smart Meters and founder of Smart Meter Dangers ( I happen to live in La Mesa.


I want to share with you that smart meters are a major health hazard to biological beings - that is, humans, animals, insects, and plant life. Contrary to what you may previously have been told, they cause elevated rf radiation which does produce health effects and risks. We have enough rf radiation from cell towers, we do not need this emanating from the sidewalk as we try to enjoy a walk or go out in our yards.


It is highly probable that many class action lawsuits, now being prepared, will be aimed at those companies and utilities that cause rf radiation to be elevated in our neighborhoods throughout the nation. Any savings will be lost due to the lawsuits, undoubtedly.


There have been close to 300 news media articles in just two months on how upset people are in Northern and Central California with smart meters. 34 municipalities (cities and counties) in California have formed resolutions of concern and/or to ban or criminalize their installation.

I would like to know the neighborhood where the pilot project in your district is currently occurring and whether residents have been warned of the risks.


To educate yourselves about what scientists say about smart meters and for pertinent independent smart meter and rf radiation exposure studies, visit I think you need to know that the most widely cited study that minimizes risk for smart meters was prepared for PG&E as an industry paid study and therefore has no merit as an independent or non-conflicted source.

One review of that study found that smart meters emitted up to 160X the rf radiation to the whole body, compared to a cell phone, and smart meters are on constantly.


Currently, we have the problem of the SDG&E smart meters which are making some people extremely ill and I am one of them. I would like to hear back from you on this matter. I am very concerned that La Mesa remain a healthy place to live.




Susan Brinchman, Founder of American Coalition Against Smart Meters; Founder of Smart Meter Dangers,

website:; Director of Center for School Mold Help (national 501c3 nonprofit); Twitter:!/No2SmartMeters; location: La Mesa, CA,  email

Comment by Susan Brinchman on March 12, 2011 at 9:41am

In order to file a formal written complaint to the CPUC, go to File a Utility Complaint and be sure to copy and paste the complaint into a Word doc and save, print, or print the complaint as it appears on your screen, if sent electronically. If sent in US Mail (preferable to back it up this way too), keep copy, mail Certified Return Receipt at Post Office, then note herein, at this blog site, that you have sent it.  The CPUC is using the so-called lack of complaints NOT to offer customers of other utilities an opt-out plan that is ordered by the state agency (CPUC).

Comment by Susan Brinchman on March 11, 2011 at 8:53am

UCAN smart meter complaints may be found on this forum:

SDG&E billing disputes or complaints about SDG&E smart meters

It is obvious that many SDGE customers are sick from these meters and complaining. File a complaint with the CPUC and notify us here and on the UCAN site!

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