World Health Organization Reschedules RF (wireless) is “Possibly” Dangerous!

World Health Organization – PRESS RELEASE N° 208 – May 31, 2011

IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS

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.

Background

Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices. The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at 5 billion globally…

Conclusions

Dr Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working Group, indicated that “the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.” …

read the full report – WHO RF Press Release

PG&E, the Smart Meter Corp. in this video stated that World Health Organization (WHO) has found that RF is safe. This reference to the WHO findings has been used by RF industry to “prove” RF tech is safe. Today WHO reversed its position!

From: stopsmartmeters.org

World Health Organization Declares Wireless a Cancer Risk- Mesh Network Must be Deactivated to Protect Human Health

To date, a total of 42 local jurisdictions have demanded that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) halt further installation because of widespread reports of health impacts and other concerns…

Aside from cancer risks, wireless meters have been widely reported to cause headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears- even memory loss and heart palpitations among susceptible individuals due to the constant bursts of microwave radiation.  The movement against wireless meters is the sharp end of a growing movement demanding health-based standards for wireless technology…

full article – stopsmartmeters

Call Governor Shumlin and tell him WHO now considers there is danger in RF tech. If you want him to reverse is stance on S.78 to exclude Smart Meters from the bill until there has been a moratorium to prove there is no health risk, tell him! Here is a sample letter you can use with the basic information (link)

Phone: 802 828-3333
TTY: 800 649-6825
Fax: 802 828-3339
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Can Vermonters Opt-out from Smart Meters? UPDATED

SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR DETAILS ON HOW VERMONTERS CAN OPT-OUT

Why Stop Smart Meters?

Utility customers have noticed huge increases in their bill after a ‘smart’ meter is installed- in some cases hundreds of dollars more than usual. http://www.triplepundit.com/2009/12/customers-revolt-as-smart-meters-accused-of-overbilling/#

Read the interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how ‘smart’ meters violate privacy.

Smart meters do not result in energy savings, according to Reuters.  They may even increase energy consumption.

Whistleblowers interview on Smart Meters

The CA Public Utilities Commission, an appointed (not elected) body who are meant to regulate utility companies, has ignored popular local opposition and recklessly continues forcing ‘smart’ meters onto the people of CA.

full article – http://stopsmartmeters.org/why-stop-smart-meters/

PRESS RELEASE from the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm, Sweden, February 3, 2011

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…

Many countries are promoting wireless communications on a community-wide scale for energy management and conservation. The SmartGrid concept could require every home to have a wireless electric and gas meter in place of their existing meters. If implemented, it will greatly increase the intensity of new wireless emissions in homes, schools and every other building that uses electricity and gas.

full press release – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/docs/Karolinska_Institute_press_release.pdf

Assessment of Radio frequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters

FCC compliance violations are likely to occur under widespread conditions of installation and operation of smart meters and collector meters in California. Violations of FCC safety limits for uncontrolled public access are identified at distances within 6” of the meter.

full report – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/

the Sage Report responds to the EPRI – linked below.

Sage Report on Radio-Frequency – Radio Frequecy Exposures from Smart Meters

February, 2011

EPRI (The Electric Power Research Institute) conducts research on issues of interest to the electric power industry, and is largely funded by electric utilities in the United States.

Currently, the data made available by the utilities that are installing smart meters is non-existent, piecemeal and without sufficient basis to verify.  In addition, there are different types of meters being deployed, so a full accounting of each one should be public information.

full article – http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?page_id=460

No Smart Meters San Francisco Blog (videos) – http://nosmartmeters.blogspot.com/

The following link has a list of local governments within California who are opposed to the mandatory wireless  ‘smart’ meter program.  Names of cities and counties are linked t0 news coverage or official council minutes that substantiate each city or county’s inclusion.

TAKE ACTION – Tell Governor Schumlin and your state Reps. you want the option to opt-out and keep your analogue meter. Governor’s office – http://governor.vermont.gov/ Legislator’s e-mails arranged by county – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/lms/legdir/districts.asp?Body=S&Session=2012 House Representative’s e-mails by county – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/lms/legdir/districts.asp?Body=S&Session=2012

Inform your community!

From CVPS –  Can I opt out from CVPS SmartPower®?

We recognize that there may be some customers who would prefer not to have an advanced digital meter installed at their home. Customers have the right to opt out of the CVPS SmartPower® program. However, we strongly believe that together we can all benefit from updating and improving our electric system. Customers who choose to opt out must contact CVPS’ Customer Information Center at 800-649-2877, and will also be required to pay a monthly fee of $10 to cover the cost of meter reading and additional equipment expenses. (This fee has now been waived) – VPR News story

link http://www.cvps.com/ProgramsServices/smartpower/TheFacts/AnswersToYourQuestions/index.asp#answerSix

Movement to reverse corporate personhood comes to Boulder

By Jefferson Dodge

…David Cobb, the Green Party’s 2004 candidate for president, is a primary spokesperson for Move to Amend and sits on the initiative’s seven-member executive committee. He will be speaking on “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule” in several Colorado cities this week,…

Cobb discusses the three possible ways Move to Amend can reverse the Citizens United decision, from convincing two-thirds of our congressional representatives to approve an amendment to the Constitution (it would then go to the states for ratification) to triggering a Constitutional Convention with support from two-thirds of the states.

Finally, he says, if subjected to enough cultural pressure, the Supreme Court could reverse itself, as it did in Brown v. Board of Education to outlaw Jim Crow laws.

Move to Amend has collected more than 111,700 signatures online for a constitutional amendment that would:

• Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

• Guarantee the right to vote and to participate — and to have our vote and participation count.

• Protect local communities, their economies and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national and state governments.

Cobb describes this as a watershed moment in the country’s history.

“This moment in time is a democracy crisis, so what we need is a democratic movement, much like what is happening across the Middle East, Latin America and Central America,” he says. “We need to start taking ourselves seriously as ‘we the people,’ actually having the sovereign right, and dare I say sacred responsibility, for creating a just, compassionate society. If we start to think that way, we can change reality.”

More information is available at movetoamend.org.

full article – http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-5626-we-the-corporations.html

VT Corporate Personhood Resolution – Corporate Personhood Resolution

Shumlin’s decision to veto water safety bill perplexes proponents

by Taylor Dobbs | May 30, 2011 – VT Digger

…Kim Greenwood, staff scientist at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, who worked with the Agency of Natural Resources on the bill, said there was very little opposition.

“I was very surprised (it was vetoed) because there wasn’t a lot of controversy around this,” she said. Greenwood said that there were questions raised about which tests should be done and some concerns about the bill’s implementation, but not the legislation itself. “I’m not aware that there was a lot of – or any – opposition to the bill,” Greenwood said.

“It is striking,” Greenwood said in a statement released by the council, “that on the same day the governor signs a landmark health care bill, he vetoes a measure designed to protect public health by requiring the testing of new drinking water wells for arsenic, lead and uranium, among other things.”

Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, said while her office had been communicating with the governor’s office about S.77, there had been “no prior conversations with the governor about this specific bill.”…

full article – http://vtdigger.org/2011/05/30/shumlin’s-decision-to-veto-water-safety-bill-perplexes-proponents/

Massachusetts backs Vermont suit against Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Friday, May 27, 2011

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Massachusetts intends to file a “friend of the court” brief supporting the state of Vermont in a federal case brought by Entergy Corp. over the state’s authority to halt continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant after next year.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a motion Wednesday seeking to file the brief by June 13, according to Assistant Attorney General Amie Breton. Proceedings in the case are scheduled to begin June 23.

Meanwhile, the state of Vermont has filed suit in federal court challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing the Vernon reactor for an additional 20 years as a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

The Conservation Law Foundation, on behalf of the Brattleboro-based citizens’ group New England Coalition, also sued the NRC for approving a 20-year license for plant beyond 2012 without plant owner Entergy first obtaining a water quality certificate or waiver from the state.

The filing last week in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., contends that NRC issued a license for the plant in March without a water discharge certificate from the state, as required by the Clean Water Act.

“It’s the state’s responsibility to issue the certificate, it’s Entergy’s responsibility to apply for it, and it’s NRC’s responsibility to make sure that all that has happened before they issue a license,” said coalition spokesman Raymond Shadis.

Full article – http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/05/27/massachusetts-backs-vermont-suit-against-nuclear-regulatory-commission?SESS5bd48b21875116cd73d694e5d5bd4d45=gnews

 

 

Arnie Gundersen Gives Testimony to NRC ACRS – May 26, 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) held a special ACRS meeting Thursday May 26, 2011 on the current status of Fukushima. Arnie Gundersen was invited to speak for 5 minutes concerning the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident as it pertains to the 23 Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactors (BWR’s) in the US and containment integrity. Mr. Gundersen was the first engineer to brief the NRC on the implication of Main Steam Isolation Valve (MSIV) Leakage in 1974, and he has been studying containment integrity since 1972. The NRC has constantly maintained in all of its calculations and reviews that there is zero probability of a containment leaking. For more than six years, in testimony and in correspondence with the NRC, Mr. Gundersen has disputed the NRC’s stand that containment systems simply do not and cannot leak. The events at Fukushima have proven that Gundersen was correct. The explosions at Fukushima show that Mark 1 containments will lose their integrity and release huge amounts of radiation, as Mr. Gundersen has been telling the NRC for many years.

Supporting Documents:

AP1000 Containment Leakage Report
http://www.fairewinds.com/AP1000-Containment-Leakage-Report-Fairewinds-Associ…

Beaver Valley Unit 1 (Testimony to NRC)
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/beaver-valley-unit-1-gundersen-testimony-nr…

Millstone 3 Containment (Testimony to NRC)
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/millstone-3-containment-gundersen-testimony…

AP1000 Design Flaw (addressed to NRC)
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/ap1000-nuclear-design-flaw-addressed-to-nrc…

Ramifications for the AP1000 Containment Design
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/ramifications-ap1000-containment-design

Crystal River Delamination Update
http://www.fairewinds.com/content/crystal-river-delamination-update

Attachment – Arnie Gundersen to ACRS 5-26-11.pdf (59kb)
http://fairewinds.com/sites/default/files/Arnie%20Gundersen%20to%20ACRS%205-2…

©Fairewinds Associates
http://fairewinds.com/

 

ACTION PAGE – Interstate Shipment of Raw Milk HR 1830

Quick Action HR 1830 – http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6822#Action

Send a Fax to Your Legislators – Ask Them to Co-Sponsor & Pass HR 1830

112th U.S. Congress – House Bill HR 1830

Congressman Ron Paul has once again introduced a bill that would allow the interstate shipment of raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption, HR 1830.* We believe that there is a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of our choice including raw milk, contrary to FDA’s claim that there is no such right in itsresponse to a lawsuit over this same matter.* We believe the federal ban against transporting raw milk for human consumption across state lines is a violation of our rights, despite FDA’s assertion that any transaction that involves crossing state lines with such milk is illegal.

* We should be free to obtain raw milk from any source, including those outside our own states’ borders, just as folks in Maryland and in D.C. itself sought raw milk from Pennsylvania dairy Rainbow Acres.

* We demand the termination of an unjust law that interferes with the exercise of our legal right to consume raw milk.

* We support passage of HR 1830 into law – a bill that would effectively end the interstate ban and bring about the realization of benefits as delineated in the Talking Points for the same bill (HR 778) introduced in the 111th Congress.

While the consumption of raw milk is legal in all fifty states, the sale of raw milk is illegal in about half the states. Passage of HR 1830 into law would enable everyone to exercise their right to consume raw milk, whether they live in a state where the sale of raw milk is illegal or in a state where the sale is legal but sources are limited.

No doubt, the demand for unpasteurized milk has expanded beyond the estimated nine million raw milk consumers revealed by the 2008 CDC survey. Growing numbers of consumers are crossing state lines to obtain raw milk and raw milk products. It is time to recognize that the federal ban is an unjust, unworkable law.

Ask Legislators to uphold freedom of food choice through the petition in support of HR 1830.

For the full Farm to Consumer action page  – http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/petitions/pnum1079.php