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Resident Worries About Safety of Smart Meters, Part 2

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NASHVILLE, TN - Digital utility meters are already here.
    
And with them have come health issues and privacy concerns as you saw earlier tonight during Fox 17 news at Nine.
                
You may have the same health and privacy concerns but you may not know if you're the next to get a digital meter.  
 
Mt. Juliet resident and Nashville Electric Service customer Karen Dirkse says there was no warning from NES or chance for her to refuse the installation of a digital meter on her Mt. Juliet home in March 2012.

If true, Fox 17 has learned it's a violaton of the 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act.

Dirkse says, "These smart meters are coming unannounced.  Legally, they're not allowed to do this."

NES tells us in an email that of their 360,000 customers in middle Tennessee, 40-percent of them are already switched over to digital meters.

When Dirkse first realized her analog meter had been changed to a digital meter, she took immediate action, with no doubt it's the cause of her family's recent decline in health.

She sent a letter to NES President Decosta Jenkins, formally requesting the removal of the digital meter within three weeks.

She says she waited 4 weeks and got no action so she bought an analog meter on her own.

Dirkse says the analog meter she bought was brand new and she followed all directions for installation.

She sent the digital meter back to NES on a Monday.  By Wednesday, it was back on her home with a lock.

Along with the return of the digital meter was a warning of felony charges for what nes calls "stealing" electricity.

Though those who support Karen, like activist Jerry Day in Los Angeles, firmly believe it's NES who's breaking the law.

Day says they have no right or easement to come on to private property and conduct surveillance and emit radiation in the process.

But how harmful the constant pulsing radiation from these meters is is still up for debate.

The radio frequency they operate on is the same MHz range as a cordless phone.  Proximity & transmission method seem to be the questionable factors.

MTSU physics and astronomy professor Bill Robertson says he asked for his analog meter to be switched to digital.

And he's not convinced that they're as harmful as feared.

Whether you like the technology or not, you're paying for it.
                
In 2009, the Obama administration allocated 3.4-billion dollars in stimulus funds to build a nationwide smart grid.
                
The goal is to have digital meters on 65-million homes across the US by 2015.

Though it's against the law for utility companies to install these digital meters without homeowners consent, they're doing it using the implied consent law.
    
If the homeowner says nothing, consent is assumed.
                
So many people in the midstate and beyond don't know about this and are therefore allowing the conversion to take place.

There is something you can do about it.
    
Click this link for more information about these meters: www.freedomtaker.com
    
Also, contact Dirkse at stopdigitalmeters@gmail.com to join in any action against these digital meters in Tennessee.

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