Peace Arch News

Published: April 22, 2011 8:00 AM


Re: Province going Gaga over smart meters, March 16.

Columnist Tom Fletcher uses hateful insults and scientific half-truths to argue that smart meters are not a health hazard.

The thousands of people who have complained of neurological and immunological symptoms caused by smart meters are not “ignorant and superstitious,” but may suffer a physiological condition called electrohypersensitivity or EHS. EHS is not recognized as a medical diagnosis, however it is accepted as a functional impairment in Sweden, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission recognizes it as an environmental sensitivity and classifies it as a disability.

Local governments in the U.S. have called for a roll-back of the smart-meter program in light of growing evidence of health problems. The California Public Utilities Commission has recommended that people be given the choice to opt out, and the governor of Maine has spoken out of residents’ right to refuse the wireless meters.

One more reason to take a second look at the smart-meter program.

Ed Rubin, Surrey

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