Vermont report confirms smart meter safety

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A Vermont Department of Public Service report released last week downplayed harmful effects of smart meters, finding that the devices emit only a trace of the FCC's regulated maximum radio frequency exposure levels.

The DPS commissioned the report in December 2012 in order to better understand health and security concerns. It said at the time it had no reason to believe the devices were unsafe. Researchers studied 37 locations statewide, including residential installations, smart meter "banks", and a data collection site. A majority of measurements were conducted in 30-minute intervals, and all fell within the FCC's Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits.

Specifically, the report noted that "most conservative estimates of potential exposure range between approximately 75,000 and 156,000 times less than the hazard threshold," set by the FCC.

In addition, data found that RF fields found in large smart meter groupings are "not materially different" than insolated meters. It also confirmed that the relative exposure from smart meters pales in comparison to that experienced through regular use of cell phones, microwaves and other RF devices.

Despite the compelling empirical evidence of safety and compliance, some smart meter opponents remained unsatisfied.

Matt Levin, Outreach and Development Director for Vermonters for a Clean Environment told the Brattleboro Reformer that, "While I have not read the report in detail, based on our conversations with department staff and the consultants who performed the report, we do not believe the testing was accurate or done in an unbiased, independent manner."

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