BC Hydro is spending over $12 million on selling “smart meters,” but the business plan does not budget for finding safer alternatives or ameliorating negative long-term health impacts.
So far, it has been up to the hydro customers to do research into health consequences and privacy concerns and post a sign to keep their analog meter.
The customers who resist are faced with phone calls from BC Hydro’s PR machine – a well-scripted hard sell, sometimes peppered with intimidation.
The flip side of microwave technology is naturally not divulged in the business promotion.
Neither is the growing opposition of the medical and scientific community.
BC Hydro and B.C. Energy Minister Rich Coleman now claim that homeowners can request to keep their analog meters.
In apartment buildings, however, signs and similar requests are repeatedly ignored and disregarded even as residents, managers and owners work together.
Since the government’s role is to facilitate “due process,” an open and independent review must be instigated to redress the smart meter issue.