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July 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Seattle City Light’s smart-grid technology

Serious health concerns

As a parent, health professional, and concerned Seattle resident, I am deeply concerned about Seattle City Light’s planned rollout of so-called “smart grid technology.”

Highly touted as green energy, in 2011, the World Health Organization classified wireless radiation as a potential carcinogen. Although leading environmental groups are saying smart meters are safe, their position is compromised by their acceptance of millions of dollars from the natural-gas industry.

As responsible and ethical stewards of our children’s futures and all life on the planet, we should invoke the precautionary principle, which seeks a conclusive assurance of safety. Why aren’t we taking the time to carefully evaluate the science?

As a licensed acupuncturist for the past 15 years, I’ve seen a marked increase in patients with unexplainable neurological complaints, sleep disorders, anxiety and so forth. The implementation of smart meters will likely push many more people over the threshold of electromagnetic sensitivity, whereby their nervous and immune systems can no longer function properly.

There are also legitimate questions about the cost of installation, claims of energy savings, privacy, and other issues. City Light will be holding public hearings beginning Aug. 19. Let’s proceed with care for life.

Jordan Van Voast, Seattle

Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: public hearing, radiation, seattle city light

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