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July 13, 2012

Maine Public Utlities Commission Didn’t Address Smart Meter Safety, Court Says

Filed under: Privacy, Smart Meters, Surveillance Society — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 12:39 pm

This from the Bangor Daily News, July 12, 2012: (bold, italics added)

Maine Public Utilities Commission didn’t address smart meter safety, court says

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press, July 12, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court ruled Thursday that state regulators failed to adequately address safety concerns about Central Maine Power’s smart meters but the ruling had no immediate impact on more than 600,000 smart meters already installed in homes and businesses across the state.

The Supreme Judicial Court ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a complaint that raised health concerns, and lead plaintiff, Ed Friedman of Bowdoinham, urged the panel to use the opportunity “to hold full evidentiary hearings on this and look at it under the bright lights.”

“We understand that the horse is out of the barn in terms of the meters being in, but they should’ve vetted these smart meters for safety before they were deployed instead of waiting until they’re deployed to see that there’s well-known biological effects,” Friedman said.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a brief statement saying the panel is considering how best to comply with the supreme court’s unanimous ruling.

“The commission is reviewing the order to determine what steps must be taken to comply with the court’s decision. We have not reached a decision on what process will be required to do so. Any decision about process will be determined by commissioners in a public session,” the statement said.  [End of excerpt.]

Rest of article here.

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