January 23, 2013

Vt. report finds no smart meter radiation danger

The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A report on the dangers of smart meters prepared for the Vermont Department of Public Service says the radio frequency fields associated with the devices emit only a small fraction of the limits set by the Federal Communications Commission.

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FILE- In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Mark Delbeck of Burlington Electric, checks the radio frequency of a newly-installed smart meter in Burlington, Vt. The Vermont Public Service Department has submitted its report on smart meters in Vermont to the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. It concluded that any potential exposure to the investigated smart meters will comply with the FCC exposure rules by a wide margin.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

AP

The report is based upon laboratory testing and field measurements of some wireless smart meters being used by Green Mountain Power and the Burlington Electric Department.

The report found the highest radio frequency field at just over three feet from a meter was 3.9 percent of the FCC's limit.

It says a cordless phone reached about 1 percent of the limit, a microwave oven 6.5 percent, and a cellphone, 10.5 percent

Vermont utilities are hoping smart meters can help save electricity, but some are wary of the technology.

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