This letter has been updated to reflect information discovered after its publication.)
To the editor:
Thanks for your article on smart meters? wireless radiation. The National Cancer Institute and the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) have both announced a clear link between non-heating wireless radiation and cancer. Last week, the two largest studies to date announced the same - an expert panel commenting on the National Toxicology Project (NTP) of the U.S. government, and Italy?s prestigious Ramazzini Institute.
Although Alliant?s brochure states, ?smart meters are similar to many other wireless devices,? and ?...radiation ha[s] not been clearly shown to cause problems,? thousands of published studies have shown this is untrue, clearly showing harm from wireless radiation. About a third of the studies funded by the wireless industry itself state harm, and about two-thirds of the studies funded outside the wireless industry state harm.
Alliant?s statement that ?the amount of ... radiation ... from a smart meter is much less than ... from a cell phone? has also been called false by many highly credentialed experts, such as Dr. Joel Moskowitz (School of Public Health, University of California). (Update:
The scientist who gave evidence that smart meters may be more harmful than cell phones (due to 190,000 signals per day) was not Dr. Joel Moskowitz, but rather Dr. Daniel Hirsch, Nuclear Policy Expert, University of California at Santa Cruz.)
Important: Allliant offers an opt-out program using a utility meter that is not a smart meter - no RF radiation: Itron Corporation?s Centron C1S. Four qualified electrical engineers have measured and/or disassembled the Centron C1S and found no more potential for harm than a little digital clock. No evidence has been offered that the Centron C1S produces significant ?dirty electricity? with its potential harmful effects.
But smart meters, as harmful as they may be, are a small portion of the massive wireless inundation roll-out taking place right now in this country. The federally prioritized ?5G? project calls for
? small cell towers every 250 feet throughout our society
? 10,000 Wifi satellites
20,448 Wifi satellites
going up now, hundreds at half the distance of current Wifi satellites
? a far more intense form of radiation called ?phased array? - a focused beam ? with probably more potential for harm than the current dispersed ?blanket? type cell tower wireless coverage.
A 2017 review of many wireless studies showed that the longer one is exposed to wireless radiation, the greater the cancer risk. Studies have also shown greater cancer risk in children exposed to wireless radiation. The convenient fashion of wireless radiation has been compared to smoking - toxicity accumulates, eventually to the breaking point.
Fifty-two bills currently exist in Congress to facilitate this 5G system. Many jump on the bandwagon of fashion and convenience, although study after study indicates 5G danger. Iowa residents should:
? reduce cell phone use to a minimum,
? do not hold a cell phone near one?s head,
? opt out of smart meters
? contact Alliant Energy and the Iowa Utility Board to demand a more reasonable opt out that does not require reading one?s own meter and paying double the national average.
And, let Mark Chelgren, Phil Miller, our county supervisors, and city council know how concerned you are about 5G and its visual and electronic deployment.
? Einar Olsen, Fairfield