FORTISBC DEFENDS UTILITY’S SMART METERS APPLICATION PROCESS

By on February 7, 2013

In your January 16 edition of your newspaper, you published a letter expressing concerns regarding “smart meters” including perceived health risks.
FortisBC has proposed the installation of advanced meters for its electric customers; however, with regard to human assessments of human safety, FortisBC relies upon the judgment of our public health institutions that regularly review relevant scientific literature.  These institutions include the BC Ministry of Health and Health Canada.
In addition, FortisBC is going through a public and transparent regulatory process with the BC Utilities Commission regarding its proposed Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. This process includes input from customers, including those who have health concerns.  Ultimately, the Commission will weigh the evidence and decide whether or not FortisBC can proceed with this project.
Customers wanting more information on our project or to view the expert statements from the public health officials mentioned above can visit fortisbc.com/ami. For more information on the BCUC regulatory process, including extensive evidence regarding the proposed project, please visit bcuc.com.

Mark Warren
Director of Customer Service
FortisBC

4 Comments

  1. Ron Gordon

    February 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “FortisBC relies upon the judgment of our public health institutions that regularly review relevant scientific literature. These institutions include the BC Ministry of Health and Health Canada.” That will be your downfall, Fortis. The legal cases of the future will take into account your denial of vast volumes of literature the above organizations refuse to recognize…preferring industry skewed ‘balance of evidence’ studies over unbiased independent research. Steal while the stealin’s good…

  2. Sharon

    February 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Please do review the expert evidence submitted to the BC Utilties Commission by 8 independent experts on behalf of the Citizens for Safe Technology’s intervention. They provide many resports and studies concerning the health effects from prolonged exposure to RF radiation. They speak about the inadequacy of the guidelines Fortis is hiding behind — Safety Code 6. Fortis’s application was turned down by BCUC in 2008 when it wanted to implement the very same program. The Commission in its wisdom said the benefits do not justify the costs and that the technology is too new, and will be too expensive to update. Nothing has changed except the pressure from the govt. has increased. These meters have been proven to have no benefits except to the corporations, to be fire hazards, to increase monthly bills dramatically (even before time of use billing) and to radiate far more than ITRON, Hydro or Fortis admit. Pressure the BCUC to stand firm, as they did before and refuse the application.

  3. Jean

    February 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of the Sophia Health Institute states in a You Tube video that lab reports show everybody is electrosensitive. He says that wireless smart meters are 600 times above the U.S Environmental Protection Agency standards, sending signals up to 190,000 pulses a day, with serious health consequences including high blood pressure, heart palpitations, Alzheimer’s, brain tumours and neurological symptoms.

  4. peter rueschmann

    February 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    will the bosses from fortis and hydro be personably responible and liable if their is a problem

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