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Health Commissioner Says Smart Meters Are Safe


2/22/2012 8:56 AM

Recent comments from public officials note the safety of smart meters.

Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen of the Vermont Department of Health supported the claim that radio frequency (RF) emissions from smart meters are not a health concern. Dr. Chen’s opinion also coincides with those by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, the Maine Center for Disease Prevention, the California Council on Science and Technology, the Monterey County Health Department, and the Federal Communications Commission.

According to a CBS News report, Dr. Chen stated that “smart meters emit well less than one percent of the radiation emitted by cell phones, and they're not often held right next to the head.” He also added that “people are not likely to be exposed to measureable amounts of radio frequency radiation from smart meters.”

In addition, Health Canada published a report in December 2011 which stated that "exposure to RF energy from smart meters does not pose a public health risk."