Not so concerned about Smart Meters


Christopher Rabe’s commentary, (“Place Moratorium on Smart Meters,” Oct. 5) is classic pseudo-scientific bunk. He references the National Toxicology Program study of cell-phone radiation, but he doesn’t cite the preliminary findings. The study found “low incidences of tumors in the brains and hearts of male rats, but not in female rats” that were exposed at close range to cell-phone radio-frequency radiation for nine hours per day for two years. 

But Smart Meters transmit intermittently from locations that are nowhere near the proximity of a cell phone in hand. Radiation exposure falls off with the square of distance — being 100 times farther away from a source reduces exposure by a factor of 10,000 — so it’s beyond preposterous for Rabe to claim that living in an apartment building with nine Smart Meters in the basement is equivalent to “having your bed right next to a cell phone tower.”

Furthermore, electromagnetic energy is a spectrum with dangerous, high-energy radiation like X-rays at one end, radio frequencies at the other end and visible light in the middle. We get thousands of times more harmful radiation from an ordinary light bulb than from a Smart Meter.


Karl Coryat