I read with interest, “Our View:  Host of concerns about smart meters” (Cyprus Mail, April 2). While raising some important issues, there is at least one glaring omission:  health and safety.

A growing body of independently funded, scientific evidence links radio frequency (RF) radiation to a range of harmful effects at legally allowed levels. Wireless smart meters typically produce short, high levels of pulsed (RF)/microwaves.  I quote American public health physician, Dr David Carpenter, May 2015: “While smart meters are too new for there to be human health studies specifically on exposure from smart meters, there is a strong body of evidence that demonstrates a variety of adverse human health effects, including cancer, and effects on brain and behaviour, coming from exposure to radiofrequency radiation like that generated by wireless smart meters.” Ref.  https://ehtrust.org/educate-yourself/health-risks-posed-by-smartmeters/.

In addition, how many more antennas will be required to convey wireless data transmissions from hundreds of thousands of “smart” meters? Who makes these decisions anyway, without public consultation? Most media and corporate coverage/publicity, with glowing reports about “smart tech”, conveniently omits mentions about these concerns.

Where there is risk, there must be choice, and this applies especially so to “smart” meters.

 

Linda Leblanc, Peyia