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Tierney is so concerned about the RF, she asked News 13 to switch out our wireless microphone for a wired one. Tierney also points to a study by the National Toxicology Program in Research Triangle Rark, which looks at cell phone RF radiation and tumors in rats, among other studies that classify RF radiation as possibly carcinogenic, or cancer-causing, to humans.

“We haven’t done a lot of research there, but the research we have done is typically with animals and some epidemiological studies with power lines and things like that. And we still, over the course of several decades, haven’t seen a definitive health issue related to these non-ionizing sources,” said Burton Ogle, who holds a doctorate and is a professor in the Environmental Health Program at Western Carolina University.

While DEC’s smart meter technology meets FCC standards, the commission believes it is inappropriate to require customers who maintain that they need to avoid exposure to RF emissions to the extent possible to protect their health to pay DEC’s proposed smart meter opt-out charges. Therefore, the commission will require DEC to amend its Rider MRM to remove the customer charges for those customers who provide the company with a notarized statement from a medical physician licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board that the customer must avoid exposure to RF emissions to the extent possible to protect their health. Upon receipt of such statement, the company shall waive the one-time and the monthly fees under Rider MRM. The commission further requires that such medical statements must be handled and processed by the company in a secure and confidential manner to protect customer privacy.

Duke Energy says you can "bypass" your "Smart" meter installation until there’s an opt out for Duke Energy Progress, you just need to call them. They also say, "We are working to develop options for Duke Energy Progress customers in the Asheville area who do not want a communicating smart meter (we already have opt out options for Duke Energy Carolinas customers that become effective October 1st) and will share more information on opt out options in coming months. For now, if a customer has concerns about their smart meter installation, they should contact Duke Energy and we will be happy to work with them to answer any questions or address concerns," said Jeff Brooks Communication Manager Duke Energy Carolinas.

American Cancer Society addresses the issue of Smart Meters on their website. Here’s a portion of what it says, “RF radiation is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” This is based on the finding of a possible link in at least one study between cell phone use and a specific type of brain tumor. Because RF radiation is a possible carcinogen, and smart meters give off RF radiation, it is possible that smart meters could increase cancer risk. Still, it isn’t clear what risk, if any there might be from living in a home with a smart meter. It would be nearly impossible to conduct a study to prove or disprove a link between living in a house with smart meters and cancer because people have so many sources of exposure to RF and the level of exposure from this source is so small. Because, the amount of RF radiation you could be exposed to from a smart meter is much less than what you could be exposed to from a cell phone, it is very unlikely that living in a house with a smart meter increases risk of cancer. The World Health Organization has promised to conduct a formal assessment of the risks from RF exposure but this report is not yet available.”

The World Health Organization also has a statement on their website claiming, “In response to public and governmental concern, WHO established the International Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project in 1996 to assess the scientific evidence of possible adverse health effects from electromagnetic fields. WHO will conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radio frequency fields exposure by 2016. In addition, and as noted above, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a WHO specialized agency, has reviewed the carcinogenic potential of radio-frequency fields, as from mobile phones in May 2011. WHO also identifies and promotes research priorities for radio-frequency fields and health to fill gaps in knowledge through its research agendas. WHO develops public information materials and promotes dialogue among scientists, governments, industry and the public to raise the level of understanding about potential adverse health risks of mobile phones.”

The EMF Safety Network says the following about health issues related to smart utility meters, “Military studies here and here show pulsed radiation can cause serious health problems, including tinnitus, memory loss and seizures. Thousands of studies link biological effects to RF radiation exposure, including increased cancer risk, damage to the nervous system, adverse reproductive effects, DNA damage, and more. The top public health official in Santa Cruz County California prepared this report, confirming Smart Meters pose a health risk. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) sent this letter to the CPUC calling for a halt to wireless smart meters. See also this letter from Dr. Carpenter, endorsed by 50+experts.” How can you see energy usage with your new smart meter?

To view your daily energy usage data from your new smart meter, just log in to your Duke Energy account. If you already have an account, simply sign in with your username and password. If you do not yet have an online services account, please register for one. The registration process is simple and only takes a few moments. Please have your account number available. You will be able to view your daily energy usage data once your smart meter has been certified. A letter will be sent to you to let you know when your meter has been certified.