CBS Atlanta News has learned that a group called stopsmartmetersgeorgia.org believes that smart meters are making people sick in Georgia.
Leah Spitzer is a member of the organization. She placed a lock on her analog meter to prevent the power company from installing an electric one on her home. She said that smart meters haven't been fully tested for health risks and as a result, a lot of people are getting sick, reporting symptoms like insomnia, ringing in the ears and heart palpitations.
"The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has come out and said, 'Stop, cease and desist. You can not do this because we don't have any information and it's an environmental hazard that we don't need to have,'" Spitzer said.
State lawmakers introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Georgia Power customers to opt out of having a smart meter if they so choose.
SB 459 passed the Senate and was up for discussion in a House energy subcommittee on Monday. Right now, the bill only applies to Georgia Power Customers.
"The information being put out on the internet lacks credibility," said Konswello Monroe with Georgia Power. "The smart meters are regulated by the FCC as well as ANSI which is the American National Safety Institute. They set forth the standards for the smart meters regarding safety and their usability and they are the experts that would provide whether smart meters are safe or not."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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