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Citing smart meter fires, health problems and violations of privacy laws, the National Campaign to Stop Smart Meters and Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition is calling for a National Day of Action on Oct. 4 to demand an immediate moratorium on smart meter installations.

Campaign organizers say smart meter mesh networks are consuming significant energy as part of their routine operation, sending out pulses of microwave radiation, and subjecting residents to health problems, increased risk of fire, rising energy bills and even power disruption.

The wave of demonstrations in early October is timed to coincide with GridWeek, a conference being held in Washington, D.C. by industry and government proponents of the smart grid. In addition to Washington, D.C., the group says other demonstrations are being planned throughout the U.S.

“We are calling for a moratorium on the installation of ‘smart’ meters, and for utilities to remove existing ‘smart’ meters already in place on homes and businesses,” says Joshua Hart, spokesperson for the campaign. “Like any defective product, whether automobile, food or drug, these meters require an immediate product recall.”



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