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JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY PLLC
PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081
James@JamesDeal.com
Revised January 9, 2018

Snohomish County PUD

Attention: Commissioners Kathleen Vaughn, Sidney Logan, Tanya Olson

2320 California Street

Everett WA 98201

Sent by email only to: emailcommisioners@snopud.com

 

Copy sent to

John Gregory, Distribution Services manager

Sent by email only to: jrgregory@snopud.com

 

Copy sent to

Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner

5000 Capitol Blvd SE Tumwater WA 98501

PO Box 40257 Olympia WA 98504-0257

Sent by email only to: licinfo@oic.wa.gov

 

Dear PUD Commissioners,

 

A&R Solar has just completed installation of solar panels on my roof here at my residence in Lynnwood along with supporting electrical equipment. The city of Lynnwood has inspected the installation and given its approval. The next step is for the system to be connected to the grid for net-metering.

 

John Gregory in your office has informed me that Snohomish County PUD intends to install a new GE digital non-communicating electronic meter on our home to measure power produced by the solar panels.

 

Mr. Gregory has also notified me that PUD intends to remove my existing electromechanical analog meter and replace it with another GE digital non-communicating electronic meter. So according to Snohomish County PUD I will have two new GE digital electronic meters.

 

I should clarify that these new meters are not the same as the so-called broadcasting advanced meters, also known as AMI meters or more generally as smart meters. With broadcasting advanced meters, the broadcasting function can be turned off, although it can be turned back on from a remote location. The GE digital meter completely lacks the ability to broadcast.

 

The GE digital meter and the advanced meters together are called electronic meters, and they all suffer from defects which I will outline herein.

 

The additional defects of the broadcasting electronic meters include the fact that they flood homes and neighborhoods with additional radiation and that the broadcasting function creates gaping holes in security inherent in their design.

 

Both kinds of electronic meters are inferior to the reliable, all-metal, accurate, safe analog meter currently affixed to my home, and I refuse to accept any electronic meters.

 

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I will list the many ways that GE digital meters are defective and are not meters in the sense that current analog meters are meters. All these defects are true of the electronic broadcasting advanced meters.

 

  1. PUD bills us for the kilowatt hours of electricity we consume, but the GE digital meters do not measure kilowatt hours. They measure voltage and amperage peaks and use an unknown algorithm to make an estimated conversion of the peaks into watt hours. These calculations can be wrong, especially when the customer has various machines which turn on and off frequently and make big voltage draws when motors turn on. This can result in artificially high watt hour reports and higher billings. Electronic meters perform differently in hotter, colder, dryer, and wetter conditions.

 

On the other hand, analog meters measure watt hour consumption very accurately, regardless of high current draws or changing weather conditions.

 

  1. I asked Mr. Gregory for information regarding these GE meters. He sent me the following:

None of the meters the District owns provide grounding or surge protect[tion] for the customers equipment.

Mr. Gregory confirms what I already knew about the GE digital meters. They are not grounded.

 

  1. A meter which is not grounded is more prone allow voltage surges to enter the building and damage electrical equipment. Current analog meters, because they are well connected to ground and have reasonably good surge protection build in protect electrical equipment to a much greater extent than electronic meters.

 

Analog meters contain a spark-gap which electricity will jump if voltage is high enough. Spark-gap protection is far better than the minimal surge protection provided by electronic meters.

 

Some surge protectors absorb voltage spikes, while others are connected to ground and pass surges to ground. The analog meter is valuable because it provides that path to ground that common power strips and three-pronged plugged equipment can access.

 

Circuit breakers, power strips, and three-pronged plugged appliances all need a path to ground, which the grounded analog meter provides. Circuit breakers are designed to limit total amperage, while surge protectors are designed to protect against excess voltage.

 

Mr. Gregory says that the GE digital meter does not include surge protection. Actually, this statement is incorrect. In fact, the GE digital meter does include a lame attempt at surge protection, a varistor, also known as a metal oxide varistor or MOV. Varistors were added to electronic meters to remedy the fact that they lack a path to ground, and to cut down on the fires which electronic meters were causing.

 

The varistor is an absorption surge protector. It does not pass current to ground. It provides protection only up to 300 volts AC. Many smaller surges will occur, and the surges have a cumulative effect on the varistor. Small surges happen frequently due to substation switching and other utility operations.

 

Manufacturers of the varistors typically used in digital meters advise that they can survive only a certain number of small surges before they break down. A customer would never know when the varistor in his or her electronic meter would break down.

 

A surge can occur, for example, when there is a lightning strike. If a meter lacks a path to ground, high voltage surges can enter the home and damage or destroy wiring and appliances – and my solar panels. For an electrical system to survive a direct lightning strike or one within around 100 feet, a lightning rod and expensive, specialized surge protection is required. For lightning strikes which strike the ground further away, an analog meter with its spark-gap protection will survive lightning strikes which the electronic meter will not.

 

Lightning is not as common in the Northwest as it is in Florida, but it does happen, and we should not be left unprotected from lightning if an analog meter will provide protection.

 

Line surges are common. They occur when a pole or tree branch falls on two lines and they cross each other. When lines cross, they can send more than the rated voltage to the transformer that feeds the building circuit.

 

The line voltage at the poles can be from 7,200 to 36,000 volts, depending on the substation and the utility. The most common is 7,200 volts. The transformer on the pole is a simple conversion device. There may be a ratio of 50 turns on the high voltage side to one turn on the stepped down side. If the input is doubled, the output is doubled. So, voltage will double from a normal 240 volts to 480 volts or more in an instant.

 

When the varistor in an electronic meter, which is rated for 300 volts, meets 480 volts, it cannot handle it. So, the substrate separates from the circuit board and explodes. When this happens, it creates a bridge of 240 or more volts across the remaining circuit board. These boards are only rated for 12 volts DC. Therefore, the high voltage bridging of the circuit board causes it to melt and catch fire. Then the surge passes into the home and into all electrical equipment.

 

A circuit board does not belong inside an electric meter. It is too fragile.

 

Surges also occur when power has gone down and comes back up. There is a system-wide draw by many motors starting up all at once. This drops system voltage. The system might over-react and increases voltage too much, creating a system wide surge. Electronic meters explode and catch fire.

 

In my case such a surge would go right to my appliances, my copy machine, my computers, and to my new inverters, and then all the way to my solar panels. All would be damaged. Snohomish County PUD will have been negligent in insisting on the placement of a defective, non-grounded device on my home.

 

When a digital meter blows, there is a loud bang and popping noises, followed by flickering lights and then a fire. There is a massive amount of current that that comes into the circuit, up to 2,000 amps.

 

Utility people sometimes say that the main breaker on the home protects the meter, but this is false. A circuit breaker is a one-way device. It only protects the downstream circuit. The main breaker does not protect the meter at all. Yes, there is a main circuit breaker, but it takes a full 50 seconds to trip at 2,000 amps. The circuit breaker typically does not see the full 2,000 amps, and so it typically never trips.

 

  1. The analog meter is all metal with a rugged Bakelite back plate. It does not catch fire. Because GE digital meters and are not grounded and because their varistor surge protector is good only to 300 volts, they are more likely to catch fire and in turn catch a building on fire. Google for “smart meter fires”.

 

  1. The GE digital meter and electronic meters in general are defective in design. The National Electrical Code requires a properly sized circuit breaker in front of all electronic devices. In prior times, when all meters were analog meters, utility companies obtained an exemption from having analog meters comply with NEC Code 240.4. This waiver was acceptable because of the surge and ground protection inherent in the design of analog meters. However, digital meters do not comply with NEC Code 240.4, and manufacturers of digital meters never applied for nor received a waiver.

 

Electronic meters lack basic safety features that are required for other electronic devices. They contain fragile computerized electronic circuit boards that are prone to igniting and exploding when exposed to utility-side electrical surge events.

 

Electronic meters are not meters in the sense that analog meters are meters. They are computers. As such, they are subject to NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 240Overcurrent Protection – 240.4 Protection of Conductors). For an electronic meter to comply with NEC, a properly sized electric circuit 200-amp breaker would have to be placed between the incoming service wire and the electronic meter. None of these electronic devices were deployed with these conditions met. The utilities ignored this and just swapped one device for another in total disregard to the enormous risks to consumers.

 

Had the utilities complied with NEC requirements and put a grounded breaker in front of electric meters, the numerous fires, explosions, melting of devices, extensive property damage and in some cases deaths could have been avoided. The worst that could have happened would have been a popped circuit breaker. Of course, adding a circuit breaker to the installation would have increased the cost of building these electronic meters by around $200, and would have changed the profit maximization calculation.

 

Washington law requires compliance with the National Electrical Code. See WAC 296-46B-010 which incorporates the entire NEC by reference. Because digital meters do not comply with the National Electrical Code, they are illegal. Failure to comply with statutory law is per se negligence on the part of Snohomish County PUD. This means that no proof of negligence is required.

 

Just because the federal Department of Energy is encouraging and even subsidizing the installation of electronic meters does not make them legal. There are many laws which are routinely ignored.

 

  1. GE digital meters include a switched mode power supply to regulate voltage. The SMPS turns power on and off 20,000 times per second to cut off voltage peaks. The SMPS produces dirty electricity, also known as DE for short, technically known as “High Frequency Voltage Transients”, also known as HFVTor “Conducted Emissions” or CE. Dirty electricity is the rapid, erratic and violent change in voltage that happens thousands of times per second instead of the normal 60 cycles per second electricity we are used to here in the USA.

 

Thus, electronic meters introduce conductive emissions in excess of required FCC Class B specifications and are not compatible with consumers’ existing electrical systems and appliances. This leads to early appliance failures.

 

These electrical transients propagate through the electrical system of a building, turning it into an antenna which broadcasts unwanted electromagnetic radiation and dirty electricity upon occupants. Current analog meters do not do this.

 

  1. There is mounting evidence that such electromagnetic radiation causes cancer. The World Health Organization ruled in 2011 the electromagnetic radiation is a class 2B possible carcinogen. Other authorities such as the National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program in 2016 showed a strong correlation, meaning that the causal connection is probable instead of possible.

 

The NIH points out that the connection is dose related. The harms caused by electromagnetic radiation are cumulative over time. Researchers refer to the harms from electromagnetic radiation as being dose-response dependent or exposure dependent. As the dose goes up, the harm goes up in a linear manner. As our total lifetime dose of electromagnetic radiation increases, the incidence of cancer increases at a parallel rate. It is hard to prove cancer causation in humans because you cannot put them in cages and expose them to X hours of microwave radiation per day. However, the case is approaching the conclusive. To ignore this possible or probable or proven link is reckless.

 

  1. Because the GE digital meters subject us to an increased risk of fire and to an increased risk of surges and conductive emissions, insurance companies will either exclude coverage for harms caused by electronic meters or charge more for an endorsement to cover the risk. My insurance company wants to increase my insurance rates if it is to cover electrical surges.

 

You can criticize insurance companies for their conservative approach, but that conservative approach communicates accurately how much risk is present. For example, insurance companies do not insure nuclear power plants or floods. Those markets are too risky and are left to the federal government. I am hoping that the insurance companies will force the discontinuance of ungrounded electronic meters.

 

For this reason, I am sending a copy of this letter to the Insurance Commissioner, Michael Kreidler.

 

  1. The GE digital meter is an electrical device. It consumes electricity constantly in order to operate. The amount used is not known, but it is not zero. There are estimates that the extra electrical consumption costs homeowners around $10 per month. In this way GE meters will raise my electrical bill unnecessarily. They will increase system-wide consumption of electricity, which is contrary to our goal of consuming less power in order to reduce carbon emissions.

 

  1. The reliable, fireproof, completely accurate analog meter is being phased out in favor of unreliable, fire prone, inaccurate electronic meters. Apparently, new analog meters are not being built in the United States. Reconditioned standard analog meters of the type now on my house, which are as good as new, are readily available for $50 or less. New analog meters are available for the same general price, however, like so much other equipment, they are made in China and are not recommended.

 

GE digital meters may cost much more according to my current information. If such meters are installed throughout the PUD service area, and if they in fact do cost more, general PUD costs will be increased, and this will increase the electric bills for all consumers.

 

  1. While analog meters of the type now on my house last 40 years and more, electronic meters such as the GE digital meters have a much shorter life expectancy. It is the display which tends to fail first. The cost of replacing meters more frequently will raise general PUD costs and in turn increase the electric bills of all of us.

 

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To summarize, compare our trusted analog meters. They provide the path to ground that electrical equipment can take advantage of. They contain spark-gap surge protection. They do not catch fire. They do not turn the entire home electrical system into an antenna and thus do not expose occupants to unwanted electromagnetic radiation. They consume only a minute amount of electricity to turn the wheels as they very accurately measure watt hours used. They cost less than electronic meters and last longer than digital meters and thus keep costs down.

 

To summarize, electronic meters lack a path to ground. They contain an inferior surge protection in the form of a varistor, which is protective only up to 300 volts. They catch fire. Due to their switched mode power supply they emit dirty electricity and turn the entire home electrical system into an antenna and thus expose occupants to unwanted electromagnetic radiation. They consume more electricity to operate their computers and the display. They do not measure watt hours used but estimate them based on average voltage and amperage. They cost more. They have a shorter life expectancy.

 

Thus, in eleven ways, the GE digital meters which Mr. Gregory wants to install on my home are inferior.

 

Newer is not always better, and this is especially true in the case of electronic meters. The fact that electronic meters are so thoroughly inferior indicates that vendors have failed to fully inform Snohomish County PUD and misled the PUD into buying them. The PUD should make inquiry into the representations made by the vendor of these meters and consider bringing a Consumer Protection suit against that vendor.

 

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When my Lynnwood home was built in 2006, the builder gave an easement to Snohomish County PUD for installation of an electric meter and for access to it for reading the meter and maintaining it. This following easement language appears on the face of the plat:

 

An easement is hereby reserved for and granted to all utilities serving the subject plat and their respective successors and assigns, under and upon the exterior 10 feet parallel with and adjoining the street frontage of all lots, tracts and common areas in which to install, lay, construct, renew, operate and maintain underground conduits, cables, pipe and wires with necessary facilities and other equipment for the purpose of serving this subdivision and other property with electric, gas, water, telephone, television cable and other utility services together with the right to enter upon the lots, tracts and common areas at all times for the purposes herein stated.

 

No additional “purposes” are listed “herein”, that is in that document. The wording is standard and customary. At the time the easement was given a standard, trusted, safe, and accurate analog meter was installed.

 

According to the Washington courts, easements have limits. The general rule regarding limitations on the extent of an easement is as follows:

 

A servient owner is entitled to impose reasonable restraints on a right of way to avoid a greater burden on the servient owner’s estate than that originally contemplated in the easement grant, so long as such restraints do not unreasonably interfere with the dominant owner’s use. (Green v. Lupo, 32 Wn. App. 318, 647 P.2d 51 (1982).

 

Likewise,

 

We believe the servient owner is entitled to impose reasonable restraints on the right-of-way to avoid a greater burden on the servient owner’s estate than that originally contemplated in the easement grant, so long as such restraints do not unreasonably interfere with the dominant owner’s use”…. Rupert v. Gunter, 31 Wn. App. 27, 640 P.2d 36 (1982)”.

 

The GE electronic digital meters which Mr. Gregory proposes to install would therefore, for the eleven reasons listed above, impose “a greater burden on the servient other’s estate than that originally contemplated in the easement grant”.

 

The original grant of utility easement contemplated the installation of a high quality, accurate, safe electric meter, one not prone to surges, one which would not emit dirty electricity. It did not contemplate the installation of an inferior, ungrounded, inadequately surge protected, dirty electricity producing meter, one which would expose us to greater electromagnet radiation and fail to provide the same protection against home fires and against damage and destruction to home wiring and appliances. The installation of such inferior meters would exceed the scope of the utility easement which the builder of my home granted to Snohomish County PUD.

The PUD is a governmental entity and as such is subject to the restrictions of the US Constitution. The 14th Amendment prohibits the “deprivation of … liberty or property without due process of law”. It prohibits the denial “to any person” of “the equal protection of the laws”. The 5th Amendment prohibits a taking of “private property” “for public use without just compensation”. There is no compensation which the PUD could give us which would justly compensate us for accepting the additional risks posed by electronic meters.

If Snohomish County PUD were to install GE digital meters on my home, it would be violating the scope of the easement it holds. Thus, I do not need to apply to opt out of having a GE digital meter. Snohomish County PUD needs to obtain a new easement from me which would authorize the eleven additional intrusions upon my property listed above.

If Snohomish County PUD were to install GE digital meters on my home, it would be committing a trespass not authorized by its easement unless it were to obtain a broader easement authorizing the eleven intrusions listed above,

If Snohomish County PUD were to install GE digital meters on my home, without obtaining a broader easement authorizing the eleven intrusions listed above, it would be committing a taking of my property without just compensation.

If Snohomish County PUD were to install GE digital meters on my home, without obtaining a broader easement authorizing the eleven intrusions listed above, it would be violating my liberty right to be free of unwanted electromagnetic radiation.

Nor may Snohomish County PUD threaten to cut off my electrical service if I refuse to submit to the unsafe and inferior GE digital meters. The PUD has a duty to make electricity to all and may not deny service solely because a customer objects to the placement on his home of an unsafe, inferior, and illegal meter. For Snohomish County PUD to make such a threat would be an attempt to deny me the equal protection of the laws.

Mr. Gregory says that these GE digital meters are ANSI approved, as if this were some kind of proof of their safety and accuracy. To the contrary, ANSI does not certify safety or accuracy. ANSI is a trade association governed by officials appointed by companies which build electronic devices such as GE digital meters. ANSI certification only certifies that an item has been built according to the specifications produced by the manufacturer. It only certifies that the item passes the tests which the manufacturer creates. ANSI approvals are not the equivalent of federal agency approvals.

 

Mr. Gregory says that these GE digital meters are more accurate, but that is not true. They can be accurate when metering 120 amps but not when metering 240 amps. Analog meters strictly measure watt hours used, while the digital meters measure an average of voltage and amperage peaks and use an algorithm to make an estimated conversion into watt hours. An analog meter is a totalizing meter, whereas a digital meter is not.

 

Snohomish County PUD should look down the road and consider its potential liability for harms which may be caused by these GE digital meters.

 

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Therefore, you may not install GE digital meter on our home. If you violate my instruction, I will file suit.

 

I demand that you leave my current analog meter in place to measure total consumption. I demand that you install another analog meter to measure power produced by the solar panels. I will buy an analog meter and make it available to your installer.

 

If you are unwilling to comply with this demand, you are to do nothing, meaning that you should leave my current meter in place and install no meter for measuring production from my solar panels, and you should make no changes in my current meter setup until we have resolved this issue by mediation or lawsuit.

 

My current meter and the base where a new meter is to be installed are on the exterior of my home. I am expressly demanding that PUD not sneak up to my home against my instructions and attach GE digital meters to my home, as utility providers in other areas have done. Such behavior would be unprofessional and would set off an immediate lawsuit.

 

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I am the president of the Coalition Against So-Called Advanced Meters, a Washington non-profit corporation, which is dedicated to informing the public regarding the dangers of electronic meters and financing litigation to halt their installation.

 

Therefore, on behalf of the Coalition Against So-Called Advanced Meters, I demand that Snohomish County PUD completely terminate its installation of GE digital meters throughout its service area and that it offer to replace GE digital meters with analog meters.

 

I also demand that that Snohomish County PUD terminate its plans to install so-called advanced meters, also known as “smart meters” or “AMI meters”. All the negative points made against GE digital meters apply to so-called advanced meters. In addition, said advanced meters collect data which details the personal and private behavior of customers and create a broadcasting mesh network which bathes homes, buildings, and entire cities in a fog of constant electromagnetic radiation.

 

Seattle is currently installing so-called advanced meters, and in Seattle there are no legal restrictions on the sale of information collected to third party marketing companies. So-called advanced meters run on a mesh network which pulses out microwaves every few seconds, turning the electrical system in homes into broadcasting antennas, and bathing homes, schools, businesses, and the people in them with constant radiation.

 

Each so-called advanced meter is equipped with a socket into which a meter person can insert an optical probe, which will make available complete access to the specific meter and to the entire mesh network, bypassing encryption, and anyone who obtains such a probe can hack into homes and the entire network. There are more negative aspects of these so-called advanced meters, and I will supply this information later.

 

I am attaching Request for Production of Documents Pursuant to RCW 42.56. If Snohomish County PUD does not already have research reports or other items responsive to the attached requests, this is proof that Snohomish County PUD, in deciding to purchase and install GE digital meters, did so without doing its due diligence. This would be proof of its negligence.

 

Likewise, if Snohomish County PUD fails to develop research reports on all of the items contained in the attached Request for Production of Documents, this will be proof of its reckless disregard for public health and safety.

 

I reserve the right to revise this letter as more issues become apparent.

 

While I may update the content of this letter, I will not modify the attached Requests for Production of Documents. I reserve the right to submit additional requests.

 

In order to read the latest version of this letter, which will be upgraded as more relevant facts are obtained, and in order to be able to follow links, the reader should surf the web to www.JamesRobertDeal.org/avoid-GE-digital-electronic-meter.

 

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

 

 

 

 

Request for Production of Documents Pursuant to RCW 42.56

 

When I ask for “items”, I am asking for any correspondence, letters, research, studies reports, writings, emails, recordings, memos, notes, or documents of any kind, whether in printed or electronic form, and whether in your possession or under your control.

 

When I refer to “you” I am referring to all executive and staff of the Snohomish County PUD.

 

When I refer to “GE digital meter”, I am referring to the meters which Snohomish County PUD proposes to attach to our home.

 

When I refer to “agents” or “your agents”, I am referring to all agents of Snohomish County PUD, including those vendors, resellers, contractors, sub-contractors, and installers of the meters referred to herein, from which you have the contractual right to obtain documents. I am referring to any sub-contractors which install said GE digital meters.

 

  1. Please send me all items which describe or in any way relate to the GE digital meters which Snohomish County PUD proposes to install on my home, including their cost.

 

  1. Please send me all items which describe the current analog meters now on my home, including their cost.

 

  1. Please send me all items which the vendor of said GE digital meters gave to Snohomish County PUD when that vendor was marketing said meters to the PUD or which were pointed out or made available to the PUD on the vendor’s web site.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss the how the GE digital meters measure kilowatt hours, including whether they measure an average of voltage peaks and amperage and use an algorithm to make an estimated conversion of voltage peaks into watt hours.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss the algorithm which GE digital meters use to make an estimated conversion of voltage peaks into watt hours.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss the fact that calculations converting voltage peaks can be wrong especially when the customer has various machines which turn on and off frequently.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether or not analog meters are or are not grounded and whether or not they have surge protection.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters are or are not grounded and whether they have surge protection.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters are or are not more prone to catch fire than analog meters.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether a surge, such as one resulting from lightning strike or when a pole or tree branch falls on the lines and they cross one another, and whether this can result in GE digital meters propagating high voltage surges through the building, damaging or destroying wiring and appliances.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss the varistor built into GE digital meters.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters can cause or allow voltage surges to propagate into buildings and into all electrical wiring and appliances and can damage them.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether conventional analog meters can cause voltage surges to propagate into the home and into all electrical wiring and appliances and can damage them.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters can propagate transient voltages throughout the electrical system of a house and turn it into an antenna which broadcasts additional unwanted electromagnetic radiation upon those occupying the structure.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether conventional analog meters can propagate transient voltages throughout the electrical system of a house and turn it into an antenna which broadcasts additional unwanted electromagnetic radiation upon those occupying the structure.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether exposure to electromagnetic radiation should be kept at the lowest levels possible and whether electromagnetic radiation is a class 2B carcinogen.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether as our total lifetime dose of electromagnetic radiation increases, the incidence of cancer increases at a parallel rate, that is whether the carcinogenic effect of electromagnetic radiation is dose dependent.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters, because they subject us to an increased risk of fire, may in the future cause insurance companies to charge higher insurance rates against homes and other buildings which use GE digital meters or whether insurance companies are already doing this.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss whether GE digital meters consume electricity constantly in order to operate and how much electricity they consume in doing as they operate.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss the life expectancy of analog meters of the type currently in use is up to 40 years and if not what their life expectancy is.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss how long GE digital meters are expected to last.

 

  1. Please send me all items which discuss how much the shorter life expectancy of GE digital meters will raise general PUD costs and in turn increase electric bills in general.

 

  1. Please send me all items which pertain to the policy of Snohomish County PUD regarding responsibility for damage occurring before and after the weather head.

 

  1. Please send me all items which relate to plans being made by Snohomish County PUD to install so-called advanced meters, also known as AMI meters, and referred to incorrectly by some as “smart meters”.

 

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JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY PLLC
PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081
James@JamesDeal.com
Revised December 6, 2018

 

SNOHOMISH PUD SHOULD RECONSIDER

ELECTRONIC AND SMART METERS

 

To read the latest version of this letter and follow links, go to:

www.JamesRobertDeal.org/12-4-2018-Letter-To-Sno-PUD

 

Snohomish County PUD

Attention: Kathleen Vaughn, Sidney Logan, Tanya Olson, Rebecca Wolf

2320 California Street

Everett WA 98201

Hand Delivered

Sent by email to: emailcommisioners@snopud.com; rebecca@wolfeforgoodenergypud.com;

 

Copy sent to

John Gregory, Distribution Services manager

Sent by email only to: jrgregory@snopud.com

 

Copy sent to

Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner

5000 Capitol Blvd SE Tumwater WA 98501

PO Box 40257 Olympia WA 98504-0257

Sent by email only to: licinfo@oic.wa.gov

 

Copy sent to Attorney Anne L. Spanger

Sent by email only to: alspangler@snopud.com

 

Dear PUD Commissioners and others,

 

I am writing today to address two issues. The first relates to the fact that I installed a solar roof on our home. PUD is requiring that I allow the PUD to install two unsafe and shoddy non-communicating electronic meters to our home as a pre-condition for connecting our solar roof to the grid.

 

The second issue is that the PUD is planning to install communicating smart meters on all its customers in the near future.

 

On January 9, 2018, I sent a letter to Snohomish County PUD, which is available online at www.jamesrobertdeal.org/avoid-GE-digital-electronic-meters. The letter included 24 requests for production of documents pursuant to RCW 42.56.

 

PUD attorney Anne L. Spangler responded with the attached letter, which is available at www.jamesrobertdeal.org/response-from-snopud-to-deal-1-10-18.

Although Attorney Spangler said that PUD would respond to my request for production of documents, PUD has not done so.

 

 

To give the PUD general information regarding the profitable fraud known as smart meters, I am also sending you a May 4, 2018, letter which I sent to Seattle officials. It is available online at www.JamesRobertDeal.org/demand-that-seattle-ban-smart-meters-and-5G.

 

The most serious problem with both non-communicating and communicating electronic meters is that they both put out electromagnetic radiation. Non-broadcasting meters emit dirty electricity in the kilohertz range, which sickens many people. Broadcasting smart meters emit both dirty electricity and also microwave radiation in the gigahertz range, which is even more sickening and harmful.

 

The World Health Organization has declared that electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, and that includes radiation from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens, baby monitors, self-driving cars with their radar and lidar, satellite TV, non-communicating electronic meters, communicating smart meters in the gigahertz range, the growing Internet of Things with our appliances chirping at each other, the new 5G even higher in the megahertz range, and Elon Musks proposed 5,000 5G satellites. All these constantly emit electromagnetic radiation – in in our homes, our schools, our work places, and in public space. We have already overdone it when it comes to electromagnetic radiation, and electronic meters add to the problem. Smart meters will inundate us with electromagnetic radiation. 5G will fry us all. Musk’s 5G satellites will electrify the entire atmosphere.

 

The PUD has been put on notice by Lloyd’s of London that what I am saying is true. Lloyd’s and other ultimate reinsurance underwriters refuse to cover injury or damage from electromagnetic radiation. Lloyd’s policy is:

 

“The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion …         is applied across the market as standard.”

 

The exclusion includes:

 

“Bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury…provided that such injury or damage results from or is contributed to by the pathological properties of electromagnetic radiation.”

 

This information comes from CFC Underwriting, UK agent for Lloyd’s of London.

 

Thus, the PUD cannot buy insurance against the harms that these meters will cause. This includes both harm to property and harm to health.

 

Electromagnetic radiation does cause cancer. It may take many years for the cancer to appear, but it will appear. Not all will come down with cancer, but cases will continually rise. The effect is cumulative, so our goal should be to minimize radiation emitted.

 

PUD will have no insurance to cover the many claims which will be filed.

 

I cringe when I see people holding their cell phones up to their temples. Think of Ted Kennedy and John McCain whose brain cancer was clearly caused by electromagnetic radiation. I cringe when I see children playing with cell phones and tablets. Their skulls are thinner and even more prone to harm than those of adults. A cell phone or tablet should be put in airplane mode if a child is to hold it. For all, cell phones should be turned off or switched to airplane mode most of the time. It is sad indeed that so many schools and work places irradiate students and teachers with Wi-Fi radiation. The computers in schools and most business do not move around. They should mostly be hard wired, and Wi-Fi should mostly be turned off.

 

I work from my home office. I have two property insurance policies. One covers my personal property and the other covers my business equipment. My business policy excludes coverage for surges. This is now standard in policies covering businesses.

 

Attorney Spangler says that the easement I gave is open-ended. However, the law says otherwise. My predecessor in ownership gave PUD a utility easement which was limited to the uses “originally contemplated”. The general rule according to the Washington courts regarding limitations on the extent of easements is:

 

We believe the servient owner [the property owner] is entitled to impose reasonable restraints on the right-of-way to avoid a greater burden on the servient owner’s estate than that originally contemplated in the easement grant, so long as such restraints do not unreasonably interfere with the dominant owner’s use”…. Rupert v. Gunter, 31 Wn. App. 27, (1982)”.

 

The burden originally contemplated was for an all-metal meter which does not get hot, which cannot catch fire, which does not produce stray current, which is grounded, and which contains a robust spark gap surge protector. It also contemplated a meter which would be low in cost, last a long time, and not devalue property.

 

To exceed the scope of the easement is to violate property rights. It is an impermissible taking of property. It is a trespass.

 

Attorney Spangler argues that I cannot now claim that electronic meters should not be installed because I signed a net metering agreement with PUD before installation of our solar roof began. That agreement requires me to “comply  with all applicable provisions of the District’s Electrical Service Requirements and Customer Service Regulations. This is incorrect because the regulations themselves are illegal.

 

*

 

Attorney Spangler says, “a meter is not a protective device”. She makes the following incredible statements, all of which show a complete lack of concern for the welfare of customers and a lack of understanding regarding the limitations on the scope of an easement:

 

The protective equipment installed throughout the District’s electric system is all designed to protect the distribution system and substations, or in other words, only the District’s equipment. The District is not responsible for the design, installation, or inspection of grounding or surge protection for a customer’s premises or its equipment.

 

The design, installation and inspection of grounding, wiring, and surge protection for a customer’s premises and equipment would be the responsibility of the customer, and his or her licensed electrician.

 

A meter is not a protective device. Although, as you point out, analog meters have contained devices sometimes called surge protectors, they are not true surge protectors, they are devices whose purpose is to divert current from a power surge to avoid damaging the meter itself. The electronic meters fulfill a similar function with varistors, as you noted, and they, like analog meters, are only surge resistant.

 

TV and radio stations spend enormous sums to get almost total surge protection against lightning strikes. I am not claiming that an analog meter is completely protective against lightning strikes. A direct lightning strike will blast through an analog meter. However, an analog meter is much more protective than electronic meters with their inferior, absorptive varistor. A lightning strike which hits a hundred feet away from my house might be shunted to ground by my spark gap surge protector, whereas the same strike would be much more likely to penetrate an electronic meter and fry all my wiring, equipment, and appliances.

 

Following Attorney Spangler’s line of reasoning, every customer with an electronic meter should hope and pray that he will never experience a surge or a neaby lightning strike or spend thousands of dollars to hire an electrician to design and install a grounding system that would be installed in front of the electronic meter. She is saying, “You’re on your own, buddy”.

 

As I explain in my January 9 letter, the absorptive surge protection in an electronic meter is good only up to 300 volts, and small surges will use up part of that protection. Crossed wires can double voltage from 240 to 480 volts. A spark gap surge protector can pass this level of surge to ground whereas an electronic meter will catch on fire and let the surge into the house.

 

Attorney Spangler is making the standard Big Wireless false assertion that PUD’s liability ends at the meter and that property owners are responsible for everything that happens past the meter. She cites PUD’s Terms and Conditions for Service. However, these are neither laws nor court holdings. They are wishful thinking, and they cannot change the law of torts, the law of trespass, and the law of taking of property.

 

The flaw in her contention is the doctrine that the scope of an easement is limited by the burden originally contemplated. Although the easement my predecessor gave did not contemplate a totally protective meter, it did contemplate one which was much more protective than PUD’s new electronic meters.

 

For me to connect my solar roof to the grid, PUD would require me to replace my all-metal analog meter, which consumes virtually no electricity to turn its aluminum wheels, which does not get hot, which cannot catch fire, which does not produce stray current, which is grounded, which contains a robust spark gap protector, which is low in cost, which will last for 40 years, and which does not devalue our property.

 

PUD is proposing that I replace my analog meter with two flimsy electronic meters which consume more electricity just to operate, which get hot, which can catch fire, which produce stray current, which are not grounded, which have an inadequate absorptive varistor as their only surge protection, which are much more expensive, which only last only five to seven years, and which will reduce the value of our property.

 

Regarding the requests for production of documents which I submitted, one purpose for submitting them was to prod members of the PUD to study these issues.

 

The previous city council and mayor of Seattle ignored these issues despite the mountain of evidence that smart meter opponents presented. They were apparently put into some kind of manipulative marketing trance. They voted ten to zero to install smart meters. Seattle floated a $100 million bond issues to do this. Since then Seattle has had to raise rates. It will have to raise rates over and over to replace meters which burn out. They are replacing analog meters with smart meters that are always running, receiving and broadcasting 24/7, and which consume more total electricity. That’s not green. The only savings will be that fewer employees will be needed to read meters. This savings will be far exceeded by the higher cost of electronic meters, the fact that they must be replaced more frequently, and because Seattle will be flooded with suits for cancer caused by the meters. There will be no insurance coverage against these suits.

 

I am challenging the PUD to be on guard against meter salesmen with a defective and illegal product. Mark Twain said it is easier to defraud a person than to convince him he has been defrauded. Most of us want to believe what federal agencies tell us. But we must bear in mind that federal agencies have scammed us in the past. There have been many profitable frauds inflicted on the American people.

 

Electronic meters and smart meters are the latest profitable fraud. To drive home my point, I ask you to look at other notable profitable frauds.

 

The most famous profitable fraud was tetraethyl lead. It poisoned our streets for around 60 years and is still sold in poor countries such as Afghanistan. It was added to gasoline to prevent knocking, although ethanol accomplishes the same thing. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/lead.

 

Roundup is another profitable fraud. www.jamesrobertdeal.org/tag/roundup. It is a known carcinogen but Monsanto – now owned by Bayer – has not pulled it from the market. It is in virtually all foods that are not organic. It is in anything containing non-organic wheat or non-organic soy or non-organic sugar. It is in the meat of animals fed non-organic corn and soy. It is used to kill weeds, but there are now robots which kill weeds, so Roundup is effectively obsolete. It kills essential bacteria in the digestive track and sickens people. It does the same thing to the digestive track of salmon and is a big reason why salmon runs are declining. www.JamesRobertDeal.org/roundup-kills-fish.

 

The addition of industrial grade fluoride to drinking water is another profitable fraud, along with fluoride toothpaste and fluoride used in dental practice. Fluoride does little or nothing to strengthen teeth. It weakens bones, causes low thyroid condition, impairs kidney function, causes miscarriages, and causes a host of other health problems. There are much better ways to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation was promoted by Big Sugar, which wanted a way to allow people to keep eating sugar without rotting their teeth. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/Safewater. Industrial fluoride contains so much lead and arsenic that it adds around 3.0 trillion atoms of lead and 3.0 trillion atoms of arsenic to each liter of Everett drinking water. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/what-is-in-it.

 

Electronic meters and smart meters are another profitable fraud. Their implementation came about because President Obama was looking for shovel ready projects on which to spend money and reboot the economy. Big Wireless rushed in with their bad idea. The Department of Energy subsided much of the transition.

 

PUD members need to understand that they cannot trust the revolving door federal agencies. They have all been taken over by the industries they regulate. It works like this: Big Wireless contributes to members of Congress. Congress enacts favorable legislation and appoints Big Wireless cronies to the Department of Energy. The cronies get big bonuses before they go to work for the Department of Energy, and they get big bonuses after they return to their jobs with Big Wireless.

 

We hold frequent elections, but none of these green issues are discussed.

 

PUD members need to understand that once a cash flow gets going and once a corporate shell is erected around it, that the cash flow is hard to stop. A corporation lacking a strong code of ethics can become a malignant form of artificial intelligence.

 

I urge you to rethink your push to implement electronic meters and smart meters.

 

Beware.

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

 

Request for Production of Documents Pursuant to RCW 42.56

 

When I ask for “items”, I am asking for any correspondence, letters, research, studies reports, writings, emails, recordings, memos, notes, or documents of any kind, whether in printed or electronic form, and whether in your possession or under your control.

 

When I refer to “you” I am referring to all executive and staff of the Snohomish County PUD.

 

When I refer to “GE digital meter”, I am referring to the meters which Snohomish County PUD proposes to attach to our home.

 

When I refer to “agents” or “your agents”, I am referring to all agents of Snohomish County PUD, including those vendors, resellers, contractors, sub-contractors, and installers of the meters referred to herein, from which you have the contractual right to obtain documents. I am referring to any sub-contractors which install said GE digital meters.

 

  1. Please supply the PUD Terms and Conditions for Service, including Schedule 82.

 

  1. Again, please supply responses to requests made in my January 9, 2018, letter and Request.

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY PLLC
PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081
James@JamesDeal.com
August 13, 2019

SMART METERS, 5G, METERS FOR SOLAR ROOF

 

Snohomish County PUD Commissioners

Attention: Kathleen Vaughn, Sidney Logan, Tanya Olson, Rebecca Wolf

2320 California Street

Everett WA 98201

Hand Delivered

 

Sent by email to: emailcommisioners@snopud.com;

 

Dear Sid, Tanya, and Rebecca:

 

I read in the Snohomish County PUD newsletter that the PUD is planning to install smart meters. I hope you are too smart to fall for such a swindle. You will have to sell bonds or burn through your reserves. You will have to raise rates – permanently. Electronic meters are much more expensive, break down after five years, and cause fires. PUD cannot get insurance against the harms they may cause. They are not connected to ground. Surge protection is completely insufficient. Electronic meters contain plastic parts which melt and burn if there is a voltage spike. They do not measure watt hours. They measure voltage and amperage surges and then use an algorithm to estimate watt hours. They do not do well in hot, cold, or wet weather. They are appliances and always on. They vibrate constantly, causing damage to structures. They create dirty electricity. The broadcasting meters pulse microwave radiation 24/7/365 up to 190,000 per day, reporting on our every electrical behavior. They exceed the scope of the utility easements granted by property owners.

 

On the other hand, analog meters are all metal. They are bullet proof. They cost only $40, last for 40 years, are grounded, and are well protected against surges. They measure actual watt hours used and are very accurate. They are unaffected by hot summer heat and winter freezes and humidity. They do not vibrate. They are very well designed.

 

I talked with Sid on August 7. He says that he was told that analog meters are no longer available. No, they are still being made, even in the USA by GE. See https://www.go-usg.com/p-80-dem-analog-electric-meter.aspx  It says “made in the USA” on its faceplate. Analog meters will continue to be used around the world in places where electric companies cannot afford the high cost of electronic meters.

 

Few analog meters are being ordered because over 60% of the country has bought into the smart meter swindle. So, orders have dropped in the US for analog meters.

 

I have one analog meter on my home and an empty socket waiting for a production meter. PUD has an arbitrary rule that a person who has a solar roof must accept an electronic meter. This is a bad rule and should be abolished. It discriminates against those who want to reduce electric usage and improve the environment. I am losing money by not having my solar roof connected to my electrical system. I should not have to consent to having a defective meter in order to connect my solar roof. I can’t get insurance on my business equipment in case of a surge. I do not want to subject my family to dirty electricity.

 

Please overrule the staff and allow solar roofs to be connected using two analog meters. I would be willing to pay for the analog meter.

 

I suggest that you look into any employment bias that your staff may have. Have they previously worked for Landis or some other smart meter company? Are they considering going to work for Landis? Has Landis offered bonuses to staff for them to go to work for Landis. How chummy is the staff with Landis?

 

I urge you not to buy into the 5G hysteria. Do not allow cell carriers to install small cell 5G antennas on PUD property, above or below ground. 5G employs extremely high frequency and high energy microwaves. 5G utilizes beam forming, meaning the radiation can be aimed in a narrow beam right at you and your cell phone or at any other target. People do not need to be able to watch movies and TV on their cell phones. The irony of this 5G push is that for the 5G antennas to work – just a few feet from your home – they must be interconnected by fiber optic cables. Fiber optic will be just a few feet from your home, but your home will not be connected to the fiber unless you pay Frontier extra.

 

I installed a solar roof on our home early in 2018. PUD is requiring that I allow the PUD to install two unsafe and shoddy non-communicating electronic meters to our home as a pre-condition for connecting our solar roof to the grid.

 

To give the PUD general information regarding the profitable fraud known as smart meters, see the letter that I sent to Seattle officials. It is available online at www.JamesRobertDeal.org/demand-that-seattle-ban-smart-meters-and-5G.

 

The most serious problem with both non-communicating and communicating electronic meters is that they both put out electromagnetic radiation. Non-broadcasting meters emit dirty electricity in the kilohertz range, which sickens many people. Broadcasting smart meters emit both dirty electricity and also microwave radiation in the gigahertz range, which is even more sickening and harmful.

 

The World Health Organization has declared that electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, and that includes radiation from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens, baby monitors, self-driving cars with their radar and lidar, satellite TV, non-communicating electronic meters, communicating smart meters in the gigahertz range, the growing Internet of Things with our appliances chirping at each other, the new 5G even higher in the megahertz range, and Elon Musk’s proposed 5,000 5G satellites. All these constantly emit electromagnetic radiation – in in our homes, our schools, our work places, and in public space. We have already overdone it when it comes to electromagnetic radiation, and electronic meters add to the problem. Smart meters will inundate us with electromagnetic radiation. 5G will fry us all. Musk’s 5G satellites will electrify the entire atmosphere.

 

The PUD has been put on notice by Lloyd’s of London that what I am saying is true. Lloyd’s and other ultimate reinsurance underwriters refuse to cover injury or damage from electromagnetic radiation. Lloyd’s policy is:

 

“The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion …         is applied across the market as standard.”

 

The exclusion includes:

 

“Bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury…provided that such injury or damage results from or is contributed to by the pathological properties of electromagnetic radiation.”

 

This information comes from CFC Underwriting, UK agent for Lloyd’s of London.

 

Thus, the PUD cannot buy insurance against the harms that these meters will cause. This includes both harm to property and harm to health.

 

Electromagnetic radiation does cause cancer. It may take many years for the cancer to appear, but it will appear. Not all will come down with cancer, but cases will continually rise. The effect is cumulative, so our goal should be to minimize radiation emitted.

 

PUD will have no insurance to cover the many claims which will be filed.

 

I cringe when I see people holding their cell phones up to their temples. Think of Ted Kennedy and John McCain whose brain cancer was clearly caused by electromagnetic radiation. I cringe when I see children playing with cell phones and tablets. Their skulls are thinner and even more prone to harm than those of adults. A cell phone or tablet should be put in airplane mode if a child is to hold it. For all, cell phones should be turned off or switched to airplane mode most of the time. It is sad indeed that so many schools and work places irradiate students and teachers with Wi-Fi radiation. The computers in schools and most business do not move around. They should mostly be hard wired, and Wi-Fi should mostly be turned off.

 

I work from my home office. I have two property insurance policies. One covers my personal property and the other covers my business equipment. My business policy excludes coverage for surges. This is now standard in policies covering businesses.

 

My predecessor in ownership gave PUD a utility easement which was limited to the uses “originally contemplated”. The general rule according to the Washington courts regarding limitations on the extent of easements is:

 

We believe the servient owner [the property owner] is entitled to impose reasonable restraints on the right-of-way to avoid a greater burden on the servient owner’s estate than that originally contemplated in the easement grant, so long as such restraints do not unreasonably interfere with the dominant owner’s use”…. Rupert v. Gunter, 31 Wn. App. 27, (1982)”.

 

The burden originally contemplated was for an all-metal meter which does not get hot, which cannot catch fire, which does not produce stray current, which is grounded, and which contains a robust spark gap surge protector. It also contemplated a meter which would be low in cost, last a long time, and not devalue property.

 

To exceed the scope of the easement is to violate property rights. It is an impermissible taking of property. It is a trespass.

 

Attorney Spangler argues that I cannot now claim that electronic meters should not be installed because I signed a net metering agreement with PUD before installation of our solar roof began. That agreement requires me to “comply  with all applicable provisions of the District’s Electrical Service Requirements and Customer Service Regulations. This is incorrect because the regulations themselves are illegal.

 

Attorney Spangler says, “a meter is not a protective device”. She makes the following incredible statements, all of which show a complete lack of concern for the welfare of customers and a lack of understanding regarding the limitations on the scope of an easement:

 

“The protective equipment installed throughout the District’s electric system is all designed to protect the distribution system and substations, or in other words, only the District’s equipment. The District is not responsible for the design, installation, or inspection of grounding or surge protection for a customer’s premises or its equipment.

 

“The design, installation and inspection of grounding, wiring, and surge protection for a customer’s premises and equipment would be the responsibility of the customer, and his or her licensed electrician.

 

“A meter is not a protective device. Although, as you point out, analog meters have contained devices sometimes called surge protectors, they are not true surge protectors, they are devices whose purpose is to divert current from a power surge to avoid damaging the meter itself. The electronic meters fulfill a similar function with varistors, as you noted, and they, like analog meters, are only surge resistant.

 

TV and radio stations spend enormous sums to get almost total surge protection against lightning strikes. I am not claiming that an analog meter is completely protective against lightning strikes. A direct lightning strike will blast through an analog meter. However, an analog meter is much more protective than electronic meters with their inferior, absorptive varistor. A lightning strike which hits a hundred feet away from my house might be shunted to ground by my spark gap surge protector, whereas the same strike would be much more likely to penetrate an electronic meter and fry all my wiring, equipment, and appliances.

 

Following Attorney Spangler’s line of reasoning, every customer with an electronic meter should hope and pray that he will never experience a surge or a nearby lightning strike or spend thousands of dollars to hire an electrician to design and install a grounding system that would be installed in front of the electronic meter. She is saying, “You’re on your own, buddy”.

 

The absorptive surge protection in an electronic meter is good only up to 300 volts, and small surges will use up part of that protection. Crossed wires can double voltage from 240 to 480 volts. A spark gap surge protector can pass this level of surge to ground whereas an electronic meter will catch on fire and let the surge into the house.

 

Attorney Spangler is making the standard Big Wireless false assertion that PUD’s liability ends at the meter and that property owners are responsible for everything that happens past the meter. She cites PUD’s Terms and Conditions for Service. However, these are neither laws nor court holdings. They are wishful thinking, and they cannot change the law of torts, the law of trespass, and the law of taking of property.

 

The flaw in her contention is the doctrine that the scope of an easement is limited by the burden originally contemplated. Although the easement my predecessor gave did not contemplate a totally protective meter, it did contemplate one which was much more protective than PUD’s new electronic meters.

 

For me to connect my solar roof to the grid, PUD would require me to replace my all-metal analog meter, which consumes virtually no electricity to turn its aluminum wheels, which does not get hot, which cannot catch fire, which does not produce stray current, which is grounded, which contains a robust spark gap protector, which is low in cost, which will last for 40 years, and which does not devalue our property.

 

PUD is proposing that I replace my analog meter with two flimsy, plastic electronic meters that consume electricity just to operate, which get hot, which can catch fire, which produce stray current, which are not grounded, which have an inadequate absorptive varistor as their only surge protection, which are much more expensive, which only last only five to seven years, and which will reduce the value of our property.

 

The previous city council and mayor of Seattle ignored these issues despite the mountain of evidence that smart meter opponents presented. They were apparently put into some kind of manipulative marketing trance. They voted ten to zero to install smart meters. Seattle floated a $100 million bond issues to do this. Since then Seattle has had to raise rates. It will have to maintain increased rates to replace meters which burn out.

 

Seattle is replacing analog meters with smart meters that are always running, receiving and broadcasting 24/7, and which consume more total electricity. That’s not green. The only savings will be that fewer employees will be needed to read meters. This savings will be far exceeded by the higher cost of electronic meters, the fact that they must be replaced more frequently, and because Seattle will be flooded with suits in ten years for cancer caused by the meters. There will be no insurance coverage against these suits.

 

I am challenging the PUD to be on guard against meter salesmen with a defective and illegal product. Mark Twain said it is easier to defraud a person than to convince him he has been defrauded. Most of us want to believe what federal agencies tell us. But we must bear in mind that federal agencies have scammed us in the past. There have been many profitable frauds inflicted on the American people.

 

Electronic meters and smart meters are the latest profitable fraud. To drive home my point, I ask you to look at other notable profitable frauds.

 

The most famous profitable fraud was tetraethyl lead. It poisoned our streets for around 60 years and is still sold in poor countries such as Afghanistan. It was added to gasoline to prevent knocking, although ethanol accomplishes the same thing. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/lead.

 

Roundup is another profitable fraud. www.jamesrobertdeal.org/tag/roundup. It is a known carcinogen but Monsanto – now owned by Bayer – has not pulled it from the market. It is in virtually all foods that are not organic. It is in anything containing non-organic wheat or non-organic soy or non-organic sugar. It is in the meat of animals fed non-organic corn and soy. It is used to kill weeds, but there are now robots which kill weeds, so Roundup is effectively obsolete. It kills essential bacteria in the digestive track and sickens people. It does the same thing to the digestive track of salmon and is a big reason why salmon runs are declining. www.JamesRobertDeal.org/roundup-kills-fish.

 

The addition of industrial grade fluoride to drinking water is another profitable fraud, along with fluoride toothpaste and fluoride used in dental practice. Fluoride does little or nothing to strengthen teeth. It weakens bones, causes low thyroid condition, impairs kidney function, causes miscarriages, and causes a host of other health problems. There are much better ways to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation was promoted by Big Sugar, which wanted a way to allow people to keep eating sugar without rotting their teeth. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/Safewater. Industrial fluoride contains so much lead and arsenic that it adds around 3.0 trillion atoms of lead and 3.0 trillion atoms of arsenic to each liter of Everett drinking water. www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/what-is-in-it.

 

Electronic meters and smart meters are another profitable fraud. Their implementation came about because President Obama was looking for shovel ready projects on which to spend money and reboot the economy. Big Wireless rushed in with their bad idea. The Department of Energy subsided much of the transition.

 

PUD members need to understand that they cannot trust the revolving door federal agencies. They have all been taken over by the industries they regulate. It works like this: Big Wireless contributes to members of Congress. Congress enacts favorable legislation and appoints Big Wireless cronies to the Department of Energy. The cronies get big bonuses before they go to work for the Department of Energy, and they get big bonuses after they return to their jobs with Big Wireless.

 

We hold frequent elections, but none of these green issues are discussed.

 

PUD members need to understand that once a cash flow gets going and once a corporate shell is erected around it, that the cash flow is hard to stop. A corporation lacking a strong code of ethics can become a malignant form of artificial intelligence.

 

I urge you to rethink your push to implement electronic meters and smart meters.

 

I urge you to allow installation of a second analog meter to my home so that I can safely connect my solar roof.

 

Request for Production of Documents Pursuant to RCW 42.56

 

  1. I hereby request any and all PUD documents not privileged pertaining to any possible roll out of electronic broadcasting meters.

 

  1. I hereby request any and all PUD documents not privileged pertaining to the potential installation of 5G small cell antennas on PUD owned towers, poles, and other property.

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY PLLC
PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081
James@JamesDeal.com
January 7, 2020

 

Snohomish County PUD

Attention: Commissioners Rebecca Wolfe, Sidney Logan, Tanya Olson

2320 California Street

Everett WA 98201

Sent by email only to: emailcommisioners@snopud.com

 

Copy sent to

John Gregory, Distribution Services manager

Sent by email only to: jrgregory@snopud.com

 

Copy sent to

Mark Flury

Sent by email only to: mmflury@snopud.com

Guy Payne

Sent by email only to gopayne@snopud.com

Dan Hines

Sent by email only to dshines@snopud.com

 

Dear PUD Commissioners and other PUD professionals,

 

I met with Mark Flury, Guy Payne, and Dan Hines on November 22, 2019. They showed genuine interested in the smart meter issues I have raised. They also showed interest in finding a means whereby people like me who have a solar roof can opt out of electronic meters.

 

I would like to sum up a few points.

 

Both broadcasting smart meters and non-broadcasting electronic meters represent substandard technology. Neither is grounded. Neither is sufficiently surge protected. Both have a shorter service life than analog meters.

 

The broadcasting smart meters try to do by radio what should be done through a wired connection. Instead of investing millions of dollars in a bad technology, the PUD should explore a wired and more secure means of monitoring usage. An alternative already exists. Search Amazon for the “Eyedro Home Electricity Monitor”, available for $129. It plugs easily into the breaker panel and from there into a category 5 cable. Transmission of total usage to the PUD once each month could be automated.

 

The PUD should form a coalition with other electric utilities which have not yet gone down the smart meter road and develop a non-broadcasting and more secure means of connecting to individual meters.

 

Seattle passed a $100 million bond issue to install smart meters. A much wiser use of $100 million would be for our PUD to deliver fiber optic internet throughout the county. Through this internet a hard wired meter monitoring system could be connected.

 

It is important to admit that some products and technologies which at first appear to be good are actually not. Those who come up with products and technologies often want to sell them even if they are defective. One conspicuous example was tetraethyl lead, which poisoned the world from the 1920s into the 1980s and which is still used in propeller driven airplanes. It is still used in Algeria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar, North Korea, and Afghanistan. It does reduce pinging, but 10% methanol does the same. Why do countries continue to poison their people? Because unethical corporations will sell harmful products if there is a profit to be made.

 

Another example is Roundup, which we now know is carcinogenic. It kills a bacterium in the stomach that is needed for digestion and so causes stomach distress. Monsanto and Bayer will keep selling it as long as the profits exceed the cost of the lawsuits. The irony is that Roundup is a weed killer. There are now robotic weed killers.

 

Another example is fluoride in drinking water, a toxic waste left over after producing super phosphate fertilizer. Each liter of Everett tap water contains three trillion atoms of lead and two trillion atoms of arsenic, all of which come as an added bonus in the fluorosilicic acid. Check official sources and check my math at www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/what-is-in-it. Fluorosilicic acid leaches lead from plumbing, so the lead content is even greater than three trillion atoms of lead per liter. A college professor and I have developed a proposal which could completely eliminate all lead leaching – by ozonating instead of fluoridating. See www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/Flint.

 

Once a cash flow gets going, it tends to have a life of its own. An unethical corporation is a malignant form of artificial intelligence that will poison people for profit.

 

The smart meters are defective. In support of my assertion please see Bathgate’s evaluation of the Itron AMI Meter at

https://www.defiltersllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Evaluation-of-the-LandisGyr-AMI-Meter-v9.pdf

See also Bathgate’s unpublished letter to Seattle City Light from 2017, which is attached.

 

See also Bathgate’s trial testimony from a 2017 Michigan case in which he calculates that broadcasting meters add around $120 per year to a typical electric bill. Smart meters are always on, always using power. It is said that the electric company pays for operation of the smart meter, but even if it does, the cost of the additional power must be paid, and so general rates must be increased.

 

See:  https://mi-psc.force.com/sfc/servlet.shepherd/version/download/068t0000001UX3MAAW

 

In conclusion, I would encourage the PUD to consider carefully before going down the electronic and smart meter road.

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

JAMES ROBERT DEAL ATTORNEY PLLC
PO Box 2276, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Telephone 425-771-1110, Fax 425-776-8081
James@JamesDeal.com
April 7, 2020

 

Snohomish County PUD

Attention: Commissioners Rebecca Wolfe, Sidney Logan, Tanya Olson

2320 California Street

Everett WA 98201

Sent by email only to: emailcommisioners@snopud.com

 

Copies sent to:

John Gregory, jrgregory@snopud.com

Mark Flury, mmflury@snopud.com

Guy Payne, gopayne@snopud.com

Dan Hines, dshines@snopud.com

John Bauer, bauer@heraldnet.com

 

Dear PUD Commissioners and other PUD professionals,

 

Seattle Utilities passed a $100 million bond issue to finance installation of smart meters and on top of that had to raise rates. Smart meters run constantly and therefore use more electricity. Smart meters broadcast 24/7, around 190,000 times daily, reporting on our every electrical behavior. They catch fire. They are not grounded. Their surge protection is weak to non-existent.

 

Smart meters are an overshoot, meaning that utilities that have installed them should go back to fireproof, grounded, surge protected, all metal analog meters until a wired analog meter alternative is developed.

 

I compliment the Commission on its avoidance of smart meters thus far.

 

The installation of 5G antennas is a related issue. Many cities have been granting Big Wireless space on poles for 5G antennas. I urge the PUD to avoid going down this road. 5G aims to make it possible to watch TV and movies on cell phones, which is completely unnecessary. People can go home and watch TV and movies on their TVs and wired computers.

 

Smart meters and 5G antennas are good for robots but not for humans, birds, and insects.

 

Policies adopted by reinsurer Lloyds of London mean that it impossible to buy a residential or business insurance policy that will cover all of the harms that wireless radiation can cause, specifically harms to health. If the PUD installs smart meters and allows the use of its facilities for 5G antennas, it will be doing so without coverage when people sue ten years from now for cancer.

 

Our current 3G and 4G technology along with our constant use of our cell phones is probably an overshoot in terms of health. If we are to use cell phones at all, there should research done on safer frequencies and lower power densities. For all of us, our cell phones should be in airplane mode most of the time, turned on occasionally to check for messages and voice mails and to make a quick phone call.

 

The World Health Organization has declared that wireless radiation is a carcinogen. Cell phones emit microwave radiation, and the effect is cumulative over time. Ted Kennedy and John McCain both contracted brain cancer directly under the area near the temple where they held their cell phones. Do not hold a cell phone against your ear like a land line telephone. Hold it away from your head and turn on the speaker. Or use an air tube headset.

 

Children have thinner skulls and are more sensitive to wireless radiation. I cringe when I see parents pacifying their infants by giving them cell phones or tablets to watch. A child should be allowed to play with a wireless device only if it is in airplane mode.

 

5G antennas are another overshoot. 5G operates at multiple frequencies, from 450 megahertz up to 52.6 gigahertz. A 5G antenna is actually a collection of many antennas operating a many frequencies. 5G antennas utilize beam forming, meaning the radiation emitted by the many antennas in a 5G tower and the many antennas in your 5G cell phone can be aimed right at each other, which is not so good if you are between the 5G antenna and your cell phone. 5G Wi-Fis and 5G cell phones also broadcast at multiple frequencies and do beam forming.

 

An absurd aspect of 5G antennas is that for them to work, the towers must be interconnected by fiber optic cable. It would make more sense instead to interconnect homes and businesses by fiber optic cable.

 

Cell phones should not be used for extended periods. The only apparent benefit of 5G is that it enables us to watch TV and movies on our cell phones. When people want to watch a movie they should watch it on a TV or a wired computer.

 

We have a Wi-Fi in our home, but it is almost never turned on. When I drive, my cell phone is always in airplane mode because cell phone and cell towers are constantly sending handshake broadcasts to each other as I drive from one cell tower area to another. In our home we forward our cell phones to our land line and then turn our cell phones off or put them in airplane mode.  

 

Another overshoot is the use of Wi-Fi in schools. School desks do not move around. Every school computer, including student laptops, could be connected by category 6 cable. Children should not be exposed to constant Wi-Fi radiation. All new Wi-Fis today are 5G capable. Most people do not know that the 5G Wi-Fi in a Comcast router is always turned on by default.

 

Homes are being built without category 6 cable jacks in all rooms. The presumption is that all TVs and computers will receive data through home Wi-Fi. We are being constantly irradiated in our homes.

 

New vehicles equipped with radar and lidar operating at up to 77 gigahertz and retina damaging LED headlights are another overshoot. We will be irradiated by the 10,000 cars we pass every hour as we drive on the freeway. Wear blue blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes. See: http://www.wi-cancer.info/wieyes.aspx

 

This brings me to the subject of municipal fiber optic. The PUD would be the best entity to interconnect the County with fiber optic. Frontier has installed some fiber to homes, but only in some neighborhoods. Fiber optic would be a magnet for high tech industries and a benefit to ordinary families. See: https://www.jamesrobertdeal.org/fiber-optic/.

 

I am alerting the Commission that Big Wireless will be approaching you to bribe to install smart meters and NOT to install municipal fiber. This is happening in Seattle, where Century Link and Comcast are donating heavily to the campaign of Jenny Durkan, an opponent of municipal fiber, against Cary Moon, a supporter of municipal fiber.

 

 

 

 

 

See this article:

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3dz7z/comcast-and-centurylink-spent-dollar50k-in-seattle-to-support-a-mayoral-candidate-who-opposes-community-owned-internet

 

Please set up guidelines that will disallow Commission members and potential members from accepting direct or indirect campaign contributions from Big Wireless.

 

Congress has passed laws requiring cities and counties to allow installation of 5G antennas. Such laws are unconstitutional and should be resisted in court.   

 

In conclusion, I would urge the PUD to consider carefully before installing smart meters and allowing 5G antennas on PUD poles and instead to install fiber optic throughout Snohomish County.

 

Read more at www.JamesRobertDeal.org/smart-meters.

 

Sincerely,

James Robert Deal, Attorney

WSBA Number 8103

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