Man Chains Electric Meter To Prevent Utility From Installing Smart Meter

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s obvious Norbert Sliwinski of Monroeville does not want Duquesne Light to install a so-called smart meter on his property.

A lock and chain secures his old analog meter with a clear notice: “Attention Do Not Install Smart Meter.”

The retired mechanical engineer says smart meters are dangerous.

“The smart meter is not safe for the following reasons. It emits high frequency radio waves. You don’t feel them. You don’t know about them, but they can penetrate your body and they can cause health problems later on,” Sliwinski told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Thursday.

Sliwinski says the radio waves go through concrete walls.

“My bedroom is right next door, and it will emit high frequency waves. I worry about my health and my children’s health.”

And he has another concern.

“They catch fire because there is very high voltage inside.”

Sliwinski asked Duquesne Light and the Public Utility Commission to let him keep the old electric meter.

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“In other parts of the country, similar problems have arisen obviously, and some states give you a quote, opt out option,” he says.

But not Pennsylvania.

“The Pennsylvania law does not include any opt out mechanism,” says PUC spokesman Nils Hagan-Frederiksen.

Hagan-Frederiksen says it’s the legislature who mandated the smart meters.

“The deployment of these meters is part of Act 129 of 2008 which is a broad based act that looks at a lot of different ways to increase energy efficiency and promote conservation across the state.”

The PUC does, however, have jurisdiction over smart meter safety, and Sliwinski filed a complaint on that.

For their part, Duquesne Light, through spokeswoman Jessica Rock, insists, “The radio frequency output of the new digital meters is consistent with the output of our current meters that have been transmitting data for the past 20 years.”

But Sliwinski wants an independent review.

“There’s no testing being done, long-term testing by an independent testing lab. They’re just being forced [down] our throats.”

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  1. I suggest this “engineer” start wearing a foil hat. He seems to be forgetting he is already in a sea of radio waves going through his body right now. Every radio, TV, cell phone, baby monitor and WIFI device is emitting radiation every second of every day. Now we are to believe this one single smart meter is the straw that broke the camels back?

  2. David Colton says:

    Well, I don’t know about a foil hat (yet,) but he is right about one thing. I can’t get KDKA-AM on my radio in the house anymore. I get a high pitched “whine” on my digital radio now that a smart meter hangs of the side of my house. Take an AM portable outside the house and walk up towards the smart meter, and the whine becomes so strong that a local 5Kw AM station-9 miles from me is completely masked. The new meters put out a LOT of RFI. (Radio Frequency Interference.)
    FYI-I live 47 miles North of the KDKA-AM transmitting tower. It doesn’t help that the big “K” no longer transmits a 50 Kw signal. That plus they are transmitting on the “short stick” antenna, and haven’t used the BIG antenna in years doesn’t help either. It’s all about: Maintenance, money, decline of AM listeners, MONEY, etc. I seriously don’t think they will ever transmit from the main antenna again. Costs too much to fix the guy wire arcing problem. JMHO.

  3. Wesley Long says:

    This “Genuis” is wearing a wireless microphone during the interview. I’ll bet he has a cell phone, too.

  4. Somebody needs to ask Mr. Silwinski if he knows what the difference between “ionizing” and “non-ionizing” radiation is. Hint 1: visible light is non-ionizing radiation. Hint 2: all ionizing radiation is higher on the electromagnetic radiation spectrum than visible light. Hint 3: radio waves are lower than light on the EM radiation spectrum.

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