March 30, 2010
In June 2009 Con Edison installed a new digital electric meter on my house and
a new digital gas meter in my basement in Hastings on Hudson, New York. Con
Edison told me that the new meters were being used so that it could read the
meters with electronic devices from the street. The electric meter is as follows:
Electric Meter CENTRON
0716701200 CL200 240V 3W TYPE C1SRP 30TA 1.okh
Ca 0.5 FM 2s 60Hz
A72AQ 7978929. 59689 345
In about late September I began to notice I was having some odd symptoms,
including the following:
*Inability to concentrate
*Inability to get my work done
I felt as if I were becoming unhinged.
During the time between September and earlier this month my husband and son
seemed agitated too. My husbandʼs blood pressure rose and he had to begin
taking blood pressure medication. He was also experiencing sleep disruptions.
On February 25th and 26th there was a huge snowstorm here. During the storm I
spent many hours in my living room, near my fireplace, about five feet away from
the electric meter, which is installed outside my living room window. My right ear
was facing the meter. My husband was traveling and my son was not at home for
the same length of time that I was. The electricity went on and off several times
during those two days. At one point I heard a piercing sound along with pressure
in my ears. Along with the symptoms I had previously experienced, I began to
develop worse symptoms, including the following:
*A buzzing-pulsing sound, especially in my right ear
*Interrupted sleep with nightmares of being attacked
I was afraid that I would have a heart attack. The symptoms would lessen when I
went outside. It seemed that there was something wrong inside my home,
perhaps with the electricity.
Through research and talking to electricians, I began to realize that my
symptoms might be traceable to something relating to the meters. They were the
only recently installed appliances in our home with radio frequencies.
After many desperate phone calls to Con Edison, it removed the digital meters,
but only after I presented a note from my doctor, upon which Con Edison
insisted. In place of the electric meter Con Edison installed another electric,
digital meter that it assured me emitted NO radio frequency. It was as follows:
Electric Meter- Schlumberger Centron
CL200 120V 3W Type CN15
Ca. 0.5 FM 25S 60Hz
25 440 021
Con Edison also told me that I would need in the future to provide it with meter
readings. Con Edison told me that both my doctor and I would be receiving a
follow up communication from its health department, which we never did.
Whether the people at Con Edison lied or did not know what they were talking
about is a question that needs to be answered. This meter also had a radio
frequency (Note the FM25S.) I realized this when my symptoms got worse.
I was truly afraid that I would have a heart attack. I became terrified in my own
home and could not find a comfortable place to sleep, because the buzzing pulsing
sound in my ear was so disturbing. Before all of this started I was a
healthy 51 year old.
Again, after making many more calls to Con Edison, on March 4 they removed
that meter from my house and replaced it with an analog meter (this is the same
type of meter Con Edison had initially removed in June 2009).
My immediate responses were so remarkable that I recorded them.
*Tingling in arms
*Legs felt very heavy
*The buzzing-pulsing became quieter.
*I felt as if my body was weighted down with exhaustion
Within hours I began feeling better. The loud buzzing-pulsing sound quieted
down and my thoughts were less scrambled.
But my difficulties continued. In our home we have lived with wireless
appliances, cell phones and fluorescent light bulbs for at least three years, and to
my knowledge they have never been a problem for me. Now I cannot be near
any of these things because I get a buzzing in my ears and my heart starts to
race. The only possible cause for this change is that Con Edison placed meters
emitting radio frequencies on and in my home in June.
Since Con Edison removed the digital meters and replaced them with an analog
meter I am feeling better, but some of the symptoms have not gone away
I have learned from my research that the digital meters with radio frequencies
were never properly tested on human beings.
When I asked the Con Edison Meter Relations department (212-460-4111) if I
could see a copy of the test results for human exposure to the frequencies in the
meters, I was told that I must obtain a subpoena to acquire that information.
Con Edison also told me that the FCC had approved the meters. When I called
the FCC, I was told that it does not address human health issues, but only with
regulating frequencies, and the person with whom I was speaking hung up on
This could be a very dangerous situation. These meters are being used across
New York State and the country. People might become sick from them and not
know what is happening to them.
I am requesting that the meter replacement program be stopped immediately and
that home owners be given the right to opt-out of receiving these meters if they
do not want them, until further testing is done to learn the effects of the
frequencies they emit, especially in combination with other frequencies to which
we are already being exposed.
62 Euclid Avenue
Hastings on Hudson, New York 10706
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