Sep 082010
 
 September 8, 2010  Surveillance

Will Jason reports:

The Mill Valley City Council will ask state energy regulators to let some customers opt out of using SmartMeters, the devices Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is deploying throughout Northern California.

The council on Tuesday also joined Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s call for a study of the health risks of the meters, which use wireless signals to transmit data on energy use.

Mill Valley joins a number of local governments that have voiced concerns in recent weeks over the meters’ privacy, accuracy and safety. On Tuesday, the council voted to express its concerns in letters to the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates PG&E, and the California Council on Science and Technology, which advises the state on science and technology issues.

Read more in the Contra Costa Times.

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