Jan 052011
 
 January 5, 2011  Surveillance

Kevin Howe reports:

The Monterey City Council will discuss whether to temporarily outlaw installation of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. smart meters in the city until more information is available on health and privacy issues.

Councilmen Frank Sollecito and Jeff Haferman on Tuesday proposed placing the meters on a future council agenda with an eye toward adopting an emergency ordinance banning them temporarily and halting their installation.

“We need an emergency ordinance to stop it until I can feel a little better about it,” Sollecito said, adding he is concerned with conflicting data about the meters, including assertions of health threats because of low-level radiation from the meters and whether customers’ privacy could be invaded by wrongful distribution of billing and electrical use data.

Read more in the Monterey County Herald.

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