Second Maine Town Imposes Moratorium on Smart Meters

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Second Maine Town Imposes Moratorium on Smart Meters
11/09/2010 11:41 AM ET
The Cape Elizabeth town council voted last night to impose a 90-day
moratorium on the installation of the wireless devices, which are aimed at
saving energy and money.
The town of Cape Elizabeth has become the second in Maine to put the brakes on the
installation of so-called smart meters. The Cape’s town council voted last night to
impose a 90-day moratorium on installing the meters. The vote was 6 to 0, with 1 abstention.

Cape Elizabeth follows in the footsteps of the nearby town of Scarborough, which
imposed a similar moratorium last month. CMP has begun installing the wireless devices
in the greater Portland area, with the help of a federal stimulus grant. The project is aimed
at saving energy and money.

But some have raised concerns about the meters, saying they emit radiation and
radio waves that could be harmful to health. Others worry that the information they
transmit from private homes could be compromised.

In a report submitted yesterday to the PUC, Maine Center for Disease Control Director
Dr. Dora Anne Mills says smart meters emit non-ionizing radiation, and at a lower
level than a typical mobile phone.  To view the report, click here.

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