Citizen group seeks to stop Smart Meters

A citizens’ group is asking for an injunction to stop BC Hydro’s Smart Meter Program.

  • Dec. 27, 2011 7:00 a.m.

A citizens’ group is asking for an injunction to stop BC Hydro’s Smart Meter Program.

Citizens for Safe Technology has filed a complaint under Section 47 of the BC Utilities Commission Act requesting an immediate stop to the wireless component of the Smart Meter Program.

The challenge says the program is not necessary under the Clean Energy Act. The group says it has more than 25,000 signatures on a petition and the support of 28 municipalities.

Summerland’s municipal council has not voted to oppose the program.

Opposition to the program is based on concerns about threats to health and privacy from wireless technology and radiation.

BC Hydro says the exposure to radio frequency from a smart meter over 20 years is equivalent to 30 minutes on a cell phone. The utility company also says the data collected remains private.