Westmount alternative for controversial hydro meters?
The city of Westmount says it's thinking about giving residents a choice when it comes to the new hydro meters being installed. They've been the focus of controversy because of health concerns over the radiofrequency emissions.
Megan Durnford of the Healthy City Project says the decision by the city of Westmount follows a meeting she had with Hydro Westmount and other concerned residents.
Durnford says their campaign started two years ago with a recommendation to offer an alternative to hydro meters that don't give off radiofrequency emissions, even though the meters being used in Westmount are not the full smart meters. But Durnford said they still emit radio frequencies 24 hour a day and added she's not reassured when their meter is right next to their patio table where they have many meals during warm weather.
"In other words we're sitting there right next to it all the time and so that makes me feels very uncomfortable. So whether it's a high level or a low level, it's still radiofrequency radiation," Durnford told CJAD 800 News.
"We're already living in a kind of soup of RF radiation, thanks to WiFi radiation, cell phone towers, wireless monitors, etc. If there's a chance to reduce your exposure, then it's a good thing."
Durnford said they support the World Health Organization’s position that electromagnetic radiation is potentially carcinogenic and could contribute to other health problems.
Hydro Quebec claims that the radio-frequency emissions of the new smart-metres are 120,000 times lower than Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 threshold, which they have to respect.