The Santa Cruz, Calif., County Board of Supervisors, acting on a request of the Board of Health, declared “smart” (wireless) electric and water meters to be “health hazards, safety and consumer fraud risks.”

The County Board said Pacific Gas & Electric has failed to comply with the California Public Utilities Commission’s process for consultation and jurisdiction and the County’s Code requirements, and is subjecting residents to the “privacy, security, health, accuracy and consumer fraud risks of the unproven Smart Meter technology.”

Said a Board statement: “There is a current and immediate threat to public peace, health, or safety; (b) the moratorium must be imposed in order to protect and preserve the public interest, health, safety, comfort and convenience and to preserve the public welfare; and (c) it is necessary to preserve the public health and safety of all residents or landowners adjacent to such uses as are affected by this interim ordinance as well to protect all of the citizens of Santa Cruz County by preserving and improving the aesthetics and economic conditions of the County.

Online Link to Statement Provided

The “Smart Meter Moratorium” can be accessed online at:

The Board notes that Pennsylvanians have filed complaints about health problems occurring after Smart Meters were installed, but the PA Public Utility Commission has done nothing to guarantee that utilities provide “safe service” regarding microwave technologies used by Smart Meters. “PASMA has to question why Pennsylvanians are being subjected to deliberate health hazards by a Pennsylvania state agency, the PA Public Utility Commission.”

The Board further notes that radio frequencies (RFs) were declared a “Possible Human Carcinogen” (Class 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization in its May 31, 2011 Press Release No. 208: