Sedona, AZ City Council Supports Community-Wide Smart Meter Opt Out

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Sedona, Arizona, a city of 10,000 residents joined communities around the country in voicing opposition to the installation of Smart Meters by Arizona Public Service (APS) due to concerns about health, safety, privacy and cost.

Sedona, a city of 10,000 residents nestled among the pristine Coconino National Forest and the red rocks of Northern Arizona, is the first city in Arizona to join communities around the country in opposing the installation of Smart Meters on homes and businesses. On Wednesday, June 19, the Sedona City Council held a Special Workshop to direct staff’s next steps regarding Arizona Public Service's plan to install Smart Meters in Sedona. Both the utility (APS) and the advocacy group opposing Smart Meters, Sedona Smart Meter Awareness (SSMA), presented information about Smart Meters.

It was standing room only as community members showed up to support the SSMA cause. Because time would not allow everyone who wanted to give public comment, Mayor Rob Adams allowed 10 speakers all of whom spoke in opposition to Smart Meter installation. Their testimony is available at, part 3A.

The evening was very much like witnessing apples and oranges in regard to "professionalism." APS gave a superficial public relations-type presentation and APS representatives Neal Brown, Damon Gross, and Tyler Wallace seemed to be in over their heads when Councilors began asking specific questions.

Sedona Smart Meter Awareness created a solid, fact-filled slide presentation delivered by SSMA member, Warren Woodward. All concerns were thoroughly covered with independent research references: health effects of RF radiation emitted by Smart Meters, safety, privacy, and cost issues. APS currently has a proposal on file with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to charge opt out consumers $75 upfront and $30 more added to their monthly bill. Every councilor objected to that proposed fee.

At the conclusion of the June 19 Special Workshop meeting, Sedona City Councilor Barbara Litrell introduced and Councilor Dan McIlroy seconded the motion to: “. . . direct the staff to prepare a statement for the Arizona Corporation Commission that expresses concerns, on behalf of our Sedona citizens, that Smart Meters have not been proven safe and until such time as definitive proof exists the Arizona Corporation Commission should allow the Sedona community to opt out without penalties.”

The City will file a letter with the Arizona Corporation Commission requesting community opt-out without penalties. Community wide opt is preferable because individual opt-out does not protect individuals from the effects of their neighbor's Smart Meter. Smart Meters installed in a neighborhood create a mesh grid network of 24/7 pulsing radiofrequency waves which years of independent peer-reviewed research shows to present significant health dangers.
For information about Smart Meters email sedonasmartmeterawareness(at)yahoo(dot)com or Google Smart Meters.

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