Naperville women arrested for protesting smart meters

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Police in Naperville arrested two women who tried to stop wireless electric meters from being installed at their homes.

A video showed one of the women yelling at two installers outside her home, and repeatedly told them to get off their property.

The city says it’s installing “smart meters” on 57,000 homes to make the electric system more reliable and efficient.

The group “Naperville Smart Meter Awareness,” say the wireless meters can be a health hazard.

The group has a federal lawsuit pending against the city.

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  • Chris

    This has caused tension and fighting in our home between my wife and I. I'm not a supporter for the smart meter but I understand that legally Naperville has the right to install the meters. My wife agrees with the awareness group but I don't. I think there has been misinformation on both sides and if the awareness group had a strong enough case then there would of been an Stay Order issued by the court halting the meter installations until the citizens concerns have been addressed. This has not been done and after a year since the filing and they are still in the discovery stage. I don't agree that they should have been arrested but its unreasonable to expect the city to wait for the lawsuit when there is not enough evidence to issue a Stay Order. By living in Naperville we agreed to Naperville supplying the power. So get over it and remove the councilman that pushed the meters through with people that support your views!

    • Gompers

      The awareness group had their chance and they lost. They refused to participate in the testing or to offer any other legitimate test results.

  • Tired of Morons

    The group “Naperville Smart Meter Awareness" are idiots. A wireless electric meter is a health hazard? Complete morons looking for a soap box.

    • bill

      They did have a choice. Non-radio meters but would cost $25-30 a month to extra to read. So while not a good choice a choice all the same.

  • Louisa3

    There are studies that show they are unhealthy, and you don't need 100 years of it for a negative health affect. Small children are primarily more likely to have problems. Why on earth is someone an idiot for wanting to protect their children just because this solution is easier for someone else?

    • Gompers

      Louisa, you are exposed to FAR more RF radiation walking into a Starbucks or McDonalds – or into a home with wifi – than you are if you stood a couple of feet away from a smart meter. And remember, that wifi broadcasts continually, as do all the wireless devices communicating through it. On the other hand, a smart meter "talks" in very short bursts for a total of less than 2 minutes per day.

      Even if you don't use a cell phone, you are exposed to more radiation being near someone else who is. And don't forget that your body is continually bathed in RF from TV and radio stations and cell towers.

  • Mom too

    These women who object to the new smart meters are the same ones who are constantly on their wireless phones intercepting similiar signals that the smart meters use . . . duh . . . you are willing to wait 100 yrs to find out brain tumors come from cell phones . . . .

  • Fact

    Residents concerns surrounding the smart meter cannot be summarized within the confines of this forum, nor can they as easily be dismissed.

  • Louisa3

    These are very significantly elevated RF exposures in comparison to typical individual exposures in daily life.

    This is the statement that comes up in more than one actual scientific study. It's still a free country and filing a Federal lawsuit is probably the best way to go and historically has always been the route to stop ease, greed, laziness, negligence, etc., from harming innocents.

  • AD Fox

    If you've seen the actual video, these women did NOT put up a physical resistance to the police and were in FACT arrested for filming the police who were acting in a manner that most people consider unsavory. These women committed NO crime whatsoever and it's a shame that the Naperville Police cannot find one ounce of decency or respect for people in the public domain or on private property.

  • Kino

    The City of Naperville has NO RIGHT to force anyone to install one of these. And the Naperville Police, who are sworn to uphold the law, are going well BEYOND THE LAW to enforce the City Counci's agenda. If someone refuses having one of these installed, the City can do what civilized people do when they disagree – argue their case in a court of law about the penalty fee. But to arrest people exercising a choice about their own home? That is uncalled for and downright fascist.

    To those people who say it is safe – that is not your decision, or the City's, to make for someone. People seem to compare this to wifi or cellphoness, which are known to carry some risk. But these meters are much, much higher powered. And, in some neighborhoods there can be literally 100 of them within 500 feet of your home. If you are not concerned about the health issues, you should at least be concerned about the security issues. The first time a hacker gets into the system, there will be blackouts and frozen pipes all over Naperville. Visa and MasterCard have security breaches all the time – do you think Naperville will somehow be doing a better job at safeguarding the system?