The fight against smart meters continues

KTVL/Stephanie Montano

Many from across the Rogue Valley gathered in front of the Jackson County Court House to protest the installation of smart meters before attending the public meeting with the Jackson County commissioners.

The group, "Freedom To Say No To Smart Meters," stood outside with signs, each expressing different concerns.

The goal is to present the commissioners with a letter asking them to send it to the Oregon Public Utility Commission on behalf of the residents of Jackson County.

James Kalfas has lived in the valley for 44 years and says he's concerned about radiation coming from the new power meters provided by Pacific Power.

" Seems like there's a good system already in place with analog meters. Why would we change to something risky?" said Kalfas. "Risky for children, child-bearing women, and things like that. It's an untested thing and unnecessary."

"All the industry leaders tell us that this is safe," said Eli Dumitru,Chair of Freedom To Say No To Smart Meters. "Yeah, well you know the industry leaders of the tobacco industry will tell you the that smoking tobacco is safe, too."

The public's signatures were also collected to add to the letter to the commissioners.

Pacific Power has organized two workshops for Rogue Valley residents, to share information and answer questions directly.

Jackson County Workshop: Saturday, September 8, 11 am to 1 pm at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Mace Watchable Wildlife Memorial Center, 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point.

Josephine County Workshop: Saturday, September 22, 11 am to 1 pm at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts Building, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass.

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