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People in Madison should quickly demand that the Public Service Commission further investigate the downside of fast meters to measure our water consumption before they're accepted and installed. (Orchard Ridge may get them in early 2013.)

The smart meter system collects electric, gas and water usage from homes and transmits the data via pulsed microwave to a wireless network — hence no meter readers.

A number of citizens around the country, including legislators, scientists and medical experts, have complained that the system depends on weak ionizing radiation entering the home all the time — radiation that many claim can cause certain diseases as well as mental conditions and disproportionately affect children and other susceptible categories.

It sounds pretty spooky to me, even though it might lower a home's water bill. I would at least want the opportunity to opt out. We should also let the PSC and Madison legislators know we are concerned!

— Jacqueline Kelley, Madison

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