Written by a northern Michigan resident to the
National Institute on Disability, Independent
Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
December 6th, 2016 – It’s been one year and now going into a second Northern Michigan winter that my disabled friend and her husband’s power has been cut off, not for late or non payment, but simply for refusing a digital utility meter installed on their home. Four doctors have stated that her serious medical decline was the result of the digital electronic meter on their home. She has documented tests before and after the digital meter was installed to prove it! She was an EMT for 16 years and helped countless numbers of people. Now, SHE needs help.
I travel 25 miles twice a week to bring her frozen containers of ice for her cooler so she can keep medication and food cold. This is not the America I grew up in. At times, she is in so much distress over her situation, she has even considered ending her life! Even the United Nations states that no citizen should have to endure needless suffering. We have contacted our state Representatives, Americans with Disabilities, Health and Human services and other agencies. No one can seem to help her get her power restored with a doctor prescribed analog mechanical utility meter. She pays her bills on time and has never had a dispute with the utility over non payment. I feel she is being discriminated against. People who have their power shut off and pay their overdue bill get their power turned back on. Just because she refused a digital meter, her power remains off. The power company refuses to even look at the letters from her doctors.
This is creating a financial burden on her and her husband. They have had to take out a loan to purchase a generator, a wall furnace, and marine batteries which her husband charges to provide some light and power to run her medical devices within the house. We are asking Health and Human Services to advocate in her behalf to get the Michigan Regulatory Commission to issue a waiver for medical shut offs, order power restored via an analog mechanical meter for ALL those currently without power, and to discontinue any further shut offs till this is sorted out. One of our Senators added an amendment to a current energy bill to address this situation, but it was stripped out. Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard trained expert in environmental science gave sworn testimony to the Michigan Public Service Commission, stating that the highly spiked electromagnetic radiation from digital meters is a proven cause of serious illnesses. Please help the citizens of this country who are suffering because of digital electronic utility meters. Thank you.
5323 S Straits Hwy. Apt 20
Indian River, Michigan, 49749
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