Smart meter opponents fight Maine Public Utilities Commission conclusion that they're safe


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PORTLAND, Maine — Opponents of so-called "smart meters" are appealing a conclusion by Maine utilities regulators that the devices are safe.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced last year that scientific evidence it reviewed is inconclusive and it found no credible, peer-reviewed studies to show a direct health risk from smart meters.

Central Maine Power installed more than 600,000 of the devices that use wireless technology similar to cellphones.

Opponents say the radiofrequency radiation from the meters causes health problems. Ed Friedman, the lead plaintiff, said this week that CMP has not met its burden of proof to show that they're safe.

Smart meter opponents want all of the devices to be removed. Short of that, they're pressing for customers to be allowed to opt-out of the program at no cost.

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