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Executive Director, IBE

Indiana regulators reject Duke Energy’s $1.9B plan to install ‘smart’ meters

Take Back Your Power reports that Indiana “State regulators have rejected a proposal from Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said in a ruling on May 8th that the company didn’t provide enough details for its … Continue reading

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Dangerous gas continues to leak from Lumber Liquidators flooring

You may remember our post from March 8th about formaldehyde off-gassing from Lumber Liquidators flooring. The company offered to send out free air sampling kits to concerned customers, but there was some controversy as to whether the kits gave accurate … Continue reading

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Department of Energy misses the boat in December 2014 report

Timothy Schoechle, PhD, Senior Research Fellow with the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy has released a review of a report prepared by GridWise Alliance and U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), Office of Electricity. The report, titled “The … Continue reading

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International Scientists Call for Strengthened Wireless Standards

A group of 190 international scientists have appealed to the United Nations and the WHO to strengthen their stances on the risks of wireless technology.Some of the names involved will be familiar to building biologists, including Martin Blank, PhD, of … Continue reading

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Round-up!

The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article entitled Homeowners Breathe Easier as Contractors Embrace Livable Remodeling. One relevant and heartening paragraph reads: Homeowners’ awareness of indoor air quality (IAQ) has heightened in recent years, especially when someone in their home … Continue reading

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Berkeley considers cell phone “Right to Know” legislation

On May 12, Berkeley City Council will consider a “right to know” ordinance regarding safe distances and cell phones. The idea is to require retailers to hand consumers a city prepared document advising them to never carry the phone in … Continue reading

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Mainstream TV Show Features Character with EHS

Great news, right? Not so fast … The Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul features a recurring character with electrohypersensitivity (EHS). This is the first time a character in a mainstream television show has suffered from this illness, which offers … Continue reading

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Smart meters explode, homes go dark

          You may have missed this bit of news. On Monday, March 30th, hundreds of “smart meters” exploded in Stockton, California when an automobile hit a utility pole. Of particular note is that when a smart … Continue reading

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The Wireless Empire Strikes Back

Fallout from The New York Times‘ heavy-handed response to one of their own writer’s gentle questioning of the safety of wearable wireless tech continues. In a blog post at emfanalysis.com, safe technology advocate Jeromy Johnson recounts the controversy, and points out potential … Continue reading

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Well, at least they got the headline right!!

A few days ago, The New York Times, prompted by the announcement of the Apple Watch, published an article entitled “Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?” Read it here. Despite it’s headline, however, it trod an overly cautious … Continue reading

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