Hour One: New Herbicide Suspected In Tree Deaths
"A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country.
"Manufactured by DuPont and conditionally approved for sale last October by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Imprelis is used for killing broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover and is sold to lawn care professionals only. Reports of dying trees started surfacing around Memorial Day, prompting an inquiry by DuPont scientists." NYTimes, July 14, 2011
Hour Two: Smart Meters and Power Grid Testing
From Agriculture Defense Coalition:
CALIFORNIA PG&E SMART METER REBELLION
Pacific Gas & Electric Company has been installing SMART METERS in California for some time replacing existing analog meters. In California the dramatic increases in monthly charges for electricity has skyrocketed (in some cases), leading to lawsuits and protests against the installation of smart meters.
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Many PG&E customers have questioned the meters' accuracy and question remain about electricity theft and privacy issues. With many increases in monthly PG&E bills, and with PG&E granted a rate hike on January 1, 2011, by the Public Utilities Commission, the installation of the SMART Meters looks like an added windfall profits tax on electricity consumers by PG&E.
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But the accuracy of smart meters - in particular, the ones used by PG&E's - has been called into
question. Many angry homeowners have complained that their utility bills soared after the new meters
were installed. San Francisco's city attorney has asked the commission to halt PG&E's meter installations program until a questionable PUC investigation is final. Other communities are holding public hearings with regard to this issue and requesting moratoriums on further installations until lawsuits and investigations are completed.
San Anselmo and Fairfax, California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman wants an independent agency to study the health effects of Smart Meters, the electronic monitoring devices that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is installing statewide to measure the electricity output from each household and business.
Critics also argue that the health effects of the electro-magnetic frequencies and radio frequencies are unknown. Investigations into the long-term effects of such frequencies are still on-going. A number of additional concerns have been raised about PG&E's Smart Meters, citing privacy, security, accuracy, theft of electricity, and health problems. KGO Radio in San Francisco, Michael Finney, has been investigating the problems associated with SMART Meters and their investigation has rasied additional questions. ( It has been reported that AM Radio signals may also be effected by the installation of SMART Meters.)
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