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Anti-Smart Meter drive picks up pace

A movement to halt the installation of the controversial BC Hydro Smart Meters was set to gather pace Tuesday night at Richmond City Hall.

A movement to halt the installation of the controversial BC Hydro Smart Meters was set to gather pace Tuesday night at Richmond City Hall.

A delegation of concerned residents was due to descend on city hall to put their health fears over the new smart meters to city council.

They were being led by resident Michelle Kwong, who was expected to request city council vote for a moratorium to halt the rollout of wireless smart meters under the Public Health Act.

The move to lobby city hall comes just two weeks after a moratorium was passed at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention by the

province's cities, requesting the B.C. government consider postponing the meter rollouts.

Earlier this year, Richmond homes were the first to have the new meters installed.

Now Kwong would like city council to follow up on the UBCM vote by introducing a delay until more research is carried out into the effects of the wireless devices.

Meanwhile, an initiative is being launched under the BC Recall and Initiative Act to stop the mandatory installation of smart meters in British Columbia.

The executive of Stop Smart Meters has gathered a board of consultants and advisors and this month will begin a pre-registration program for British Columbians opposed to the ongoing installation of smart meters.

The campaign to stop the installation believes not enough research has gone into the possible harmful effects of radiation from the meter's wireless waves on people.

And city councils across the province have been deluged with emails from people concerned about the possible health impacts.

Premier Christy Clark has said she doesn't share the health concerns, adding that the smart meter installations will continue, despite the UBCM resolution.

Hydro crews have already installed 100,000 smart meters across B.C., scheduled to rise to 250,000 later this fall.

acampbell@richmond-news.com