Scarborough worries about health, privacy with smart meters

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 10:44 a.m.
Central Maine Power technician Gary Sturgis installs one of the first &quotsmart" meters Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at an apartment building in Portland, Maine. The meter will give customers detailed information so they can track and manage their energy use.  (AP Photo/Joel Page)
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Central Maine Power technician Gary Sturgis installs one of the first "smart" meters Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at an apartment building in Portland, Maine. The meter will give customers detailed information so they can track and manage their energy use. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
A new Central Maine Power &quotsmart meter" displays electricity usage at a business in Freeport, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Some customers are balking out of health concerns over wireless signals emitted from the meters. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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A new Central Maine Power "smart meter" displays electricity usage at a business in Freeport, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Some customers are balking out of health concerns over wireless signals emitted from the meters. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A southern Maine town is asking Central Maine Power Co. to delay installing its so-called “smart meters,” to give residents more time to learn about them.

The Scarborough Town Council’s resolution asks CMP to hold off for at least 90 days and to hold a public forum so residents can assess if the meters pose any risks.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Scarborough is the first Maine community to make such a request.

CMP recently launched a two-year project to replace 620,000 standard meters with new digital meters that transmit data through a series of antennas.

Critics say the meters pose potential health and privacy risks. CMP and Maine health officials say they’re safe.

CMP spokesman John Carroll says CMP is glad to meet with residents, but doesn’t think a delay is necessary.

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