Scarborough worries about health, privacy with smart meters

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 10:44 a.m.

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.