Radio frequency emissions from wireless electric and gas meters do not create significant health hazards, according to a state study commissioned by lawmakers from Marin and Santa Cruz. Citizens in these areas have protested Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s installation of \u201csmart\u201d meters because of health and safety, as well as privacy concerns, with Marin County and some cities attempting to halt continued installations (Current, Jan. 7, 2011). \u201cWireless smart meters, when installed and properly maintained, result in much smaller levels of radio frequency (RF) exposure than many existing common household electronic devices, particularly cell phones and microwave ovens,\u201d states the California Council on Science and Technology report, Health Impacts from Radio Frequency from Smart Meters, released Jan. 11. Commissioned by Assemblymembers Jared Huffman (D-Marin) and Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz), it adds that as consumers\u2019 use of wireless devices rises, the thermal and non thermal impacts should be quantitatively assessed. The report is \u201creassuring regarding the remote potential for thermal effects,\u201d stated Huffman, adding that the study also notes research should be ongoing until it is scientifically established whether there are non-thermal effects of prolonged exposure from wireless meters and other devices. He added that the state study backs his bill, AB 37, introduced last month, which insists consumers are given full and accurate information regarding emissions from smart meters and also allows customers to have wired meters installed instead of wireless ones. PG&E welcomed the report finding that the thermal affects from wireless meters \u201cposed no serious health risk,\u201d said Paul Moreno, utility spokesperson. PG&E, which has met numerous times with concerned citizens, also said the California Public Utilities Commission decides whether installations should continue or halt. In the meantime, installations continue. Earlier this month, another study warned that improper installation of wireless meters can \u201cproduce excessively elevated RF exposures.\u201d The study by Sage Associates, environmental consultants in Santa Barbara, pointed out that consumers\u2019 radio frequency exposure is increased by cell phones, wireless routers, iPhones, and other digital devices. It urged \u201ccaution,\u201d particularly for those with compromised health. In early December, state regulators ducked the problem of potential health impacts of swapping out wired with wireless electric and gas meters. Commission President Mike Peevey said it was a matter within the Federal Communication Commission\u2019s authority. The FCC authorizes, regulates, and tests devices that transmit radio frequencies but its authority does not include the health and safety matters, according to the federal agency. It also concluded that transmitters of far higher levels of EMF, such as cell towers, emit electromagnetic frequencies at a level not considered harmful.