Montreal Gazette - Hydro-Québec's $1-billion battle


Provincial utility is preparing to defend itself in front of the Régie de l'énergie against critics who say its proposed smart meters are a health hazard and won't deliver on promised savings.

Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University's office for science and society and a regular contributor to The Gazette, said he does not have health concerns about smart meters.

"I'm not going to contend that there is no possible (longterm) risk because no proper scientist would do that. All you can say is that it certainly looks now - taking everything into account - that this is a tempest in a teapot," Schwarcz said.