Linky: it is not possible to refuse the smart meter, justice has ruled

Justice is struggling to agree on the refusal of the installation of a Linky meter. The Versailles Court of Appeal considers that the use of CPL technology, which creates an electromagnetic field in the inhabitants, is not a sufficient reason to oppose its deployment. Only people suffering from electrosensitivity may require the installation of anti-pollutant filters.

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Last February, we told you that it was possible to refuse the installation of a Linky meter. It seems that the Court of Appeal of Versailles has finally decided otherwise. After the judgment of the Bordeaux court which stipulates that “No legal or regulatory text, European or national, requires Enedis to install Linky meters in private homes”, however, it remains difficult to oppose the installation of the smart meter in his home.

All the cases of customers who have succeeded in bending EDF are based on the alleged harmfulness of the powerline technology, which allows remote connection to the meter. The latter can indeed be restrictive for electrosensitive people, which prompted the courts to order the meter to be withdrawn because of health problems. However, in a judgment of December 10, the Court of Appeal of Versailles considers that this feature is not not sufficient to prohibit its deployment.

The Linky meter complies with regulations

In the judgment in question, the magistrates explain that the PLC technology “Is not sufficient in itself to retain that the company Enedis would have violated the regulations by choosing this device since it offers the services defined by these texts and also respects all the standards in force in the territory”. They want as proof the reports of the ANFR (National Frequency Agency) which declares that the meter emits 20 times less waves than the limit values ​​provided for by the Law. Enedis also confirms that “The PLC technology chosen for the communication of Linky meters complies with all the legislative, regulatory and regulatory provisions governing the deployment of communicating meters”.

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It is therefore difficult, in these conditions, to maintain that the Linky meter is dangerous for your health and, de facto, to prohibit its installation. In the absence of “Clear evidence of a disorder” that occurs after installation, users will not be able to order its removal, or will encounter almost systematic refusal by the authorities. The only recourse then possible for people suffering from electrosensitivity: the request to add anti-pollution filters on the system, which reduce the amount of waves circulating in the area.

Source: Capital