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SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) — Charges against a northern Michigan woman who says health concerns prompted her to remove high-tech electricity meters from her home have been dismissed.

Sixty-three-year-old Heatherlee Yorty of Suttons Bay says her health improved after she paid an electrician to put traditional meters back on her house. She had faced misdemeanor charges because some electricity usage wasn’t recorded.

Leelanau County Assistant Prosecutor Tristan Chamberlain tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that Cherryland Electric Cooperative put meters back on the home and agreed not to pursue legal action against Yorty as long as she agreed not to bother with them.

The so-called smart meters allow utilities to track electricity consumption without sending someone to each home. Cherryland says it has no scientific data to support the claim that meters cause health problems.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle,