Groups file challenge to Duluth-to-Wausau power line
Published Nov 30 2001
MADISON, WIS. -- Three groups filed challenges Thursday
against a high-voltage power line planned to run from
Duluth through northwestern Wisconsin.
Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL), the Citizens' Utility Board
(CUB) and Wisconsin's Environmental Decade sued state
regulators in Marathon County Circuit Court in Wausau
on separate issues in an effort to stop the line.
SOUL's suit claims that the line is not needed; CUB claims
that there are better alternatives, and Environmental
Decade claims that the damage to the environment the power
line would cause is unacceptable.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) issued
a formal order last month that allowed the utilities behind
the line to begin applying for state and federal construction
Wisconsin Public Service Corp. of Green Bay and MinnesotaPower
of Duluth proposed the $175 million, 210-mile transmission
line, which would run from Duluth to Wausau. The 345-kilovolt
line would carry enough electricity to power about 400,000
SOUL's challenge raises 16 issues, claiming that the
PSC failed to address the environmental impact of the
project properly and contends that its benefits do not
justify the cost.
CUB's challenge says the PSC failed to consider less
destructive and less expensive alternatives before approving
the line and asks the court to overturn its decision.
-- Associated Press