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Community gives input on proposed 100-mile power line

DODGEVILLE, Wis. - Wisconsin's Public Service Commission held two public input hearings in Dodgeville on Thursday to discuss a proposed new power line that would cross Dane, Grant and Iowa counties. 

The PSC, Wisconsin's independent utilities regulating body, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection took part in what they call "scoping" sessions, taking public input to measure the scope of the environmental and community impact that the proposed over 100-mile Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line could have.

The route of the 345-kilovolt, high-capacity transmission power line is still in planning, and community input from sessions like this one will shape the PSC's Environmental Impact Statement that will ultimately contribute to the approval process of the power line.

According to some community members, they are concerned about the impact that the power line could have on the unique landscape of Wisconsin's Driftless Area.

"We have special environmental concerns here. We have special species of both flora and fauna that may or may not be affected depending on the route that comes out," said Chuck Tennessen, of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. "It's just an affront to this special area."

Additional scoping meetings are planned in Madison on Nov. 12 and Lancaster on Nov. 14.

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