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Citizens upset about planned power line

Citizens upset about planned power line



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Tom Callan reportingRocky Mountain Power plans to build a transmission line from Idaho to Ogden. People along the route are pretty upset. Many of them packed a hearing at the state Capitol yesterday.

One man from Box Elder County says his opposition to the Rocky Mountain transmission line is personal.

"I have two little kids. Rocky Mountain Power has absolutely no concern for that. It's all about dollar bills," said Steve Coxey.

He fears the line will run as close as 600 feet through his backyard.

"Leukemia. Brain tumors. This is a health issue," he said.

But Rocky Mountain's Dave Eskelsen says there is "no reliable evidence" of a health risk.

"We'd like to be able to start actual work [on the project] this fall," he said.

He says Rocky Mountain hopes the line is up and running in 2010.

E-mail: tcallan@ksl.com

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