Time to debate powerlines again

Pocono Record
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New Jersey


In early December, Saw Creek resident Al Spinelli got a letter with a Pennsylvania Power and Light letterhead informing residents that plans are moving forward for proposed changes to the Susquehanna to Roseland power lines.

"We continue to have the line built and in service by spring of 2015," Spinelli read from the letter. Spinelli is a local activist who has led the fight against raising the existing power line towers to 195 feet and increasing the feed to 500 kilovolts, an increase that some critics of the idea say leads to cancer risks from electromagnetic waves.

That debate continues in a second round of public hearings on three successive days, the first on Jan. 24 at Fernwood Resort in Lehman Township, followed by one in Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg on Jan. 25 and one in Farmstead Golf and Country Club in Lafayette, N.J,. on the third day. There is an open house informational session from 2 to 4 p.m. at each hearing site each day, followed by the hearings from 6 to 9 p.m.

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