Bethel-Norwalk line plan powered up

(07/14/03) NEW BRITAIN - After two years of hearing protests and controversy, a decision has been reached on the Norwalk to Bethel power line project. The Connecticut Siting Council tentatively approved a Northeast Utilities plan to run the high-voltage transmission lines.

Monday's draft decision approved a compromise plan on the controversial 345-kilovolt lines. The council voted 6 to 2 in favor of a plan that would bury half of the power lines underground and build the other half above ground.

The lines will also run through the towns of Redding, Weston and Wilton.

A date for the siting council's final ruling has not been released.

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