Montville, New Jersey Petition to Bury Power Line

Montville, New Jersey residents continue their battle against the proposed overhead 500kV Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line.

A petition is being circulated for the Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) to redesign their plans to bury a 4-mile stretch of the line through Montville (Montville Patch 1). Residents, including Allison Para who is circulating the petition, are concerned about the health impacts on residents, especially children in Lazar Middle School located right next to the proposed overhead line (Montville Patch 2). (There are hundreds of studies that report increased cancer risks associated with living or attending school near overhead high voltage lines.)

Para said, “We’re standing under an electromagnetic field, which radiates from these utility towers. These towers are dinosaurs. The fact that they are going to be doubling the voltage – they need to take away the towers and dig and bury the lines underneath, where they can.” To date, PSE&G has provided little or no information to the residents on the negative health effects of overhead high voltage power lines or the benefits of burying them.

Residents are also worried about documented decreased property values next to overhead lines, the negative visual impact of ugly towers and lines, and the negative environmental impact on recreation and natural areas including a national park.

RETA supports Allison Para and other concerned Montville residents in their push to get a section of the Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line buried.

~ by RETA on April 30, 2012.

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