The environmental assessment for the plan for a new power line through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has been completed. Dominion Virginia Power wants to upgrade corroding lines and since the proposed power line would go through national park land, the assessment is required under law.
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The assessment examines two possibilities: doing nothing and rebuilding the line. All construction would go on within a 275-ft. right-of-way through National Park Service (NPS) property.
NPS and Dominion have worked out a deal to minimize impact to the environment and visitor experience during construction.
NPS is taking public comments on the plan through August 29. View it at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=38219.
The line would go out temporarily and Dominion, also known as Virginia Electric & Power Company, plans to have the new line operating by June 2015.
The new towers would be taller than the existing ones.