SCC to Hold Local Hearing on Rt. 50 Power Line Plans

The State Corporation Commission has scheduled a Loudoun County hearing on Dominion Virginia Power’s controversial plans for new power lines along Rt. 50.

The hearing will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, at Freedom High School, 25450 Riding Center Drive in South Riding. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors and area residents have opposed the transmission line project since it was introduced last year, at least in part to serve a data center planned along Poland Road. Dominion initially proposed three possible routes for the new high-capacity lines, all of which the board opposed in a resolution adopted last July. The county says Dominion has not taken into account planned and existing projects along Rt. 50, including impacts on residences, interference with StoneSprings Hospital, and higher costs to continue to develop along Rt. 50 underneath the power lines.

The No Towers on 50 Coalition, a citizen action group, argues that the project will have substantial long term negative impacts to both homes and businesses.

The county has worked with the SCC, Dominion, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to develop alternative routes, two of which the SCC will consider at the hearing at Freedom High School.

The General Assembly this year passed a bill that requires the SCC to hold a public hearing in the area that would be affected by the construction of high voltage transmission lines upon the request of the local governing body. The bill was introduced by Del. J. Randall Minchew (R-10), Del. John J. Bell (D-87) and Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13) and signed on to by several other area representatives

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