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Why isnt TVA using existing lines for new switching station?

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To the Editor:

“Does anyone really care?”

TVA has announced their intention to build a major transmission line with a 100-foot clear cutting swath from the Gallatin Fossil Plant to a new switching station in northern Sumner County. Though numerous transmission lines currently exist, virtually none are utilized for this proposed new line.

TVA has proposed three southern routes with existing transmission lines in the immediate area. Two routes invade Wilson County (crossing the lake twice). Again using existing lines through Cairo Bend apparently are not acceptable to TVA.At least 33 land parcels in Wilson County along with two developments including lakefront lots will be adversely affected. The future potential property tax value impact to Wilson County would be in excess of $205 million. This potential revenue would be lost, never to be recovered.

With today’s economy, why would TVA adversely affect Wilson County economically, aesthetically and environmentally?The costs will be borne by the ratepayers of electricity, the same who will pay for the cleanup of the coal ash spill in Harriman.

The need for additional electrical capacity in northern Sumner County is not questioned. Not using existing right-of-ways and affecting Wilson County property tax basis forever is questioned. This approach has to be much more cost effective.It’s past time for TVA to be more responsive to the legitimate concerns of the communities it was designed to serve -- TVA needs a major attitude adjustment.

The real question is, “does anyone really care?”

Richard KeyLebanon

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