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Hearing for proposed Iowa transmission line sees low turnout

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — A proposed $500 million high-voltage power line stretching over 125 miles in Iowa and Wisconsin drew few people to a recent public hearing in Peosta, Iowa.

The Telegraph Herald reports six people attended the first two hours of a three-hour open house hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. The agency is gathering opinions from the public and state and federal agencies as it begins assessing the project’s potential environmental impact.

The proposed 345-kilovolt Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line will stretch 125 miles, following existing low-voltage transmission lines, county roadways and state highways.

The three companies behind the project say the line will ease energy-delivery congestion, improve system reliability and improve access to renewable energy.

Opponents of the project say money would be better spent by shoring up the existing system.

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