Transmission line spurs concern

ESCANABA – Several property owners near the route of a proposed transmission line and multi-use trail that would run through Delta County are speaking up to have their concerns about the project heard.

American Transmission Co. – which owns, operates, and maintains high-voltage electric transmission lines serving parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota – has proposed to install a single 138-kilovolt line from the Holmes Substation in Menominee County to the Old Mead Road Substation in Escanaba as part of ATC’s Bay Lake Project. The line is aimed to improve electric reliability in the area.

The proposed route for the project uses approximately 22 miles of an abandoned railroad corridor between Hermansville and Escanaba, which has been acquired by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, according to Brett French, regional manager of external relations for ATC. French addressed progress on the project at a Delta County Board of Commissioners meeting in July.

An alternative route identified would coincide with the U.S. 2 corridor.

However, not all local residents living next to the proposed route’s location along the railroad corridor are in favor of the plan, mostly due to health concerns from exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs).

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