CITIZENS GROUP FORMALLY CHALLENGES DECISION ON CAPX2020 POWERLINE NEED AND ENCOURAGES MN & WI RESIDENTS TO ATTEND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT SCOPING MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Citizens Energy Task Force (CETF) has officially challenged The Certificate of Need (CON) decision for the CapX2020 project: On June 12, 2009, Citizens Energy Task Force (www.cetf.us) submitted an official petition* to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), requesting reconsideration of their approval of the La Crosse Line based upon a number of legal errors, including violation of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, Certificate of need law and rules pertaining to power line prohibition areas. Additionally, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has written a letter to CapX, stating that it would not allow for expansion of the existing rights of way across the Mississippi River located at Alma, WI, Winona, MN and La Crescent/La Crosse, WI.

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