Defense Department reiterates opposition to power lines

Posted at: 08/11/2013 2:55 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Defense Department reiterates opposition to
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Defense has reiterated its opposition to a plan to build a $1.2 billion electric transmission system in New Mexico.
    
The defense agency had warned earlier this year that a 45-mile stretch of the proposed 500-mile transmission system could disrupt military operations in White Sands Missile Range's northern extension area.
    
The Bureau of Land Management is to decide in September whether to approve the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project's application for right of way on federal lands and other amendments for property use.
    
The Albuquerque Journal reports that as decision day approaches, the Army is again warning that the project could endanger national security because transmission lines could interfere with missile tests and low-flying military aircraft.
    
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