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Proposed high-voltage power lines raise fears in Minnesota town

There are 95 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 14, 2009, titled Proposed high-voltage power lines raise fears in Minnesota town. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Duane "Buzz" Ehlers, 74, of Hampton, worries about the health effects of a proposed 345-kilovolt transmission line that would run past his home on Minnesota 50 in Dakota County.

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Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#89 Apr 16, 2009
and the right winger says..."why cant we throw out old car batteries away in the ditch banks alongside the road, out ancestors did"..i really like this one.."Its cooler today then yesterday, global warming has to be a lie."
Scoobs

Seattle, WA

#90 Apr 16, 2009
My major concern with the project is that the two year old plans appear to revolve around exporting our coal power to other states. The idea of switching to 25% renewables by 2025 is to have cleaner air and water, not to let utilities shift our existing dirty power to more expensive energy markets while Minnesotans wind up with asthma, lung cancer, mercury in our fish, and other great environmental costs. These line plans currently converge in Wisconsin and a proposed stage II line links La Crosse to Madison.

Since: Jun 08

Apple Valley, MN

#91 Apr 16, 2009
Contrary wrote:
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Like you conservatives are so freakin' intelligent. Look what the hell your party has done to this country. I would shut up about someone else being stupid if I were you.
Thank you for proving my point.
CrunchyCon

Saint Paul, MN

#92 Apr 16, 2009
kecker wrote:
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You realize how high those lines are normally strung right?? In other words unless you're climbing the towers, you're outside of the "danger" zone.
Sorry, kecker, I should have clarified. The 80-foot statistic I cited is *not* 80 feet from the wires, it's actually standing on the ground 80 feet from the route centerline.

In other words, after this line would be built, that spot in the picture where the old guy with the pacemaker is leaning against his mailbox would have an electrical field greater than what is recommended for him to spend much time in.
Contrary

Sauk Centre, MN

#93 Apr 16, 2009
kecker wrote:
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Thank you for proving my point.
You don't have one, you are pointless.
SunShine

Minneapolis, MN

#94 Apr 16, 2009
CrunchyCon wrote:
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Sorry, kecker, I should have clarified. The 80-foot statistic I cited is *not* 80 feet from the wires, it's actually standing on the ground 80 feet from the route centerline.
In other words, after this line would be built, that spot in the picture where the old guy with the pacemaker is leaning against his mailbox would have an electrical field greater than what is recommended for him to spend much time in.
Holy Krap!

I hope the neighbor doesn't have a freaking microwave!!!!
Motley Larry

Mount Dora, FL

#95 Apr 17, 2009
Contrary wrote:
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Well Mr. knows-everthing, FYI I don't even remember the power line struggles of the 70's. I was too busy going to school to notice.
I do plenty to help society. I pay my taxes every year without whining about it. I also don't cry and whine because the wealthy have to pay taxes. So, don't even try to tell me about that I don't do my share to help society, that is the foundation that liberalism is based on, unlike another party that we know that is only in it for themselves.
How, exactly did you get on our two party system? I really don't care if you support communism, to be a part of society, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. These things can't always go in someone else's back yard. It's called for the common good of everybody. And by the way, I don't know everything,damn close though, if you ask my wife.

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#96 Apr 23, 2009
CrunchyCon wrote:
<quoted text>CapX2020 actually has a fact sheet on this, available here: www.capx2020.com/Images/emf_01.13.09.pdf
It does mention the following: "The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
(ACGIH) issued guidelines for EMF exposure for workers with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. Maximum safe exposure
for workers with these medical devices at 60 Hz (the
frequency of most transmission lines) is 1 G (1,000 mG) for magnetic fields and 1 kV/m for electric fields." A 1 kV/m electric field is experienced anytime one is within approx. 80 feet of a 345kV line. If I had a defibrillator and lived close enough to one of these lines that my mailbox was within 80 feet, I'd probably be a little nervous too...
Good info, especially being within 80 feet of the line. I saw your later post about the 80 feet. The distance from the ground to the lowest line exceeds 80 feet. So anyone standing directly below should be more than safe.

So the people with pacemakers and defibrillators should be safe.
ams

United States

#97 Apr 23, 2009
What happens if that power line is over your house and it falls on it, would it kill the people in the house? Powerlines Can kill if they do fall & other issues arrise.
Fred wrote:
This appears to be another case of NIMBYism. People want and need electrical power, but don't want to deal with the fact that the power has to get from Point A to Point B.
Suck it up, people. Powerlines won't hurt you, want shut down your pacemaker, and won't give you or your kids brain cancer.
Be honest, you don't want them because you just think they are ugly.
Agreed

Minneapolis, MN

#98 Mar 10, 2014
Steve -- You hit the nail right on the head!
Steve from Wyoming wrote:
Here we go again.... There's always one guy out there whining like a little puppy that he doesn't like or want something. Good thing the PP found him so we could hear another sob story. Well, here's a sobering thought for you Buzz (appropriately nicknamed for this article, by the way): By the time the power line gets off the drawing board you, at 74 and already ON A FREAKIN' PACEMAKER, will be long gone -- problem solved. It's people like him, the whiners and criers, that prevent progress. He'll turn on all his lights and run his microwave while his wife blow-dries her hair and gets the curling iron hot. Where do they think that ability comes from? ELECTRICITY, Buzz. Geez. It has to come from somewhere, it doesn't magically appear out of thin air when you flip a switch. It takes power lines to get to your house. All the greenies out there HAVE to have wind power, and that's fine, but how do they expect to get power from the wind mills to our houses? Again..., magic?! Come on, people. Here's another thought for you, Buzz: MOVE. No...no..., we have you figured out already. You whine that incessant whine you people do so the power company will offer you twice what your house it worth just to shut you up. Good plan Buzz, but that will cause everyone else along the proposed line to do the same which only passes along the cost to the rest of us. More people getting something for nothing. Only those who use no electricity have a right to complain; all others have no credibility.
frakin

Saint Paul, MN

#99 Mar 20, 2014
Cybear wrote:
The notion that high voltage wires might interfere with a pacemaker is simple IGNORANCE.
he is ignorant and a lying jerk to-boot!
witness

Saint Paul, MN

#100 Apr 21, 2014
Cybear wrote:
The notion that high voltage wires might interfere with a pacemaker is simple IGNORANCE.
The individual concerned -- namely Buzz is not only ignorant, he is a mean spirited gossiper, slanderer, liar and a coward.
contr

Isanti, MN

#101 Jul 17, 2014
Contrary wrote:
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With his nasty attitude, I hope it is right out his back door.
Buzz is a jerk
lieht

Isanti, MN

#102 Aug 27, 2014
Cybear wrote:
The notion that high voltage wires might interfere with a pacemaker is simple IGNORANCE.
he is ignorant -- pure and simple
Bop

Apo, AP

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