Power company clashes with US history in Virginia

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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia power company's plan to build high-rise transmission towers within sight of Jamestown Island has stirred opposition from historic preservationists.

They say the towers rising high above the James River will be a visual blight from the swampy shore where America sprouted.

Dominion Virginia Power is awaiting permits from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct 17 towers across 4 miles of the James.

The transmission line would serve an estimated 80,000 homes. The utility argues, and state regulators agree, that the power line is needed to ensure the lights stay on.

But a who's who of historic preservation groups, some residents and local attractions have lined up in opposition. One said he couldn't think of a worse place to put a power line.

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