SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Eight separate legal challenges to the planned route of a new high-voltage Ameren transmission line have been consolidated into one lawsuit.
The State Journal-Register reports that a state appeals court combined the challenges. They claim the power line would hurt property values, interfere with farming and create environmental hazards.
Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois plans to build a 400-mile-long, 345,000-volt line from Quincy to the Indiana border near Terre Haute. The company says the $1 billion project would help meet long-term power demand.
The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the route, but opponents say another route that follows an existing power line corridor would be shorter and less expensive.
ICC spokeswoman Beth Bosch says the court could either uphold the decision or send the case back for further consideration.