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Power line near Va. historic sites needs US OK

Sunday - 12/1/2013, 12:43pm  ET

AP National Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Giant sturgeon that swim up the James River to spawn could play a role in whether a high-voltage power line will be built over the river near Jamestown.

The transmission line's effect on the ancient fish that once abounded there is one factor that will be considered before the federal government signs off on the proposed project.

The State Corporation Commission last week approved the 8-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line proposed by Dominion Virginia Power. More than half of the line would span the river.

The state, however, does not have the final say. The Army Corps of Engineers must complete a review before Dominion receives a permit.

Preservationists fear the line would mar the vista of historic attractions, including Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. They're collectively known as the Historic Triangle.

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