Transmission line plans by Mill Creek Elementary anger parents

4 years 4 months 6 days ago Wednesday, September 16 2015 Sep 16, 2015 Wednesday, September 16, 2015 2:47:00 PM CDT September 16, 2015 in News
By: Ashley Holt, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - An email was sent among Mill Creek Elementary parents Wednesday, urging them to attend Columbia Water and Light's open forum concerning transmission lines by Mill Creek Elementary School. 

"I just found out about this in August, and I feel the city and CPS has passed the ball here," the email read. "I don't know about you, but I did not vote for this."

Since 2010 Columbia has been searching for places to put various power and transmission lines in order to meet federal regulations. The route along Nifong was approved by the city council, and would result in a 161 kilovolt transmission line across the street from Mill Creek's playground. Some of the parents of Mill Creek students said the health risks of having a transmission line that close to children are too great.

Connie Kacprowicz, Columbia Water and Light spokesperson, said there is no research to support significant health concerns.

"There is no conclusive evidence that they can draw between any health risks and transmission lines," Kacprowicz said. 

However, the parents aren't concerned with all of the different kinds of evidence. 

"They say there's nothing conclusive, but there may be a link between childhood leukemia and brain cancer. Those are things that parents don't want to hear," Munns said, "I don't care if there's 1 percent chance that something may happen. If it happens to that one person, then that is their life." 

Kacprowicz equated being around power and transmission lines to being around everyday electrical items. 

"From your cell phone, the iPad that you might have next you, your computer screen, microwave. Almost everything electrical is producing electro and magnetic fields," Kacprowicz said.

"Whether it's the kids playing at recess or it's the teachers that are supervising those kids for 3 hours a day they're on the playground. So I think that's a lot longer than anyone would stand next to their microwave," Munns said. 

Throughout the process of placing these lines parents have suggested putting them below ground. Kacprowicz said that this is actually more dangerous. It puts the lines closer to children than they would be up on a high pole. 

Mill Creek parents are planning to attend Columbia Water and Light's forum specifically about the power plans on September 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School. Kacprowicz said after that meeting it will take comments and concerns from the community for 15 days before solidifying a decision. 

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