Why Does the Public Resist High-Voltage Power Lines—

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 1, Pg. 88-89

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Why, in some instances, has the public reacted so strongly to the erection of high-voltage electric transmission lines (765,000 kV and up) across portions of the United States? Is there any justification that proximity to such lines causes physical harm? Several opinions are given, both pro and con, on the subject. And there is a suggestion that proper planning of such projects would eliminate the attendant fear of what cannot be seen; that is, the putative deleterious effect of such transmission lines.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Electric transmission lines | Public participation | Social factors |

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