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New plan puts power lines away from bald eagle habitat

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It looks like some good news could be on the way for a man part of an I-Team investigation. 

Last year, Don Miller's family reached out the I-team worried about power lines injuring and possibly killing bald eagles on his property.  So the I-team started asking questions and it now looks like Miller may keep the lines off his property after all.

Toledo Edison, through its parent company First Energy, has now submitted its plan to the state of how to get those lines from Fremont to Castalia.   

To make sure these eagles continue soaring over the Sandusky River and Peninsular Farms, Miller stood up to First Energy and fight the plan to put power lines across the river.  The eagles may have hit the lines as they searched for food over the river and possibly have been killed.  So the I-Team asked how these lines could go through the habitat and historical site, home to Ohio's first white settlers?  Turns out they might not be.

In the latest map submitted by First Energy to the Ohio Power Siting Board, the group that will make the final decision, the preferred route runs along the Ohio Turnpike, not through Peninsular Farms.  The alternative route does go through the farm, but much further south than the original plan.  The plan will be reviewed by the OPSB staff for about 3 months.  A local public meeting will then be held, then a hearing in Columbus and then a final decision is expected by the end of the year.

The I-Team spoke with Miller about this latest development.  He's cautiously optimistic, but says he's watching the process closely.

New map submitted by First Energy/Toledo Edison

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