State agency says permits violated on VELCO project

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A state agency says the company building a big new power line to serve northwestern Vermont has violated its state permit.

A letter from the Agency of Natural Resources says the violations included damage to wetlands and Native American archaeological sites.

The letter was written to the Public Service Board regarding the Vermont Electric Power Company’s “Northwest Reliability Project.”

The June 16th letter says VELCO agreed to investigate and fix the violations, but contends that the company’s investigation report contains several discrepancies and doesn’t lay out an adequate plan for correction.

A VELCO spokesman says the company’s working hard to comply with state requirements and says the letter was one-sided.

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