CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Northern Pass officials have redesigned the transmission towers planned for installation in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, reducing the height to 85 feet instead of 100 to 135 feet.
Northern Pass would bring hydropower from Canada into the New England power grid. Conservation groups have been fighting the project, trying to block the sale of land along its route. The newly designed towers would be built on forest land along existing power lines.
Tom Wagner, forest manager of the White Mountain National Forest, told the Concord Monitor that he has seen the new tower design but won't make any decision until after federal officials perform an impact study. As part of the project's permitting process, Wagner will decide whether it is in the public interest.
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