The Vermont Electric Power Company has been ordered to pay $1 million to a Wells couple for a dispute over a transmission tower on their property.
Felix Kniazev and Olga Julinska built a home atop Northeast Mountain right next to a VELCO radio transmission tower. The family lived there happily until the power company began building a larger tower and more powerful transmitter three years ago. The Public Service Board awarded the couple $26,000 for the additional property needed for the new tower. But the couple wanted more, arguing that the microwaves from the tower have destroyed the value of the property.
The jury agreed, ordering VELCO to pay $1 million in compensation.
VELCO officials say they are considering whether to appeal.