Permit violations found in VELCO transmission line project

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Officials say the Vermont Electric Power Company is violating the permits that allow it to build a major transmission line through northwestern Vermont. The violations are not considered serious enough to damage the sites, but the Public Service Board has ordered the company to find ways to prevent similar problems in the future.

VELCO is building a $200 million transmission line between West Rutland and South Burlington. The project is needed to ensure there is enough electric power in northwestern Vermont.

Workers dumped fill on potential archaeological sites and in wetland in New Haven. VELCO recognized the mistakes and voluntarily informed the Public Service Board.

The broadcast version of this story mistakenly referred to VELCO as the Vermont Electric Cooperative.

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