Judge blocks JCP&L high-voltage line, rebukes utility on project plan

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – An administrative law judge yesterday rejected a $111 million, 10-mile, high-voltage line by Jersey Central Power & Light in Monmouth County, handing residents a rare victory in what is usually a losing battle: opposing transmission projects.

In stinging language, the judge, Gail Cookson, rebuked the utility for failing to demonstrate the project is needed, for not adequately reviewing other routes, and for ignoring alternatives to building a new transmission line …

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