EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Twenty East Hampton residents and a business group have sued the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island over a new power line.
The suit says the 6-mile overhead transmission line has lowered property value by about $300 million and threatened aquifers with a chemical used to treat poles.
Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1kbBMhp) says the suit seeks $50 million in damages and for emotional distress. The residents and the Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy also seek an injunction requiring the utilities to remove the poles and bury the transmission lines.
PSEG declined to comment on the suit. But the company says it was confident its approach to the project was proper. It says the chemical used to treat the poles is standard "industry practice."