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Permit Holders Can Intervene in Wisconsin Power Line Dispute

Aug. 12, 2020, 2:52 PM

Two power companies and a power cooperative have independent interests in challenging a power transmission line in Wisconsin, so they should be allowed to intervene, the Seventh Circuit said in reversing a lower court.

Two environmental groups sued the Wisconsin Public Service Commission after it approved the $492 million, 100-mile power transmission line, saying two commissioners had conflicts of interest. The groups also challenged the authorization to use eminent domain to build the power line.

American Transmission Co. LLC, ITC Midwest LLC, and Dairyland Power Cooperative sought to intervene in the case. The U.S. District Court for the Western District ...