West coast plans cause public health worries

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Residents of Straumsbukta in northern Norway have weighed into the controversy surrounding the country's biggest wind project to date, citing public health worries. In February, the government gave the go-ahead for 200 MW at Kvitfjell on Kvaløya in the Arctic province of Troms. Parents of small children in particular are now objecting to a separate concession granted to Troms Kraft Nett AS for a 27 kilometre, 132 kV overhead power cable from Kvitfjell to Håkøybotn. The cable will follow the path of an existing 22 kV line through Straumsbukta. Nordlys newspaper reports that residents have filed a formal objection with the energy ministry, citing a UK study of leukaemia rates among children living near overhead high-tension cables.

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