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West coast plans cause public health worries
1 April 2001
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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