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Judge being asked to block new regional powerline project

MADISON - A judge in Madison is being asked to stop a new electric transmission line from going up between La Crosse and Rochester, Minnesota.

The Citizens Energy Task Force of La Crosse and No Cap-X-2020 of Red Wing Minnesota have filed suit against the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's approval of the power line in May. The plaintiffs say the developers improperly justified the need for the line by using outdated forecasts for future electrical demands in the La Crosse area. The suit also said the commission did not protect a scenic by-way along the Mississippi River.

The line is part of a larger Midwest transmission project called Cap-X-2020, involving a dozen utilities and two-billion-dollars in costs.