Officials wary of power lines near Grissom base

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PERU, Ind. (AP) — Local officials worry that a proposed electric transmission line could block future runway construction at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base and harm economic development in the area.

Miami County commissioners are asking project leaders to drop a route that would place the transmission lines and towers about two miles south of Grissom’s runway.

County economic development director Jim Tidd tells the Kokomo Tribune the towers wouldn’t disrupt current air traffic but would prohibit construction of a secondary runway needed to help attract more businesses.

Four routes have been proposed for the transmission line project between Greentown in Howard County to Reynolds in White County.

NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer says a route should be picked sometime in June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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