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The Milvon to West River Railroad Transmission Line 115 kV Rebuild Project will be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to avoid and minimize impacts to environmental resources in the vicinity of the Project.

The Milvon to West River Railroad Transmission Line 115 kV Rebuild Project construction will also include the construction of temporary and permanent access roads and work pads as well as vegetation removal. The project design will minimize environmental and land use impacts by installing the rebuilt lines, as much as possible, within the CT DOT-owned railroad corridor.   In some locations, UI will have to acquire new permanent easements from the owners of properties that abut the CTDOT railroad corridor to meet transmission line clearance requirements.

To mitigate environmental, visual and community impacts associated with construction, UI will adhere to the conditions and approvals from federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Connecticut Siting Council, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office.

Additional measures to avoid or minimize environmental effects may be identified as part of the ongoing engineering design and constructability reviews and consultations with the municipalities and regulatory agencies. 

The following exhibits provide a sense of environmental, visual and community impacts that will be seen during and following the project.   Project mapping depicts environmentally sensitive areas (wetlands, plants, species), cultural/historic areas of interest, and community features in the project area.  Visual simulations depict existing and proposed project viewshed. State listed plants and species potentially present in the project area are summarized with Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be put into effect during the Project.  

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Additional Environmental Photos and Information

Swamp mats used as work pad with perimeter silt fence for purpose of foundation drilling
Swamp mat work pad, perimeter silt fence, foundation concrete curing
Swamp mat work pad and perimeter silt fence.
Work Pad spanning wetland with erosion and sediment controls

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