In the summer of 2019, the Army Corps restarted the permitting review process, but progress on the EIS has been slow. Based on the inadequate information provided to the public about project alternatives and impacts at the scoping meeting, the National Trust determined that an updated independent engineering report on alternatives would be necessary. The National Trust presented the updated report to the Army Corps last fall.
The report found that since the transmission line was originally proposed in 2012, the electrical transmission system and the sources of electricity generation in Virginia have changed dramatically. Electrical demand in the region has declined sharply. Taking these changes into account, the engineering experts determined that operating the transmission line across the James River is not necessary to maintain electric reliability.
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