OPSB sets public hearing on substation expansion in Columbiana County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 18, 2012) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing in Minerva, Ohio to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about American Transmission Systems, Inc.’s (ATSI) proposal to construct the Knox Transmission Substation project in Columbiana County.

The local public hearing is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:00 pm
West Township Administrative Building
8610 Knox School Road
Minerva, Ohio 44657

A subsidiary of FirstEnergy, ATSI proposes to convert the existing Knox Distribution Substation to a transmission substation.  The scope of this project includes expanding the existing fence line of the facility and constructing a storm water retention basin.  The total overall impacted area of the project is 1.12 acres.  ATSI proposes this expansion to reinforce the 138 kilovolt transmission system in the Canton area.

The adjudicatory hearing in this case will begin on Nov. 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-D, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.

Additional information regarding this project, the Knox Transmission Substation (case 12-0864-EL-BSB), is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The OPSB  reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio's elected officials, citizen stakeholders and the energy industry, the OPSB strives to build a strong and competitive future for Ohio future.

For additional information, contact: Matt Butler | (614) 644-7670