School Fights Against Substation

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"If we had an outage in a key location on our electrical system or if we lost power to one of our distribution points during a peak loading condition, we would be unable to serve the Bowling Green community," BGMU's Miles McDaniel said.

So Bowling Green Municipal Utilities said its important that a new substation be placed in front of Anchored Christian School. A move which has the Glendale Baptist Church community steaming mad and voicing their concerns.

"The children's safety...the use of the property which would be a playground next to these significant electrical lines... and ultimately if we need a power station there at all," noted attorney for the congregation, David Broderick.

BGMU said the substation was originally slated to go behind Thornton's Furniture before studies showed moving it next to the school was a better location.

Several members of the congregation met last year with the BGMU officials, before the land for the substation was purchased, to discuss the station and again met with them this past April to give input.

"It was not the type of input we wanted. Really we felt like we got no consideration about our concerns" Broderick said.

McDaniels said he understands the schools concerns about electric magnetic fields casing harm to the children at the school but said they have nothing to worry about.

"What we're trying to do, we want to make sure that we educate them to learn about EMF's and that there shouldn't be an issue, shouldn't be a concern."

Broderick said the school just wants answers and its voice to be heard.

"Obviously they don't want these utility lines next to their school where children are playing and going to school."

Two of the BGMU board members weren't present at tonight's meeting but board member Alex Nottmeier promised to consult with the absent members and then get back with the Broderick and his clients.


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