Senator suggests lab study changes to allow line

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 23, 2013 at 9:21 am •  Published: September 23, 2013

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is suggesting that the Defense Department use a research lab to find ways to allow construction of a proposed new electricity transmission that would cross much of southern New Mexico.

The Pentagon contends that construction of the SunZia transmission line could interfere with training missiles at White Sands Missile Range.

According to the Deming Headlight ( ), Heinrich says a lab could examine possible changes to test protocols.

The New Mexico Democrat says that could help the range adapt to the transmission line and allow it to proceed.

The company behind SunZia says it would have to kill the project if its preferred route is rejected by the Bureau of Land Management.

The line would extend from Lincoln County in New Mexico to Pinal County in Arizona.

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