Pa. ruling puts transmission line through Virginia in question

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A recommendation by two administrative law judges in Pennsylvania has put the future of a 240-mile transmission line in question. The judges said Thursday that Allegheny Power’s line should not be allowed to run through Pennsylvania.  In Virginia, a State Corporation Commission examiner recommended approval of the line’s 93 miles in the commonwealth — which would run through northwest Virginia. But his recommendation was contingent on approval by both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (The Winchester Star)

NextGen Aeronautics has become the first tenant of a new building at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. The California-based company builds remotely and self-piloted airplanes. (Danville Register & Bee)

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Owens & Minor Inc., a distributor of medical and surgical supplies headquartered in Richmond, plans to buy The Burrows Co., a Chicago-based medical-products distributor. The deal will give Owens & Minor a greater presence in the Midwest. Burrows has nine distribution centers serving 950 customers, including a number of hospitals. Owens & Minor will pay $30.2 million for Burrows and assume $50 million to $60 million in debt. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Dominion Virginia Power said it would cover the estimated $4 million to $6 million it will take to extend city water to Chesapeake residents whose groundwater has been affected by a golf course developed with fly ash from the company. About 200 potable wells lie within a half mile of the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville which was built using 1.5 million pounds of fly ash from Dominion’s coal-fired power plant in Deep Creek. Fly ash contains heavy metals that can pose environmental threats to air and water. Testing found evidence of substances such as lead, barium, selenium, manganese and zinc in groundwater. The levels are not dangerous presently but city officials are moving now to avoid the chance of health issues down the road. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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