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Iowa landowners still fighting against transmission line

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Some Eastern Iowa landowners continue to fight against a high power transmission line through the Midwest.

Late last month, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved a portion of the project through that state. 

The project is called the Rock Island Clean Line.

The line would originate in O'Brien County, go through 16 Iowa counties, and continue through to Grundy County, Illinois.

It's estimated to generate wind energy for about 1.5 million homes a year.

Kim and Ted Junker have been farming for more than 20 years.

The high voltage transmission line is proposed to go through 3 parcels of land that they farm. 

"You have a personal attachment to your land. You work hard to get it. You take care of it. You do what you can and then somebody comes along and says hey we're going to put these gigantic towers out in the middle of your field," said Ted Junker.

The Junkers are so against the transmission line, they decided to use their semis as billboards, place them next to Highway 20, and let people who drive by know how they feel. 

They state "Stop Rock Island Clean Line" and "Stop Eminent Domain Abuse". 

RICL officials say they are committed to having landowners voluntarily give up their land and there have been no requests for eminent domain.

The Junkers say it's important to stand up for private property rights.



"Nobody that's fighting this is against clean energy. What we're fighting is this company that trying to use rights granted to public utilities for their own private use," said Ted Junker.








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