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Jan 2, 2018 11:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Town Joins Suit Seeking Removal Of Utility Poles

Jan 2, 2018 2:15 PM

East Hampton Town will join a lawsuit seeking to remove utility poles and power lines that were installed in 2013 between East Hampton Village and Amagansett, the Town Board unanimously decided at a meeting on December 21.

The suit was filed in 2014 by a group of East Hampton residents against the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island after the utility companies installed the 267 poles, which are treated with a chemical preservative known as penta, or pentachlorophenol. The plaintiffs say the poles pose a health and environmental hazard, with penta leaching into the soil, air and groundwater, in addition to presenting a blight on the landscape along the 6.2-mile route.

In addition, they allege, the high-tension wires emit “dangerous levels of electromagnetic energy.”

Noting that the town has also been harmed by the actions taken by the utility companies, the Town Board’s December 21 resolution authorizes the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Mintz and Gold LLP, to pursue the suit on behalf of the town as well as Helene and Michael Forst, the chair and co-chair of Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy, or LIBFRE, which initiated the suit. It notes that the town will not be liable for the cost of litigation except from funds recovered if the lawsuit is successful.

“LIBFRE hopes the town’s involvement will help the momentum of what has already been a long legal battle by members of LIBFRE,” the Forsts said in a statement issued after last month’s vote.

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