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By Lou Marzeles

FAA to check wires for possible flight hazard


BPA photograph

FLIGHT HAZARD?: The new BPA transmission tower wires going over the Columbia River at Wishram have no flight warning markers on them.

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) completed its new Big Eddy-Knight transmission lines earlier this year, with heavy wires traversing the Columbia River from Oregon to a tower near Wishram. The wires have no flight warning markers to provide visual indication to pilots flying in the area. BPA says it met its requirements. Klickitat County officials differ, and they've brought in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to do an assessment of the wires.

Based on initial response from the FAA, such an assessment is likely to proceed.

"This is in response to your concerns with the power lines crossing the Columbia River near Wishram," wrote Ty A. Bartausky, an FAA Front Line Manager...

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