NJ school closes over power line fears

September 9, 2009 8:12:27 AM PDT
Officials in a rural New Jersey community say they will close their elementary school and relocate 350 students over fears about power lines that cut across the school property. School leaders and some parents say electromagnetic fields emanating from the high voltage wires pose a health threat.

As a result, the school board in the Sussex County town of Fredon, about 40 miles northwest of Newark, has voted to close the kindergarten through sixth grade school on Oct. 1.

School Board President John Flora says negotiations with Public Service Electric & Gas to move the lines have broken down.

PSE&G says it's still willing to negotiate, but says the transmission lines have been in place since 1931 and are not dangerous.

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