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Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Robert S. Banks
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Banks earned a graduate degree in environmental health at the University of Minnesota. While earning his degree, he began working part-time for the power plant siting staff of the Environmental Quality Board. After obtaining his degree, he worked as a senior engineer and chief of the section of environmental health impact analysis for the Health Department. He was the author of the health study report on powerline construction. Banks went on to be a research fellow with the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. Position and responsibilities at the Minnesota Dept. of Health. Involvement with project to study transmission line. Counties United For A Rural Environment (CURE) petition to EQB board. New York Public Service Commission and proceeding over health and safety aspects of two proposed 765 KVAC lines. How health report was developed and its recommendations. Russian studies. AC line vs. DC line. Difficulty in proving health hazards. Role of the state in dealing with line. Possible ways for health dept. to do research on line. Usefulness of science court. How citizens can put pressure on state to bring action against powerline. Media impact. Issues regarding effectiveness of state agencies in responding to public concerns.
2 hours sound cassette
17 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
120 minutes length
Interviewee: Banks, Robert S.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Subject: Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 25 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.180.3 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'