Letter writer: Forum Sunday will address Duke Energy’s plan for substation next to Isaac Dickson Elementary School

Graphic by Lori Deaton

As a parent of three children who attend Asheville City Schools and a family practice physician in the community, I was shocked to learn of Duke Energy’s plans to build a power substation next to the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

Having lived in Asheville for over 15 years, I have come to trust Asheville as a safe environment to raise my children. Never would I have dreamed my local elected officials would allow the placement of such an inherently dangerous structure next to an elementary school.

Not only do such structures emit potentially carcinogenic, harmful electromagnetic fields, but just recently a similar substation burst into flames. These are not acceptable risks for my children or any other children.

We have a duty to protect the children of our community. I urge everyone to join me in attending the local forum this coming Sunday, May 31, 7-8 p.m., at Isaac Dickson Elementary School, 90 Montford Ave., where we can address these concerns with our mayor, Sen. Terry Van Duyn and other local officials and work towards finding a solution to this troubling issue.

— Dr. Holly Musgrove

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