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Virginia Sends Message to City

Fortnightly Magazine - February 1 1996

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has exercised jurisdiction and declared that the City of Falls Church must obtain its approval before attempting to condemn electric facilities owned by Virginia Power Co. (Vepco). Vepco had filed a petition with the SCC, claiming that Falls Church intended to oust the utility from serving the area. Falls Church failed to contest the petition or respond to allegations that the SCC did not have jurisdiction. The utility's petition alleged that the city plans to condemn Vepco meters and other facilities. Vepco says it has no intention of voluntarily transferring property to Falls Church. Virginia law requires a hearing and SCC approval whenever condemnation of property involves two entities possessing the power of eminent domain.

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