Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 04/12/2012 08:29:50 PM PDT

CHINO HILLS – Two lawmakers are set to host a field congressional hearing Saturday to discuss the issue of installing 200-foot electric towers in the city.

The transmission poles and towers are being installed within Southern California Edison’s right-of-way from Chino Hills’ western border near Tonner Canyon, through the city and eventually going into Riverside County.

The Congressional House Financial Services Committee hearing, entitled “The Impact of Overhead High Voltage Transmission Towers and Lines on Eligibility for Federal Housing Administration Insured Mortgage Programs,” will include both congressmen and representatives from the FHA and Housing and Urban Development, according to a news release.

The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Chino Hills City Hall, 14000 City Center Drive.

Residents, real estate agents, a mortgage banker and other officials will participate.

“We were invited to testify and are glad to participate in the upcoming federal field hearing, we were not subpoenaed,” said Paul Klein, Edison spokesman.

“Our witness will provide the company’s perspective in the testimony, and we’re going to appear on one of the panels scheduled by the federal congressional subcommittee.”

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Orange, and Gary Miller, R-Brea, have joined forces with Chino Hills officials and activists Hope for the Hills in the fight against the installation of electrical towers.

The hearing is expected to focus on FHA guidelines for homes near overhead voltage transmission towers and lines, said Bob Goodwin, president of Hope for the Hills.

“And what we are addressing is the impact of what the (project) has had on the neighborhood, the personal difficulties selling homes, obtaining mortgages and just how overall it has impacted Chino Hills residents,” he said.

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