In 1985, Texas civil court said building 345 kV power line near school showed “callous disregard” for the children. The Court of Appeals affirmed that powerlines have potential health effects.
An excerpt from Biological Effects of Power Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields, a report written by the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress:
In 1985, a Texas a County Civil Court ordered Houston Lighting and power to pay $25 million in punitive damages on the grounds that in building a 345 kV transmission line within 60 meters of a school, and in full compliance with all laws of the State of Texas, the utility had acted “with callous disregard for the safety, health and well-being of… the children…”. The Texas Court of Appeals has since denied the $25 million award but affirmed the lower court’s finding that there are potential health effects associated with exposure to powerline fields. Prevented from using the transmission line pending its appeal, Houston Lighting and Power rerouted the line around the school property at a cost of $8.6 million [MWN 87].