CHINO HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Chino Hills has lost a lawsuit that tried to stop a utility from running giant transmission towers through town.

Southern California Edison wants to erect a series of 200-foot towers under a nearly $2-billion project to bring wind-generated power from Kern County to the Los Angeles basin.

A judge in San Bernardino County ruled this week that the state Public Utilities Commission has authority over the route that Southern California Edison will use. The PUC already approved the route and construction is expected to start later this year.

Chino Hills residents argued that the towers could be an eyesore, a health hazard and could fall in an earthquake.

The city says it will appeal the judge's ruling.

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