Environment: A Question of Power

Presidential hopefuls are already crisscrossing California in their quest for support in the state's June 8 primary.

But when California's 7,340,000 registered voters go to the polls next week, many of them will be more concerned with power than politics. The voters must decide whether to answer yes or no to a ballot question called Proposi tion 15. A no vote would give utilities the green light to build more nuclear plants to meet the state's burgeoning demands for energy. A yes vote would both deter nuclear-plant construction in California and strengthen efforts to block such building in several other states.

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