Nation: Yankee, Yes

Maine keeps nuclear power

WELCOME TO WISCASSET, THE PRETTIEST LITTLE VILLAGE IN MAINE. So reads the sign on U.S. 1 outside the coastal community (pop. 2,244) with its neat houses and manicured lawns. Across Sheepscot Bay, on Bailey Point, is a more modern symbol of Maine: the gray concrete dome of the 830-megawatt Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, which for eight years has provided 30% of the state's electricity. The facility last week was the subject of the first referendum in the U.S. on whether an operating nuclear power plant should be shut down.

The vote grew out of the accident last...

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