Maine: Big Vote Down East

Big Vote Down East

With all eyes on 1988, many voters have shrugged off next week's local contests. Not so in Maine, where a hotly contested proposal to bar the creation of nuclear waste within the state will be decided next Tuesday. If approved, the measure would lead to the shutdown of Maine Yankee, a 15-year- old nuclear power plant.

Although Down East voters defeated two earlier proposals to close the plant, the antinuke campaign received a boost last year, when the U.S. Department of Energy identified Maine as a possible site of a radioactive waste dump. Now many residents fear that the only way...

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