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Summary

The proposed law would require that before the construction or operation of any new nuclear power plant or low-level radioactive waste storage or disposal facility in the Commonwealth, the legislature must make certain findings and a majority of voters must approve the new facility at a statewide election.

Before the question of building a new nuclear power plant could be submitted to the voters, the legislature would have to find that (1) the proposed facility is the best means for meeting energy needs based on certain economic, safety, environmental and social considerations; (2) a federally-licensed facility exists for the disposal of the high-level radioactive waste that would be generated; (3) an approved emergency preparedness plan has been developed; (4) radioactive pollution standards have been promulgated; and (5) a demonstrated, federally-approved technology exists for decommissioning the proposed power plant.

Before the question of building and operating a low-level radioactive waste storage or disposal facility or of entering into an agreement with another state to build and operate such a facility in Massachusetts could be submitted to the voters, the legislature would have to find that the technology and site designated for the proposed facility are the best available based on certain economic, safety, environmental and social considerations. The legislature would also have to find that the obligations imposed on Massachusetts by any interstate agreement were no greater than those imposed on any other state

The proposal would not apply to a facility which had obtained all necessary government approvals before August 5, 1981, nor to any facility for disposal or storage of radioactive wastes from medical or bio-research applications in Massachusetts.

1982 Nov 2 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 3 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the House of Representatives or the Senate before July 7, 1982?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
16,807
6,247
3,657
23,054
26,711
Precinct 1
 
467
196
146
663
809
Precinct 2
 
282
131
96
413
509
Precinct 3
 
327
151
73
478
551
Precinct 4
 
399
158
87
557
644
Precinct 5
 
310
113
64
423
487
Precinct 1
 
154
54
86
208
294
Precinct 2
 
377
158
86
535
621
Precinct 3
 
201
67
45
268
313
Precinct 4
 
440
120
72
560
632
Precinct 5
 
401
165
84
566
650
Precinct 6
 
325
89
92
414
506
Precinct 1
 
501
212
145
713
858
Precinct 2
 
413
166
110
579
689
Precinct 3
 
541
179
91
720
811
Precinct 4
 
443
172
70
615
685
Precinct 5
 
440
160
92
600
692
Precinct 1
 
499
185
85
684
769
Precinct 2
 
315
126
111
441
552
Precinct 3
 
525
228
109
753
862
Precinct 4
 
570
211
102
781
883
Precinct 5
 
462
167
128
629
757
Precinct 6
 
460
213
99
673
772
Precinct 1
 
376
173
114
549
663
Precinct 2
 
395
170
100
565
665
Precinct 3
 
475
159
97
634
731
Precinct 4
 
501
184
61
685
746
Precinct 5
 
375
144
79
519
598
Precinct 6
 
472
201
77
673
750
Precinct 1
 
522
165
109
687
796
Precinct 2
 
580
183
84
763
847
Precinct 3
 
505
153
70
658
728
Precinct 4
 
459
158
86
617
703
Precinct 5
 
436
143
63
579
642
Precinct 1
 
536
177
105
713
818
Precinct 2
 
502
139
85
641
726
Precinct 3
 
512
177
138
689
827
Precinct 4
 
744
301
194
1,045
1,239
Precinct 5
 
565
199
122
764
886
Totals
 
16,807
6,247
3,657
23,054
26,711