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Mass. group pushing nuclear power ballot question

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A group of local residents say they've collected enough signatures to place a public policy question on the November ballot in the Cape and Islands senate district related to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

The group Cape Downwinders says they plan to deliver more than the required 1,200 certified voter signatures to state Secretary William Galvin's office on Monday.

The question would ask local voters if the state senator from the district should be instructed to vote to expand the radiological Plume Exposure Emergency Planning Zone around the station located in Plymouth to include all of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties.

The group said legislation to expand the emergency planning zone has been introduced at the Statehouse since 1988 but has never passed both the House and the Senate in the same legislative session.

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