Maine Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact, Question 6 (1993)

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The Maine Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Referendum, also known as Question 6, was on the November 2, 1993 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved.[1] The measure approved an interstate compact with Texas and Vermont for the disposal of the state's low-level radioactive waste at a proposed facility in the state of Texas.[2][3][4]

Background

Maine first voted on nuclear issues in 1980, when an indirect initiated state statute attempted to prohibit the generation of electrical power by means of nuclear fission, but it was defeated. The same issue was voted upon in 1982, which would have prohibited the use of nuclear power for producing electricity after November 2, 1987. This measure was also defeated. In 1985, voters approved a measure that gave citizens the right to vote for or against any plan for the storage or disposal of low-level radioactive waste. Another measure in 1987 approved allowed continued generation of electricity by nuclear fission and for the Maine Yankee power plant to remain in operation, even if it created high-level nuclear waste was created as a waste product of that process.[5]

Maine voters had previously approved a legislatively-referred state statute to enter a low-level radioactive waste disposal agreement with the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board.[1] That agreement ended on December 31, 1992.[6]

Election results

Maine Question 6 (1993)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 170,411 72.80%
No63,67227.20%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Do you approve of the interstate compact to be made with Texas, Maine and Vermont for the disposal of the State's low-level radioactive waste at a proposed facility in the State of Texas? [7]

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