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Opposing Sides on HB6 Nuclear Bailout Law Referendum Show No Signs of Backing Down

Perry nuclear power plant seen from the south
TIM RUDELL
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WKSU
There is a very contentious battle underway over a possible ballot question to overturn Ohio's nuclear and coal plant bailout law.

The drive to halt the new law that bails out Ohio’s two nuclear power plants and put it before voters next year is running up against a high profile blitz to shut it down.

Each side is expected to be spending at least $3 million – to gather signatures, or on ads and fliers. Spokespeople for both sides discussed their thoughts on  the campaign.

Gene Pierce speaks for Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts and is trying to overturn the law. He takes issue with the flier that supporters of the bailout have sent out – trying to connect his side to Chinese banks with loans to natural gas plants.

“This on the brochure, it says, if you see a circulator call this hotline. I mean that's a straight out of the KGB.”

Carlo LoParo is with the pro-bailout group Ohioans For Energy Security. He said highlighting the China connection is important.

“Whether it's trade, whether it's bringing fentanyl to the United States, and now whether it's pouring their money into these energy projects specifically in Ohio.”

Neither side is required to disclose who’s funding them, though Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts will have to do so 30 days after it files its petitions, which are due October 21.