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AOMORI (Kyodo) Local groups opposed to a planned test of a nuclear-fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, called Saturday for a referendum by prefectural residents.

Representatives of eight groups handed Aomori Gov. Shingo Mimura an appeal calling for the referendum at a meeting he held in the city of Aomori to hear opinion from area opponents. The participants urged the prefectural government to halt the test.

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