By Tyler Arnold
The Center Square

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A coalition group that is seeking to end $1 billion worth of nuclear subsidies through a ballot initiative has filed its second summary petition to have the language approved by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Yost rejected the first petition from Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts after finding 21 inaccuracies or omissions in the summary text. The problems included inconcise wording and not including details required by Ohio law, according to the letter he sent to the coalition.

The subsidy effectively bailed out two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions by raising utility rates for consumers. Residential ratepayers will see 85 cents added to their monthly bill and industries will pay even more. Major industrial plans will be charged $2,400 more every month.

If the bailout is reversed, the two benefiting plants would be forced to shut down – the Davis-Besse power plant in Ottawa County, and the North Perry power plant in Perry.

"Ohio voters have a Constitutionally guaranteed process to weigh in on this shameful corporate bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions and the dismantling of Ohio's renewable energy standards," spokesperson Gene Pierce said in a news release.

"We intend to give voters that opportunity and wholeheartedly believe Ohioans will put a stop to it," Pierce said.

Both the attorney general’s office and the secretary of state’s office will have to approve the language within 10 business days. If approved, the coalition will have to get 265,000 more signatures before an October 21, 2019, deadline in order to have the initiative appear on the 2020 November ballots.

Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and Ohio for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.