AEC gives green light for critical upgrading of Wanli nuclear plant

The China Post
Date: April 7, 2017
By: Sun Hsin Hsuan

The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) on Thursday approved Taiwan Power Co.’s application to reconstruct a key piece of infrastructure at the Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei’s Wanli District.

The decision came as the nation prepares for peak energy-consumption season and as criticism mounts that the Tsai administration is failing to move toward its promise of a “nuclear-free homeland” by 2025.

Taipower requested permission last August to reconstruct the plant’s spent fuel pool, which could no longer be safely used. These pools are used to store used nuclear fuel assemblies.

The lead-up to the AEC’s decision was closely followed; a denial would have left the unit shutdown over summer, running the risk of brownouts and blackouts.

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