By: Ku Chuan, Huang Li-yun and Y.F. Low
Taipei, June 12 (CNA) The Cabinet reiterated Monday the government’s resolve to move away from
nuclear power, as it sought to reassure environmentalists who were protesting against the recent reactivation of a reactor at the country’s second nuclear power plant.
The government remains committed to the goal of decommissioning the three operational nuclear power plants as scheduled and making Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said.
Six months after it was shut down for annual maintenance, the No. 1 reactor at the second nuclear power plant located in New Taipei City resumed operation last Saturday with the approval of the Atomic Energy Council (AEC).
The decision, however, drew strong protests from environmental groups, which gathered outside the Executive Yuan on Monday, saying that Premier Lin Chuan (林全) was ignoring public safety and should resign. [FULL STORY]