More fuel rods at fourth nuclear power plant sent back to U.S.

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/21/2020
By: Flor Wang and Wang Chao-yu

Atomic Energy Council Minister Hsieh Shou-shing (謝曉星, right) speaks at the Legislative Yuan on Oct. 15 / CNA photo

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) More fuel rods at a mothballed nuclear power plant in New Taipei were shipped back to the United States on Wednesday as part of government efforts to honor its promise to make Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025.

Five or six trucks carrying an unknown number of unused fuel rods from the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant arrived at Keelung Port in the early hours and were then loaded into several containers that departed for the U.S. at around noon.

However, the authorities in charge did not disclose whether this is the last batch of fuel rods being sent back to America.

A Legislative Yuan resolution that was passed in 2018 demands that state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) must send back all 1,744 unused fuel rods from the plant to America by the end of this year.    [FULL  STORY]

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