By: Kelvin Huang and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Taiwan began to mothball its controversial fourth nuclear power
plant on July 1, a process that will allow it to be activated at any time in the future, President Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview that was aired Friday.
The nuclear power plant, situated along Taiwan’s northeastern coast in Gongliao District in New Taipei, could be reopened after a few adjustments are made if it was decided to operate the facility in the future, Ma said in response to questions on nuclear energy.
In the interview with Taipei-based Chinese Television System that was taped Thursday, Ma explained that the plant was being mothballed because of the strong wave of anti-nuclear voices. “No words related to nuclear energy can win support,” he said.
Ma said he was convinced, however, that the public would gradually discover that nuclear energy cannot be quickly replaced by renewable energy. [FULL STORY]