By: Christie Chen, Chen Chun-hua and Su Lung-chi
Taipei, June 3 (CNA) The government currently has no plans to unseal Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Friday, in response to reports that the new government might resume work on the plant.
During a nuclear safety oversight committee meeting on Thursday, Wu Yu-chen (吳玉珍), a technical superintendent at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), asked Taiwan Power Co. to be prepared for the possibility of reopening the nearly completed fourth nuclear plant in the future if there are power shortages, local media reported Friday.
Work on the plant was halted in 2014 and the facility was mothballed following anti-nuclear protests around Taiwan and a hunger strike by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄).
When asked by a lawmaker during a legislative session on Friday if his government would consider reopening the plant, the premier said “there are currently no resumption plans.” [FULL STORY]