Taipower apologizes over nuclear power plant mishap

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-14
By: Central News Agency

The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) apologized Monday for a mishap last week that caused a reactor at the No. 1 nuclear power plant in New Taipei’s Shimen District to shut down due to a higher than normal water level.

Chien Fu-tien, head of Taipower’s Department of Nuclear Generation, said that after a probe into the March 10 incident, it was found that an employee had inadvertently touched a power button, which resulted in cooling water entering the reactor.

“Taipower is very sorry about the incident,” Chien said.

He said the employee has been disciplined with a salary reduction of NT$20,000 (US$612) per month and has been transferred to a different post. Related superiors have also been turned over to a disciplinary committee.     [FULL  STORY]

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