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]