White smoke escapes from Taiwan nuclear plant near beach resort

Smoke is normal byproduct of reactor cleanup: Taipower

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/07
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – White smoke escaped from the Third Nuclear Plant within view

Photo by M. Weitzel. (By Wikimedia Commons)

of the popular beach resort of Kenting, but officials said Friday this was part of the beginning of a month-long cleanup operation.

Taiwan has three nuclear power plants in operation, but all of them are scheduled to close down by 2025, when the country wants to become nuclear-free according to promises by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Friday was the first of 41 days of cleaning and maintenance of Reactor No.2 at the third plant in Pingtung County. Around noon, white smoke was visible near the facility, causing concern from residents and onlookers in the nearby Hengchun area, reports said.    [FULL  STORY]

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