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KMT chairman vows to push for nuclear-free Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

2015/08/10 15:19:33

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), who is also chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, pledged Monday to continue the efforts toward building a nuclear-free Taiwan, a goal that he said is shared by the people of the country.

Noting that the fourth nuclear power plant project has been suspended, Chu said the issue of whether construction should resume must be decided by referendum.

He was responding to a comment by Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), deputy legislative speaker and the KMT's presidential candidate, who said Sunday that if Taiwan cannot ensure a stable supply of electricity, she will not rule out the possibility of resuming the fourth nuclear power plant project if she is elected.

The issue arose after Typhoon Soudelor cut power to more than 4.3 million households around Taiwan, the biggest power outage to result from a typhoon in the country's history.

In April 2014, the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) decided to immediately halt construction of the nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant amid mounting public sentiment against nuclear power.

The government also decided that the question of whether the plant should be put into operation in the future must be determined by a national referendum, which is unlikely to be held until after the next president is sworn in next May.

Hung said Monday that the fate of the fourth nuclear power plant will be subject to a legal process.

She said politicians should tell the people the truth about the energy plight facing the country.

While everyone is willing to support the goal of building a nuclear-free Taiwan, it is very important to determine what methods should be used to achieve that goal step by step, Hung said.

(By Justin Su, Claudia Liu and Y.F. Low)

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