Premier calls for transparency on Nuke 4 dialogue
By Ann Yu ,The China Post
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) called for publicized and thorough discussions over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant issue at a conference of top officials of the Cabinet yesterday.
"There will be no nuclear power plant unless nuclear safety is ensured," Jiang promised, stressing that the government holds to its insistence on nuclear safety.
Jiang stressed that for now, speculators should focus attention on the development of the nuclear plant project and its safety inspections. People should not just wait for a "yes or no" from the government before they understand the entire situation, Jiang said, adding that this would miss the point of communication.
Jiang said that he has already asked Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) to oversee the entire nuclear power project, showing confidence in Chang's willingness to seek the opinions of nuclear-tech professionals and anti-nuclear activist groups.
There will be many aspects surrounding the halt or launch of the nuclear power plant that need discussion, Jiang said. "Is the nuclear power plant safe enough to launch? If it is halted, what are the alternatives for electricity? Will it have impact on electricity prices?" Jiang asked, throwing out a string of questions to make his point.
The decisions made over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant should only be approved when enough discussions and opinions have been exchanged, Jiang said.
Ma's Five Points for Nuke 4 Planning
At the conference, President Ma Ying-jeou listed five points that were crucial to the government's plans over Nuke 4 — listen with humility, detailed research, sincere communications, careful decision-making and effective execution.
Ma explained that the government will listen, study and communicate with the public before making a decision and executing it.
Similar to the pension reform, Ma said, the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant brings to light difficult decisions that must be made. "There might not be applause if we begin operations, but it will definitely be disastrous if we do not," Ma explained.
He promised to listen to objections from anti-nuclear groups and would insist on a careful study of the issue from researchers.
"This is not the responsibility of one individual or one political party alone," Ma said. He added that the next step will be to communicate with the public, since all will have to shoulder future challenges.
The final step is to make a cautious decision and execute it efficiently, he said.
"No matter what, the people in this country will have to bear the consequences," Ma said. "This is why we have to explain it very clearly and communicate honestly."