DPP legislators cite 9 'time bombs' at Nuke 4
CNATAIPEI--Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators charged yesterday that Taiwan's unfinished Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is plagued by nine major problems, which they described as “time bombs.”
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
The DPP lawmakers said they plan to disclose their findings to the Control Yuan and freeze funding used by state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to promote the plant's continued construction.
Among the nine problems identified by DPP lawmakers, including Lin Chia lung and Gao Jyh-peng, are improper welding techniques used on the plant's nuclear reactors, serious damage done to standby emergency generators, and drywells potentially unable to withstand operating temperatures, which could lead to leaks of radioactive substances.
A drywell is the containment structure that encloses the reactor and recirculation system in a boiling water reactor system, the design being used in the controversial project.
The legislators also said 1,400 grounding lines do not meet design standards, and the touch panels in the control room reflect light, which could lead to mistakes in an emergency situation.
Gao accused the government of wanting to use the referendum to sidestep the nuclear safety issue, and he said the Legislature would invite heads of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taipower to give briefings on the issue.
Taipower spokesman Lee Hung-chou said later Tuesday that four of the nine problems cited by the DPP legislators simply do not exist, and that the other five have been resolved or are being corrected.
A spokesman for the facility in Gongliao District in New Taipei, known formally as the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant, acknowledged the problem with glare on the touch panels and said the plant has asked domestic manufacturers to install screens on the devices to keep it away.