AEC cannot determine time frame for Fourth Nuclear Plant inspection
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) yesterday said that it does not have the jurisdiction to demand that the state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) finish safety inspections on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant's by the end of this year, often called “Nuke 4.”
March 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
AEC Minister Tsai Chuen-horng (蔡春鴻) said it is true that several incidents have occurred during the construction of Nuke 4 and Taipower has also listed 18 unsolved problems, which have been called “time bombs” by some legislators.
“I am not in a position to set a formal deadline for Taipower to finish safety inspections by the end of this year,” Tsai said, adding that “the most important thing for the AEC now is to confirm the safety of Nuke 4 through a testing process during construction.”
“It is not the AEC's responsibility to urge Taipower to correct all the problems by the end of this year ... the AEC is only charged with making sure all problems are fixed,” said Tsai.
“Taipower has clarified a few problems and the company has scheduled to correct all listed problems by the end of this year.”
According to Tsai, the government formed a team to conduct a major safety inspection on all four nuclear power plants after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in Japan.
According to the AEC, the construction of Nuke 4 is continuing, irrespective of current discussion on a potential referendum.