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Nuke 4 construction should be completed: Taipei deputy mayor

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- “The government should complete the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant's construction, but not install the fuel rods,” Taipei Deputy Mayor Tim Ting (丁庭宇) said yesterday.

The Taipei City Government yesterday released the results of the city's second opinion poll on the issue of a potential referendum over Nuke 4, as it is colloquially known, with 66 percent of Taipei residents willing to attend the potential referendum to express their opinions on the Nuke 4 issue, and 27 percent saying they would choose to abstain from the possible vote.

The results also show that 62 percent of Taipei residents want to halt Nuke 4 construction, and 21 percent want construction to continue.

Ting said if the opinion polls show consistent results regarding the Nuke 4 issue, it seems contradictory for the government to insist on conducting a referendum on the plant.

It is inappropriate to spend so much money and social resources to conduct a referendum when the government already knows people's opinions on the issue, Ting said, adding “I think it is bad for Taiwan's democratic development.”

Instead of conducting a referendum, the government should conduct opinion polls on the issue and review its nuclear power policy, Ting said.

Nuke 4 Solution

“I personally am against halting Nuke 4's construction, as it would waste the NT$280 billion that has been invested in the plant,” Ting said.

He added that he believes the government should complete Nuke 4's construction and maintain its regular operation without installing the fuel rods.

Ting added that the government should wait for the retirement of the First, Second and Third Nuclear Power Plant and when society has a better understanding for nuclear power before making a decision on how to handle the Nuke 4 issue.

“Currently, it is unwise to ask people to choose between halting or continuing the Nuke 4 construction,” Ting said, adding that the government should be responsible and complete the power plant's construction.

The deputy mayor said he has told Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) about his ideas regarding Nuke 4, however, the mayor did not have any comments at the time.

According to Taipei spokesman Edward Chang (張其強), Hau said he did not have any comment regarding Ting's proposal on the plant, as it is Ting's personal idea.

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Taipei Deputy Mayor Tim Ting (丁庭宇) speaks about the city's second opinion poll on the potential referendum over the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant at a press conference, yesterday. ...

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