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'Mothballing' Nuke 4 meant to keep option open to future generations: Ma

TAIPEI--The thinking behind “mothballing” Taiwan's controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is to keep the option open to future generations, President Ma Ying-jeou said.

In a Facebook post, Ma stated the administration's decision is to discontinue work on the first reactor but will allow safety inspections to be completed. Once the inspections are over, the reactor will be mothballed.

All work will be halted on the other reactor at the power plant, the president said.

To ensure adequate supply of electricity in the future, the Executive Yuan will call a national conference on energy, he added.

Ma's post followed an afternoon meeting with city mayors and county magistrates of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to formulate a response to mounting pressure from anti-nuclear groups and the opposition, who want the nearly completed project to be scrapped altogether.

In the post, the president said that mothballing means the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant will not bother anyone when it is not used. In case there is a need for it in the future, he said, mothballing allows the people to have an option.

“Friends who oppose nuclear power do it for the sake of their children,” Ma said. “It's also for future generations that we do this.”

Nuclear power as well as coal, natural gas and renewable energy should not be excluded as an option in order to create the best energy mix, he added.

April 29, 2014    billparkhurst@
Mothballing as a term is being used by Ma to cover up an obvious policy blunder. Taiwan should be leading the way in renewable energy because it does not have oil and gas and must import it. Learning the Fukushima lesson has not been easy for the KMT. In fact, they refuse to realize how easily it could happen in Taiwan. All the nuke facilities in Taiwan are proximate to the densely crowded Taipei area. Ma should be quick to adorn all roof tops with solar.
April 29, 2014    denniswang@
Besides Nuclear power, Taiwan should use other energies more often to avoid the high risk possibility of Nuke 4. Taiwan's peoples can be educated how to save power start from their personal habits such as tune off the power when no use, take public transportation. People's life should be more precious than just money. We don't want to see if one day the Nuke's leaking disaster happen then blame why we don't terminate Nuke long time ago. The alternative ways of power should be emphasize, of course mostly is Oil &Gas, Water, Wind and Solar...
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