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Taipei to conduct regular poll on 4th nuclear power plant

2013/03/25 21:55:46

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said Monday the city government will conduct polls on a regular basis to gauge people's attitude on the country's fourth nuclear power plant to help the central government better understand people's opinion on the issue.

Hau said the city government will conduct a poll whenever new information are released by relevant authorities on the plant to see whether the public's opinions are swayed upon the release of new information.

Hau is scheduled to meet with Premier Jiang Yi-huah, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu and Keelung City Mayor Chang Tong-rong later in the evening to discuss issues relating to the plant.

The Cabinet said earlier this month it will decide whether to continue carrying out the construction of the plant or halt it altogether through a referendum.

Hao also suggested that New Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan City governments conduct regular polls on the issue due to the three regions' close proximity to the plant.

Taiwan has three nuclear power plants, two in the north and one in the south. The oldest is slated for decommissioning by 2019, followed by the second plant by 2023, with another to be wound up by 2025.

Construction of the fourth plant began in 1999 in New Taipei on the northeast coast. But various shutdowns due to engineering problems and policy changes have delayed its completion.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ann Chen)