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Taipower apologizes over nuclear power plant mishap

2016/03/14 20:25:01

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) apologized Monday for a mishap last week that caused a reactor at the No. 1 nuclear power plant in New Taipei's Shimen District to shut down due to a higher than normal water level.

Chien Fu-tien (簡福添), head of Taipower's Department of Nuclear Generation, said that after a probe into the March 10 incident, it was found that an employee had inadvertently touched a power button, which resulted in cooling water entering the reactor.

"Taipower is very sorry about the incident," Chien said.

He said the employee has been disciplined with a salary reduction of NT$20,000 (US$612) per month and has been transferred to a different post. Related superiors have also been turned over to a disciplinary committee.

The Atomic Energy Agency completed a safety inspection Monday and gave the green light for the reactor to restart, he said.

(By Milly Lin and Lilian Wu)
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