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Safety paramount for operation of 4th nuclear power plant: president

2013/01/22 22:53:34

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's fourth nuclear plant will not begin operating before the most rigid safety standards have been met, President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday.

Presiding over a meeting of the ruling Kuomintang, Ma who is also party chairman, was quoted as saying that safety is the main prerequisite for the commercial operation of the nuclear power plant.

This, he said, is a consensus of the party leaders, citing fellow KMT stalwarts Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu, as well as himself.

Ma made the comments after opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang said the previous day that he will push for a referendum on the fate of the nuclear plant along with seven local elections to be held in 2014.

In a related development, Chu said Tuesday that his city will set up a committee to monitor the safety of nuclear plants within the city, which is home to two of the country's three existing nuclear plants and the location of the 4th plant, which is slated to be completed by 2014.

(By Wang Hong-kuo, Lee Shu-hua, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Maubo Chang)