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We are considering nuclear-free: premier

2011/06/30 21:08:33

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Premier Wu Den-yih said Thursday the government will gradually push for the development of green energy to make Taiwan a nuclear-free country, with conditions.

It will happen as long as the economic development of Taiwan and the livelihoods of the people are not affected.

Wu made his remark after a meeting with former Vice President Annette Lu and eight scholars to discuss nuclear safety issues.

The premier said Lu's suggestions to conduct strict inspections of existing nuclear power plants and to suspend any plants that were found with problems are good suggestions and are exactly what the government is doing.

But he stopped short of promising anything, and said the government will only move towards a nuclear-free homeland if it does not risk power shortages, does not harm the country's economy, keeps electricity prices reasonable, and meets carbon emissions reduction goals.

Several protests have been staged around the country over the past few months demanding that the government abolish the country's nuclear power plants in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

The Wall Street Journal reported in March that all of Taiwan's four nuclear power plants, including the one under construction, are located in high-hazard areas, making them vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Christie Chen)