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Mother's group established to oppose nuclear power

2013/03/08 20:23:04

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) A group of mothers established an alliance in Taipei Friday to help monitor the safety of nuclear power in an effort to ensure a better future for the nation's children.

"Mom Loves Taiwan," initiated by Irene Chen, executive director of the Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation, sought the help of celebrities to voice their concern over the fourth nuclear power plant being constructed in New Taipei's Gongliao District.

Over 100 mothers and representatives from various fields took part in the inauguration ceremony of the alliance and called on Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to examine the plant's facilities and publish relevant statistics and safety reports before holding any public discussion on the issue.

Taipower should also suspend the operations of nuclear power plants in high-risk areas and establish new energy policies, Chen said.

The No. 4 plant, which is almost complete, should also be scrapped right away, Chen said.

Matilda Tao, a singer and TV hostess, urged the media to play critical roles in demanding transparency from the government regarding energy safety information.

Some residents of Orchid Island off the coast of Taitung County, where the country's nuclear waste is dumped, also joined the campaign. They said many people living on the island suffer from diseases, including cancer, which they attributed to the radioactive waste stored there.

Anti-nuclear sentiment is rising amid a government plan to hold a referendum to decide the fate of the controversial fourth nuclear power plant, with a nationwide protest against the plant scheduled for the following day.

(By Wei Shu and Maia Huang)