Government halts fourth nuclear plant construction

04/27/2014 06:14 PM
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One of the two reactor cavities at the fourth nuclear power plant. CNA photo June 3, 2013
One of the two reactor cavities at the fourth nuclear power plant. CNA photo June 3, 2013

Taipei, April 27 (CNA) The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou and the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) agreed Sunday to halt construction of the country's controversial fourth nuclear power plant with immediate effect.

Construction of the plant's nearly completed no. 1 and no. 2 reactors will be halted. The no. 1 reactor, which is currently undergoing safety inspections, will not be brought online once the inspections are complete, according to the KMT.

The decision was reached during a meeting among President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as KMT chairman, Premier Jiang Yi-huah and KMT mayors and magistrates, including Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, New Taipei Mayor Eric Liluan Chu and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu.

(By Kelvin Huang and Christie Chen; click here for the updated story)ENDITEM/J

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