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KMT unveils text of nuclear referendum

PROS AND CONS:The proposal detailed five reasons for and against completing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant outlining the benefits and risks of nuclear energy

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said the party expects the referendum process to promote rational dialogue between different groups on the issue.

Separately yesterday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) suggested that the government should invite international nuclear experts, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, to evaluate the safety of the power plant and make the results of the evaluation accessible to the public so they can be credibly informed about the issue from an independent source.

“I don’t think that information from Taipower alone is convincing. A safety evaluation from international experts would greatly help people make an informed decision on the matter,” Hau said.

Regarding a proposal made by civic groups that instead of a nationwide vote, it should be residents in New Taipei City, Taipei and Keelung that live close to the plant that make the decision, Hau said that the referendum should be a national one because it was about more than just the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, it was about the views of all Taiwanese on nuclear energy.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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