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Protesters call for action to achieve nuclear-free nation

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Other anti-nuclear power rallies were staged simultaneously in Kaohsiung and Taitung County.

While the nation’s movement against nuclear power goes back decades, the annual march was launched to commemorate Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011.

Later yesterday, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) reiterated that the government’s goal of phasing out the use of nuclear power in Taiwan by 2025 remains unchanged.

The government will brief the public on its plans later this month, including ways to increase the amount of electricity generated by alternative energy sources nationwide to 20 percent by 2025, Hsu said.

Other issues, such as the handling of nuclear waste, upgrades to more efficient thermal power plants and steps to decommission the nation’s three active nuclear power plants will also be addressed, state-run utility Taiwan Power Co (台電) said in a statement.

Additional reporting by CNA

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