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Third Nuclear Power Plant to be decommissioned in 2025 at the latest
核三廠二0二五年除役 曹啟鴻:只能早不能晚

University students raise banners in front of the nuclear power plant at Ma-anshan in Pingtung County’s Hengchun Township on Monday as they set off on a five-day anti-nuclear protest walk.
一群大學生週一於屏東縣核三廠前舉起旗幟宣示為期五天的「南台灣廢核行腳」活動。

Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡宗憲

As anti-nuclear protests have been taking place everywhere, staff from the nuclear power plant at Ma-anshan, also known as the Third Nuclear Power Plant, were sent out to find out why a group of college students were protesting in front of the plant on Monday. In response to the sensitive question of whether the plant will shut down as officially scheduled or postpone being decommissioned, representatives from the plant say that Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) has no new plans and is still set to shut down the plant in 2025, as was stipulated by the Atomic Energy Council (AEC).

On Monday Pingtung County Commissioner Tsao Chi-hung said that Taiwan could not endure a nuclear disaster, adding that as the anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis in Japan approaches, he would like to call on the public to join the nationwide anti-nuclear demonstration taking place today. He hopes people in Pingtung will also join the event, taking action by voicing their concerns.

Regarding shutting down the Third Nuclear Power Plant, Tsao says that the government already has a schedule for drafting plans to decommission the plant, which he says must be followed systematically, adding that the plant “can be shut down earlier than scheduled but cannot be postponed.”

The plant says that if it was going to defer the shutdown, it would have to undergo a long and thorough evaluation, adding that it has yet to receive any new policy changes or plans from the company. According to the explanation provided by AEC Minister Tsai Chuen-horng during her recent visit to the south, the plant will be shut down by 2025 and there are no plans to postpone the shutdown, adding that the safety measures involved in decommissioning in the plant are critically important. Three years prior to permanently closing down the plant, all related investigations of plans for the shutdown and an environmental impact assessment must be completed, Tsai says.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. sensitive adj.

敏感的;要審慎處理的 (min2 gan3 de5; yao4 shen3 shen4 chu4 li3 de5)

例: Bobby is sensitive to strong smells.

(巴比對強烈的氣味很敏感。)

2. postpone v.

延遲;延期 (yan2 chi2; yan2 qi2)

例: Hank is out sick today, so we’ll have to postpone the meeting.

(韓柯今天請病假,所以會議要延期。)

3. measure n.

措施 (cuo4 shi1)

例: The government has adopted measures to better deal with racial violence.

(政府實施應付族群暴力的改善措施。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

反核聲浪四起,核三廠週一派人到核三廠門口關心學生廢核行動,對於敏感的話題核三廠究竟是要依照規劃期程除役,或者可能延役,廠方強調目前台電還沒有新計畫,仍如原子能委員會預定的期程,規劃在二○二五年除役。

屏東縣長曹啟鴻週一表示,台灣禁不起任何核災風險,呼籲參加今天進行的廢核遊行,主要是串連全台民眾的反核聲音,也希望屏東縣鄉親踴躍到場,用實際行動發聲。

此外,有關核三廠除役問題,曹啟鴻說,政府已訂有核三廠除役年限時間表,應該有秩序地進行,核電廠除役「只可提前、不能延後」。

核三廠方表示,核電廠如果要延役,需要長時間審慎評估,目前沒有收到公司新的政策指示或計畫,依照原能會主委蔡春鴻日前南下視察時的說明,核三廠預訂二○二五年除役,目前沒有延役計畫,核電廠除役前後的相關安全措施準備非常重要,在永久停止運轉前三年,就會審查相關除役計畫及環境影響評估報告。

(自由時報記者蔡宗憲、羅欣貞)

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