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.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)