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Committee to decide power plant future

By Lin Chieh-yu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The cabinet-designate decided yesterday an ad-hoc committee would be established after May 20 to reassess construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, within four months.

"We will adopt the approach of cost analysis to reassess the necessity of its establishment and the alternatives," said Lin Hsin-yi (林信義), the newly appointed economic minister.

"All the related data will be open to the public to allow the further discussion of pros and cons."

Due to disputes among the political parties, academics and social groups, the new government is facing mounting pressure to give a clear answer on whether the nuclear power stations should go ahead.

Therefore, some newly appointed cabinet members attended a meeting on this issue and try to seek some consensus.

Lin, deputy premier Yu Shyh-kun, director of Environmental Protection Administration Lin Jin-yi (林俊義), director of Council of Economic Planning and Development Chen Po-chih (陳博志), chairman of Research Development and Evaluation Commission Lin Chia-cheng (林嘉誠) and Taipei County Commissioner Su Chen-chang (蘇貞昌) jointly discussed the controversial issue of the fourth plant last night.

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