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Decision on nuclear plant set to come out on Monday

By Irene Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Council of Grand Justices voted yesterday on the constitutionality of the controversial decision to scrap the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and scheduled Monday to release their ruling. The ruling is widely expected to be against the Executive Yuan's decision.

During a meeting yesterday morning, over two-thirds of the 15 justices noted the Executive Yuan's decision to scrap the power plant had procedural flaws.

However, it is expected the final ruling will not declare directly that the decision was "unconstitutional."

The council had attempted to issue its ruling yesterday but eventually it decided to wait until next Monday to work through the final wording of the decision and smooth over dissenting opinions among some of the justices.

The differences of opinions among the grand justices have been so wide over the last two weeks that they were almost unable to make a ruling on the decision.

It was only yesterday that they reached a general consensus on the issue.

The justices are expected to hold that the nuclear plant project is of such importance that the Executive Yuan should have informed the Legislature of its decision and gained its approval before it announced to scrap the project.

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