Sun, Oct 23, 2011 - Page 3 News List

INTERVIEW: Former member of nuclear plant committee speaks out

By Tang Chia-ling  /  Staff Reporter

As the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant entered testing stages during the last three of Lin’s seven years at the plant, Lin said he found it to be fraught with problems and gave a detailed account of those problems during a meeting.

Lin said he was forced to write the letters because there was no other channel for negotiation over the problems.

“Once the fuel rod is inserted, there’s no turning back,” Lin said, adding that construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant was delayed for 15 years with no one stopping construction on it because no one was providing oversight.

Lin suggested putting the Safety Monitoring Committee under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Yuan and excluding members who refuse. The committee should hire people with professional experience with nuclear power plants and station these people at the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant to oversee and participate in the construction, he added.

At a separate setting on Friday, AEC Minister Tsai Chun-hung (蔡春鴻) denied he was trying to obfuscate the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant issue and said the Safety Monitoring Committee’s was for consultation only and did not represent the council.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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