Sat, Mar 08, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Ko urges hopefuls to declare Gongliao plant stance

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Physician and Taipei mayoral aspirant Ko Wen-je, left, joins Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming at a press conference on nuclear power policy in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Taipei mayoral aspirant Ko Wen-je yesterday called on all election candidates to declare their attitude toward the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao Dictrict (貢寮).

At a press conference urging nuclear abolition, Ko, director of National Taiwan University Hospital’s Department of Traumatology, said all election hopefuls needed to be prepared to make what they promise in the campaign translate into action in the legislature, should they be voted in.

He challenged the other aspirants to make their stance clear and refrain from merely using slogans.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) agreed, adding that members of the public can check the legislature’s records to find out which side each lawmaker voted on certain policies.

Ko said the government should abort the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project rather than continue to debate whether construction and operations should proceed.

If the government does not face up to the issue and continues to be “lazy and irresponsible, then the nation’s development will regress,” he added.

An architect and teacher at Sanchong District Community College, Liu Shih-wei (劉世偉), said a poll conducted after an anti-nuclear parade in March last year showed that more than 70 percent of the public are in favor of abandoning the new plant.

A German nuclear plant that was repurposed into the Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park — before the insertion of nuclear fuel rods, — was cited by Liu as an example of what the Gongliao plant could be transformed into, with the teacher suggesting a conversion into a hotel resort or an amusement park.

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