Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said that the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮) “would be refrigerated permanently without any need for a referendum” for as long as electricity was in good supply.
The KMT’s resolution on the facility was reached in a party meeting on Thursday night, with the “refrigeration” decision — which means the plant is left without fuel rods inserted and thus unactivated — called by many a “concession” by President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration.
The resolution was based on Lin’s proposal who yesterday morning said the facility should be “sealed up” and its future use left open, “so that if one day there is a shortage of electricity, the plant’s activation would still be a viable option.”
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times
“If there is no such shortage, as anti-nuclear activists claim, then they don’t have to worry about a possible referendum or an activation,” he said, adding that the facility should not be scrapped “because you’re not God or a prophet, so you cannot foresee whether there will be plenty of electricity in the future.”
When asked about Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) contribution to a report in the Chinese-language United Daily News about the costs involved in sealing the plant and a subsequent activation, Lin said that Taipower “is in no position to have a say in this discussion.”
“They have changed their statements too often for the public to trust them,” Lin said.
The state-owned entity did not actually give precise figures in the report.
He also commented on the existing referendum threshold stipulated under the Referendum Act (公民投票法).
“I have to agree with the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] about the threshold being too high,” Lin said, adding that referendums could be differentiated into two kinds: one type pertaining to national identity and security, which would require a higher threshold, and another to people’s livelihood.
Meanwhile, KMT party caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said he was not so sure about Lin Yu-fang’s “no shortage, no referendum” dictum.
In a press conference yesterday, Lin Hung-chih, when asked about the schedule for a potential referendum, said that the referendum is to take place after the plant’s completion and a safety check, with dates unspecified, according to the KMT’s resolution.
Saying the aim of the resolution is to “allow the public to have enough time to deliberate and to think it through,” Lin Hung-chih did not make affirmative response on Lin Yu-fang’s promise of “sealing-up” the plant.
Meanwhile, DPP Legislator Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀), who accompanied former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) on his hunger strike and mute protest on Tuesday, passed out yesterday morning due to low blood sugar levels and high blood pressure.
Chen had been expected to speak at the national-affairs forum on the legislative floor, where lawmakers were to voice their concerns over government policies.
Instead of speaking, he held up for the whole three-minute session assigned for each registered lawmaker a banner that read: “Stop the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant’s construction to ensure [our] safety.”
The lawmaker then reportedly collapsed suddenly when he returned to his sit-in position outside the chamber and was immediately taken to National Taiwan University Hospital.
CLEAR BEFORE LEAVING: Two baby boys and a woman in her 30s tested negative before departing for Japan, but tests taken after their arrival came back postive Three Taiwanese tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived in Japan earlier this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a new imported case. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, said that one of the three cases in Japan is a Taiwanese baby under the age of one, whose parents work in Japan. The infant came to Taiwan with his parents in January, and the parents paid for the family’s COVID-19 tests on Oct. 10 ahead of their planned return to Japan on Monday last week, he said. The boy and his
‘BACKED BY ENEMY’: CTi News is one of the few channels promoting unification, the New Party chairman said, while pro-Taiwan groups called it a propaganda outlet Pan-blue camp supporters yesterday lodged a protest at the National Communications Commission (NCC) against what they say is a possible move by the government to shut down CTi News, adding that politics should not interfere with freedom of the press. Protesters included representatives from the New Party, the Blue Sky Action Alliance, the 333 Political Party Alliance and other pan-blue groups. “We stand here today because CTi News is one of the few media outlets in Taiwan that is still willing to give groups supporting unification with China a voice. If the news channel is gone, there would only be
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Examples from South Korea and Japan show that 15 local COVID-19 infections could emerge in a short period if measures are not taken The Taipei City Government would cancel its New Year’s Eve Party and all large events if 15 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in the city within a week, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Addressing the Taipei Cross Border E-Commerce Annual Convention, Ko said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many uncertainties to society, and that e-commerce is on a path of no return and would continue to grow. Many countries have not effectively controlled their COVID-19 outbreaks, and although Taiwan implements strict border controls and there have been few inbound passengers, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon,
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused CTi News of trying to mislead the public by publishing a half-page advert claiming that the party interfered in the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) review of its application for a license renewal. CTi News is distorting the commission’s review process by painting it as a political conflict and turning it into a smear campaign against the DPP, party spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) said. “The NCC is an independent body, which carries out reviews and makes decisions based on its members’ professional expertise, as well as regulations and legal requirements governing media operations,” Yen said. “We condemn