Taiwan promises referendum on nuclear plant


TAIPEI: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power.  The plant outside Taipei, known as “Nuke Four,” has been one of the most contentious projects in Taiwan over the past three decades. Intense political wrangling has repeatedly delayed its construction, which began in 1999 and has already cost around Tw$300 billion ($10 billion). “A referendum can decide whether the plant should start operating or not . . .  this cannot be decided by any individual or political party. It should be the people’s decision,” Ma said, without giving a timetable. The vote should be held after safety checks of the nearly finished facility had been completed, but before fuel rods are installed in the plant, he added.


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