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Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah announced on April 28th the suspension of construction of the controversial fourth nuclear power station, pending a public referendum on whether to resume it.

The move came as Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou met a Japanese delegation to hear the Japanese government’s nuclear power policy following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Ma said he was interested to know how the Japanese government ensures the safety of nuclear facilities shut down after the Fukushima crisis and whether the Japanese public supports the new policy.

“By suspending the construction, we hope the public will have time to think and discuss the issue before they determine at the ballot box,” Jiang told a news conference.

“In this way, we would leave an option open to our next generation when choosing energy (sources),” he said.

If completed, the new power station 40 km (25 miles) from Taipei will be the island’s fourth nuclear plant. Opponents say it would be unsafe in an earthquake-prone island.The plant has two reactors, one of which is 98 percent complete.

Concerns about the safety of nuclear power flared up again in the wake of the March 11, 2011, Fukushima nuclear disaster.Like Japan, Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes.In September 1999 a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the island’s deadliest natural disaster in recent history.
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Taiwan halts construction of fourth nuclear plant after protests (Japan Times)

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