On Sunday, tens of thousands of Taiwanese marched through the capital city, chanting slogans urging the government to cease the construction of the nuclear power project. Organizers said over 30,000 people took part in the demonstration.
For over thirty years nuclear power has polarized life in Taiwan, but today many people in Taiwan are so concerned about the safety of a nuclear power plant under construction near the capital, Taipei, that the government is being forced to hold a referendum on nuclear power by the end of the year. Taiwan, like Japan, has been called unsuited for nuclear power plants as active seismic faults are known to run across the island. In 2011, a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council evaluated the seismic hazard to nuclear reactors around the world and placed all of Taiwan’s nuclear reactors in the highest risk group along with some of Japan’s reactors.
Even though the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou is promoting nuclear power, the latest polls conducted show that some 70% of the surveyed responders oppose the completion of the construction of the Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan, which would be the fourth nuclear facility. The construction work began in 1999, but has grown to be one of the most expensive and divisive projects in national history.
Source: Straits Times