Premier to meet northern mayors over Nuke 4 plant

By Lauly Li, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) will meet with the mayors of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung today to discuss the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, including a likely referendum on the plant’s construction. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) recently reiterated his opposition to Nuke 4, as it is colloquially known, saying that he has concerns about the construction quality and suggesting that the power plant can be halted without holding a potential referendum. Following Hau’s speech, President Ma Ying-jeou called Hau late last Thursday, exchanging opinions on the issue, according the Presidential Office. According to the Presidential Office, Ma also met Hau on Friday evening to discuss regional issues and exchange opinions on current nuclear power policies. The Presidential Office said Hau’s visit was a regular meeting between the president and local government. According to local reports, at today’s meeting the premier plans to explain the planned structure of the referendum and elaborate on the government’s Nuke 4 policy. This is part of an attempt to gain local government support for the plant. Jiang will also illustrate the approaches that the government will adopt in order to ensure the power plant is safe to operate, according to a local news report. Three Mayors, Three Attitudes The Taipei mayor said yesterday that he has not changed his position on Nuke 4, adding that he will speak on behalf the majority of Taipei citizens’ and express their concerns when meeting with Jiang today.

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said the government should ensure the power plant can be safely operated before considering any potential referendum.

Chu gave a response to Hau suggesting that were a referendum on Nuke 4 held tomorrow, he would vote against construction. Chu was quoted as saying it is meaningless to discuss any potential referendum date because if Nuke 4 is not safe to operate then it is not necessary to hold a referendum.

Keelung City Mayor Chang Tung-jung (張通榮) said he supports letting people decide on the power plant’s fate through a referendum.

Chang was quoted by local news as saying currently he neither opposes nor supports Nuke 4.