Premier delivers nuclear plant decision to hunger striker Lin



TAIPEI, Taiwan — Premier Jiang Yi-huah delivered Sunday the government’s decision to halt construction of the fourth nuclear plant to former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung, who is on a hunger strike against the project.

Jiang arrived at Gikong Presbyterian Church in Taipei, where Lin has been fasting since Tuesday to call for the nearly completed power plant to be scrapped immediately, that afternoon.

The premier had a brief talk with a pastor of the church, and expressed hope the government’s latest decision on the power plant can be conveyed to Lin, who has declined all visitors during his hunger strike, and that he can be persuaded to end his strike.

The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou announced the decision earlier in the day after the president met with local government heads of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), which Jiang also attended.

No further work, expect for ongoing safety checks, will be carried out on the No. 1 reactor of the fourth nuclear plant located in New Taipei, while construction of the No. 2 reactor will be halted, according to the KMT.

Whether the power plant will eventually enter service will be determined by a referendum, the KMT added.

Construction of the fourth nuclear power plant began in 1999 but has been delayed and was once suspended for a few months between 2000 and 2001, during the administraton of former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP.

Taiwan Power Co.’s website shows that the project was 93.74 percent completed as of the end of March, while the Ministry of the Economic Affairs recently said the No. 1 reactor is essentially completed.