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President has no timetable for nuclear plant referendum
Central News Agency
2014-04-22 12:47 PM
Taipei, April 22 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has not set any timetable for a referendum on the future of Taiwan's nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant, his spokeswomen Garfie Li said Tuesday. Li shrugged off questions on whether the president will put off a referendum on the plant until after the 2016 presidential election, as was reported Tuesday in the China Times, saying only that there is no timetable for the referendum and that the safety issue is paramount. Li said the president promised in his election platform that he would ensure the safety of nuclear power plants while reducing the usage of nuclear power and moving toward the eventual goal of eliminating nuclear power all together. "Safety is the first and utmost requirement" when it comes to nuclear power, and the Ma administration will not take any other action on this issue before that requirement is met, Li said. That was also the stance taken by the ruling Kuomintang's legislative caucus in September 2013, namely "No safety, no 4th nuclear power plant; no safety, no referendum," Li said. (By Maubo Chang)
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