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Criticism of nuclear plant safety checks 'unacceptable:' minister
Central News Agency
2014-04-23 09:15 PM
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch dismissed Wednesday criticism of safety inspections at Taiwan's nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant, describing the charge as unacceptable and an insult to the safety inspectors. Chang made the remarks during a hearing at the Legislature's Economics Committee while responding to a question from ruling Kuomintang lawmaker Huang Chao-shun as to whether a government pledge that the plant will be put into operation only after its safety is ensured goes against former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung's stance. Lin, a longstanding anti-nuclear power advocate, said a day earlier when he began a hunger strike to protest against the No. 4 nuclear plant that the administration's pledge that the plant will be safe is "a trick to fool the public." Lin reportedly said that nuclear safety is questionable because even if the plant is completed and becomes operational, unforseen damage could still occur in the event of a natural disaster or human error. Chang said Lin's remarks were an insult to the safety inspectors, as all safety examinations have been conducted in accordance with related regulations and the requirements of the Cabinet-level Atomic Energy Council. (By Lin Meng-ju and Evelyn Kao)
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