Do Not Extend Nuclear Plants’ Life, Groups Urge

From Taipei Times

By Lee I-chia

Describing a strong earthquake that hit northern Taiwan on Wednesday as a warning, environmental groups yesterday urged the government not to consider extending the retirement schedule of the nation’s operational nuclear power plants.

The intensity of Wednesday’s earthquake startled many Taipei residents. It measured magnitude 4 on Yangmingshan and magnitude 3 in New Taipei City (新北市), and the Central Weather Bureau’s data showed the epicenter of the quake was in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林).

The Green Citizens’ Action Alliance (GCAA), along with 18 other NGOs, released a joint statement saying that the rare earthquake centered in Taipei is a warning and a reminder to the government about the risk of nuclear power plants being damaged by natural disasters.

“During the earthquake that day, some of us worried that the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant or the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant [both in New Taipei City] were damaged by the quake,” GCAA secretary-general Hung Shen-han (洪申翰) said.

“If the plants were damaged or stopped operating because of the quake, the damage to Taiwan would be far greater than that caused by earthquakes,” he added.

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