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Shuttered nuclear power plant overrun with stray dogs and deer

Shuttered nuclear power plant overrun with stray dogs and deer

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The fourth nuclear power plant, which is to be mothballed in July, is seeing its living quarters and materials storage area overrun with stray dogs, with wild deer roaming around, due to the greatly reduced staff. Covering an area of 480 hectares and currently with only 400 people around, the fourth nuclear power plant in northeast Taiwan is plagued by packs of wild dogs, giving the plant's management headaches as the employees are often chased by stray dogs even when leaving work. The problem has gotten to the point that Reeve's muntjac deer, also known as Formosan barking deer, casually stroll under the eaves of their dormitories, staging their own version of the film "Dragon Gate Legend," an employee laments. An employee of the nuclear power plant sighs that he was a young man when he was first sent to work at the plant, yet in the flash of an eye is nearing the age to collect his pension, with the nuclear power plant trapped under wave upon wave of rain and uncertainty. He now questions if he will have the opportunity to witness the day of its unsealing. The fourth nuclear power plant has been built at a cost of NT$283.8 billion yuan (US$9.15 billion), to near completion. But due to growing concerns and protests over its safety in the aftermath of Japan's nuclear disaster of March 2011, Taiwan's government in late April 2014 announced a plan to suspend work on its fourth nuclear power plant. In order to maintain reserve energy options for future generations, preparations to mothball the nuclear power plant were to be completed on June 30, and on July 1 it will officially enter the storage phase. Under the three-year storage plan, supplies and maintenance fees are expected to total approximately NT$3.4 billion; each provision of the three year budget is expected to cost NT$1.2 billion, NT$1.1 billion, and NT$1.1 billion respectively. There are 30 storage systems that will be placed into dry storage, the reactors and the cooling water system will be sealed under wet storage, the rest of the systems will be run as usual or on a periodic basis to maintain good operating order, and the 115 systems associated with the No. 2 reactor will be placed in dry storage as it has not yet been completed. State-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower, ??) spokesman Lin Te-fu (???) said that all equipment will be maintained in the best condition possible, while "waiting for an opportunity" to allow a referendum to decide whether to unseal it. (By Lin Mengru and Keoni Everington)


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:44 GMT+08:00