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Premier says Taiwan's 4th nuclear plant will reopen if referendum passes

30 days remaining before 4-in-1 plebiscite is held

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang.

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said on Tuesday (Nov. 9) that if the referendum on the fourth nuclear power plant passes, the facility’s reopening must be in accordance with referendum laws.

During a policy address at the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday, Kuomintang Legislator Weng Chung-chun (翁重鈞) pointed out that when the construction of the nuclear power plant was halted, the project was valued at more than NT$280 billion (US$10.09 billion). Su responded by saying citizens are not looking at the accounting books; they are more concerned about the dangers of restarting the power plant, CNA reported.

Su also noted that the fourth nuclear power plant was shut down by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in 2014.

The premier noted that only 30 days remain before the Dec. 18 four-in-one referendum. If it passes, the nuclear plant will be restarted, he added.

Su said he had gone to Yilan the day before and listened to local residents who fear they may be killed if the nuclear facility is restarted.