Mar 30, 2018 Culture Comments Off on No timetable on No. 2 reactor restarting: Taiwan’s premier
Taipei, There is no definite timetable as to when the No. 2 reactor at Taiwan's Second Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City will be reactivated, Premier Lai Ching-te (???) said on Friday in response to the reactor's automatic shutdown one day after it was put into operation.
Lai told a legislative hearing that safety will not be sacrificed in the rush to meet electricity demands.
In order for a restart to be authorized, a review must be assessed based on the highest safety standards, he said.
On Wednesday, the nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor automatically shut down, a day after it resumed operations following a suspension of nearly two years.
Prior to its latest reactivation, the reactor had been shut down since May 16, 2016, when some of its surge arresters burned down because of an excessive voltage level.
Based on an initial inspection by Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), the problem was believed to be possibly due to a pressure overload, which triggered the reactor's protection mechanism to shut down.
The state-run utility has asked two technicians from the reactor's manufacturer to come to Taiwan to help resolve the issue, according to Taipower spokesman Hsu Tsao-hua (???).
One of the two technicians is expected to arrive early Saturday, Hsu said.
Premier Lai on Friday also responded to criticisms that the government is causing more air pollution by increasing the use of coal-fired power plants, as it pursues its policy of ending the use of nuclear power by 2025.
Regarding pollutants generated by coal-fired power plants, the premier said they account for only 3 to 4 percent of the air pollution in the country, while the majority comes from other mobile pollution sources, such as factories and construction sites.
He also said a third of the country's seasonal air pollution comes from China, saying "That is a fact."
On the subject of pollution control, the premier said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devised plans to help reduce air pollution from factories and manufacturing plants in the next four years.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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