Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Arch Lai Ching-te (賴清德) Friday dedicated the government’s plan to re-open and aggrandize the Shen’ao coal-fired Ability Bulb in New Taipei, claiming it will account alone a minimum akin of abuse due to the use of avant-garde equipment.
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Lai said two ultra-supercritical generators will be installed at the bulb in Rueifang District and that they use “much cleaner” coal, abacus that as a aftereffect carbon discharge levels will be agnate to that at a accustomed gas plant.
Lai fabricated the animadversion while answering questions at a absolute aldermanic affair afterwards an ecology appulse aberration assay on the ability bulb activity was accustomed by a board beneath the Ecology Protection Administration (EPA) Wednesday.
The approval of the ecology appulse aberration review, which agency the coal-powered bulb could be accustomed to restart operations and could affect the bloom of about 9 actor association of arctic Taiwan, has met with able objections from the activity Kuomintang (KMT), environmentalists and six bounded governments — Taipei, New Taipei, Yilan, Taoyuan, Hsinchu County and Keelung City.
The activity anesthetized an ambiance appulse appraisal in 2006, but Taipower was afresh appropriate to undertake an ecology appulse aberration assay due to changes fabricated to the plan.
In acknowledgment to a account acquaint by Acting Yilan County Magistrate Chen Chin-de (陳金德) on his Facebook folio that he does not acquire the aftereffect of the ecology appulse aberration assay and demands that Taipower accommodate a added absolute assay and accommodate Yilan in its ecology appulse assessment, the arch said the amount will be handled in acquiescence with the law.
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Meanwhile, affairs at the Aldermanic Yuan were disrupted on Friday morning back KMT lawmakers, led by conclave baton Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀), active the belvedere in beef at the casual of the review, ambitious the EPA assay the activity anew.
Lee told CNA the KMT accepted that Lai explain the government’s activity activity and alarm a borough activity conference. “It is unacceptable that the accessible acquire to pay the amount of the government’s adverse policy.”
“We will abide to absorb the belvedere until the affair is absolved if the cardinal affair is afraid acquire our demands,” she said.
KMT assembly additionally accepted that EPA Minister Lee Yin-yuan (李應元) and EPA Deputy Minister Chan Shun-kuei (詹順貴), who has appear beneath blaze for casting the chief vote to accept the ecology appulse aberration review, footfall down.
Meanwhile, Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), a cardinal Democratic Progressive Affair (DPP) aldermanic conclave whip, said the affair will not accept to the KMT’s demands.
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According to Ker, a key address on the Shen’ao Ability Bulb will be presented at the Social Welfare and Ecology Hygiene Board Monday so there is no charge to authority accessible hearings.
“We acquire asked Arch Lai to acknowledgment to his appointment and the absolute analytic affair will not continue,” he noted.
The Shen’ao Ability Plant, which began operations in 1960 with three generators that produced 40 megawatts of power, has been decommissioned back 2007.
However, to accommodated ability appeal in arctic Taiwan, Taipower drafted a reopening and amplification activity in 2017, aiming to install two generators with 160 megawatts of electricity altogether at the plant.
The activity anesthetized an EIA in 2006, but Taipower was afresh appropriate to undertake an ecology appulse aberration assay afterwards changes to the activity over the accomplished decade.
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The access of the ecology appulse aberration assay has additionally triggered criticism from borough groups.
Taiwan Healthy Air Activity Alliance administrator Yeh Kuang-peng (葉光芃) said Thursday that it was a benevolence the activity anesthetized the review.
It dealt a abundant draft to accessible bloom in arctic Taiwan and to the country’s image, he said.” If the DPP refuses to booty activity to fix the issue, we will adapt a ample beef to argue the ability plant.”
Greenpeace Taiwan apostle Lisa Tsai (蔡佩芸) said the accessible and the bounded ecosystem are set to buck the burden of the appulse if the Shen’ao Ability Bulb resumes operation. All political parties charge anxiously analyze the charge to reopen the bulb and what has gone amiss with the screening process, she added.
(By Wang Cheng-chung, Justin Su and Flor Wang)Enditem/AW
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