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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-11 10:08 AM
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Quake-Prone Taiwan Halts Nuclear Expansion as Japan Struggles at Fukushima
Taiwan Power Co., which operates the islands three atomic-power plants and is building a fourth, halted plans for additional reactors after an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in Japan.

Taipower, as the utility is known, canceled a tender to hire advisers for two more reactors to its No. 4 nuclear plant under construction, Chief Engineer Roger Lee said yesterday. The government has frozen a review of the state-run utilitys application to extend the life of its 33-year-old No. 1 plant, since the earthquake, which also sparked tsunami warnings for Taiwans northern coastline.

Taipower would rather take more time and spend more money so the public wont worry, Lee said in an interview in the capital Taipei. The company is studying how to strengthen the stations ability to withstand quakes and tsunamis, he said.

Taiwan and Japan lie on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area prone to earthquakes that also stretches from Chile to California and Indonesia, where a 2004 earthquake sparked a tsunami that killed more than 220,000. Taipowers three plants, like the stricken 40-year-old Fukushima Dai-Ichi station north of Tokyo, were built on the ocean. They provide about 20 percent of the islands power and are as close as five kilometers (3 miles) from an active quake fault line, according to Lee.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-12/taiwan-halts-p...
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-11 10:11 AM
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1. Wrong thread/Delete.
Edited on Wed Apr-13-11 10:12 AM by Wilms


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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-11 02:02 PM
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2. Good for them
I seriously doubt that anymore nuclear power plants will come on line after this is all said and done
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