Environmental groups will hold a rally on Apr. 27 to call for the abolition of nuclear power. Meanwhile, the National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform has submitted a referendum proposal to prohibit the government from building any more nuclear power plants or extend the lifespan of existing ones until a final disposal site for the highly radioactive nuclear waste is found.
Environmental groups prepare to deliver 2,800 signatures in support of their proposed referendum to the Central Election Commission. The referendum proposes a moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants and the extension of existing ones until the final disposal site for highly radioactive waste is determined.
We should not be producing more waste until the disposal method is decided. This referendum is our responsibility to ourselves, to future generations, and to this piece of land called Taiwan.
The referendum was proposed by the National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform, and is intended to serve as a principle for the government when making important policies. The platform's spokesperson says the issue of nuclear waste is of great concern and the referendum is a way to help people understand the danger of nuclear waste. It is also a way to face this unresolvable problem head on.
One fuel rod can only generate electricity for five years. The electricity that we enjoy now generates waste that the next 3,000 generations will have to take care of. This violates generational justice and environmental justice.
In recent years, more and more people have become aware of the health dangers posed by air pollution generated by coal-fired power plants, resulting in debates about whether more electricity should be generated by nuclear power plants to improve the air quality. Many referendums related to nuclear energy have been proposed, and four have been delivered to the CEC. One submitted by nuclear energy proponents proposes that the proportion of nuclear power generation should not be lower than that of coal-fired power generation in 2030. There is also one on whether the fourth nuclear power plant should be recommissioned. Meanwhile, opponents of nuclear power are seeking for the site of the fourth nuclear power plant to produce renewable energy. The last one is this referendum on nuclear waste.