Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA)－Activists on Friday applauded the government’s decision to scrap plans to expand the coal-firedShen’ao power plant, which had been met with heavy opposition fromenvironmental groups since it was announced in March.
Hung Shen-han (洪申翰), secretary-general of the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, hailed thegovernment’s decision as a step in the right direction, saying the projectwould have had a profoundlynegativeaffect on the environment if the project had been carried out.
The government needs to be more decisive in promotingenergy transformation instead of resorting to coal or nuclear power, Hung contended.
Chen Chih-chiang (陳志強), head of the Anti-Shen’ao Self-Help Association, said thatwhile he applauded the decision, he will only have peace of mind when he seesthe Ministry ofEconomic Affairs and state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) make the announcement official onpaper.
Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said at a legislative hearing earlier Friday that he agreed with adecision made by the (MOEA) to shelve the project in New Taipei.
The announcement represented a U-turn from March 2018, when Lai’sadministration approved an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Shen’ao facilityand appeared determined to proceed with the project.
The plan was met at the time with strong protests from anumber of environmental groups, including the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, Greenpeace,HomemakersUnited Foundation, and Citizen of the Earth Taiwan, which wanted it to be scrapped.
The government’s reversal showed on Friday that public opinion and people power can indeed prevail, Hung said.
one who advocates or practices activism : a person who uses or supports strong actions (such as public protests) in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue
to express approval especially by clapping the hands
to convert into scrap
Green Citizens’ Action Alliance
to greet with enthusiastic approval
extending far below the surface
lacking positive qualities
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to go especially frequently or habitually
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower)
to put off or aside
environmental impact assessment (EIA)
to begin and carry on anaction, process, or movement
Homemakers United Foundation
Citizen of the Earth Taiwan
an act or the process of reversing
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