Last update:
2018-10-18

Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant (“Nuke 4”) stopped, Taiwan

The 4th Nuclear Power Plant (2600 MW) is stalled since 2014 because of opposition before and after the Fukushima accident. Uranium fuel rods had been uploaded. What should be done with them?


Description:

Nuclear power in Taiwan accounts for 5,000 MWe of capacity (3  plants with 6 reactors), i.e. around 8% of its national energy consumption, and 19% of its electricity generation as of 2015. A Fourth Plant was built near Taipei but is stalled since 2014.  There are plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2025 (as in Germany and South Korea). [6].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict: Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant (“Nuke 4”) stopped, Taiwan
Country:Taiwan
State or province:Taiwan
Location of conflict: Fulong Beach, Gongliao District, New Taipei City
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Nuclear
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Nuclear power plants
Specific commodities:Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project details

A nuclar power plant with two General Electric BWR reactors, each of 1300 MWe. There was much opposition with street marches in Taipei, and a proposed 2014 national referendum to decide the fate of the power plant which gathered more than 120,000 signatures The project, practically finished,was stopped. In 2018, one main issue is what to do with the fueld rods already uploaded.

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Level of Investment:10,000,000,000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:1999
Company names or state enterprises:Taiwan Power Compnay (Taipower) (Taipower) from Taiwan
General Electric US (GE) from United States of America
Relevant government actors:Government of Taiwan
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:WISE
Democratic Progressive Party
Green Citizen’s Action Alliance
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Other Environmental impacts
Other Environmental impactsNuclear radiation
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsVery expensive useless investment in stalled nuclear plant
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Repression
Strengthening of participation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:Opposition to the plant has achieved success in the sense that the plant is not working. However, much money has been spent, and there are many doubts on what to do with the uranium fuel rods which were already uploaded.
Sources & Materials

(1) The Diplomat. Taiwan’s Nuclear Dilemma. Nuclear energy has long been a contentious issue for Taiwan, but there are few good alternatives. By Nicolas Freschi. March 14, 2018
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[2] Taiwan News. German experts propose turning unused nuclear plant in Taiwan into a ‘theme park’. The fuel rods for the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant will be removed from Taiwan by 2020

By Huang Tzu-ti, 2018/09/20
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[3]Asia Times. Taiwan debates what to do with redundant nuclear fuel rods. US contractor insists that 1,744 fuel rods should be returned but some in Taiwan want to keep them for 'research purposes'

By ASIA TIMES STAFF JULY 6, 2018
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[5] WISE. Taiwan halts fourth power plant. Nuclear Monitor Issue: #786. 6/05/2014
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[4] World Nuclear News. GE seeks arbitration over Lungmen payments

14 December 2015.
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[6] A description of future energy plans for Taiwan. Bloomberg, 7 August 2018. Nuclear Ghost Town Reveals Power Risk for Taiwan's Energy Shift. By Dan Murtaugh, Miaojung Lin, , and Samson Ellis
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