Taipei, Two pronuclear referendum proposals were presented to the Central Election Commission (CEC) Monday, according to nuclear power supporters.
Huang Shihhsiu founder of Nuclear Myth Busters, said he has collected some 200,000 signatures for a petition to restart the fourth nuclear power plant project and put it into commercial operations.
The project in New Taipei was close to completion before being mothballed in 2015 amid public concern over nuclear safety.
Huang said that nuclear power should be an option for Taiwan's energy policy and that it is likely the project will be restarted because most of its fuel rods remain in Taiwan.
Those already shipped to the United States cannot be sold "and can be brought back at any time," Huang claimed without elaborating.
Meanwhile, Huang said, the other proposal, initiated by pronuclear activist Liao Yenpeng asked the Legislative Yuan to enact a law to force the government to use at least as much nuclear power as coalgenerated power by 2030.
Nuclear power currently accounts for just 10 percent of Taiwan's power generation, according Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jongchin
Huang said the second proposal has gained more than 5,000 signatures.
Referring to the successful example of referendums that pushed the Cabinet to draft a samesex marriage bill, Liao said he believes that his proposal can solve the controversy of Taiwan's energy policy.
"We will push the proposals as far as we can," Liao said.
According to the Referendum Act, the number of petition signatures required to propose a referendum must be not less than 0.1 percent of the total electorate in the most recent presidential election. Based on the 14th presidential election in 2016, this represents at least 1,879 petitions.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel