Taiwan's Tedious Nuclear Saga

At long last, Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, still uncompleted after what might be a record-setting 14 years of construction and slated for commissioning in 2016, has now entered the phase where all systems are undergoing testing. The fate of No. 4, having cost US$10 billion so far, remains hazy. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vehemently opposes the last fund injection needed to get the thing running, while the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) government isn't keen to have an ugly nuclear controversy mess up important local elections in 2014. A foolproof bet is that the island's reliance on imported fossil fuels is to grow greatly.

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