Lawmakers urge government to reduce nuclear power reliance on Fukushima anniversaryUpdated: 2014-03-12 AM 7:38:15 (KST)
Lawmakers at the National Assembly urged the government to reduce the country's reliance on nuclear power as its main source of electricity at an event Tuesday held in remembrance of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
The lawmakers advised the public not to forget the lessons of the incident in Japan and to consider the implications for Korea.
One lawmaker reported on her three-day visit to radiation exposed sites around Fukushima.
"After three years, most of the contaminated areas stand in neglect and people are still suffering. The Japanese government says the Fukushima disaster is mostly under control. There is a big problem with remarks like that and the Korean government's plans to build more nuclear power plants."
Han Myeong-sook, who leads the parliamentary sustainable development committee, lashed out at the Japanese government for restarting the country's nuclear reactors.
"The Japanese people, and especially children, are still suffering three years after the crisis. The Abe administration has broken its promise of denuclearization and I believe the government is out of its mind to restart the nuclear power plants. Abe is sure to be disregarded by his people."
Meanwhile, the government is trying to use more renewable energy resources.
"The National Assembly has its own solar panels, which generate roughly 165 kilowatts of electricity per year. The panels are capable of reducing carbon dioxide levels by some 87 tons per year."
Last year, the National Assembly passed a bill requiring that 10 percent of the electricity in all new buildings in Seoul that are more than 100 square meters come from renewable energy resources.
The bill also requires that more than 50 percent of the lights in the buildings have LED bulbs.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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