Aug 07, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on City Sets up Radiation Monitoring Network
On August 7, Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced the completion of the city’s radiation monitoring network during a visit to the Zhongzheng Air Quality Monitoring Station at Affiliated Experimental Elementary School of University of Taipei.
In the wake of the Fukushima radiation crisis triggered by the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, the public have become increasingly concerned about nuclear power plants and the dangers of radioactive leaks.
To provide early warnings in the case of radioactive contamination, Hau noted that the government has moved to install radiation detectors across the city’s eight air quality monitoring stations. Through real-time updates, relevant authorities will be able to notify the public when radiation levels exceed safety limits (0.2 uSv/h) and take action accordingly.
This is the first time a municipal government on the island has taken the lead in setting up such devices. Along with the two existing facilities established by Atomic Energy Council, Taipei now boasts a total of ten radiation monitoring stations covering the city parameters.
Hau added that residents can access first-hand information on radioactivity at the Chinese website of the Department of Environmental Protection (http://www.tldep.taipei.gov.tw/GAMMA/)