Feb 13, 2017 General Comments Off on Taipower: Nuclear waste storage needs public consensus
Local media in Taiwan are reporting that Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has recommended four uninhabited islands for storing low-level nuclear waste. According to the reports, the islands are under the jurisdiction of Keelung, Kinmen, Lian Jiang and Penghu counties.
Taipower spokesperson Lin Te-fu said on Monday that the company has not proposed specific sites to the government. But he said that reports pinpointing those four areas have probably emerged because people know that there are uninhabited islands in those places.
Lin said that technically there should be no problem with the storage but the main issue is that there needs to be a public consensus about the plan.
The government has established two platforms where people from all sectors of society can discuss the issue. One is the Cabinet's nuclear free homeland working group. The other is the radiation waste management center under the economics ministry.
A draft plan for handling the waste storage has been sent to the legislature for discussion.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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