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Taiwan presidential candidate promises a nuclear free Taiwan

The DPP presidential candidate, who is on a two-day campaign trip to Hualien and Taitung, also reiterated her initiative to achieve a “nuclear-free homeland” by 2025.

Tsai apologizes for nuclear waste woes, Taipei Times By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter, in TAITUNG COUNTY 1 Nov 11 LOCAL SOLUTION:If elected, Tsai pledged to improve infrastructure on Orchid Island and let residents reach their own consensus on how to handle the waste there

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday apologized to residents of Orchid Island (蘭嶼) over the government’s “outrageous” decision in 1982 to store nuclear waste on the island, saying that she hoped the waste would eventually be transferred to an alternative site.

The DPP presidential candidate, who is on a two-day campaign trip to Hualien and Taitung, also reiterated her initiative to achieve a “nuclear-free homeland” by 2025.

In her speech, Tsai apologized three times for the decision to build a nuclear waste disposal facility on the 48km2 volcanic island off the southeastern coast without prior consultation and communication with its residents, who are mostly Tao Aborigines — one of the country’s 14 recognized Aboriginal tribes.

“I am very sorry that nuclear waste was shipped and stored here in 1982 without communicating with local residents or the implementation of a democratic mechanism,” she told a group of residents in a yard in front of the Ivalino Presbyterian Church after visiting the disposal facility.

After resistance from residents, shipments of low-level nuclear waste to the island were suspended in 1996….

 

The DPP’s “2025 Nuclear-Free Homeland Initiative” aims to phase out nuclear power by 2025 by decommissioning the three nuclear power plants currently operational, preventing the commercial operation of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which is under construction, improving power-generation efficiency and using alternative energy resources.

While some say nuclear power is cheaper, problems and controversies associated with storing nuclear waste have added to its social and economic cost and made it an undesirable form of power generation, Tsai said…..

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2011/11/01/2003517176

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November 1, 2011 - Posted by | politics, Taiwan, wastes

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