Saturday, 8 March 2014

Radioactive smoke plague Taipei by npp #2 burning nuclear waste

核二燒低階核廢料 輻煙都吹向台北市
newtalk 08/03/2014
Jen Kai Ron/New Taipei Report
newtalk2014.03.08 鄭凱榕/新北報導

Anti Nuclear Action Union and Japan"Whole Country Officials Anti Nuckear Union"、director Ko Yi Jen came to north coast Jingshan、Wan Li  (7)yesterday with the intention to exam the hospital location and the evacuatation directing center near nuclear power plants #1 and # 2.

Anti Nuclear Action Union chief Ko Ching Ling  said npp  #2 incinerate lie level nuclear waste and the smoke is blown to Taipei by north east wind.  One member from Japan "Whole Country officials Anti Nuclear Union"  pointed out the the chimneys in Japan nuclear power plants are 200m high with filters.  However,  there's none of these devices in Taiwan.

Due to north coast ocean bad condition,  the group travelled by bus instead of by boat to exam evacuation route. Anti Nuclear Movement  North Coast Union chief Ko Ching Ling said "Confucius said' take the boat if the road is blocked.'. The weather next day was bad and they couldn't set out to the sea. As you can tell,  when the weather is not allowed like today,  we can't take the boat.  What if the nuclear disaster really happen,  who can guarantee that one can evacuate via the sea? "


The group arrived at npp #2 parking lot near the swag and spotted the plant.  It was a drizzling day  in the morning on the 7th, the strong north east wind was felt instantly soon after we we're out of bus. Guaranteed a blown umbrella if face the wrong direction.  Taiwan Environment Protection Union North Coast Branch has over 30 years anti nuclear experience.  These " North Sea Old Hero" prepared a drone to create thick smoke in the hope to show the strength and direction of the north east wind.



Taiwan nuclear authorities explain waste handling after protests

  • CNA
  • 2014-03-07
  • 10:29 (GMT+8)
AEC vice chairman Chou Yuan-ching at the Executive Yuan in Taipei, Mar. 15, 2013. (Photo/Yen Chien-lung)
   AEC vice chairman Chou Yuan-ching at the Executive Yuan in
Taipei, Mar. 15, 2013. (Photo/Yen Chien-lung)
Taiwan energy authorities went on the defensive on Wednesday for the second day in a row to offer details about the incineration of low-level nuclear waste amid accusations that they mishandled radioactive material.
The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) and state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) stressed that burning up low-level waste is a regular practice and is handled according to environmental regulations and relevant laws.
AEC vice chairman Chou Yuan-ching also promised that the council will this year complete a re-examination of 54 sites detected to have higher-than-normal levels of radioactivity as reported by anti-nuclear power activists.
The comments came in response to a protest at Taipower's Taichung office on Wednesday led by the Central Taiwan Antinuclear Action Alliance and Liu Li-er, a Taiwanese writer based in Japan. The alliance is planning another march on Saturday.
According to alliance convener Tsai Chih-hao, a group of concerned private citizens have discovered 54 locations across Taiwan with radiation three times over the permissible level since they began conducting a census in March last year.
Tsai said that Taipower, the operator of Taiwan's three nuclear power plants, incinerates thousands of barrels of low-level nuclear waste each year to lessen the number of storage sites for the wastes, which he implicitly linked to a nationwide radiation level that is 2-4 times the natural background level.
Among the dozens of sites across Taiwan proper, Penghu and Kinmen, the alliance detected artificial nuclides of plutonium at National Taichung University of Science and Technology as well as caesium-134 and caesium-137 at Taichung Civic Square, he said, arguing that Taiwan is being polluted by radioactivity.
Taipower divides the radioactive waste produced by nuclear power plants into burnable and unburnable types, of which 100,000 barrels of unburnable waste is stored on the outlying Orchid Island or Lanyu, he said. Around the same number of barrels are stored within Taiwan's three active nuclear plants.
Taipower spokesman Chai Fu-feng explained later in the day that low-end nuclear waste is treated in several stages before being incinerated, and the process is closely monitored throughout.
If radioactivity reaches a higher than acceptable level during the incineration, an automatic shutdown mechanism will kick in, Chai said.
Despite the explanation, however, there is no indication that the environmentalists will call off their Saturday demonstration to demand scrapping a fourth nuclear plant and an end to nuclear power on Taiwan.

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