Debate on Orchid Island’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Continues Despite Compensation

Although the Taiwanese government has offered to compensate the Taos for the nuclear waste disposal, the debate on whether to go nuclear-free will persist beyond 2020.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/12/05
By: Syrena Lin

Photo Credit: CNA

An indigenous group on Orchid Island (Lanyu) would receive NT$2.55 billion in compensation after investigation revealed that the nuclear waste disposal facility on the island was built without the residents’ consent.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended a press conference in Taitung and apologized to the Tao community, after having done so in 2016.

“The investigation discovered the truth, and the compensation fulfills part of the government’s transitional justice for indigenous people,” Tsai said.

The Executive Yuan has exhibited declassified historical documents, showing former premiers Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) and Sun Yun-hsuan (孫運璿) had approved plans to build the facility and store nuclear waste on Lanyu in the 1970s.    [FULL  STORY]

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