SAFETY FIRST:New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi said that ensuring the safety of residents is more important than building a facility to store spent fuel rods
Date: Oct 27, 2015
By: Chen Wei-tsung, Lai Hsiao-tung and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
Citing concerns over security measures, the New Taipei City Government yesterday said
it is holding on to Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower, 台電) application to build a dry-storage facility to store spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants.
According to a report published yesterday in the Chinese-language Apple Daily, Taipower’s application to set up a dry-storage facility for spent fuel rods from the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Shihmen District (石門) and the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in the city’s Wanli District (萬里) faces further scrutiny.
The city government said that there could be no nuclear power without nuclear safety, the report said, adding that the city government has returned the application’s environmental conservation reports on concerns over security and the facility’s resistance to seismic activity. [FULL STORY]