By: Wen Kui-hsiang and S.C. Chang
Taipei, June 2 (CNA) A French expert questioned the wisdom Tuesday of Taiwan
Power Co.’s (Taipower’s) plan to ship some of Taiwan’s nuclear waste to a French company for processing, warning that the company could be throwing huge sums of money into an abyss.
The French company, AREVA, is on the brink of bankruptcy, although it was the sole foreign company to bid for and win a contract with Taipower to process its nuclear waste, said Yves Marignac during a public hearing hosted by an opposition lawmaker in Taipei.
In addition to AREVA’s own problems, French law bans the storage of foreign nuclear waste, including that already processed outside of France, Marignac told the hearing, including Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tien Chiu-chin, who hosted it.
No Taiwanese government agencies can guarantee that none of the highly toxic plutonium or uranium it ships abroad for processing will not be shipped back to Taiwan, he added. [FULL STORY]