Lanyu residents demand removal of nuclear waste

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 02, 2017
By: Chang Tsun-wei and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Young Aborigines on Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) yesterday protested for a clear

Taos of the Orchid Island Youth Movement Alliance yesterday raise a flag calling for the removal of nuclear waste from the island. Photo courtesy of Yen Tzu-yu

deadline for the removal of nuclear waste from the island.

Raising flags on the island, the campaigners said they would not accept an apology from the government and would not accept further delays for removal of the waste material.

The Orchid Island Youth Movement Alliance, which organized the protest, said that since President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) apology last year to Aborigines for historical injustices, no action has yet been taken on the issue of nuclear waste on Orchid Island — where more than 90 percent of residents are Tao.

The Lanyu nuclear waste storage facility was built in 1982 and stopped processing nuclear waste in 1996.    [FULL  STORY]

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