Cabinet aims to establish nuclear waste institution
The Executive Yuan on Thursday approved a draft statute mandating the establishment of a non-departmental public institution to oversee the disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.
Deputy Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao ( ) said that the arrangement is in line with international trends, with 24 of the 32 nations utilizing nuclear power initiating plans to establish similar institutions to oversee the disposal of nuclear waste.
Most notably, Cho said that the measure will improve upon the current situation in which nuclear waste disposal is handled entirely by its creator, the state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, ).
The establishment of a separate institution will help in avoiding potential conflicts of interest, while conforming to international conventions, Cho said.
To ensure the integrity and impartiality of the institution, Cho emphasized that no less than one third of its board of directors representation will be drawn from respected public figures from all walks of society, and civic organizations.
By having a boardroom full of individuals from diverse backgrounds, the institution will bring a number of passionate activists into the fold, who can work together on confronting Taiwan’s nuclear waste disposal issues, Cho said.
He added that the institution’s plans and budget must be submitted to the economics ministry, and be approved by the legislature to ensure impartiality and transparency.