Cabi­net aims to es­tab­lish nu­clear waste in­sti­tu­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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