Taipower planning nuclear waste storage on uninhabited island

The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said Saturday that it is planning to build a storage facility on an uninhabited island to store radioactive waste from the country's first nuclear power plant.

A feasibility report on the project is expected to be completed later this month, the company said.

According to Taipower, the project is part of preparations for the decommissioning of the power plant's two reactors, which are scheduled to go offline in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

After that, the plant will enter a 25-year decommissioning period, which will include eight years of facility decontamination, 12 years of plant demolition, three years of monitoring and two years of site restoration, the company said.

During the period, nuclear waste will be temporarily stored at its original site and moved to the new storage facility after it is completed, Taipower said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel