from Press TV: Taiwan’s main opposition party has urged the government to halt a controversial plan to process the country’s nuclear waste overseas.
Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vowed on Monday to push for stopping the plan by the state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) that the party says lacks transparency.
“The whole bidding process was not transparent,” DPP legislator, Tien Chiu-chin said, warning that it could become a “money pit” and result in international disputes both environmentally and financially.
The company, which is the authority in charge of providing electric power to Taiwan, started a bidding process to transport and reprocess 1,200 spent fuel rods from two of the country’s three nuclear plants just before the Lunar New Year holidays. The move was seen by critics as a tactic to evade media and public attention.
Meanwhile, environmentalists are concerned that Taipower’s initiative to ship the nuclear waste abroad may pose the threat of a nuclear accident.