10 Feb '12, 5am

Nuclear: Taiwan nuclear safety regulator plays down reactor security report

Nuclear: Taiwan nuclear safety regulator plays down reactor security report

The China Post/Asia News Network Friday, Feb 10, 2012 TAIPEI - Taiwan's nuclear safety regulator dismissed yesterday a French newspaper's report that raised doubts about the security of facilities storing spent reactor fuel in Taiwan, saying that spent fuel has always been under safe storage and strict management. The French newspaper Le Monde reported Tuesday that spent fuel pools at the first and second nuclear power plants in northern Taiwan have become saturated and could therefore be severely hazardous in the event of an accident. However, the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) said spent fuel pools at the two plants have not become saturated, and the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), which operates the two plants, will establish dry storage facilities to relieve spent fuel levels in the pools. At the first nuclear plant, which is 28 kilometers north of Taipei, 2,870 an...

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