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Premier spurns report of PRC nuclear storage offer

GLOWING LEGACY:The premier said a Chinese storage option would not be politically feasible. Meanwhile, academics said Taiwan’s storage and disposal options are limited

By Chris Wang and Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporters

Reprocessing the spent fuel into MOX fuel would cause even more trouble in terms of disposal, because the plutonium created has a half-life of 24,000 years, she said, adding that if early Homo sapiens 100,000 years ago had used nuclear power, the plutonium in the nuclear waste would still be able to cause radiation damage today.

“If Tsai considers spent nuclear fuel as a treasure, then I suggest that high-level radioactive waste, which we have trouble finding permanent repositories for, be stored at Tsai’s office or the KMT’s central office,” Tien said.

Yilan Charlie Chen Foundation consultant He, who has a background in nuclear engineering, said even if Taiwan was allowed to send spent fuel abroad to be refined into MOX fuel, the leftover waste would still have to be shipped back for final disposal.

It is not worth the trouble to create more toxic substances for tens of thousands of years just for a few more resources at present, He said.

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