Major cities across Taiwan recently witnessed mass demonstrations advocating for renewable energy policy and the decommissioning of the country’s nuclear power stations.
On March 14, as many as 45,000 people protested against the plan of the state-owned Taiwan Power Company for sending abroad 1,200 highly radioactive used fuel rods from the island’s first and second nuclear plants. Reprocessing of these sent fuel rods would extend the service lives of the plants, which are scheduled to go out of service in the next six years. However, the protesters rejected the reprocessing because it is too expensive, and the radioactive products of reprocessing will be eventually sent back to Taiwan.
Two days after the anti-nuke demonstration, legislators from all political parties agreed to freeze the Taiwan Power Company’s plan to reprocess the fuel rods overseas.