Lately, there have been several cases of imported sauce packets from Japan that were identified to be from the nuclear-contaminated prefectures. While these products have been taken off the shelves, how to process the waste if they were to be disposed of or incinerated remains a question. The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection made a statement on Friday, saying that city incinerators are not equipped to process radioactive wastes. If vendors request the city to destroy these products, they need to supply documentation to prove that these items are free of radioactivity. Otherwise, the city will not accept these wastes. The New Taipei City and Taoyuan City have also made the same statement.
The door frame radioactivity detector has been installed at the weighing area at the Neihu incinerator. Instances of imported food from nuclear-contaminated areas in Japan have been reported. The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection stated that its incinerators cannot process radioactive waste. If vendors want to apply for the destruction of food items removed from the shelves, they must provide documents to prove that those items are non-radioactive.
==TSAI LIN-YI, Dep. Dir., Taipei City Dept. of Environmental Protection==
These radioactive substances cannot be eliminated with our incinerator's operational temperature and contamination control equipment.
The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection said that when products are pulled from the shelves, they should be returned to Japan. If vendors want Taipei City to process removed products, they have to make sure that these products are free of radioactive contamination. Taoyuan City and New Taipei City also followed suit.
==SHEN CHIH HSIU, Taoyuan Dept. of Environ. Protection Director==
We don't take radioactive waste. We are very cautious about this.
==SUN CHUNG-WEI, New Taipei City Environ. Protection Bureau spokesperson==
Our incinerators are designed to process normal waste. If they contain radioactive waste, the contamination may spread to larger areas through air circulation.
Imported food items from the five nuclear-affected prefectures in Japan have to be taken off the shelves in Taiwan. Since the vendors will need to propose a plan to destroy these products, the Taipei Environmental Protection Department wanted to state the rules clearly. Incinerators will also have hand-held detectors in place to ensure that radioactive wastes are kept out.
TRANSLATED BY：CHRISTINA LIU
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