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RADIOACTVE FOODSTUFFS CANNOT BE INCINERATED IN TAIWAN|下架核食品 雙北.桃園:需附證明才准銷毀

Good Morning Taiwan
2016-12-18
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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

民眾聞核災區食品色變,最近查獲不少、並陸續下架,但這些食品該怎麼處理呢?台北市環保局週五表示,市內的焚化爐,都無法處理放射性廢棄物,若有廠商提出銷毀核災區食品,必須是沒有輻射檢出的,並且檢附證明,否則拒絕收受,而鄰近的新北市、桃園市都說比照辦理。


這套門框式輻射偵檢設備,就設在進入內湖焚化爐前的過磅處,當車輛載載廢棄物、輻射劑量高於環境背景值0.1微西弗的10%,就會發出警報,最近有不少來自核災區食品下架,北市環保局表示,市內三座焚化爐皆無法處理放射性廢棄物,若是廠商申請要銷毀這些下架食品,必須要檢附未檢出輻射證明。

==台北市環保局副局長 蔡玲儀==
因為這些放射性的物質
基本上我們焚化爐操作的溫度
還有我們的汙染控制設備
是沒有辦法把它去除的


北市環保局表示,產品下架代表有安全風險,最優先還是希望退運日本,若真要送來北市處理,也必須確保沒有輻射汙染。而包括桃園市與新北市環保局都表示,比照台北市的作法。

== 桃園市環保局副局長 沈志修==
我們不收等於就是
有放射性的這個廢棄物
所以這個部份我們的確
是比較慎重來面對

==新北市環保局公害稽查發言人 孫忠偉==
我們的焚化爐焚化廠
都是設計來處理一般的廢棄物
所以如果是受到汙染的話
它有可能會隨著這個廢氣
飄散在空氣中
它會更擴大汙染的情況


目前包括日本福島、群馬、櫪木、茨城、千葉等五縣市食品,不能進口,查獲都必須下架,因應接下來廠商可能提出的銷毀計畫,北市環保局先把規則說清楚。而焚化廠內除了門框式儀器,還準備手提式的,希望徹底檢查,盡可能把放射性廢棄物阻隔在外。

記者林靜梅 陳立峰 沈志明 綜合報導