Anti-nuclear groups expressed their worries as a misplaced chair triggered an emergency shutdown at the second nuclear power plant last month. They say the strange incident shows that human negligence is unpredictable and could lead to the "worst-case scenarios."
On July 27, the second nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor experienced a shutdown, which was reportedly caused by a chair that accidentally knocked into the protective cover of a main steam isolation valve switch. The National Nuclear Abolition Action Platform said this incident shows how unpredictable human negligence could be. It criticized Taiwan Power Company for betting everyone's life on their so-called "nuclear safety."
Tsai Chung-yueh, Deputy Executive Director, Citizen of the Earth:” The most ridiculous thing is that we only have their version. The security cameras that were there weren't recording. This is how Taiwan's nuclear safety is managed. This is what they've been doing for the past 30 years. We're putting lives on the line.”
Meanwhile, anti-nuclear group Mom Loves Taiwan voiced their concerns about Taiwan's preparedness for a nuclear disaster as the island still lacks "worst-case nuclear disaster scenarios". They said 300,000 people would have to evacuate should Taiwan apply a 20-kilometer evacuating radius used in Fukushima. The number will increase to nearly 8.5 million if U.S. standard of 80-kilometer radius is applied, which is impractical for the island.
Yang Shun-mei, Secretary-General, Mom Loves Taiwan: “Where are we supposed to flee? Into the ocean? Jumping into the ocean is also dangerous. The whole island can't escape outside of the 20-kilometer radius.”
The Atomic Energy Council said it has always been prepared for the worst-case scenario.
Li Chi-ssu, Director, Dept. of Nuclear Technology, AEC:” We come up with hypothetical situations, such as the power plant suffering a compound disaster, causing a core meltdown. We test and train personnel to respond to these contingencies and what to do outside of the plant. "
Groups said they've never seen personnel and vehicles conducting on-site drills for large-scale evacuations resulting from a nuclear disaster. The AEC said it reviewed its measures after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the current strategy is for the evacuation to be carried out in a preventative, staggered, and region-separate manner to avert large numbers of people and vehicles and ensure traffic flows smoothly. It also said this year is the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and it has already completed inventorying and preparing national nuclear disaster response capabilities, such as shelters, military and police assistance, and radiation detection equipment. It said it has made all the preparations it can.
聲音來源 原能會核技處長 李綺思：「我們都會假想，電廠遭受複合式災害，然後導致爐心熔毀，然後來測驗，訓練應變的人員怎麼去搶救以及廠外怎麼去因應。」