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Taiwan VP reassures Lanyu residents government will dispose of nuclear waste via Taiwan News

About 100,000 barrels of nuclear waste from nation’s 3 operational nuclear power plants have been stored on Orchid Island since 1982

By George Liao

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said that disposing of the nuclear waste stored on Orchid Island (Lanyu Township), an outlying island off the coast of the eastern county of Taitung.

During a visit to the island on Monday (June 22), Lai also reiterated that the government will deliver the promised retroactive compensation of NT$2.55 billion (US$85 million) to the islanders for the storing of the radioactive waste, according to a China Times report.

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According to reports, about 100,000 barrels of nuclear waste from the nation’s three operational nuclear power plants have been stored at a complex on the island since 1982. The waste has been at the center of many protests initiated by Orchid Island residents over the years.

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