Taiwan verifying safety of nuclear reactor plant parts with Japan gov't
CNATAIPEI--The government is verifying with Japan the safety of nuclear plant equipment sold to Taiwan, the Atomic Energy Council said Wednesday, in the wake of a report that 40 percent of such products exported by Japan have not undergone safety inspections.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
In addition, the state-run utility, Taiwan Power Company, has been asked to check all nuclear reactor parts from Japan within two weeks, Atomic Energy Council Chairman Tsai Chuen-horng told legislators during a committee meeting at the Legislative Yuan.
According to Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, untested nuclear reactor parts were shipped to 17 countries between 2003 and 2012. They include reactor pressure vessels shipped to Taiwan in 2004, the report said.
The Japanese conducts safety inspections on nuclear plant equipment exports only if the manufacturers receive loans from the state-run Japan Bank of International Cooperation or guarantees by the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, the paper said.
Tsai said his council discussed the issue with three foreign nuclear experts currently in Taiwan and was told that the safety inspections are not related to the quality of the products but are a measure designed to prevent nuclear proliferation.
The council will further verify the matter with the Japanese government, he said, adding that there might have been misunderstanding about the inspection process on the part of the Japanese media.