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Taiwan activists make map of 54 high-radiation locales

TAIPEI--A group of activists opposed to nuclear power released a map Wednesday showing "excessive" radiation levels all over Taiwan, though the Atomic Energy Council said it had not detected any abnormal changes in radiation.

The map, compiled by a 50-member association of activist groups, shows 54 locations around the country that they said exceed international standards for radiation levels.

Lin Chang-mao, a leader in the Green Formosa Front, and documentary filmmaker Lin Jui-chu gathered their data by leading activists to conduct tests beginning in March last year.

Lin Jui-chu said they found radiation at four times the regulated levels at schools and government offices, among other locations.

The first stage of their monitoring program covered 1,959 points in 733 places in Taiwan, Penghu and Kinmen to collect some 24,000 measurements on gamma radiation, she said.

The government's Atomic Energy Council responded to the data by saying it has not detected anything abnormal at monitoring stations, suggesting the results of tests may vary according to the equipment used.

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