Saturday, April 29, 2006

Orchid and Green Islands to switch names.


This image was originally posted at jomon.ne

The Taiwan News carried an article this morning online called Residents given vote on nuclear waste disposal.
Under the terms of the bill, the final nuclear waste disposal site should not be built in a place with a dense population, active geological faults, or other geological or ecological conditions that would affect the safety of the facility.
Which pretty well rules out the entire region. One startling number cited was that picturesque Orchid Island is home to 97,672 nuclear waste storage bins! These are 50 Kg barrels of low to medium level nuclear waste. The facility will eventually hold 340, 000 barrels. I had known there was a storage site there, but I didn't know it was visible from space. At least they've stopped dumping it into the ocean, eh?

For more on the situation, I would point you towards the essay Orchid Island: Taiwan's Nuclear Dumpsite.

1 comment:

BigEll said...

"I had known there was a storage site there, but I didn't know it was visible from space."

Check it out on Google Earth, it glows.