FILE – A Taiwanese military officer salutes to Taiwan’s flag onboard Navy’s 124th fleet Lafayette frigate during military exercises off Kaohsiung, southern of Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
UPDATED 9:20 AM PT – Thursday, November 11, 2021
Residents in Northeastern Taiwan recently took part in emergency drills in case of a potential nuclear accident. More than 100 residents of New Taipei City took part in the exercises on Wednesday.
Participants, acting as evacuees, were given pills to swallow in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown and were taught how to decontaminate themselves. Plant officials assured residents, who took part in the drills over concerns of nearby nuclear plants, that the exercise would be beneficial.
“We compare our power plant with the Fukushima incident in Japan to see what we can do to ensure the safety of our nuclear energy, so that our people can rest assured,” explained Wilson Wang, manager of the North Exhibition Center of Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant. “So come to understand us more and get more knowledge. You will get a rational understanding of our nuclear energy as well as the advantages and disadvantages of various power generation methods.”
The drills come ahead of a referendum in December on whether the government should continue construction of a fourth nuclear power plant in the country.