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DPP supports Wuchiu Township's opposition to nuclear waste

2010/09/14 20:12:56

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The opposition Democratic ProgressiveParty (DPP) expressed support Tuesday for the people of the islandtownship of Wuchiu in their opposition a day earlier to plans to makethe remote group of islets in the Taiwan Strait a site for nuclearwaste disposal.

"You don't bully Wuchiu people merely because their population issmall. You don't abuse the land only because it is remote, " saidWung Chih-ming of the DPP's branch office in Kinmen County, whichadministers Wuchiu Township, after township chief Chen Hsin-chiu andTsai Wan-chun, head of the township people's representatives, pledgedto defend their homes from nuclear waste pollution.

Wuchiu, which comprises two main islands, Dachiu and Shaochiu,lies 72 nautical miles east of Kinmen. The township covers only 1.2square kilometers of land, on which live around 50 people aspermanent residents, along with several hundred military personnel.

The only way to get to Wuchiu is by military boats, which sailbetween Taichung Harbor and the islands every 10 days.

Wung said the DPP will launch a campaign on Kinmen to call for areferendum against the proposal to use Wuchiu as the country'slow-level radioactive waste dump.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs also selected the remote DarenTownship in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County as another potential dumpsite Monday.

(By Ni Kuo-yen, Lin Huei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)