Wednesday, Taiwan’s government announced that it will expand existing radiation-level tests by increasing the number of sea monitoring points, fish sampling sizes, and tritium monitoring sites.
The Council of Agriculture (農委會), Atomic Energy Council (原委會) and Ocean Affairs Council (海委會) held a press conference responding to Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years time.
Liu Wen-shi (劉文熙), the director of the Radiation Protection Division (輻射防護處), said that Japan has yet to release its radiation monitoring plan or give a complete simulation report on the sea currents and atmospheric dispersion.
He expressed concerns that releasing the treated wastewater into the ocean would increase the burden on neighboring countries as well as damaging marine ecology.
In light of this, Taiwan’s government had expressed its disapproval to Japan and delivered a formal letter in opposition to its marine discharges.
Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲), the minister of COA said that cross-ministerial efforts had been made to monitor radiation-level tests on aquatic products since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster took place in 2011.
In the next two years, the government will expand its sea monitoring scale from 20 sites to 62 sites, with tests conducted all year-round instead of only in summer and winter, Chen added.
In addition, the number of fish samples tested will increase from the current 208 annually to 500 per year.
Chen stressed that the government will defend the rights of Taiwan fishermen and seek compensation from the Japanese government if concrete scientific evidence proved that the release of tritium-containing wastewater from Japan affects Taiwan’s fishing industry.