Lanyu Storage Site

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Coordinates: 22°00′17″N 121°35′40″E / 22.00472°N 121.59444°E / 22.00472; 121.59444

Lanyu Storage Site
Lanyu Storage Site building front.jpg
General information
TypeNuclear waste storage facility
LocationLanyu, Taitung County, Taiwan
OwnerTaiwan Power Company

The Lanyu Storage Site[1] (Chinese: 蘭嶼貯存場; pinyin: Lányǔ Zhùcún Chǎng) is a facility to store all of the nuclear waste produced by three nuclear power plants in the Republic of China in Lanyu Island, Taitung County. It is owned and operated by Taipower.[2][3]


In the early 1970s, the Atomic Energy Council formed a task group to search for sites as a temporary storage facility for mid and low-level nuclear waste. The decision to choose Long Men area of Lanyu Island as the storage site was made in 1974. The construction of the facility commenced by building a harbor in 1978 and later the storage in 1980. First shipment carrying nuclear waste arrived in May 1982.[4] Aborigines living on the island have been protesting on the facility.[5][6]


The facility was built at the South Eastern tip of Lanyu Island.[7] It faces the Pacific Ocean in one direction, and the other three directions face hills behind it, thus separating the facility from the residence by natural barriers.


The facility receives low-level radioactive solid waste from nuclear power plants, medical, agriculture, industrial, education and research sectors about 45,000 barrels annually, which is being shipped by boat from Taiwan Island every week.[7][8]


Taipower claims that several safety measures are taken to ensure the safety of the facility. Wastes are tested and examined before being stored at the facility, transportation and storage are done under strict control, thorough investigation and examination are done to the environment surrounding the facility, and changes in the radioactivity level are strictly monitored.[7]

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  1. ^ "Atomic Energy Council". Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  2. ^ 台灣電力股份有限公司 (25 October 2012). "台灣電力股份有限公司".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-18. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  4. ^ "Orchid Island: Taiwan's Nuclear Dumpsite - Wise International".
  5. ^ "Premier reiterates promise of end to Lanyu nuclear waste storage | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  6. ^ "Tao protest against nuclear facility". Taipei Times. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  7. ^ a b c "Taipower: Full-Cycle Nuclear Waste Handling Department". Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  8. ^ "Taiwan: Nuclear Waste on Orchid Island · Global Voices". 31 March 2011.