nuclear power plants on guard – Taiwan French News

The volcanic pumice stone native to the Ogasawara Islands in Japan has drifted to the north coast of Taiwan, and maritime authorities and the Atomic Energy Council are taking precautions.

Eruptions in the Micronesian Island Cluster, which includes Iwo Jima, began on August 13, producing huge drifting floating stones that began to clog ports in Okinawa and other parts of Japan last month.

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Smaller pumice drifts first reached the eastern and southern coasts of Taiwan earlier in December.

On December 8, the Keelung Town Government instructed the Keelung District Fisheries Communication Station to issue alerts on coastal shipping, including fishing vessels, after pumice began to build up. appear along the coast and in fishing ports in the region. Pumice stone is a potential hazard for boats with seawater cooling systems.

Pumice drifts in a fishing port in Keelung town. Photo: Keelung City Government.

The Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) and the National Coast Guard Administration monitor drifts in coordination with the National Airborne Service Corps and the Marine Conservation Agency. So far, pumice has been seen at Badouzi Fishing Port, Zhengbin Fishing Port, and Wanghaixiang Fishing Port.

Taiwan’s three nuclear power plants, two of which are located on the north coast, also depend on seawater intake for cooling. The Atomic Energy Council and Taipower, the operator of the power plants, are also monitoring and taking action against pumice drifts.

The AEC said barriers have been installed around the seawater inlets of the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in Shimen and the Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant in Wanli. The ACS said operations would not be affected and that it would continue to monitor and take countermeasures.

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