A high-tech organization and competent authority of nuclear safety, the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) is responsible for overseeing affairs relevant to nuclear safety, radiation protection, nuclear emergency response and radioactive waste management. As endowed by law, the Council is also charged with the development of atomic technology.
As a nuclear or radioactive accident may lead to significant consequences, the supervision and oversight duties must be performed with great caution, and protection of public health and safety shall always be a top priority. Supervising over nuclear safety should be impartial. While making relevant oversight information transparent, AEC staffers should actively reach out to the public and help clarify any issue or situation professionally to gain their trust.
It has been the policy of the new government to strive toward its goal of nuclear power phase-out by 2025. On its way to reach this goal during the next decade, in addition to continuing safety oversight of nuclear power plants and strengthening the mechanism of nuclear emergency response, it is required to take a more active approach to meeting the challenges of decommissioning and radioactive waste management. Therefore, supervision and safety oversight on "Steady Phase-Out of Nuclear Power" and "Radioactive Waste Management" will be AEC's two major tasks in the coming years. AEC will request Taiwan Power Company to make good planning on the decommissioning of nuclear power plants that cease operation, and to practically make progress on the projects of interim storage and final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. We should actively address the challenges of nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste management, and not leave the trouble to our future generations.
Nuclear safety is not only a technical matter but also receive great public attention. While overseeing nuclear safety using their technical and professional capabilities, AEC staffers are also expected to consider the issues and solve the problems from the public viewpoint, so that the public can rest assured about AEC missions in safeguarding the safety and health of the public and protecting the environment.