Accountability at Local Level and Nuclear Governance: The Case of Nuclear Safety Monitoring Council in New Taipei City
Since the Fukushima accident in 2011, Taiwan’s nuclear safety system has been paid great amounts of attention. The local government of the New Taipei City, in which three nuclear plants and possible future interim nuclear waste repository sites are located, has particularly showed its interests in monitoring those facilities. However, in Taiwan’s nuclear governance system, local government has long been deprived from the rights of participation and monitoring. In order to effectively be a part of the governance, the New Taipei City, for the first time in the history of Taiwan’s local governance, has established its own monitoring council to review safety issues of those facilities.