Daya Bay plan requires $80m over five years
By LOUIS WON
MORE than $80 million is needed over the next five years to pay for a contingency plan for accidents at the Daya Bay nuclear power plant.
In a submission to the Legislative Council Finance Committee, the Government asked that $33 million be allocated in one go for the purchase of equipment, working and protective gear as well as accessories to facilitate the contingency plan.
The running of the plan would cost $9.4 million annually over a five-year period from 1994.
After 1999, the annual operation cost was estimated at $1.8 million.
The Government said a test conducted in May last year on the contingency plan observed by the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed areas where the plan could be improved by the provision of additional equipment and further training.
The requested funds would be used to cover the administration and staffing costs incurred by the plan, with additional equipment and further training to strengthen Hong Kong's response capability in the event of a nuclear accident, the paper said.
The Government said that while the risk of an accident was extremely small, Hong Kong must be as well prepared and equipped as possible to put into effect the necessary arrangements under the contingency plan.
The Government has acquired different equipment and supplies and developed technical expertise over the past five years to enable the contingency plan to function effectively.
The equipment includes 10 automatic weather stations to monitor radiation levels in Hong Kong, special monitoring equipment for checking people, foodstuffs, livestock and water, and other radiation-measurement and monitoring equipment.