Politics & Policy

China Suspends New Nuclear Power Plant Construction

While China is currently constructing 27 new nuclear power plants, they have suspended approval for new plants following the Fukushima earthquake:

China has suspended approval for new nuclear power stations following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant.

It will also carry out checks at existing reactors and those under construction.

China is currently building 27 new reactors – about 40% of the total number being built around the world.

The news comes as China grows increasingly worried about the nuclear accident in Japan.

The decision to temporarily halt approval for nuclear plants came at a meeting of China’s State Council, or Cabinet, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.

“We will temporarily suspend approval for nuclear power projects, including those that have already begun preliminary work, before nuclear safety regulations are approved,” read a statement from the State Council.

“Safety is our top priority in developing nuclear power plants.”

 

More at BBC.

Nat Brown is a deputy web editor at Foreign Affairs and a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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