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Thursday, June 16, 2011

China Declares Its Nuclear Reactors 'Safe'

China has declared all its active nuclear reactors safe in inspections triggered by Japan's March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. 

China's Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie noted  that officials had determined that all 13 of China's operating nuclear reactors were safe, and that inspections of the 27 still under construction are expected to be finished by October. This is a clear signal that China will increasingly rely on nuclear power to fuel its economy.

In the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the State Council suspended approvals for new nuclear projects, but it has pushed forward with reactors already under construction. (WSJ, 6/16/2011)

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