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China declares all its operating nuke reactors 'completely safe'

June 16, 2011 - Beijing

China has declared that all the country's operating nuclear reactors are safe and sound, following an inspection after the disaster at Japan's earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

China further said that the country is proceeding with plans to build new nuclear reactors, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie said in a statement that officials had determined that all 13 of China's operating nuclear reactors were safe, and that inspections of the 27 still under construction were expected to be finished by October.

Since March 11, countries around the world have been re-examining the use of nuclear power, with some, including Germany, dramatically pulling back its scope to build new ones, while others like China, proceeding with its ambitious plans.

In the immediate aftermath of Fukushima disaster, which prompted widespread public fear in China over nuclear safety, the State Council suspended approvals for new nuclear projects, but it has pushed forward with reactors already under construction.

The newest reactor, located at the Ling Ao nuclear plant in the southern city of Shenzhen, will be active by mid-August.


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