Monday, 30 September 2013

Chinese oppose uranium processing plant in China

“OPPOSE nuclear pollution”; “Give us back our green homeland”. So declared
banners raised by some of the hundreds of protesters who took to the
streets of Jiangmen city in the southern province of Guangdong on July
12th. In a remarkable concession, the local government announced that it
would heed their demands and abandon plans to build a uranium-processing
facility. For officials in Beijing, keen to develop nuclear power and keep
activism in check, the demonstration was an unsettling sign of potential

When authorities finally lifted the moratorium on approvals in October
2012, it was with the stipulation that going forward only “Generation-III”
models that meet stricter safety standards would be approved. China has no
experience in operating these more advanced models; several of the
Generation-III reactors it has currently under construction are already
facing delays due to post-Fukushima design changes or supply chain issues.

CHINA’S state nuclear technology developer is in talks to buy land
earmarked for new
atomic reactors in Sellafield, Cumbria.
It is understood that State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) will
go ahead
only if it receives assurances from Whitehall that it will one day be able
to build Chinese-designed nuclear
stations in Britain. The deal was raised in talks last week with Ed Davey,
the e