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China Moves Ahead with Inland Nuclear Power Plants

By April Ma
A containment dome for the No. 2 nuclear unit is installed at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant in Haiyang, Shandong province, on Sep. 12, 2015. China has resumed construction of three inland nuclear power plants in Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces. Photo: IC
A containment dome for the No. 2 nuclear unit is installed at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant in Haiyang, Shandong province, on Sep. 12, 2015. China has resumed construction of three inland nuclear power plants in Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — China’s inland nuclear power projects are on track to break ground before 2020 as Beijing tries to lessen its dependence on coal even as local residents worry about the potential for a repeat of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown of 2011.

China has “basically determined” the sites for its future inland nuclear power plants, which may begin construction before the close of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan in 2020, said Wang Yiren, deputy director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, in an interview with state media on Monday.

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