Fri­day Nu­clear pro­cess­ing site sus­pended

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A coastal city in east­ern China on Wed­nes­day backed away from its selec­tion of a site for a Sino-French nu­clear waste pro­cess­ing plant, af­ter days of protests by res­i­dents.

Since Satur­day, thou­sands of peo­ple con­cerned about safety took to the streets of Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince, to protest the pro­posed 100 bil­lion yuan ($15 bil­lion) plant.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment said on its web­site on Wed­nes­day that the city would “sus­pend the site selec­tion and pre­lim­i­nary work on the nu­clear re­cy­cling project”. No other de­tails were given.

French nu­clear fuel group Areva and China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp signed a deal for the project in 2012 for pro­cess­ing spent fuel pro­duced by nu­clear power plants.

Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to start in 2020, with com­ple­tion by 2030. But the lo­ca­tion has yet to be de­cided.

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