Friday Nuclear processing site suspended
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.