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China freezes new nuke plant projects in response to Japan tragedy

Beijing , Thu, 17 Mar 2011 ANI

Beijing, Mar.17 (ANI): China has suspended approval for nuclear power stations so as to revise safety standards in the wake of recent explosions at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.


According to the statement released after State Council meeting, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, the Council has asked relevant departments to do safety checks at existing plants.


The statement by State council also said security is their top priority in developing nuclear power plants, The Xinhua reports.


The statement said all nuke reactors in China are safe and the country remains unaffected by radioactive leakages from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was exploded after massive earthquake and Tsunami.


According to the statement before revised safety standards are approved, all new nuclear power plants, including pre-construction works, should be suspended.


The State Council also asked country's environmental regulator, the National Nuclear Safety Administration, to step up monitoring of radioactive substances and issue alerts timely.


China would continue help Japanese authorities to move Chinese citizens in Japan to safety, the statement added. (ANI)


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