SHANGHAI: On Wednesday, it is said, Lianyungang city in east China was hang work of nuclear waste processing plant following days of protests.
A $15.05 billion i.e 100 billion yuan project run by the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is in partnership with France’s Areva. It scheduled to start construction in 2020 and completed by 2030, but it had hang project following protest among local residents concerned about the health risks of nuclear waste at weekend.
The notice posted on the company website (http://www.lyg.gov.cn) said in notice, “The Lianyungang Municipal People’s Government has decided to suspend site selection and preliminary work on the nuclear recycling project,”
Report published on Monday, in the Lianyungang Daily, official local newspaper said, “No final decision had been made on the location of the plant. It threatened to take legal action against “illegal elements” it accused of “fomenting social disorder” and spreading rumors about the project.
Lianyungang, in Jiangsu, location set for Tianwan nuclear project which is currently possess Russian-designed reactors, Two more units are now under construction and there are plans to expand further.
China has ambitions to become a world leader in nuclear power. It will have 30 reactors in commercial operations by the end of June this year, which is accounted for 28 gigawatts capacity. It is aiming to raise that to 58 GW by the end of 2020.
It is struggling to open their way for waste recycling, grid access, fuel processing and a shortage of qualified staff.
High-profile government-driven publicity campaigns designed to promote nuclear power even not able to stopped Chinese citizens from taking action against nuclear projects.
In 2013, residents of the city Heshan in Guangdong region come down on roads to protest protest against a uranium processing plant scheduled to be built in the city and project was finally cancelled.