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China suspends approvals for new nuclear plants

China suspends approvals for new nuclear plants

China's Cabinet says the government will suspend approvals for nuclear power stations to allow for a revision in safety standards amid Japan's reactor crisis.
The State Council said in a statement following a meeting Wednesday that it has ordered the relevant departments to conduct safety checks at existing plants and at those that are under construction.
Explosions at a Japanese nuclear power plant following an earthquake and tsunami on Friday have prompted many countries to boost safety checks at nuclear plants. European energy officials agreed Tuesday to apply stress tests on their plants and Germany moved to switch off seven aging reactors.
A top Chinese official said earlier that Japan's problems would not deter China from expanding nuclear power generation.


Updated : 2021-10-25 04:04 GMT+08:00