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China to Complete Nuclear Plant Safety Reviews by October

June 14, 2011

(Updates with schedule of checks in second paragraph.)

June 15 (Bloomberg) -- China plans to finish safety checks of all its nuclear plants by October, completing one stage of a nationwide review of its atomic power industry following Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

Inspection of existing reactors has been completed, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said in a report posted on its website. The checks, which include plants under construction, started in April and will last six months, according to the report dated yesterday.

China, the country with the most nuclear reactors being built, suspended approval of new projects on March 16 after a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami led to Japan’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years. The government will review its long-term development plan for the industry, it said then.

The nation has 13 nuclear generators in commercial operation and 28 under construction, the ministry said. China may have more than 100 atomic reactors by 2020, it said.

Radiation leaks during Japan’s nuclear crisis sparked panic among the Chinese public, including a rush to buy salt, which was seen as a defense against radiation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Baizhen Chua in Beijing at bchua14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net


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