A string of mishaps at Chinese nuclear power plants last year has raised concerns about the safety of the rapidly growing industry, especially given the country’s overall industrial safety record, experts told RFA. By 2020, China will be the second-biggest producer of nuclear power after France, with 35 generators currently in operation and 21 more in the pipeline. But last October, the National Nuclear Safety Administration (CNNSA) made public 16 safety failures that occurred in China’s nuclear plants in 2016, all involving mistakes made by staff members, official media reported. A total of 16 errors and incidents took place at eight nuclear power stations, including Ningde, Yangjiang, Fangchenggang, and Tianwanhe, the Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, reported. Six incidents involved staff members breaching operational guidelines, and four were caused by a lack of internal communication, it said. More worryingly, six were caused by staff members “pressing the wrong buttons,” the report said.
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