Public support for China’s nuclear-energy programme plummeted after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. So far, however, there have been no reported protests against a proposed nuclear power plant in Zhangzhou in southeast China. Other nations could learn from the strategy used by the authorities to make this project acceptable to the public. After announcing the proposal in October last year, China’s National Nuclear Corporation and the regional government engaged with local communities to communicate the planning issues and improve transparency. They also offered support for potential job seekers and for local enterprises. These efforts were spurred by the suspension two months earlier of a proposed nuclear plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, in response to public outcry.
Nature 22nd Feb 2017 read more »
The two EPR units under construction at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province will not enter commercial operation until the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, respectively. This is some six months later than originally scheduled.
World Nuclear News 22nd Feb 2017 read more »