Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A905-W586



Release Date: December 9, 2015



Topic: Experts Comment that the Acceleration of the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants is Undesirable (by NTD)



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Forbidden News: Experts Comment that the Acceleration of the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants is Undesirable



[New Tang Dynasty, Nov.27, 2015] This year, the Chinese Communist Party resumed the nuclear power plant reconstruction projects that had been set-aside for 4 years and decided to build many more nuclear power plants in the future.  Many foreign media expressed safety concerns towards China's nuclear power projects. Some nuclear experts asserted that large-scale construction of nuclear power plants in a country with lax regulation and widespread corruption like China is just putting Chinese people's lives and their properties in danger without careful consideration.


The Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan in March 2011 shocked the world. Scientists then could not do anything but to hopelessly watch each nuclear reactor smoking and melting one by one. After that, big nuclear countries such as United States and Germany all decided to stop or slow down their nuclear projects.


The nuclear power fever of the Chinese Communist Party was cooled down as well. However, in 2015, the Communist regime restarted its nuclear power projects, and emphasized it would develop heavily nuclear power projects in future. Therefore many nuclear power plants are going to be built all over China.


The New York Times reported on November 23rd that one of China's nuclear reactors is going to be built in a quiet and green HuBin village in Henan Province. It is hard to image that village as one of the spots where the Communist regime is planning to build a nuclear power station in the next 10 years.


The report stated that local officials are ready with next-stage approval. To minimize over-dependence of the Chinese economy on coal-fired power, Chinese officials believe that expanding nuclear power plants is necessary.


However, people living in that village are worried about the safety of the planned nuclear power station: "what will happen if something like the Fukushima accident also happens here in the future?"


The report also mentioned that people from all over China are worried about Chinese government's plan to become the largest nuclear power country before 2030.


Ciping Huang, the executive director of the Wei Jingsheng foundation, who graduated with a nuclear physics degree, stated: "It's a worrying situation.  Although people may not see nuclear danger as clearly as the pollution made by burning coal, nonetheless if anything goes wrong, it could cause very scary pollution."


Analysts think that the damage from the nuclear power plant construction could be big even if they don't explode like what happened in former Soviet Union, or suffer a meltdown as in Japan in 2011.


He Anquan, a China researcher and the founder of the Nuclear Safety Information Exchange, said: "Even with normal functioning of a nuclear power plant, there could still be potential pollution problems as the water used to cool the nuclear reactor is going to flow out of the station and could cause some degrees of pollution."


In addition, monitoring and operational issues involved with building a nuclear power plant and processing of nuclear waste are also worrisome problems.


He Anquan said: " With such dense human population in China, it is a difficult subject to think about how to deal with nuclear waste. The usual way is to bury it deep underground. Yet how deep and how far away from residential areas should it be buried?  Many plants could still cause nuclear pollutions to the environment."


Nuclear physics expert Huang Ciping believes that the previous Tianjin massive explosion and also frequent chemical plant explosions and tofu-dreg projects everywhere in China have proved the lax regulation by the authorities in China.


Huang Ciping said: "Under China's current situation, due to inadequate legal systems and failure of regulations, I think it is very dangerous to build nuclear power plants. I think it is not desirable to build nuclear power plants on a large-scale now in China. The consequences could be unbearable even with only one accident."


Up till now, there are 30 nuclear reactors functioning in China, with most of them near the coastline. However, in some inland provinces such as Henan, Hunan and Jiangxi Provinces, there are also nuclear power plant projects under construction. Authorities plan to have 10% of electricity generated by nuclear power plants in the future decade.


He Anquan said: "The people who construct the nuclear power stations are asking for money under the guise of reducing air pollution.  They set up a false excuse to get the money from the Chinese government to compensate the construction of nuclear power plants. Whoever gets the approval to build the plants is going to earn much more money from their operation. So they have big plans for nuclear power -- it is called a Great Leap Forward of Nuclear Power."


He Anquan stated that even though coal burning produces haze, it would be clean when the power plant shuts down. However, with each nuclear power plant accident, the half-life of nuclear contamination is going to last more than one hundred years and people have no means of dealing with nuclear pollution now. He believes that the Chinese Communist Party put Chinese people's lives and property in danger by constructing nuclear power plants on a large scale.


(Interviewed by: Chen Han; Edited by: Li Yun; Produced by: Shu Can)



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(The Wei Jingsheng Foundation is grateful to Yi Shi for his translation of this report and his other contributions to this Foundation.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A905-W586



Release Date: December 9, 2015



Topic: Experts Comment that the Acceleration of the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants is Undesirable (by NTD)



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)








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