China’s Environment Minister says nuclear power risks are increasing

Reuters just reported:

China is facing increasing safety risks from its nuclear power plants as existing facilities age and a large number of new reactors go into operation, the country’s environmental minister said in comments published on Wednesday.

“The safety standards of China’s early-phase nuclear facilities are relatively low, operation times are long, some facilities are obsolete and the safety risks are increasing,” said Zhou Shengxian in a speech published on the website of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.

The Chinese official also had criticism for newer nukes:

Zhou told legislators that the scale and pace of nuclear construction had accelerated, a larger range of technologies had been introduced, and potential sources of radiation had become more widespread, making it harder to monitor safety.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/26/us-china-nuclear-environment-idUSTRE79P29R20111026

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