China Responds to Fukushima
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
June 28, 2012
Commentary by: Yun Zhou, research fellow with the Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program
Topic: China’s nuclear energy policies
“Before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, China had big nuclear expansion plans, with more than 40 reactor units under construction or in planning.
The Fukushima disaster led China to conduct safety inspections of all its reactors and to suspend nuclear project approvals until a new nuclear safety plan could be adopted.
Under Beijing’s new safety regulatory system, reactors that are operating or under construction will be spared major redesign, but future projects will face re-engineering, perhaps leading the Chinese to adopt safer third-generation reactor designs created by Chinese firms.”