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China has temporarily suspended work on 26 or so nuclear reactors currently under construction, pending revision of its safety standards.

The decision was made at a meeting of China’s State Council today, and reflects the country’s increasing concern about safety following the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan.

A statement from the State Council said that existing nuclear plants would also be checked for safety. Medium- and long-term plans for expansion of its nuclear programme would be re-considered, it said.

China has 13 reactors in operation and plans to increase that number to 110 in the next decade or so, to reduce its current dependence on coal. There are currently 440 nuclear power stations operating in the world in 30 countries.

 

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