Local governments in China are said to be eager to break ground on inland nuclear power projects that had earlier been suspended until 2015 by central authorities, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.
Beijing suspended approvals for all nuclear power plants shortly after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March 2011, pending the outcome of a nationwide inspection of nuclear projects.
The ban on the construction of coastal nuclear plants was subsequently eased, but in October 2012 the State Council reaffirmed the ban on inland nuclear plants until 2015, citing higher risks in landlocked areas.
Now, reports have surfaced that some some firms have not waited for the moratorium to be lifted and are pressing ahead with construction, the paper said. The Taohua River nuclear project in Hunan province is said to be progressing despite the ban.
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