China is planning a 300-strong state-level task force to deal with nuclear emergencies, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday.
The new body will handle serious nuclear accidents in complicated circumstances such as locking down radioactive sites, carrying out search and rescue operations and damage control, said Yao Bin, head of the nuclear emergency and security division of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).
The task force will be jointly set up by SASTIND and the People’s Liberation Army and is expected to be operational by 2015
It is part of a broader effort to avert disaster similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.
China, which boasts a strong track record in nuclear safety, has 19 nuclear reactors in operation and 29 under construction.
It has 27 civilian and military departments to handle nuclear emergencies.
On May 5, five major nuclear companies agreed to cooperate in nuclear emergency response and rescue, state media reported.
These are China National Nuclear Corp., China General Nuclear Power Group, China Power Investment Corp., State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. and China Huaneng Group.
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