China's first nuclear emergency drill held successfully

16:35, November 11, 2009      

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China held the first national nuclear emergency rehearsal, Aegis-2009 from 2:20 pm to 5 pm Nov. 10, 2009. The rehearsal was a joint exercise between central government, local government and nuclear facility operating units. With over 2,000 crew members participating, it reached expected effect.

The stimulated scene was the No.1 circuit loop in No. 2 unit of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant located in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, where a leakage led to a large break in the main pipeline. With the safety system failing to respond, radioactive materials began spreading around, posing great danger to local environment. After this, all crew involved responded to carry out the rescue plan.

Receiving the alert, National Nuclear Emergency Co-ordinate Committee assembled into the National Nuclear Emergency Response Center to analyze the reasons, estimate the trends, dispatch the rescue strength and run the rescue operations. Units from Beijing, Nanjing, Lianyungang and Tianwan collaborated to battle the nuclear leak. With all the efforts, the situation was under control in a short time.

Li Yizhong, Minister of National Industry and Information Technology and head of National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee acted as the commander in chief of the exercise.

Nuclear power is a safe and clean source of energy. Based on the safety design of nuclear power plants, it is very rare that this kind of emergency would occur, with a possibility of such an accident occurring once every billion years.

Nuclear emergency management is an important component of public crisis management and a guarantee of sustainable development of Chinese nuclear industry.

By People's Daily Online
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