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China sets nuclear security, radioactive contamination targets

(Xinhua)

08:20, October 17, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Environmental Protection on Tuesday outlined the country's targets in nuclear security and radioactive contamination control for the next eight years.

The State Council, or the Cabinet, has approved a plan on nuclear security and the prevention and treatment of radioactive contamination for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period and a vision for 2020, according to a press released posted on the ministry's website.

The nation aims to upgrade the security of its nuclear facilities and devices employing nuclear technologies to a new level by 2015, the plan said.

The document also said the risks affecting radiation environment safety will be "noticeably" lowered by the end of the five-year plan period.

By 2020, the safety condition of the nation's nuclear power will be among the world's best, it said, adding that China's nuclear security and radioactive contamination control level will be "comprehensively" raised,and the radiological environmental quality will remain in a good state at the same time.

China will adhere to the fundamental principle of putting safety first in nationwide efforts to meet these objectives, the State Council vowed.

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