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China Nuclear Security Law to be approved by end of 2016

By Kou Jie (People's Daily Online)    16:07, September 12, 2016

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Legislation regarding a new nuclear security law is expected to be approved by the end of 2016, which may create a legal basis for China’s booming nuclear industry. The law would also promote public access to environmental data.

“As far as we know, opinions and suggestions are currently being solicited for the nuclear security law, which will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for deliberation by the end of 2016,” said Liu Hua, Chief Nuclear Safety Engineer of China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, in an interview with Beijing Youth Daily.

Liu’s remarks came on the heels of a statement made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sept. 8. In the statement, a team of IAEA experts said that China’s regulatory framework for nuclear safety is effective, but will require further development due to the rapid growth of nuclear energy.

On Sept. 8, the Integrated Regulatory Review Service team concluded a 10-day mission to assess China's regulatory safety framework; the review positively evaluated China’s efforts on nuclear safety, People’s Daily reported on Sept. 11.

According to Liu, the draft of China’s Nuclear Security Law will ensure the independence of regulatory institutions from other entities that could potentially create conflicts of interest. The draft also emphasizes the importance of promoting public access to more extensive environmental data.

Although China put the brakes on its nuclear energy development after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, it has highlighted nuclear power development as a priority for the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). Currently, China has 24 nuclear power-generating units under construction, ranking first in the world, Xinhua reported.

As a leading nuclear power, China has put a great deal of effort into promoting nuclear security. During the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. in April, President Xi Jinping stated, “China applies the most stringent security monitoring to ensure the safety and security of nuclear power stations within China and of those exported to other parts of the world. Nothing is left to chance.”

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