China Lags in Nuclear Waste Disposal

Chinese scholars held a conference yesterday, October 15, to discuss the issue of nuclear power. It was admitted that China lagged behind India when it came to disposal, or reprocessing of nuclear waste.

According to reports cited by Liberty Times Network, China’s first commercial reactor began operations in 1991. About 1,000 tons of nuclear waste is produced annually, and 10,000 tons of radioactive waste is now in storage.

Liberty Times cites China’s Science and Technology Daily, who said the nation lacks systematic research and planning on the issue of nuclear waste disposal, and that this is bound to affect the sustainable development of nuclear power.

India has three plants that can reprocess 100 tons at a time, while China has one which can process 50 tons.

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