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July 13, 2013

CHINA - URANIUM PLANT

Chinese officials have scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant after hundreds of people protested against it.

The city government of Heshan, in the southern Guangdong province, said on its website Saturday that it was stopping the $6 billion project by China National Nuclear Corp.

Local residents held demonstrations against the plant due to safety concerns. Participants in the protest Friday paraded through the streets holding banners and chanting slogans against the planned plant.

The protest initially forced officials to extend the consultation period by 10 days before they ultimately decided to scrap the plan Saturday.

CNNC could not be immediately reached for comment.