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    China Scraps Nuclear Facility After Protests

    Police face off with demonstrators protesting plans for a nuclear facility in Jiangmen, Guangdong province, July 12, 2013.
    Police face off with demonstrators protesting plans for a nuclear facility in Jiangmen, Guangdong province, July 12, 2013.
    VOA News
    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 (CNNC).
     
    Mayor Wu Yuxion said the Heshan government respects the public's opinion and will not apply for approval for the project.
     
    The move came after hundreds of people took part in a demonstration in the nearby city of Jiangmen on Friday to protest construction of the plant. The opposition came mainly because of concerns about safety and nuclear radiation.
     
    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.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    July 14, 2013 11:59 AM
    China keeps fast growing while everyone keeps predicting her collapsing. Anyone ever thought why? Because chaos only belongs to democracy not to dictatorship. Just look at Iraq, Egypt and Libya.

    by: guoliang from: PRC
    July 14, 2013 4:24 AM
    i know, i know.

    by: Anonymous
    July 14, 2013 12:41 AM
    history not be covered till timeless. because someone will find it always. Now everything is be saving in computer .anyone can view it as simple as easy. so china government can't continue to control to monitoring all citizen (someone always can bypass GFW and spread information into china by passage QQ or other msg means ) let china unstable is a began for democra of step. the china will crash in economic or other disputed.

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