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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.
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.