Experienced old physicist positioned against rapid expansion of nuclear plants in China

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Proposals to build such plant inland is appreciated as very risky because if there was an accident it could contaminate rivers that hundreds of millions of people rely on for water and taint groundwater supplies to vast swathes of important farmlands. The risk is increased by the fact that the country is not investing enough in safety controls, the expert warned. Other risks, including “corruption, poor management abilities and decision-making capabilities” are to be considered, He Zuoxiu said. He recommends only a gradual expansion of the use of nuclear obtained electric power and that means China should stop its expansion once the plants that have been approved or are now under construction are finished, and then gain a few decades experience of running them safely before expanding again.

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