"China's Nuclear Safety Regulatory System: Current Status and Challenges"
September 16, 2011
Author: Yun Zhou, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA), 2013–2014; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program (ISP)/MTA, 2011–2013; Former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, ISP/MTA, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, ISP/MTA, 2009–2010
Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, the Fukushima tragedy really gave global community another wake-up call on the importance of nuclear safety. In response to the Fukushima accident, China is strengthening its nuclear safety at reactors in operation, under construction, and in preparation, including efforts to improve nuclear safety regulations and guidelines based on lessons learned from the accident. Although China is one of the major contributors in the global nuclear expansion, China's nuclear power industry is relatively young. Its nuclear safety regulators are less experienced compared to those in other major nuclear power countries. To realize China's resolute commitment to rapid growth of safe nuclear energy, detailed analyses of its nuclear safety regulatory system are required. This talk explores China's governmental activities and future nuclear development after the Fukushima accident and China's nuclear safety regulations and practices. Issues and challenges are also identified for policymakers, regulators, and industry professionals.
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