Thousands protest against proposed Sino-French nuclear reprocessing plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China

The Lianyungang Municipal People's Government has decided to suspend site selection and preliminary work on the nuclear recycling project after thousands protest.


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French nuclear fuel group Areva agreed in 2012 to cooperate with the state-run China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) to build a reprocessing facility in China, without stating the location. Locals say that Lianyungang, a port city in Jiangsu province, is a prime candidate because a large new nuclear power station is being built by CNNC nearby.[1] Lianyungang hosts the Tianwan nuclear plant, which has two power reactors and two more under construction. A 2010 survey of 1,616 local residents showed widespread apprehension about the Russian-built Tianwan plant: 83.5% of respondents said they "worried about improper handling of nuclear waste" at the plant. [2]

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Basic Data
NameThousands protest against proposed Sino-French nuclear reprocessing plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China
CountryChina
ProvinceJiangsu
SiteLianyungang City
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Nuclear
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Nuclear waste storage
Other
Specific CommoditiesUranium
Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsIt is just a proposed project:

The 100 billion yuan (US$15b; €13.3b) plant is to be built by China National Nuclear Corp., based on Areva technology. China wants a plant to process 800 tonnes of spent fuel per year, as well as a MOX fuel fabrication plant modelled on Areva's plant in Melox, southern France. The aim is to build the reprocessing plant from 2020 to 2030.[4]
Level of Investment (in USD)1,500,000,000.00
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date06/08/2016
End Date10/08/2016
Company Names or State EnterprisesAreva (Areva) from France
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) from China
Relevant government actors-Lianyungang Municipal Government
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Other Environmental impacts
Otherradiation
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject temporarily suspended
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.There is a nuclear power station in the nearby area already, and local residents showed widespread apprehension about the plant. The protest resulted in temporal suspension but it does not mean the nuclear fuel-reprocessing proposal is dead. Sites under consideration will have similar fears on the potential risks.
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Residents of Chinese city protest for third day over possible plans to build nuclear fuel reprocessing centre
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[1] Thousands in Lianyungang protest possible China-France nuclear project
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[2] Thousands in Eastern Chinese City Protest Nuclear Waste Project
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[3]李克强出席第十七次中国欧盟领导人会晤并顺访比利时、对法国进行正式访问并访问经济合作与发展组织总部
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[4] Protests against proposed reprocessing plant in China
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[6] Chinese City Backs Down on Proposed Nuclear Fuel Plant After Protests
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[9] Jiangsu residents protest nuclear project
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[11] China National Nuclear Corporation Longwan industrial park, Jiangmen, Guangdong, China
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[10] 连云港发布Official Weibo of Lianyungang
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[7] Anti-nuclear Waste Protest Turns Violent in Lianyungang
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Media Links

Protests in East China Over Proposed Sino-French Nuclear Plant
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Lianyungang Residents Defiant Over Possible Nuclear Facility Project
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Thousands of environmental activists and local residents gather in downtown Lian-yun-gan, Jiangsu province, protesting a planned nuclear waste plant project.
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[5]"We Know About Fukushima": Thousands Rally In China Over Nuclear Project Fears
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For the next generation, refuse construction of the nuclear waste plant.
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Thousands of residents gathered in front of a primary school near Suning Plaza to protest
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The Lianyungang Municipal People's Government has decided to suspend site selection and preliminary work on the nuclear recycling project.
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ContributorEnvJustice, ICTA-UAB
Last update13/11/2017
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