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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.


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
Name of conflict:Thousands protest against proposed Sino-French nuclear reprocessing plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China
State or province:Jiangsu
Location of conflict:Lianyungang City
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Nuclear
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Other
Nuclear waste storage
Specific commodities:Uranium
Project Details and Actors
Project details

It is just a proposed project:

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project1,500,000,000.00
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:06/08/2016
End of the conflict:10/08/2016
Company names or state enterprises:Areva (Areva) from France
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) from China
Relevant government actors:-Lianyungang Municipal Government
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Other Environmental impacts
Other Environmental impactsradiation
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Project temporarily suspended
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain: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.
Sources & Materials

[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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[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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[7] Anti-nuclear Waste Protest Turns Violent in Lianyungang
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[9] Jiangsu residents protest nuclear project
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[10] 连云港发布Official Weibo of Lianyungang
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[11] China National Nuclear Corporation Longwan industrial park, Jiangmen, Guangdong, China
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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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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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Contributor:EnvJustice, ICTA-UAB
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3104
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