Session W20: Invited Session: Nuclear Power, One Year After Fukushima

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Room: 253C

Sponsoring Units: FPS FIP DCMP
Chair: David Wright, Union of Concerned Scientists

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.W20.4

Abstract: W20.00004 : Nuclear Power in China

1:03 PM–1:39 PM

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  Yun Zhou
    (Harvard University)

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 explains China's nuclear energy program and policy at first. It also explores China's governmental activities and future nuclear development after Fukushima accidents. At last, an overview of China's nuclear safety regulations and practices are provided. Issues and challenges are also identified for police makers, regulators, and industry professionals.

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