Local authorities said on Saturday, July 13, 2013, that the planned nuclear fuel processing project in South China?s Guangdong province has been canceled. The project was canceled because local residents opposed to it.
Longwan Industrial Park project was planned and located in Zhinshan township in the city of Heshan. However, the project has been canceled according to the municipal government of Jiangmen, which administers Heshan. The project is also sourced from the China National Nuclear Corporation, which is the builder of it. Wu Yuxiong, mayor of Heshan said that many residents have expressed their opposition to the project, after it was made public by the Heshan government.
Yuxiong?said, ?The Heshan government respects the public’s opinion and will not apply for approval for the project”. The public opposed this project mainly due to safety and environmental issues. The planned industrial park is designed with a capacity of 1,000 tons of uranium in 2020.
The park was supposed to feature facilities for uranium conversion, enrichment and manufacturing of nuclear fuel equipment, which involves a total investment of 37 billion yuan. The nuclear projects in the country have been opposed by the public more after the nuclear disaster which devastated Japan happened in 2011.