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Title: The governance of nuclear power in China
Authors: Andrews-Speed, Philip 
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Andrews-Speed, Philip (2020-03-01). The governance of nuclear power in China. The Journal of World Energy Law & Business 13 (1) : 23-46. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Abstract China has the third largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the world, totalling more than 45 GWe at the end of 2019. With the current high rate of growth, its capacity will soon overtake that of France. The country’s nuclear power industry has suffered no serious accidents to date. Nevertheless, the poor safety record of some other heavy industries in China, combined with the rapid growth of civil nuclear power capacity, has raised concerns over the industry’s ability to prevent a serious accident. The organization, development and governance of China’s nuclear power industry reflects the high strategic importance that the government has placed on the industry over several decades. At the same time, it has taken steps to address domestic and international concerns over its ability to effectively govern nuclear safety and security. The country has become party to most major treaties and conventions relating to nuclear matters and has frequent interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Despite many significant steps taken by the government, a number of questions remain concerning: the capacity and independence of the National Nuclear Safety Administration; the relatively incoherent nature of the body of laws, regulations and rules that govern nuclear safety and security; the absence of a clear legal basis for managing civil nuclear liability, especially in the context of an accident with transboundary consequences; and the quality of public participation, especially in the case of planned nuclear power plants.
Source Title: The Journal of World Energy Law & Business
ISSN: 17549957
DOI: 10.1093/jwelb/jwaa004
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