Washington International Law Journal


Patricia Blazey


A major part of China’s 12th Five Year Plan focuses on energy conservation and environmental protection. Its 12th Year Environmental Plan provides that China will increase its nuclear capacity by 30% from 2010 levels of 10.8 gigawatts to 43 gigawatts in 2014. Two questions arise from this plan. First, will enough energy be produced from other sources to supply the country’s energy needs or will there be the need for an expansion to its nuclear program? Second, are the locations of its nuclear power plants safe in light of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan following the tsunami in early 2011?

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