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China passes safety law for operators of nuclear power plants

Country has 23 active nuclear power generating units; 27 others are under construction

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping. (File photo: Reuters)

China, which has the largest number of power plants, on Friday passed a safety law to ensure the safe use of energy.

The legislation was adopted after a third reading at the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the top legislative body.

The new law clarified China's rational, coordinated and balanced outlook and its commitment to fulfilling obligations under binding treaties, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

should carry out exchanges and cooperation in to prevent and deal with the threat of nuclear terrorism, the law said.

Under the new law, the government is required to set up an inter-agency coordination mechanism for and a national committee in charge of emergency response to nuclear accidents.

The law also introduced a set of protocols for nuclear facility based on their full responsibility for nuclear safety. The law will go into effect January 1, 2018.

currently has 23 nuclear power generating units in operation and 27 under construction, about one-third of the world's unfinished nuclear units.

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 19:27 IST