16th July 2013
Guangdong Plans to Build 20 Nuclear Plants, Hong Kong at Risk
The Jiangmen city government abolished the plan to build a nuclear fuel plant in Jiangmen, Guangdong after thousands of Chinese citizens took it to the street. The Professional Commons, however, pointed out that Guangdong province has been trying to be the nuclear power province of China, and has plans to build at least 20 nuclear plants in Zhuhai, Heyuan and Zhaoqing, China cities very close to Hong Kong – this means Hong Kong will be surrounded by nuclear plants.
Albert Lai Kwong-tak, spokesperson of The Professional Commons, said that Guangdong government promised that nuclear waste produced by Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant, China’s largest nuclear plant nearby Hong Kong, will be sent to Jinsu for disposal and burial. This promised, said Lai, was honoured. The nuclear waste produced by Daya Bay is stored in the plant’s storage, offloading the nuclear risks to the people of Hong Kong. There are only 10 days of consultation about the Jiangmen’s new nuclear fuel plant proposal. Hong Kong’s Security Bureau have delayed the publication of the simulation diagram of Jiangmen’s nuclear proliferation. This raise suspicious about whether the Hong Kong SAR government and Guangdong government are actually concealing the larger scale plan for nuclear power plant constructions.
Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Designing Hong Kong, said that nuclear radiation can cause damages to human bodies via air, water and many other means. The organsations and other environmental friendly groups have started an online petition, asking residents and groups in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau to sign. They are hoping to collect at least 10,000 signatures and submit them to Zhao Yufang, Vice-Governor of Guangdong, and Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Secretary for Administration, demanding the Guangdong provincial government to disclose all details of the nuclear plants and consult the residents in all three locations before making any decision on these plans.
To sign the e-petition, please visit here