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2012-03-01 China nuclear protest builds steam

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 09:49

By Leslie Hook in Wangjiang, Anhui province

For Wang Nianyu, a cotton farmer in Anhui province, China’s nuclear debate is right on his doorstep. From his patio he points across the Yangtze River to the Pengze nuclear power station, which has become a lightning rod for protest after the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant last year.

“We only knew about the plant when we read about it in the newspapers,” says Mr Wang, 72, the former village head of this tiny hamlet. “Nuclear plants shouldn’t be this close to people.” Organised public protest in China is rare, but growing. Mr Wang is part of a groundswell of criticism of the Pengze plant that is an unusual example of Nimbyism in the country.

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