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China's Nuclear Spent Fuel Management and Nuclear Security Issues

| Nov. 10, 2017

Introduction

In this essay, Hui Zhang reviews the status of spent fuel storage in China.  He suggest that China should take steps to improve physical protection, reduce insider threats, promote a nuclear security culture, and improve nuclear cyber security. He also recommends China, South Korea, and Japans’ nuclear security training centers should cooperate and exchange best practices on insider threat reduction, contingency plans for emergency response, and discuss regional cooperation for long-term spent fuel storage, including building a regional center of spent fuel storage.

Hui Zhang is Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University.

Paper prepared for Workshop Reducing Risk of Nuclear Terrorism and Spent Fuel Vulnerability in East Asia co-sponsored by Nautilus Institute and Research Center for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, January 20-22, 2017

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Banner image: population size living within 75 kilometres of each nuclear reactor in East Asia.  Population increases with circle size and with colour, from green (< 0.5 million) to red (> 20 million), link to GoogleEarth downloadable file here.

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For Academic Citation:

Hui Zhang, "CHINA’S NUCLEAR SPENT FUEL MANAGEMENT AND NUCLEAR SECURITY ISSUES", NAPSNet Special Reports, November 10, 2017, https://nautilus.org/napsnet/napsnet-special-reports/chinas-nuclear-spent-fuel-management-and-nuclear-security-issues/