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March 15, 2011

South Korea, China, India, Russia are undeterred in their push for nuclear power

Bloomberg -South Korea announced that they will continue building nuclear plants".

In China, the People's Congress voted to continue without interruption progress for more nuclear power. "Japan quake no threat to China's environment, nuclear power plants"

As of June 2010, official installed nuclear capacity projections were 70-80 GWe by 2020, 200 GWe by 2030 and 400-500 GWe by 2050.



"No, we do not plan to change our plans," Putin told reporters in the Siberian city of Tomsk, according to Reuters. But he added: "We, of course, will draw conclusions from what is happening in Japan."

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a review of Russia's nuclear power industry after a devastating earthquake damaged one of Japan's nuclear plants.

India will investigate coast side power plants and new builds, but there will be no delay. Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) today said it would carry out a comprehensive reassessment of safety and emergency mitigation measures at all the Indian nuclear power plants in the light of the crisis in Japan.


In German, Merkel Monday announced the three-month review and a suspension of plans to extend the life of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors, as the nuclear crisis in Japan grew more serious.

Switzerland ordered a freeze "until safety standards have been carefully reviewed and if necessary adopted," Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard said.

Britain, Bulgaria and Finland called for a nuclear safety review.

The governments of Russia, China and Poland are among those saying they are sticking to their plans for more reactors. And in the United States, the Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it does not expect delays as it attempts to break ground on two planned reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, Ga.

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