China says its nuclear reactors passed inspections

By the Associated Press | June 15, 2011 | 12:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's nuclear regulators have given the country's reactors a clean bill of health following inspections ordered in the wake of the disaster at Japan's tsunami-struck Fukushima Dai-ichi facility.

Vice Environment Minister Li Ganjie says inspections have been completed on all 13 of China's currently operating reactors in a process very similar to those in place in Europe and the United States.

Further safety reviews of 28 reactors now under construction should be completed by October, Li was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

China intends to have more than 100 reactors in operation by 2020, but has suspended issuing permits for new plants until a national nuclear safety plan is completed.