Published: Saturday 31 August 1996

-- As if the controversial Daya Bay nuclear plant was not enough, another nuclear power plant is coming up within 60 km of Hong Kong's coast amid concerns over marine contamination. For the construction of the twin reactor nuclear power plant in Lingao -- just one km east of the problem-plagued Daya Bay plant -- a bay in Guangdong is being reclaimed and swathes of hillside cut away. The new plant has two 985- mw reactors, produced by French nuclear supplier Framatome, and turbines by an Anglo-France power equipment firm -- gec -Alsthom -- the same team which built the Daya Bay plant. Anti-nuclear campaigners are worried about possible radiation leaks from Daya Bay, despite assurances that only the border island of Ping Chau would be affected in the worst scenario. A survey conducted by China's State Bureau of Oceanography has found radioactive traces in marine life near the plant.

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