Published: Tuesday 31 December 1996

Canada's nuclear expansion plans have run into rough weather. Two environmental groups, the Sierra Club of Canada and Energy Probe have decided to take the government to court if it continues its proposal to construct two huge nuclear reactors in China. The ecologists contend that the government has bypassed its own environmental laws to further the interests of the nuclear industry. Recently, Canada signed a pact with China to build two 700-megawatt CANDU-6 nuclear reactors about 80 km from Shanghai. The government had earlier passed a regulation incapacitating the environmental assessment act and its applicatioQ to projects outside Canada.

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