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China has an emergency response team at nuclear facilities

In China, work is underway to establish a team for emergency response to emergency situations at nuclear facilities that will specialize in serious incidents at nuclear facilities under difficult conditions, Yao Bin, head of the Department for Emergency Response and Security at Nuclear Facilities of the Committee for Defense Science, told Yinhua on Monday, Technology and Industry (CCTS).

A team of about 300 people, jointly prepared by the General Staff of the PLA and KONTP, will be equipped with the latest technology, and a special base will also be created for it. The scope of its tasks will include assistance to nuclear power plant operators in localizing the sources of nuclear contamination in the event of an emergency, helping people in the disaster zone, monitoring radioactive contamination, and minimizing the consequences of the accident, the official adds.

Currently, 19 nuclear reactors are operating in China, 29 is still under construction, along with dozens of facilities with nuclear equipment are being created, including medical facilities, research institutes, factories that have their own emergency response departments. In 16 provinces, cities of central subordination and autonomous regions, there are also commissions for emergency response to emergencies at nuclear facilities. The central government also has state-level 4 technical support centers and 6 small emergency response teams.

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