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February 20, 1989

China is making plans to build its first permanent nuclear waste dumps in preparation for new nuclear power stations, the China Daily reported. The first two dumps likely will be in Zhejiang province, where a 300-megawatt nuclear power plant is to start operating next year, and in northwest China, where nuclear weapons are tested, the English-language newspaper said. Most of China's nuclear waste has been generated by the military, but growing amounts are being produced by labs and hospitals. The expected start-up of the Zhejiang plant and of a plant in Guangdong province by 1993 will add substantially to the waste produced.

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