Inspections of nuclear industrial sites, research institutes and nuclear factories are being led by Li Ganjie, vice minister of state environmental protection administration. The PLA’s General Armament Department is also involved.
The center warned that “if military sources of radiation were damaged, they could emit radiation hundreds of thousands of times greater than the civilian sources addressed in the official announcement.”
Damage to defense facilities remains secret, it said.
Among the facilities in the earthquake zone in Sichuan are the Nuclear Industry 821 factory in Guangyuan, Sichuan, that produces nuclear reactor furnaces and nuclear fuel plates.
Others include the Nuclear Industry 814 factory in Leshan, Sichuan, which produces nuclear raw material, and the Nuclear Industry 816 factory in Fuling, Sichuan, which is preparing to rebuild a nuclear power station.
China is investing $115.5 million and using 20,000 PLA troops to excavate a mountain that will house a nuclear factory near the former 816 factory, which “is still buried a great deal of nuclear material.”
Nuclear Industry factory 857 in Jianguo, Sichuan, “produces atomic bombs,” the report said. The former 221 nuclear facility in Mianyang also contains buried nuclear material. The 585 nuclear institute at Leshan, Sichuan, is a nuclear fusion research institute. The 902 research institute in Mianyang is a nuclear weapons research institute, while Mianyang 839 is a nuclear industrial base, the report said.