A city in eastern China city has suspended preliminary work on selecting a site for a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility following days of protests by area residents.

A one sentence notice posted Wednesday on the website of the Lianyungang city government offered no details on longer-term plans.

The three days of protest that preceded the announcement underscored a growing willingness by the public to oppose projects from petrochemical plants to garbage incinerators seen as threatening lives and property.

The city government had earlier responded to the weekend demonstrations in a downtown square with an announcement that plans for the nuclear project were in early stages and no location had been confirmed.

The police responded to new protests Tuesday with a ban on unauthorized public gatherings and call to disregard rumors.