Chinese Reactor Leak

Posted: 14th June 2021

China, Reactor Leak


 The US government has spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at
a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that part owns and
helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to
US officials and documents reviewed by CNN. The warning included an
accusation that the Chinese safety authority was raising the acceptable
limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in
Guangdong province in order to avoid having to shut it down, according to a
letter from the French company to the US Department of Energy obtained by
CNN. Despite the alarming notification from Framatome, the French company,
the Biden administration believes the facility is not yet at a “crisis
level,” one of the sources said. While US officials have deemed the
situation does not currently pose a severe safety threat to workers at the
plant or Chinese public, it is unusual that a foreign company would
unilaterally reach out to the American government for help when its Chinese
state-owned partner is yet to acknowledge a problem exists. The scenario
could put the US in a complicated situation should the leak continue or
become more severe without being fixed.

 CNN 14th June 2021

 Business Insider 14th June 2021

 Franco-American concerns around a Chinese nuclear power plant. A leak at
the Taishan plant in southern China is being assessed by US authorities,
CNN reports. This is the first EPR-type reactor, a technology promoted by
EDF, to have been put into service in the world.

 Le Temps 14th June 2021

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