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Chinese Nuclear Plant Vents Gasses After “Imminent Radiological Threat” Reported

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The US government is analyzing a reported leak at a China's Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, after a French company that  co-owns and helps operate it warned of an "imminent radiological threat," according to CNN, citing US officials and documents reviewed by the outlet.

This file photo taken on December 8, 2013 shows the Taishan Nuclear Power Station being built outside the city of Taishan in Guangdong province. Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images


 

According to AFP, "EDF reported earlier a build-up of noble gases in one of the two reactors' primary circuits, which is part of the cooling system," adding "Noble gases are elements which have low chemical reactivity — in this case it was xenon and krypton."

"The gas was released after the coating on some fuel rods had deteriorated, said the spokesman, who asked not to be named."

After assessing the reported leak over the past week, US officials say the situation at the Guangdong plant does not "pose a severe safety threat to workers at the plant or Chinese public," and is not yet at "crisis level," per one of the sources.

That said, CNN notes that "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," adding "The scenario could put the US in a complicated situation should the leak continue or become more severe without being fixed."

Via CNN


 

According to AFP, officials have deliberately released gas from the plant into the atmosphere within authorized limits to attempt to remedy the problem.

"We are not in a scenario of an accident with a melting core," said a spokesman for EDF at a press conference, adding "We are not talking about contamination, we are talking about controlled emissions." 

More via National Post:

China General Nuclear Power Corp., the majority owner of the plant, said Sunday on its website that environmental indicators at and around its Taishan plant in Guangdong are normal, and that Unit 1 is operating normally and Unit 2 was reconnected to the grid last week after an overhaul.

Recently there have been some agencies and media organizations paying attention to and inquiring into the situation at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant,” CGN, the operator of the plant, said in a statement on its website Sunday evening, before the CNN report was published.

All operating indicators of the two units have met the requirements of nuclear safety regulations and technical requirements for power plants,” it said. CGN said it had not detected unusual amounts of radiation inside or outside the plant, adding “environmental indicators at present are within their normal range for both the Taishan plant and its surrounding environment.”

The plant, located roughly 80 miles from Hong Kong, has two units that produce a combined 3.3 gigawatts of power. The units came online in 2018 and 2019.

Going deeper on the plant is David Fishman (@pretentiouswhat):


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