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    US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility

    (CNN)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.

    MORE China nuclear plant: US assessing reported leak at facility in Taishan, Guangdong - CNNPolitics

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    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
    Typical chinkies innit.

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    CNN Politics/MK's "Edit" and Paste, post #1 v Reuters post #3

    EDF examines gas build-up at Chinese nuclear plant




    7 hours ago (Jun 14, 2021 04:56PM ET)

    "SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - French power group EDF (PA:EDF) has begun examination of a potential issue linked to a build-up of inert gases at its nuclear power station in China, though the company and its Chinese partner said the plant was operating safely. CNN reported on Monday that the U.S. government had spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan power plant in Guangdong province run by a joint venture between EDF and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN).

    The U.S. news network reported that Framatome, the EDF business that designed the plant's reactor and remains involved in its operations, had warned of an "imminent radiological threat".

    EDF said the build-up of noble gases krypton and xenon, which it said had affected the primary circuit of reactor No.1 of the Taishan plant, was a "known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures".

    A group spokesman said this could be because of an issue with fuel rods and seals. Measurements of inert gases were below maximum levels authorised in China, the spokesman said, adding that "it was too early to say" whether the reactor would have to be shut down.

    Krypton and xenon do not tend to react with other substances but they do have radioactive qualities and are therefore subject to constant monitoring.

    EDF has called for a meeting with CGN to go over the findings, though no date has yet been set.

    State-run CGN, the majority owner of the joint venture, said operations at the plant met safety rules and the surrounding environment is safe.

    "Regular monitoring data shows the Taishan station and its surrounding environment meet normal parameters," it said in a statement on its website late on Sunday.

    Framatome said it was supporting efforts to resolve the situation.

    "According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters", the company said in a statement, adding that it was working with experts to assess the situation.

    TNPJVC, the joint venture behind the plant, is 70% owned by CGN and 30% by EDF.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. atomic watchdog, said: "At this stage, the agency has no indication that a radiological incident occurred," and that it was in contact with officials in China about the issue.

    France's nuclear watchdog ASN had no immediate comment. The U.S. State Department and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission referred queries to the Energy Department and the White House did not respond immediately to questions from Reuters.

    EPR TECHNOLOGY

    The Taishan reactor is the first French-designed Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR) to become operational. The technology is also being deployed in France, Finland and at the Hinkley Point C project in Britain.

    Power from the plant serves the Guangzhou and Shenzhen areas, Guangdong province's major manufacturing hubs, which have faced power shortages in recent weeks due to hot weather and lower than normal hydropower supplies from neighbouring Yunnan province.
    CNN said the warning by Framatome included an accusation that the Chinese safety authority was raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan plant to avoid having to shut it down.

    A Reuters call for comment to the National Nuclear Safety Administration went unanswered during a public holiday."

    EDF examines gas build-up at Chinese nuclear plant | Reuters


    One presumes EDF/Framatom, France's nuclear watchdog ASN and The International Atomic Energy Agency, have remedies/has experience and solutions at hand to this "known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures.

    How these entities;

    "The U.S. State Department and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission referred queries to the Energy Department and the White House did not respond immediately to questions from Reuters."


    will assist has not been divulged.

    One suspects a nuclear weapon strike, "always on the table" for some, would be counterproductive to the Chinese citizens "human rights".
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    Should probably tell the people operating the plant then eh?

    An operator of a Chinese nuclear plant has warned U.S. officials of an “imminent radiological threat” after a leak at the plant, multiple news outlets reported on Monday.

    In a letter obtained by CNN, the French operator of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, Framatome, told U.S. officials that Chinese authorities had raised radiation limits outside of the plants to avoid a potential shutdown.

    U.S. officials told Framatome that they don't deem the current situation to yet be at a crisis level, according to CNN, but the National Security Council has already held meetings on this situation.
    Company warns of 'imminent radiological threat' after Chinese nuclear plant leak: report | TheHill

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    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.
    Which tells you the chinkies want to cover it up as per their normal modus operandus.

    Is this a nuclear Wuhan virus?

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    Nothing to see here folks:

    The facility's Chinese part-owner, China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, refuted claims of a leak on Monday.

    China Taishan plant: '''Performance issue''' reported at nuclear facility - BBC News

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    Yeah because you can trust the chinkies to be transparent about a potentially transnational issue can't....





    Oh.

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    As Japanese or French did lie to cover up incidents or even crisis, I wouldn't be surprised to see China lying on this.

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    ..he vowed revenge with oaths and hyperboles

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