UPDATED 7:11 AM PT – Thursday, June 17, 2021
The Chinese government acknowledged damage at one of its nuclear power plants, but claimed nothing has leaked out.
Reports Wednesday detailed the situation after a spokesperson for the French energy firm that helps operate the plant said a problem with fuel rods led to a build-up of gasses. The firm warned the U.S. government of an “imminent radiological threat” and said China’s nuclear regulator raised the level of radiation allowed outside the plant to avoid closing it.
Washington is assessing a reported leak at China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, but the Biden administration does not believe the facility is at a ‘crisis level’ yet, CNN reported https://t.co/zC6VqSadAX pic.twitter.com/9XXtvy9WyT
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Chinese officials, however, claim the reactor is within its safety parameters.
“The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant performs to the requirements of the technical specifications with normal level of environmental radiation in the surrounding areas of the nuclear power plant, the safety of which is guaranteed,” stated Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
According to reports, the Biden administration believes the facility isn’t yet at a “crisis level.”