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China denies leak after fuel rod trouble reported at nuclear power plant

The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Taishan in southern China's Guangdong Province is seen, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility's safety. (AP Photo)

The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Taishan in southern China's Guangdong Province is seen, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility's safety. (AP Photo)

The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Taishan in southern China’s Guangdong Province is seen, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. (AP Photo)

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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.

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.”

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