China Says No Leak At Nuclear Plant, No Change To Detection Standards

China Says No Leak At Nuclear Plant, No Change To Detection Standards

The environment ministry says no radiation increases outside the plant.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • China said there had been no leak at the Taishan nuclear power station, and it had not raised the allowed radiation levels near the plant, responding to a CNN report earlier this week.
  • An increase in radiation levels was detected in the primary circuit at Taishan's Unit 1 reactor, but it was within the parameters for safe operations, the ministry said.
  • The increase was caused by damage to the cladding of a small number of fuel rods, which is normal during the production, transportation, and loading of fuel, the ministry said on its Wechat social media account.
  • The ministry said it would closely monitor radioactivity levels at the reactor and maintain communications with the International Atomic Energy Agency and France's nuclear safety watchdog.
  • Framatome, the French company that designed the reactors, said it was assessing the situation at the Taishan plant, which it said was operating within the safety parameters according to data available.

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