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China says radiation levels normal around Taishan reactor

CommoditiesJun 15, 2021 09:06AM ET
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© Reuters. A nuclear reactor and related factilities as part of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, to be operated by China Guangdong Nuclear Power (CGN), is seen under construction in Taishan, Guangdong province, October 17, 2013. As China signs global deals to export

BEIJING (Reuters) -China said on Tuesday that radiation levels around the Taishan nuclear project in the southeastern province of Guangdong remained normal, following media reports of a leak at one of its reactors.

French utility EDF (PA:EDF), one of the project's owners, said on Monday that it was investigating media reports that abnormal levels of radioactive gas had leaked from the plant.

CNN had reported that Framatome, the EDF unit that designed Taishan's reactors, was warning of an "imminent radiological threat" at the project following a build-up of krypton and xenon.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, told a news briefing that the plant was fully compliant with all requirements and there were no signs of abnormalities in its vicinity.

"So far China's nuclear power plants have maintained a good operating record, with no incidents affecting the environment and public health," Zhao said.

EDF said on Monday that the problem at the plant could have been caused by fuel rods supplied by Framatome.

“Under normal operating conditions it is true some gases like krypton and xenon will escape and be detected but in this case the concentrations are much higher, so something is happening," said Tatsujiro Suzuki, a former vice-chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.

"Once radioactive gas is leaking to the environment it is a serious issue. It could get worse. I think there could be problems with the fuel. It is unusual."

The Taishan project, completed in 2019, consists of two French-designed reactors, and is located around 200 km (124 miles) from Hong Kong.

Earlier, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters that the Hong Kong Observatory and the Water Supplies Department have been monitoring radiation levels and have so far not detected anything abnormal.

Li Ning, a Chinese nuclear scientist based in the United States, said the dangers at Taishan have been exaggerated.

"Because nuclear power plants, once built and in operation, are under very strict control and local areas are excluded from further development, background radiation levels around them can often be lower than historical levels," he said.

China says radiation levels normal around Taishan reactor
 

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Limin Tandiono
Limin Tandiono Jun 15, 2021 10:28AM ET
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*A Lesson In History...* 1. Which countries invaded and occupied Indonesia? *Netherlands for 350 years and Japan for 3.5 years*.2. Which country was once the colony master of Malaya & India? *Britain*.3. Which countries invaded and occupied Vietnam? *France 1857-1940 & 1946-1954, Japan 1940-1945 and USA (in Southern Vietnam) 1955-1975*.4. Which countries were responsible for colonisation of the African continent? *Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy*.5. Which 8 countries were responsible for the occupation of China in early 20th century? *Britain, US, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Italy & Austria-Hungary*.6. Which countries are responsible for colonising and almost annihilating the Red Indians in northern America? *France & Britain*.7. Which country colonised and almost annihilated Aborigines in Australia and New Zealand? *Britain* .8. Which are the member countries of G7? *United Kingdom/Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan & USA*
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Jun 15, 2021 10:28AM ET
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G7 = genocide 7.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 15, 2021 9:25AM ET
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The diversion is what China is going to do with the surpuse enrichment? They have enough to build couple hundred if not thousand nukes
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Jun 15, 2021 9:10AM ET
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Now the fact checkers will be shutting accounts of Facebooks of people trying to say otherwise.
Janet Louis
Janet Louis Jun 15, 2021 9:00AM ET
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They wanted to divert world attention from Japan Fukushima nuclear plant leakage.
Rad Chad
FeeFiFoFum Jun 15, 2021 9:00AM ET
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who is they exactly?? m/oron
Janet Louis
Janet Louis Jun 15, 2021 8:56AM ET
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They wanted to divert world attention from Japan Fukushima nuclear plant leakage.
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Joel Schwartz Jun 15, 2021 8:51AM ET
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Mhmm, that’s what the USSR said about Chernobyl before they evacuated Prypiat, albeit after all the civillians were exposed.
andri sanjaya
andri sanjaya Jun 15, 2021 8:49AM ET
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anything about China is bad on jealous Sam eyes.
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Easy and Quick Trans Accounting Jun 15, 2021 8:40AM ET
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If China HAS to say that radiation levels are normal it means they are NOT.....China also said not to worry about Covid as well...Well......
Limin Tandiono
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It was not China, but Trump that said not to worry about covid. China warned Trump ahead about the danger. Dont twist the fact. Then what did US did?
Mike ND
Mike ND Jun 15, 2021 8:37AM ET
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Oh I bet
 
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