China claims ‘no incidents affecting the environment’ after reports of leak at Taishan reactor
The Chinese government has claimed that radiation levels at the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong are normal following media reports warning of an “imminent radiological threat” following a leak at one of the reactors.
Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson at China’s Foreign Ministry, rejected concerns about the country’s Taishan nuclear power plant, claiming there are no signs of abnormal radiation levels surrounding the reactor.
“So far, China’s nuclear power plants have maintained a good operating record, with no incidents affecting the environment and public health,” Zhao said to reporters.
The statement from the Chinese official comes after media reports on Monday claimed that America was examining claims of a leak at the nuclear plant following a warning of an “imminent radiological threat” by Framatome, a French company that partly owns the reactor.
China’s state-run CGTN news outlet has previously made similar claims about the situation, stating that “regular monitoring data shows the Taishan station and its surrounding environment meet normal parameters.”
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Framatome released a statement addressing the situation on Monday, confirming it was “supporting a resolution of a performance issue” but claimed the “plant is operating within the safety parameters.”
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