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  • A French company warned the U.S. government last week that a Chinese nuclear power plant it partly owns and operates could pose an “imminent radiological threat.”
  • The French company reportedly accused Chinese authorities of avoiding a plant shutdown by raising the bar on acceptable radiation limits.
  • The June 8 memo maintains the Chinese plant had exceeded French standards.

A French company warned the U.S. government last week that a Chinese nuclear power plant the company partly owns and operates could pose an "imminent radiological threat," CNN reported Monday

U.S. government officials are reportedly assessing the possible threat from the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, after Framatome warned the U.S. of the situation prior to Chinese state officials acknowledging an issue. 

In a letter to the Energy Department obtained by CNN, the French company additionally accused Chinese authorities of  avoiding a plant shutdown by raising the bar on acceptable radiation limits. Yet the June 8 memo maintains the Chinese plant had exceeded French standards, according to the outlet. 

"The situation is an imminent radiological threat to the site and to the public and Framatome urgently requests permission to transfer technical data and assistance as may be necessary to return the plant to normal operation," the letter to the Department of Energy read. 


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One source told CNN that the Biden Administration does not yet believe the facility presents a "crisis level" threat either to workers or the public. 

The National Security Council, according to CNN, held several meetings last week, and the U.S. government has been in contact with both French and Chinese officials. Officials did not explain their assessment to the outlet but said existing treaties require public disclosure of potential nuclear accidents that could create a public risk. 

"It is not surprising that the French would reach out," Cheryl Rofer, a nuclear scientist, told CNN. "In general, this sort of thing is not extraordinary, particularly if they think the country they are contacting has some special ability to help."


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The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant posted a statement on its website Sunday stating that environmental readings in the area were normal, according to the outlet. 

"Since it was put into commercial operation, the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant has strictly controlled the operation of the units in accordance with operating license documents and technical procedures. All operating indicators of the two units have met the requirements of nuclear safety regulations and power plant technical specifications," the statement added.


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Published on Jun 14, 2021