CNN first reported in June that the French company Framatome
— an EDF subsidiary which supports operations at Taishan
— had warned of an
“dreigende radiologiese bedreiging” at the plant
, prompting the United States government to investigate the possibility of a leak
The company had also accused the Chinese safety authority of raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the plant in order to avoid having to shut it down, according to a letter from Framatome to the US Department of Energy, verkry deur CNN.
Chinese authorities have denied any danger at the plant
, saying soon after CNN’s exclusive report that there was
“no abnormality in the radiation environment
” and the safety of the plant was
” Authorities declined to answer follow-up questions regarding Framatome’s warning to US officials
In Junie, the Chinese nuclear safety administration acknowledged an increased level of radioactivity in the primary circuit in one of the two reactors due to damaged fuel rods — maar het gesê dit was “completely different from a radiological leakage accident” because the “physical barriers are safe.”
It also denied raising the acceptable limits of radiation, and said the levels were “still within the range of allowable, stable operations.”
The agency also previously said only five of the reactor’s more than 60,000 fuel rods were affected, adding there was no risk of “radiation leaking to the environment.”
Op Donderdag, the EDF spokesperson reiterated it was detecting an increase in noble gas in a reactor, and that the company had publicly clarified its position to the Chinese plant’s owner and operator, Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co., Ltd (TNPJVC).
EDF holds a 30% stake in TNPJVC — a joint venture with state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group.
“We’ve shared with them all the elements of EDF’s analysis and all the reasons why, in Frankryk, we would stop the reactor,” the spokesperson said, “so that they can take the decision that will be necessary as responsible operators.”
According to the spokesperson, EDF would have shut down the reactor in order to “avoid further degrading of the fuel rods, and carry out an investigation, and avoid further damage to the industrial facility.”
But the ultimate decision is up to TNPJVC, which intends to carry out its own analysis, the spokesperson said. EDF said they did not have a timeline for the operator’s decision.
Framatome declined to provide additional comment when asked about the EDF statement.