China reported that radiation levels around the Taishan nuclear project remained normal. Earlier media reported that a leak had occurred at one of the reactors.
One of the project owners – French utility EDF, said on Monday that it was investigating the media reports about aberrant levels of irradiated gas leaked out of the plant.
One of the designers of the Taishan reactor – Framatome was warning of an “imminent radiological threat” at the project followed by the accumulation of xenon and krypton.
Referring to the words of a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry – Zhao Lijian, the nuclear plant meets all the requirements and there were no signs of any kind of malfunction.
"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 on Monday reported 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, according to Reuters.
"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." – Suzuki also added.
The building of the nuclear project was finished in 2019. It has two French-designed reactors and it’s located around 200km from Hong Kong.
Chinese nuclear scientist based in New York – Li Ning says that the disquietude about Taishin’s danger is 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 reported.