U.S. government experts are evaluating a report sent by the French nuclear power company Framatome, which detected “performance problems” at the Taishan nuclear power plant operated in partnership with the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). According to the report, the gas concentration would indicate an imminent radioactive threat.
Framatome took the unusual step of warning the U.S. government of an “imminent radioactive threat” from the plant located in Guangdong province, near Hong Kong.
The warning sent by the French firm, which cooperates with the operation of the nuclear plant, indicates that the Chinese energy safety authority was raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong province to avoid having to shut it down. The letter was addressed to the U.S. State Department and obtained by CNN.
Despite Framatome’s alarming notification, the Biden administration determined that the facility is not yet at a “crisis level,” according to one of the sources accessed by CNN, although he did not specify further.
According to the Framatome report, the plant would have continued operation despite the detection of a worrisome “increase in the concentration of certain noble gases” in the primary circuit of the cooling system in one of the plant’s two nuclear reactors.
Neither CGN nor the Communist propaganda media in China announced the possible catastrophe until persistent questions from the international media prompted the brief statement on Sunday in which they assumed the situation to be true. However, they downplayed the issue by saying, “Both reactors at the plant are operating in accordance with nuclear safety rules and regulations,” Reuters reported.
Framatome’s alleged message to the U.S. Department of Energy, sent last week, was somewhat more alarming than statements released Sunday and Monday by the plant and Chinese propaganda media.
CNN claimed, without citing official sources, that U.S. officials took seriously the warning received on June 8, “The concern was significant enough that the National Security Council held multiple meetings last week as they monitor the situation, including two at the deputy level and another meeting at the undersecretary level on Friday, which was led by NSC Senior Director for China Laura Rosenberger and Senior Mallory Stewart, director of Arms Control, according to U.S. officials,” CNN reported.
The sources also said the Biden administration discussed the situation with members of the French government and its own Energy experts. The U.S. has also reportedly been in contact with members of the Chinese government to discuss the issue at hand, although no details of the talks were disclosed.
Regardless of whether the issue poses a serious environmental threat or not, the fact that the Chinese regime is unilaterally modifying the limits and standards for radiation detection at will, putting its population and the entire world at risk, is a matter of concern.
Secondly, and no less important, the stubborn refusal of the Chinese government to acknowledge any problem that may affect third parties is worrying, an attitude that inevitably reminds us of what happened in the Wuhan laboratory, from where the CCP Virus escaped and which the communist regime continues to deny to this day, despite the strong evidence that proves it.