According to TV, the warning of an “imminent radiological threat” came from the French company Framatome, which partially owns and helps operate the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong Province.
“The situation poses an imminent radiological threat to the facility and the public, and Framatome is urgently requesting permission to transmit technical data and assistance that may be required to return the station to normal operation,” the company said in a letter sent to the US Department of Energy and obtained by CNN.
According to the TV channel, in a letter, Framatome said that the Chinese regulator raised the permissible limits for detecting radiation outside the nuclear power plant to avoid closing the facility.
A knowledgeable source told CNN that at the moment, US officials do not believe that the leak is at a “crisis level,” but recognize that the situation requires monitoring.
Sources say that in connection with the reports, the US National Security Council held several meetings last week. The US administration discussed the situation with the French government and experts at the Ministry of Energy, TV reports. According to the sources, the US has maintained contact with the Chinese government, although their extent is unknown. According to the TV channel, Framatome turned to the United States to obtain a permit that would allow the use of American technical assistance to solve the problem at the Chinese station.