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China Admits Fuel Rod Damage at Taishan Nuclear Power Plant

China Admits Fuel Rod Damage , at Taishan Nuclear Power Plant. On June 16, the Chinese government said that "about five" of the fuel rods inside the nuclear power plant located on the country's southeastern coast had been damaged. On June 16, the Chinese government said that "about five" of the fuel rods inside the nuclear power plant located on the country's southeastern coast had been damaged. 'The New York Times' reports that regulators will reassess levels of radioactive gases around the plant. However, the Chinese government offered assurances that no radiation has leaked out of the reactors. . China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) said in a statement that regulators have also approved limits on the amount of radioactive gas allowed to accumulate in the water at the reactor. Taishan Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor One reportedly has over 60,000 fuel rods. The NNSA said that the reactor is designed to operate safely despite damage to up to 0.25 percent of its fuel rods. On June 14, two companies involved in the construction and operation of the reactors, Framatome and EDF, . reportedly acknowledged that difficulties had occurred in the operation of Reactor One at the site. According to 'The New York Times,' leaks can occur when the exterior of the rods are damaged during maintenance or by other contaminants.

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