China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant said accusations of dangerous levels of radiation leakage at the facility were untrue, claiming on Sunday that its two reactors “met the requirements of nuclear safety” and were operating normally.
The Taishan plant, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Group and Électricité de France, came under scrutiny after CNN reported on Monday that U.S. officials had spent the last week assessing a warning from its French partner that Chinese safety officials were raising the allowed limits of radiation outside the plant to avoid having to shut the facility down.
“Recently there have been some agencies and media organizations paying attention to and inquiring into the situation at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant,” the plant said in a statement on its website Sunday evening, before the CNN report was published.
The plant said that the second of its two EPR (Evolutionary Power Reactor) nuclear reactors had completed a planned overhaul, the facility’s first since operations began, and was connected to the power grid on June 10. The plant said the overhaul had met all targets in “safety, security, quality and project time.”
“All operating indicators of the two units have met the requirements of nuclear safety regulations and technical requirements for power plants,” it said.