China nuke plant - update #5

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A bit over the top in their reporting but...  From American Military News:

Chinese nuclear plant likely leaking near 126 million people; disaster possible; US investigating reports say
On Monday a French nuclear company, Framatome, announced it is supporting efforts to resolve a “performance issue” with its Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in China’s heavily populated Guangdong Province, raising concerns about a potential nuclear leak.

The nuclear plant is located in Guangdong, which according to Chinese census estimates for 2020, has an estimated population of about 126 million people. The plant is also located about 84 miles from Hong Kong.

CNN reported, citing U.S. officials and Department of Energy documents it reviewed, that the U.S. government has been assessing a reported leak at the nuclear plant for the last week. Those documents, obtained by CNN, warned of a potential “imminent radiological threat” at the power plant.

A letter sent from the French company to the Department of Energy (DOE) and obtained by CNN warned Chinese safety regulators were reportedly raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection in the area surrounding the power plant, in an effort to avoid having to shut the plant down.

Emphaisis mine - that is so reassuring and chilling at the same time.

Let's see:  we figure that the safe limit for human exposure to ionizing radiation is 10 units of X.  Whoops - we are seeing 12 units of X.  Let's just raise the safe limit to 20 units of X. No problem. No danger. Nothing to see here folks - just keep moving.

And it is not like China has a sterling record of nuclear power.

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