Over the past week, the U.S. government has been assessing a report on a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant after a French company that partially owns and helps operate it warned of an "imminent radiological threat", according to American officials and documents examined by CNN.
The warning included an accusation that the Chinese safety authority is increasing the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guandong province in order to avoid having to shut it down, according to a letter sent by the French company to the U.S. Energy Department.
Despite the worrying notification by French company Framatone, the Biden administration believes that the facility is still not at a "crisis level", one of the sources said. Although the U.S. believes that the situation does currently not currently pose a serious safety threat to the workers at the facility or to the Chinese public, it is unusual for a foreign company to unilaterally request the U.S. government for help when the company's Chinese state-owned partner refuses to acknowledge that a problem exists, CNN said.
If the leak continues or becomes more severe without being fixed, the scenario may put the U.S. in a complicated situation.