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The operator says the EPR reactor at Taishan in China is "under control" despite fuel rod concerns.

CNN said French energy firm EDF, which helps run the site, had warned the US government that China's nuclear regulator had raised limits on permissible levels of radiation outside the plant to avoid shutting it down.

EDF later said a problem with fuel rods had led to the build-up of gases, which had to be released into the atmosphere.

Fuel rods are sealed metal tubes which hold nuclear materials used to fuel the nuclear reactor.

Last week an EDF spokesperson told CNN the French company would shut the plant down if it could.

They said the decision lay with the Chinese operator.

The situation at Taishan was "not an emergency" but nevertheless a "serious situation", the spokesperson added.

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 1, 2021

Charley, the situation at Taishan has been under control for a month now. Yesterday's shutdown was expected, and demonstrates an excess of caution. Very likely, it was unnecessary.

But your attempt at to stoke fear of nuclear energy is duly noted.

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